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Living In 500 Sq. Feet • The Bedroom

So here it is: the final details on our pad's renovation. But before I start with all the juicy details, I'm very excited to tell you our tiny place made it into Apartment Therapy's Small/Cool Contest. So it would be sweet if I could count with your support to win our category and be able to go to the finals. All you need to do is go to this LINK and make it your favorite. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the love :)

Now, let's get back to business. Although it's the last room in the series, the bedroom is the one I'm proudest of because it presented the biggest challenge due to it's teeny-tiny size (7'7"wide  x 15'3"long). Besides the bed and nightstands, we needed to create room for as many closets as we could fit. The best solution we found was to knock down the existing wall to open up the room into the living area. That's when we came up with the idea to build an L-shaped partition that would house the closets. 




In addition to encasing the closets (from IKEA), this partion also gave privacy to the bedroom without the need of a door. It created a very intimate entrance to the room and a great dressing area. To make the space cozier and help define the room, we used a graphic black and white runner we bought here and combined it with black FLOR carpet tiles to unify the look.

Of course, trying to find furnishings to fit such a narrow space was quite the quest. Without a doubt, we had to think out of the box and look for different options for nightstands. Luckily, we came across these skinny metal artist storage units that worked perfectly. To make them more interesting, I painted the frame white, changed the drawer pulls and added a 3/4" thick glass which I back-painted in white to create a milky effect. We also used pendant lamps instead of table lamps to maximize surface space.

And here's our little Oliver looking pretty in our dressing area waiting for his morning walk. As storage was a priority in this renovation, and high ceilings worked to our advantage, we built a storage area obove the hallway where we keep our off-season clothing (among other stuff). If you're wondering what this panel with oversized dots is, it's the door to access our precious keep-all space. As if that wasn't enough, we bought a bed equipped with a hydraulic system that gives us access under the mattress to store our bedding.

Fitting a TV in the room was no easy task. Thanks to flat screens and vertical space, we managed to get one in. The solution: building a floating corner unit to hold the TV and host its componets. I'm so happy it worked out great, especially on those lazy Sundays.

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I hope our renovation experience has given you some insight and inspired you to find helpful solutions for your home. It's important to make your place fit your lifestyle and prioritize your needs without sacrificing style and comfort. BTW, you can also take a peek at the other posts on our renovation: kitchenliving area and bathroom.

P.S.: Remember today is the last chance to enter our Earth Day Giveaway to win a set of beautiful eco-friendly drapes. Good luck!


If you're digging this look and would like to try it for your bedroom, here are some key pieces that will help you achieve it. Some are the same as the ones we used, others are very close and affordable options.


( 1 ) Bubbles Pendant Light  ( 2 ) Othello Curtain Panels  ( 3 ) Boulster Pillow  
( 4 ) Papier Mâché Bird  ( 5 ) Seagulls Ridges Coverlet  ( 6 ) New Wave Runner
( 7 ) Ghost Antler  ( 8 ) Helmer Drawer Unit  ( 9 ) The Dots Wall Hooks
( 10 ) La Mela Poster


Reader Comments (14)

Outstanding merge of functionality, creativity and beauty.

You are a genius.

As to Small Cool.... I already vote for your entry. You deserve to win, big time!
Apr 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCentral-Portugal
Love love love...
Apr 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarlenni
Love what you've done with the space and LOVE the New Wave runner!!! I'm a designer at Momeni rugs and we are so excited that you featured this design in such a fabulous way!

Your apartment is fantastic!
Apr 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaty
Simply put, amazing!
Apr 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLuis
Just when I'm overcome by the sheer amazingness of your room, you stick in a pic of Oliver. I die.
Apr 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHelena
Voted! Hope you win!

Love your dining table..
Thanks so much for your comment and support. I really appreciated. :))
Apr 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterEduardo
I love your place. So serene and welcoming. I so wish I could afford to hire you to put some life into my digs. Thanks so much for sharing.
Apr 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElleX
Your place is amazing. I came here from Pinterest. You are so talented! I love what you did for your nightstands and am looking for something similar. Where did you find those gold or bronze drawer handles that you replaced?
Mar 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobin
Hi Robin,
Thanks so much for your kind words. I'm glad you found my blog through Pinterest, so welcome, I hope you enjoy it. We bought those drawer pulls a while back in IKEA so I'm not sure if they still have them. But I found these that are actually very similar. Here's the link:
xo, Eduardo
Mar 4, 2012 | Registered CommenterEduardo
Gosh I love this decor and design! I've lived in these small size spaces in NYC for the last 11 years. I wish I would have had your help back then! Are you available for consultation and decor jobs in NYC? Where can I buy the fabric or the drapes behind the bed? Is it a paisley metallic fabric? I also love your crocodile headboard... where can I find that material or headboard? Thanks so much you are an incredible mastermind!!
Jan 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTDKNYC
Hi Timatha,

Thanks for your nice words. Those fabrics are from MOOD Fabrics. They have a wonderful selection of materials and fabrics. And yes, I'm available for consultations and interior design jobs here in the city. Best to you, Eduardo
Jan 20, 2013 | Registered CommenterEduardo
Do you folks have a dimentional drawing of this layout?
Mar 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersteve smoot
Creativity is the word that comes to my mind on seeing the bedroom design. The beds are places in proportionate to other objects in the bed room. Installing a wall bed can help us to save some space.
Oct 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteven Brewer

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