small space inspiration

Today's inspiration is an oldie, but a goodie.  Designer Robin Sillau designed this 8' x 6' x 8' bedroom to allow space for a closet.  I am always amazed by what people can do with small spaces.  When you live in a tiny space, every inch is valuable and I think Robin maximized her space beautifully.


Here is the loft bed she created, she did have it assembled professionally, but opted to get unfinished-wood and painted it herself.  I love the vintage bracket to the right of the bed that becomes a mini bedside table.  I am very into that stylish red chair and love the prints hanging above it.






Once the bed was raised, she cut two pieces of foam core, glued on the fabric, and then nailed the piece under the bed.  To create the curtains, she used hospital tracks and drilled them to the frame.  I really adore this little space.  The fabric makes it pop, but not feel too closed off, and the lucite table keeps the space airy and light.

Under the bed an Elfa closet was installed from the Container Store.  Extra knickknacks are stored in small storage boxes.  Organization is key in a space this small....

One of my favorites...a touch of floral {Sommers Suzani} mixed with stripes {DwellStudio Bedding}.  And although the ladder is essential to getting into the bed, I think it also makes for the perfect accessory.



Don't you love seeing how much can be done in such a small space?

*all photographs from decor8, there is also a wonderful interview withe the talented designer on their site
*originally published in Domino, Feb 2009

17 comments:

  1. the fabric is the perfect addition--i love a creative use of a small space.

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  2. I missed this before - so I am so glad you posted it! The space is perfect. The creativity that went into this room is so awesome.

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  3. this room is always in the back of my mind as i once almost lived in this size room...but ended up forcing my roommate to because i almost had a nervous breakdown about where my stuff would go. he had the same bed, same ladder, but the room was not nearly as pretty ;)

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  4. SO adorable! Lots of inspiration for a tiny DC apartment dweller like myself. xx

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  5. The fabric really makes the space. I wish I had done that to my loft in college.

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  6. I second the college comment. I slept in a lofted bed my sophomore year...made for some interesting stories. Will it please quit raining!

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  7. this. is. AWESOME.

    seriously, amazing find. how great is the airy feel of that fabric-enclosed space under the bed? loving your blog at the moment!

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  8. I mean...this is just incredibly inspiring. Our first home has an 8x9 bedroom that is cozy and perfect for a nursery (lay off me, I can't help it, the babymonster urge has completely taken over my life) but I just don't know how it would accommodate a full sized human. Saving this!

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  9. Robin (the designer who did this) was so talented, she had a great eye for everything and was the sweetest girl too!

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  10. I love the different colors and textures. Amazing work in a small space!

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  11. How adorable! I love the fabric and that colorful pillow :)

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  12. one word...wow! looks amazing. i love the colors and that is talent!

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  13. I don't know why I love small spaces so much- but I do.

    But then again- sometimes I feel like my 1200 sf house is too small- which it's not!

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  14. Just found your blog through a friend- and love it! love this space too (especially the fabric)....my hubby and i and 2 kids will be down-sizing to grad school living apartments soon....so we too will be using spaces creatively! i'll def add you to my blogroll at loveofinteriors.blogspot.com

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  15. Ok, I need/WANT those white boxes....oh orgaznized bliss. My office and closet could really benefit from them!

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