How a Designer Turned a Tiny 97-Square-Foot Space Into a Chic Guest Bedroom


Courtesy of Murphy Deesign

There's nothing quite like redesigning a space from scratch. It's daunting, no doubt, but it's also incredibly exciting. This is what designer Dee Murphy of Murphy Deesign faced when she converted her 97-square-foot spare room (which had become the family junk room) into a cool, eclectic guest bedroom. The house, which was originally built in 1920, has a French Normandy style, so Murphy was keen to keep the European theme with a modern twist. "I styled the room with modern pieces for an eclectic mix that would marry the vintage aesthetic with a contemporary feel," she tells me.

Originally, Murphy considered turning it into a home office, but she really needed more sleeping quarters for guests, so she decided to find a way to fit two beds in the tiny space. Twin bunk beds fit the bill, but the biggest challenge was figuring out how to add a vanity and ample storage without the space feeling too cramped.

On top of that, Murphy was chosen among 20 designers to take part in the One Room Challenge, and she only had six weeks to complete it, from start to finish. "I tend to move much slower than that, especially with custom pieces, so the time frame really pushed me and my vendors," she says.

Read on to hear more about how she converted this tiny room into a modern, eclectic fantasy (and see the before-and-after photos to prove it).