Bye Bye, Open Concept: When This Family Couldn’t Build An Addition, They * Added * Interior Walls (+ A Sweet Nursery Reveal)

Simply when our kitchen was accomplished, our deck was achieved, and we thought we had been lastly completed with any house renovations for not less than just a few years, we determined to attempt for a 3rd child. Our two excellent kiddos had all the time been the plan, however my husband and I additionally all the time stated {that a} good thing about beginning our household whereas we had been younger was being at liberty to alter our minds.

design by ilana saul | picture by stephanie todaro | from: a galley kitchen rework that doubled the scale and performance (with some large assist from precise legos)

One of many issues which may have stopped us from attempting earlier was that we cherished our Los Angeles neighborhood and had no need to maneuver. (Would you wish to hand over this view?) However we additionally weren’t fairly positive how a 3rd child would work in our present area. I’m all for siblings sharing a room, however with an even bigger age hole, it felt lower than preferrred (my older two children had been already 5 ½ and eight ½ when their child sister was born).
Our first thought was so as to add one other bed room to the entrance of our home to create space for the newborn, however once we went to get permits, we discovered that almost all of our entrance yard is metropolis property (!!!), which means we didn’t have the area we thought we did for an precise addition. It was a significant disappointment, however given our previous renovation expertise we knew we simply needed to get inventive and discover a solution to make it work! (We’ve achieved so a lot work on our home that my 6-year-old just lately requested in whole earnest that we construct him a brand new room for his LEGO creations.) Again to the drafting board we went…

Earlier than this spherical of renovations, our entrance door opened straight into the lounge. I all the time wished we had a extra formal entryway with place to drop our footwear and luggage. So, with that in thoughts, we got here up with the concept so as to add inside partitions to construct a brand new bed room and add an entryway on the similar time. I’ve bother visualizing issues on paper, so my husband helped me prop up my children’ Nugget play sofa cushions and a few seamless stands to see how the whole lot would look in actual life.

Because it turned out, including inside partitions was additionally an enormous time and cash saver. My husband and his contractor father even did all of the framing themselves, and we solely needed to rent somebody to do the drywall, electrical, and paint!

Bookshelf | Framed 3-D Paintings | Framed Hallway Print | Bench | Flushmount Lighting | Sconces | Wallpaper

We obtained the entryway I all the time wished, saved so a lot cash versus a real addition, and made probably the most out of an underutilized spot in our super-long lounge. Necessity actually is the mom of invention, isn’t it?

Dresser (classic from Bananafish Classic Furnishings) | Crib (Fb Market however right here’s an identical one) | Lamp (unavailable) | Aspect Desk (classic)

I do know there are not any ensures on the subject of getting pregnant, however because it seems we discovered we had been anticipating Story Salinger Saul not lengthy after the brand new room was accomplished. We solely had the area for a tiny 8×10 room (no closet, so we are able to’t formally name it a “bed room” if we ever determine to place our home available on the market), however it feels excellent for our household. There’ll most definitely be a loft mattress in Story’s future to release flooring area as soon as she’s out of the crib, however what child doesn’t assume loft beds are tremendous cool?!

Mirror | Dresser (classic from Bananafish Classic Furnishings) | Pear Basket | Cover | Wall Hanging (DIY) | Cellular (DIY utilizing wool ornaments from varied Etsy sellers) | Altering Pad Cowl (comparable) | Framed Print (comparable) | Play Mat

Mirror | Dresser (classic from Bananafish Classic Furnishings) | Pear Basket | Cover | Crib (Fb Market) | Wall Hanging (DIY) | Cellular (DIY utilizing wool ornaments from varied Etsy sellers) | Altering Pad Cowl (comparable) | Framed Print (comparable) | Play Mat

Whereas a small area has its challenges (format will be tremendous difficult), I discover it rather more manageable to brighten. I solely had an 8×10 room to fill so I used to be in a position to focus my power on a smaller variety of actually particular design particulars, as an alternative of stretching myself skinny attempting to furnish an enormous room.

The inspiration for Story’s nursery was California Informal-Meets-English-Countryside. Scalloped edges, whimsical particulars, ditsy florals, and patterns combine with pure wooden tones. It’s meant to be completely imperfect!

Scalloped Shelving | Quilt | Coronary heart Pillow (not out there) | Gingham Pillow | Curtains

Framed Print (comparable) | Child Wraps | Bookrack (in white) | Switchplate Cowl

At this level, I’m large on difficult the idea that having children all the time necessitates extra sq. footage, an enormous automotive, extra money, a transfer to suburbia, or extra, extra, extra of something. “Need higher, no more” is my motto on the subject of design. I hope this venture makes case for turning a starter house into your ceaselessly house, residing with much less stuff, and taking a leap of religion when one thing (like that third child!) feels proper.

We care so much concerning the planet, so this answer additionally felt rather more in keeping with these values, too. We shuttle our brood round to ballet, basketball, and gymnastics in a single automotive. I made a dedication to not purchase any brand-new child gadgets this time and supply most of Story’s garments secondhand. I’m a stickler for clearing any litter and never shopping for issues we don’t really want. I’d relatively have a smaller, extra environment friendly area that feels inventive, comforting, and full of affection.

Need to see extra pictures of our area? You’ll be able to comply with alongside right here. And because of my buddy and neighbor Lucia Tran of Her Studio for the attractive pictures!

*Design by Ilana Saul
**Images by Lucia Tran of Her Studio

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