Shared Space Decorating Ideas

Not sure how to make a small space multifunctional? City-dwellers Sarah Raskin and John Kerl turned their bonus room into a guest bedroom/baby nursery with some smart decorating ideas and storage solutions.

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Now, Mom loves this new stylish and multifunctional space just as much as Orly does.

As the room came together, my team decided to test it out ourselves. Regarding scale and proportion, the four main pieces of the room were all in check, not to mention comfortable and practical. Instead of choosing a childish glider, we instead found one online from Oilo Studio that is upholstered with resilient taupe leather and white piping detail. After testing the glider ourselves, we all agreed it was not only comfy enough for use in just about any room but also timeless in style, so much that it could fit just as well in a living room as a nursery. In order to ensure there was enough space for the Murphy bed to fold out and have Orly's crib nearby, we chose a round, mobile crib that can easily be moved, thanks to casters at the bottom. Whenever guests visit, the crib can simply be wheeled into Sarah and John's bedroom just across the hall, allowing plenty of room for the bed and an area to walk around it. The storage console fit perfectly near the room's entry and not only allows space on top for changing Orly's diaper but also has plenty of concealed storage for all of the baby supplies.

Now that the project is complete, Sarah, John, Orly and even Scout are getting their fair share of family time out of the nursery. And each time a guest comes to visit, he or she feels just as snug as a bug in a rug as Orly...who, thanks to a mobile crib, is sleeping just across the hall. Pleased with her stylish and functional multipurpose room, Sarah has a hard time giving it up, stating, "With its new design, the nursery/guest room is so warm and fun to be in that I'm close to telling our guests to take our bedroom so we can sleep in the guest room ourselves. Especially if they want to keep Orly in her mobile crib and attend to her overnight needs!"

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