Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Small Space Dilemma

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I'm trying something new in one of the small rooms in our home. 
This space was used as a workout room for the past several years.
I thought I'd see how it would work as a guest room...
using only things I had on hand.



For the bed, I am simply using an inflatable mattress and one of those portable mattress frames.
I pulled in the two vintage medical cabinets.
The vintage metal hand-painted "office & store" sign seemed to belong at home above the bed.
Then I added bedding and pillows from the linen closet and around the house.


I replaced the grey silk drapes with sheers.
The vintage Lion Pain wall thermometer stayed right where it was.

BEFORE:


AFTER:


I'll have to see how it works over a period of time.
The room is pretty small, so any purpose for this room seems to be a challenge.
The jury is still out on this space!

QUESTIONS:
Do you have any small spaces that are a challenge for you?
How do you use those small rooms?
Any tips or suggestions on making small spaces work?

8 comments:

  1. I haven't been blogging all summer and I come by today and what do I see? My two favorite pieces of yours, those medical cabinets! I do love them! And they look great in the room you put together with all the stuff you already had. Genius!

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  2. I think it looks fantastic. I agree with the above commenter...those cabinets are fabulous, as are the two signs in the room. (Those red chairs were pretty spectacular, also!)

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  3. Your new room looks fabulous!!!
    Hugs\
    SueAnn

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  4. It looks great...no wasted space and will function perfectly! Guests just want to plop their head in an uncluttered room and fresh linens right? Maybe add a bed skirt to hide the legs that are peaking through..add a few knickknacks in the shelf and DONE!

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  5. We have a couple small space rooms, one in particular that has given me a headache since moving in. When we tried to figure out what to do with the space we thought about what we needed most and that was storage or even just a big closet. So, that space turned into my closet/dressing room. I'm still working on it, but now I really love and appreciate the space. I let my hubby take over our itty-bitty his and hers closets and I have closet heaven- which used to be a useless space. I say- figure out what you need or wish you had and see if you can make that small space work for one of those needs!

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  6. My whole house is a small space so I'm always feeling challenged in this area, especially as I continually bring more things home. You have some incredible pieces in this room!
    Liz

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  7. I love this room....I truly love those fantastic cabinets and warm and soothing color scheme....great idea with using the inflatable mattress and frame...You did a great job with the space allowed to you...I love that there are so many interesting pieces...true focal points!

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