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Using One Space as a Guest Room and Nursery

November 25, 2014
Sarah Raskin and John Kerl loved the luxury of having a bonus room, especially in a New York City apartment. But soon it would need to serve as both a guest bedroom and baby nursery. See how this family makes the most of their small space.
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Redesigned With Family in Mind

Sarah Raskin's bonus room was redesigned as a nursery/guest room for her daughter, Orly, and visiting friends. To keep the room applicable to adult guests and for her young daughter, the room was painted taupe then accented with bold shades of orange.

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A Room for Baby and Guests

In its new state, the nursery/guest room is full of energy from touches of orange against a neutral taupe backdrop to layered patterns and child-friendly greenery. The addition of a painted zigzag pattern to the ceiling gives Orly something stimulating to look at while lying down in her crib.

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Stylish Underfoot

To pay homage to Sarah and John's first baby — rescue dog Scout — they chose a houndstooth-check pattern for the area rug. In keeping with their preference for all-organic materials, they selected the rug for its woven-grass construction.

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Ceramic Animal Hooks

White ceramic hooks in the shape of animals such as elephants and giraffes were attached to the wall a few feet from Orly's crib. This allows Sarah and John to keep her outfits out and also have them double as decor.

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