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Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney’s Room)

by | Jun 16, 2017 | Courtney, Decorating Inspiration, Rental, small houses

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Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)
Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

Well, hello! It’s Courtney (Melissa’s daughter) here today! Some of you who have been around The Inspired Room for awhile might remember a few years ago when I moved into a tiny bedroom, (actually it was probably intended to be an office) on the entry level of my sister Kylee and brother-in-law’s Seattle townhouse.

By little, we’re talking less than 9 feet by 9 feet with a sliding door on one wall, and a bit smaller because of an angled wall. At first, I wasn’t even sure if I could fit a twin bed in here! With a little creativity and very intentional choices, this room became a really comfortable spot. It’s still a small space for sure, but I decided to make the most out of its coziness. I completely love how it turned out.

I can’t even believe it’s been almost three years now that I’ve lived here! When I first moved in, I had been out of college for a year and had just started my dream job–working for The Inspired Room full time. I shared this empty room on the blog with high hopes that I would document the whole decorating process, but here we are a few years later and I’m just sharing the reveal! You’ll have to forgive me, ha! :) I’ve been a little bit busy since then, along for the ride throughout every project, blog post, and book creation.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

So now that I’m finally here to show you my finished room, it seems like the appropriate time to share that I’m actually MOVING. Like, today…as you read this blog post.

I’m so excited to be moving to my very own, very first apartment! Eeee! It’s been in the works for awhile, but Seattle is a spendy city to live in so I’ve been taking my time and enjoying living here until I found the right next spot.

I cannot wait to show you all my new home. I can’t wait to get in there and start making it my own! I won’t promise how frequently I will do blog posts on here because we know how that went last time. ;) But I can tell you that there’s a strong chance that I’ll have a lot more to share.

If you want a sneak peek of my new place, come follow me on Instagram! I’ll be sharing Insta stories TODAY and this weekend throughout the moving process, and more stories and photos as I get settled.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

But now, back to my current room!

This room has treated me so well. It’s been the coziest little nest. I love all the natural light it gets throughout the day–such a game changer in a small space. It has its own bathroom attached and a closet. A very tiny closet, but enough room to hang a few things and tuck away some clothes! I’ll show you a peek into the closet and my other storage later on in this post.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)Daybed / Sisal rug

If there was one thing I knew before I moved into this space, it’s that I was going to need to be very intentional with my furniture choices to make them as functional as possible. First and foremost, my daybed!

I considered lots of daybed options (I shared a round-up here), but I’ve been so happy with the one I chose. I utilized the space below with storage boxes–no wasted space in here! I filled the bed up with lots of cozy pillows including three firm Euro pillows in the back. I plan on using the daybed as my sofa in my new apartment–just as I hoped would be the case when I first bought it!

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

The shelving unit to the left of my bed is called the Ikea Lack Shelf. I don’t think there could have been a more perfect option for this small spot! It not only was great for displaying books and accessories but it also held a clamp light for reading. The shelf has the option of being hung up on the wall, but I didn’t do that.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

This little ottoman with an added mirrored tray has been my trusty nightstand and a coffee table, but the top lifts off and reveals that it’s actually full of shoes :) Triple-duty for the win.

This sisal rug has been a great addition to the room, too. I love the subtle pattern and texture it brings to the space.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

I wanted to use this angled wall as a spot for a little ‘entry’ table. It was surprisingly difficult to find the right size table for this wall! I tried a few options before this that just weren’t right. I ended up finding this great console table from Ikea with a shelf below for books. I knew I’d constantly run into the corners of a rectangular console, so the curved shape was perfect.

The pretty canvas is from the talented Lindsay Letters.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)White Pencil Tin

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

String lights were a necessity in here. I rarely ever use the overhead light because these are so warm and magical!

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

One great perk I discovered with this small space is that in order to access my closet, I had to make my bed first thing everyday. Not just because my mom told me to, but this corner is where I staked my extra pillows stacked at night. So, in order to even get to my closet, I had to make my bed. Ha! Small space problems.

I would have made my bed either way, though, because a tiny room with an unmade bed as the main feature would just not be very inviting.

