It’s been nearly four years since we moved from our home in Florida to a small two-bedroom apartment in New York City. It was quite an adjustment moving from a place that had so much space to a place that offers very little in space.
When we first moved into our apartment we only had our oldest daughter, Harlan. Since then, we’ve added another little girl to her room and have a new little boy on the way! Our kids have added so much joy to our lives, but they have also added more stuff which has made our small apartment feel even smaller.
As we patiently await the arrival of our third child in early February, I have started to prepare my girls for his arrival. One of my favorites so far has been redesigning their room into an official “big girl” room for them. Avery, my youngest, is currently in a crib and Harlan, my oldest, is in a toddler bed. I wanted to help them both make the transition into a room better suited for them well before their new brother arrives so that the transition will go smoothly.
For the redesign of the room, I went to Michelle Freedberg, the owner of Bellini, a family-owned furniture company, who has helped design a number of baby and children’s rooms, including several celebrities. I knew Michelle would be perfect to help me with our small space because she has worked with several clients in New York City who are dealing with the same issue that I am; two kids in one small room.
The furniture I currently have in the girls’ room is the same furniture we used in our house in Florida. It’s way too big for the room and definitely makes it look smaller than it currently as. I wanted to get the most out of our space so that it not only looks bigger, but so that the girls can have more room to play. Their room is the only place in our apartment that is truly theirs, and I want them to really get the most out of it.
Since working with Michelle on the redesign, she’s given me several useful tips for making the most out of a smaller shared space. If you have a smaller space that you have to make work for two, check out Michelle’s tips!