A Stylish Nursery in a Tiny Space IS Possible (PHOTOS)

nurseryAfter the initial shock, excitement, and joy of learning I was pregnant wore off, I started panicking. Not panicking like "Holy, s**t, I'm going to have a child" (though I do get that, too), panicking about the fact that my husband and I live in an 800-square-foot one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn.

We tossed around the idea of moving for a few days during the first trimester. But then we came to the conclusion that we weren't budging. At least not yet. Our neighborhood is amazing (and extremely child-friendly); we have a decent deal on rent; we're close to our jobs; and when we do eventually move, it's going to be into a place we own.

So, we've made do. We've managed to create a nice little nursery (on the relatively cheap) in our tiny, humble abode. It's cute, it's stylish (I think), and I imagine our little girl will be perfectly happy in here ... for now.

Check out the before and after pics!

Before we get into it, though, full disclosure, I live in a railroad apartment (a long, skinny apartment), and there is a little "room" type of thing in between our living room and bedroom. There aren't any doors; nope, no windows; and it used to be where we kept our dining table (we now eat at the coffee table -- ah, the lap of luxury). Anyway, here it is.

Before:

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See where that dude is standing? That's the hallway. The other side of the panel curtain room divider -- which we he installed with IKEA shades -- is the room. Pretty small.

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Another shot. Nothing says "Welcome home, Baby!" like a blank brick wall.

After:

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A little better, right? Some light beige paint, pictures, and whimsical, sparkly things can do wonders.

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A closer shot of the wall. The garland is from Confetti System and the white, flower mobile is from Etsy.

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A closer shot of the pictures -- which are actually just framed art cards from Wee Gallery!

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The other side of the room. The changing table is a Malm dresser from IKEA (with o'verlays), and the bookshelf is the Expedit shelving unit -- also IKEA. Clearly.

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I stupidly didn't get a shot of the rug -- but it's a skinny, runner kind of deal. And, of course, note the Diaper Genie in the background.

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Some of her books.

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Baskets have been my best friends. Since we don't have much storage, we've filled these bad boys up with "baby toiletries," burp clothes, socks, bibs, etc.

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The headdress. Okay, most people think I'm weird for this, but I have a thing with headdresses -- they're so colorful and beautiful. As odd as it sounds, I kind of couldn't imagine my girl's room without one. And it was literally under $5 from Amazon.

Not bad for an itty-bitty apartment, if I do say so myself. And, thankfully, we didn't spend a million dollars during "the transformation." I guess that's one of the perks to only having 20 square feet to decorate!

Did you live in a small space when you had your first baby? Any space-saving tips you want to share?

 

Images via Nicole Fabian-Weber