I added a tension rod to my closet, a hanging shelf system, a plastic drawer unit, and over-the-door hooks to maximize every square inch of my space.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)Shower Curtain (sadly sold out!) // Bath Mat // Black & White Rug

There’s my bathroom, also on the small side but definitely not the tiniest!

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

This right here is the main reason I survived in the storage department. It’s the IKEA Pax Wardrobe with the Bergsbo door. It comes as an empty frame that you can customize with shelves or drawers inside. I added multiple shelves and a soft closing drawer.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

Thank goodness for closed storage! Having these shelves concealed kept the room feeling calm and simple instead of chaotic.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

I also added this gold handle in the 10.5 inch size. I had to use a drill to make this happen, people. Very proud of my DIY skills.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

An over-the-door mirror helped to visually expand the space and bounced in some extra light, too.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)Hooks / Similar Backpack

This right here is my mudroom. Hahaha. But seriously, these hooks behind my door were a great spot for coats or bags. I love the shallow little shelf for styling, too.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

I layered a couple of rugs in here to jazz up the wall to wall carpet and make it feel homey.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

I’m going to miss this room for sure! I get a little sentimental when it comes to homes because they represent so much more than just decor or furniture, you know? A lot of life was lived with this cozy place always welcoming me back! I’m grateful to my sister and brother-in-law for letting their little sis rent this tiny space so I could have a smoother and more affordable transition from college life to official adulting. :)

I hope you enjoyed my tour today. I’m excited for the adventures ahead as I move into my next home.

Don’t forget to come follow me on Instagram to get a sneak peek of my new Seattle apartment and watch my stories as I move in this weekend!

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Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

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IKEA Lack Wall Shelf Unit

Sisal Patterned Rug

Blue and White Floral Pillow Cover

Gray Textured Pillow Cover

Single IKEA Pax Wardrobe Frame with Bergsbo door

Wardrobe gold handle

Ticking stripe duvet and pillowcases

6 Shelf Hanging Closet Organizer

Copper String Lights

Hook Rail with Shelf

Over-the-Door Mirror (similar)

White Console Table

White Tin Pencil Box with Teepee (on console)

Floral Pencils

Floral Books on Shelf

White and Gold Plug-in Wall Sconce

Wall Clock by Newgate (mine is this one)

White Alarm Clock

Floral Art Print

“A Good Deed” Art Print

Gray Storage Ottoman

Gold Mirrored Tray

Watercolor Calligraphy Canvas

Brown Cable Knit Throw

Pink Throw Blanket

Blue and White Lamp – Thrifted

Blue and White Backpack (same brand, similar style)

White Euro Shams

Euro Pillow Inserts (similar)

White Cotton Blanket

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

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  1. Cathy

    What a cute, little room! I am genuinely impressed with how much you got in there and how inviting you kept it.

  2. Linda

    You did a great job of decorating this room and showing us what can be done with a tiny space. Since I have a room similar to this, I am appreciative of this post!

    • Courtney Michaels

      I’m so glad to hear that, Linda! Thanks!

  3. Deb-NC

    First of all, what a great sister and BIL – having that kind of love and support from family is priceless.
    And that room is beyond beautiful. You did a fantastic job with the space and making it functional. Best wishes on your launch!

    • Courtney Michaels

      Yes I’m so grateful for that! Thank you so much for your kind words!

  4. Maria Newell

    Hi Courtney! omg! You have created such a beautiful space for yourself! It just goes to show that you can create your own little sanctuary no matter how small the space. I love all the details and textures that give your room that designer look. Yet, the feel of total comfort. :) And Congratulations! I can’t wait to see your new home!

    • Courtney Michaels

      Hi Maria! Aw, thank you so much for your nice comment :) I can’t wait to share more!

  5. Karen

    This space is adorable and so livable. Well done! Can’t wait to see your new apartment!

    • Courtney Michaels

      Thank you so much! I can’t wait to share!

  6. Sallie

    Congratulations on your new place, Courtney! After what you’ve done to make your first little place a real home, I can’t wait to see what you do in a whole apartment! You’ve certainly got your mama’s flair!

