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In small spaces, you have to get creative — and not just with storage, but with decor, too. Often, the layouts and designs for large spaces just don’t work quite as well for small ones. That’s why YouTuber and DIYer Drew Scott (of Lone Fox) knew he had his work cut out for him in this roughly 10-foot-by-10-foot bedroom redo.
The bedroom, once painted pink and used as a kid’s room, was getting an upgrade to house Drew’s grandfather for part of the year. “I knew the pink wasn’t going to work for my grandpa,” Drew says. The stained brown carpet was going to have to go, too. Drew wanted to make the room inviting and bigger than its 100 square foot size.
Drew’s grandfather doesn’t have a favorite design style, so instead, Drew took inspiration from two of his grandfather’s personal interests: country music and cowboy boots. That helped him conceptualize a modern farmhouse style for the space that would hit all the right notes.
Drew started by painting the walls fresh white (Behr’s Polar Bear), and installing board-and-batten wainscoting on the walls for a little texture and interest. “The most time consuming part was 100 percent the painting,” Drew says.
Removing the old carpet and replacing it with hardwood flooring also did wonders for making the room look fresher and more modern.
Drew DIYed a cane headboard for the bed that feels a little vintage and a little modern — perfect for the farmhouse vibes he was going for. Much of the rest of the furniture came from Target, including the new geometric patterned nightstands.
Overhead, Drew swapped the dated fan for a new, more modern one; for bedside lighting, he chose to hang plug-in sconces on either side of the bed. “I think the sconces added a nice masculine touch and contrast to the rest of the space,” Drew says. Plus, getting the lighting off the nightstands makes more room for books and other nightstand essentials, and cord covers help the plugs completely blend into the white wall. “The cord covers for the sconces were just so satisfying to apply,” Drew says.
Finally, Drew added fresh curtains, a few plants, and some artwork. Now, the teeny room packs a big style punch that’s warm and welcoming for the weeks when his grandfather’s in town. “I love the overall feeling you get when you walk in the room,” Drew says. “I personally get a sense of warmth and tranquility. The room truly doesn’t feature much as it’s pretty small, but what it does features makes a large impact!”
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