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AFTER: Small Shared Space Makeover

It’s time to reveal the exciting urban redesign for blogger, Brianne Manz of Stroller in the City! Check out her “before” post, and we think you’ll agree that her three kids will be very happy in this bright and modern new space.

I am so excited to finally reveal the much-anticipated Project Nursery “Three Kids in One Room” project. The brilliant Melisa Fluhr, co-founder of Project Nursery, initially suggested I move away from dark wood furniture since the room was on the smaller side. At first, I had concerns that it wouldn’t match the rest of the apartment, but having seen the results, I couldn’t be happier that we went that direction.

To start, we used our favorite pieces of furniture—the numi numi design crib and changing table from the Funky Forest Collection—as our inspiration and building blocks for the entire project. numi numi design uses a modern approach to children’s furniture. Understanding that children tend to outgrow their furniture quickly, they have crafted long-lasting, eco-friendly and sustainable pieces, which are adjustable as your child sprouts. I just love how numi numi design founder, Lior Schapiro, isn’t afraid of exploring new ideas about the form and texture of children’s furniture.

They believe that children’s furniture should be sensory-rich, comfortable, well organized, environmentally friendly, modern, and most importantly, encourage curiosity. The changing table has a mercury-free LED light, making nighttime changes much easier.

Another key furniture piece we selected was my beloved Oeuf Bunk Bed, which I’ve been eying since my oldest was still in a crib. After lots of research and consideration, it was easy to see this bunk is the most sleek and compact on the market—a major factor in our selection process. My two older kids simply adore their bunk, which makes bedtime these days way easier; not to mention that the birch bunk bed matched my numi numi pieces perfectly.

Since the kids’ room was cordoned off from a larger room, there are no closets, which created the need for a piece to house all their clothing. The slim STUVA dresser from Ikea fit our space perfectly and still allowed for lots of storage. Bedding for the numi numi crib and changer are from Dwell Studio’s Meadow Nursery Collection. The Meadow bedding had the perfect mix of colors for a unisex room.

For bedding the Oeuf Bunk, we kept it simple with white comforters but added some color with decorative pillows from The Land of Nod for my son and daughter.

Some of the most unique characteristics of the room transformation are the wall decals from The Wall Decors. One wall behind the bed features bold grey birch trees, nesting beautiful gold birds. These decals add a touch of calm but also add texture to the wall.

A simple white deer head and birdcage from the Tamar Mogendorff collection are some of the wall art accompanying the birch trees.

For the rug, we wanted to show off the parquet floors, so we decided on Elks and Angels‘ white shorn rugs from Australia, which can double as a baby’s playmat.

Small details such as bird hooks from The Land of Nod and a Serena & Lily Senegalese Storage Basket complete the room.

Overall, I am beyond thrilled with the way the room turned out, and I cannot thank Project Nursery enough for all of their input and fabulous ideas, which turned a potentially stressful situation into an exciting, fun-filled experience. Now we are just waiting on our new addition, and we will be complete!

Photos by Ilan Klein Photography

Update: Brianne welcomed daughter Gemma Kingsley Skye on March 30, 2013. Congrats to the entire Manz family!

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