    • Courtney Michaels

      Aw thanks Sallie, I appreciate that! Looking forward to sharing my new place!

  7. Jo Jo

    I just adore what you did with that cozy space! Your storage solutions are inspirational, for sure! You’ve made a 9×9 space into a sweet, comfy and BEAUTIFUL little studio apartment for yourself! Just a little aside here,..I own a very similar ( in color, pattern and material) sisal rug! We have itbour living room in front of our sectional. Congratulations on creating that sweet nest in your sister’s home and in your NEW PKACE OF YOUR OWN! Can’t wait to see what you’ll do with it! Enjoy the process! ?❤️?

    • Courtney Michaels

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Jo Jo! I definitely felt like it became like a little studio apartment! :) Love that you have a similar rug, I love how it goes with everything! I can’t wait to share more, thank you for being excited to follow along!

  8. Marilyn Holeman

    Courtney, What a great use of such a tiny space! So cute! I don’t use Instagram–I’m a dinosaur :-) so will look forward to your next blog post. Congratulations on your new home! I’ll look forward to seeing it on the blog, too. Blessings!

    • Courtney Michaels

      Thanks so much, Marilyn! I will definitely be posting here soon! I think an empty apartment tour will come first :)

  9. Hong Nguyen

    Well done Courtney! Really looking forward to your photos of your new space! Congrats!!

    • Courtney Michaels

      Thank you Hong! :) I can’t wait to share!!

  10. Eimear

    Court!!! This is so so cute I love it and it’s just so you!! Best of luck in your new apartment I can’t wait to see what you do with it!!!

    • Courtney Michaels

      Aw thank you Eimear!! Come over to see it soon! xo

  11. Yvonne

    Love your space and style! Very calming and cozy nest. Oh, the IKEA Pax cabinet with that door and gold pull is so pretty. Have to ask, what color did you use on walls. Can’t wait to see your new place.

    • Courtney Michaels

      Thank you, Yvonne! I’ll have to check on the paint color the next time I’m at my sister’s house, I think there’s a leftover paint can there so I’ll get back to you!

  12. Angelika

    Courtney, I am sooo excited for you! I am eager to see your new digs, but you totally made the best of this basement dwelling. Cheers!

    • Courtney Michaels

      Thanks so much Angelika!! I’m so excited too! I’ll be sharing soon :)

  13. Liz

    Lovely. Paint color?

  14. Debbie

    I’m obsessing over all the beautiful details in this lovely little room!! So much wonderful inspiration for the many, many times I find myself helping my girls and others maximize limited square footage. It is cozy, inviting, and inspiring — everything a room should be. Congratulations on your new space too!

    • Courtney Michaels

      Such a sweet comment, Debbie. Thank you! :)

  15. Elaine

    Great job on the small space! You’ve managed to keep everything you need with enough moving area to make it feel homey. Looking forward to seeing the new place.
    Best Wishes and Good Luck!

    • Courtney Michaels

      Thank you so much, Elaine! That’s what I hoped! :) Can’t wait to share!

  16. M. Dixon

    Lovely! I like every little detail you used to make the room cozier.

  17. Andrea

    Courtney….what an absolutely lovely room. I can’t believe all the perfect touches you used to maximize your space with such beauty! I can’t wait to see your new home and the touches you put in it!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely space!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!

  18. Livewall

    Courtney you did a great job,really yor room looks like a tiny apartment i didn’t realized that it was only a room with a bathroom.I wish you good luck with your new apartment and i will be waiting for photos to see it. Also i can understand that you love this tiny “house” .

  19. Mari

    You actually did a great job maximizing a very minimal space, Courtney. I really like the bookshelves as it looks perfect for small spaces and that console table looks really great on the angled wall. What makes this room much more comfortable is it has its own bathroom. Overall, you have a wonderful room for yourself.

  20. Jody Hurley

    love it! Could you share the paint color please?

  21. Gretchen

    Can you post the dimensions of the room? Thanks so much. Great job!

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