Jude's Small, Shrewd Bedroom Space

Jude's Small, Shrewd Bedroom Space

Beth Callaghan
Sep 29, 2011

Name: Jude (6)
Location: Oklahoma
Room Size: 100 sq. ft.

With a very small space to design, Aja Vaught and her family had to get clever. She and her husband came up with a custom loft bed that allows for a fun sleeping space as well as a cozy study and play area. They used furniture and decorative items from around their own home while inventing some unique ways to organize in a small space.

In remodeling Jude's room, Aja of Flossy and Ro took into account what he would need as he grows and did a great job of repurposing items from her own home. The biggest project was the loft bed, which Jude helped his dad construct, making it an even more special piece. Since space is at a premium, Aja came up with some ingenious solutions, like an over-the-door shoe rack that serves as a dresser.

How would you describe the look and feel of this room? Classic and simple. I love very eclectic rooms with color but I change my mind often, so I tend to be "safe" when decorating my home. We wanted a room that would grow with him and wasn't too trendy because trends fade and my taste changes regularly!

What is your favorite piece or element? What is Jude's favorite element? My favorite element in the room would definately be his bed since my husband made it and I would say that it is Jude's favorite as well. I also love the light fixture and the wooden bins.

What was the biggest challenge decorating this room? Waiting patiently for my husband to finish his bed and picking out paint colors. Grey is so hard and his bed actually came out a lot lighter than it was supposed to and almost matches the walls. That was a complete accident, but I like it and we needed it to be done so we stuck with it. Also, the size of his room and coming up with a way to have a bed, a desk, toy storage and a dresser (which ended up being a shoe organizer hung behind his door).

What do your friends say about the room? What do Jude's friends think of it? They all say it is "so him."

What led you to the decision to build your own bed for this room? Was it about price, customization, or do you like to challenge yourselves as DIYers? His room is very small and we have had a twin and a full in there at different times. When he slept in a full size bed, we had a playroom so there were not any toys in his room. It was still so crowded and I hated how messy the playroom would get. So we converted the playroom to a guest room and we needed a bed that would have the same functionality of the playroom. I looked and looked online and found several modern stye "unique" loft beds that I loved. But I really wanted something classic. I ended up on Pottery Barn Teens website and found a similar bed in a full and a much bigger price tag. So, I showed my husband and he said it would be no problem to build. He owns his own custom furniture company and builds furniture all the time. So that's what we did. I love that Jude was able to go to daddy's shop and build it with him. Now big sis wants a new bed and I'm thinking upholstered headboard!

Many of the elements in this room came from your own home. Any advice for people who want to repurpose or upcycle from their current belongings? In my case, I just used what I liked that we had and bought a few things. Like I said before, I try to keep things classic and not too trendy because I will end up not liking it later on. In my opinion just about anything can be re-purposed no matter what your style by adding a little paint or moving it to a room more suitable. I love Pinterest because it has so many creative ideas for re-purposing things and making things on a budget.

What are your additional plans for the room? It changes. I would like to add some hooks for him to hang bags and coats on and change out artwork in the future and change the floor cushions to add some color. He loves to plop down on them and read.

If money were no object, what's your dream source? Oh my goodness, probably some awesome flea market finds (like big vintage case goods, a surf board, etc...) with a little Serena Lily, Restoration Hardware for Kids, Anthropologie and Clever Tomato thrown in!

Source List:
Wooden Bins: made by Mom and Dad, casters found cheapest on Ebay
Rug: CB2
Bed: made by Dad & Jude
Book Shelf: Pottery Barn Kids (moved from big sister's room)
Floor Cushions: Land of Nod and Target
Cat Race Car Poster: Land of Nod
Desk Chair: Ikea
Light Fixture: Ikea
Bed Shelf: Ikea
Bed Light: Target
Bulletin Board: homemade
Storage Containers: Target
Drum: from Taos, NM
Wall Paint: Valspar Seashell Grey
Bed Paint: Valspar Urban Sunrise
Chalk Wall: Grey Chalk Paint from Home Depot
Door Art: made with his Aunt on a rainy day

(Thanks, Aja! Visit Aja and learn more at Flossy and Ro.)

Images: Aja Vaught.

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