Situated in the charming town of Fairfield, CT and just half a mile away from the beach lies a 1,100-square-foot Cape-style house, home to blogger and designer Brooke Christen, her husband Kevin (an athletic trainer), and their children, daughters Ella and Lola and son Finn. The family moved to the East Coast from Utah nearly two years ago seeking a peaceful place to raise their children, and one close to New York City, where Kevin works.
“We now, finally — after a year and a half — can say that [our home] feels complete, but I am sure I will find something new to update,” Brooke begins. After overhauling two bathrooms, the kitchen, and changing the home’s floor plan (their master bedroom is where the old kitchen used to be), the last task on their to-do list was creating a haven for friends and family to enjoy when they visited from Utah. But with the anticipated arrival of their baby boy, Brooke quickly realized the work wasn’t done, and one more challenge was ahead of her: crafting a multipurpose room that could act as a nursery for Finn while still offering a spot in which guests could stay.
Working with the essentials — a daybed, crib, comfortable seating, and storage — Brooke managed to create a space that didn’t feel overly juvenile or too stuffy. Using a soft, neutral palette and lots of fun decor that marries outer space and safari, the room is inviting and comfortable for guests of any age, while still giving Finn all of the things he’ll ever need or want. “Finn loves to stare at the astronauts and stars on his ceiling,” Brooke shares. “Everyone wants to be where the baby is.”
While the transformation was a win-win, the process wasn’t as easy as it’s made to look. With a family of five living in a small home that hosts overnight guests often, “the most challenging part is making room for everything,” Brooke explains, “I have to really evaluate everything we bring into our home… There is no buying something ‘just because.'” This truth, paired with Brooke’s goal of fostering a comfortable space for the family that celebrates their story rather than the latest purchase, results in a home that feels lived-in and loved. As Brooke puts it best, “I am thankful that — even in a tiny house — we can still have six adults come and stay with us, and everyone will have a bed and a cozy spot to eat breakfast in the morning.” –Sabrina