9 Genius Ways to Decorate a Tiny Bedroom

With the creative help of New York City textile whiz Thomas Paul and Blackberry Farm founder Kreis Beall, Country Living magazine constructed a 250-square-foot guest bedroom cottage. Our goal: To cram as many smart decorating and storage ideas into one tiny space.

1. Friends don't let friends live out of suitcases. Which is why this cottage provides a wealth of clothing-storage options, including the dresser, built-in shelves, and a convenient row of hooks.

2. Ask more of accessories. By topping a luggage rack from Ballard Designs with a flea-market tray, Paul devised a nightstand capable of serving breakfast, too. The lanterns are from Etsy.

3. Make a blanket statement. Paul customized this Ballard chair, upholstering its cushions with Pendleton throws. Paul left the floors, from Lumber Liquidators, unfinished to underscore the rustic vibe. He painted the paneling around the window Plantation by Benjamin Moore. The wood sconce is from Etsy.

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4. Offer folks a drink. "Guests should be able to enjoy coffee while in their pajamas," says Beall. The same goes for water. And a bottle of wine certainly wouldn't hurt. Paul grouped these necessities--plus a jar of Blackberry Farm's granola--atop an antique dresser.

5. The key to truly original art? A pair of scissors! Paul cut these woodland silhouettes from vintage wallpaper, then pasted them on kraft paper. The wall is painted Thayer Green by Benjamin Moore.

6. Soak in the sights. Paul hung the shower curtain (sewn from his tree fabric) with the pattern facing the tub-and the person in it. The rod's configured so that when the curtain's open it can be admired by anyone passing by. The Porcher tub is outfitted with Moen fixtures, and the wall is painted Vapor by Benjamin Moore.

7. This hamper boasts hidden potential. "In a compact space, furniture has to do more," Paul says of the laundry bin he found on Etsy. A cushioned lid (Paul covered it to match the shower curtain) allows the piece to act as extra seating.

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8. The cure for the common medicine chest. A no-frills cross, cut form a piece of red magnetic sheeting, brightens Ikea's utilitarian metal cabinet.

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9. Channel practicality. Not only is this Bose TV positioned at the foot of the bed for lazy screening sessions, as Beall requested, but it's wall-mounted-no cumbersome media center required.

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