The nursery in a cupboard

When we had our first baby we were living in a one bedroom flat. Patrick didn’t have a nursery, he had a ‘corner’. These clever parents created a nursery in a cupboard. Yes, a cupboard. As mother Jordan Ferney notes, Harry Potter also lived in a closet and he grew up to be a fine young man.

Jordan Ferney and her husband live in one bedroom apartment in San Francisco. When they had their first baby, a son named Moses, they turned a closet off the living room into a ‘nursery’. Just wide enough for a cot plus a few stunning details – an amazing sculptural light fitting and an enormous print on the wall – the nursery became a neat, compact and stylish space.

When Moses turned two, Ferney’s husband Paul built a toddler bed to replace the cot. The room got a makeover with a new celery-green colour scheme and a fabulously colourful coat rack.

Soon after, baby Roman was born. Joining his brother in the closet, Roman sleeps in a custom built bunk cot with a side that lifts and rolls over the top so that Roman can be taken in and out.

While Ferney says she loves small, well-edited spaces, she does not deny that if finances allowed she would prefer a large, sun-drenched nursery for her boys!

Find all Ferney’s style notes in her posts at Oh Happy Day – many of the decor pieces she used are available online.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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