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Small Space Solutions for an Awkward Bedroom
See how to overcome wonky floorplans with fresh hues and clean lines and by drawing inspiration from Scandinavian design.
Awkward spaces, immovable eyesores, challenging budgets. There are many reasons to put off a room redo—even if it is your key space for respite and rejuvenation. Especially if an awkward cottage floor plan leaves you at a loss for a clear vision. For Alison Allen of Deuce Cities Henhouse, neglecting the master bedroom for four... Keep Scrolling
Written by Sarah Jane Stone
Photography by Alison Allen of Deuce Cities Henhouse


Awkward spaces, immovable eyesores, challenging budgets. There are many reasons to put off a room redo—even if it is your key space for respite and rejuvenation. Especially if an awkward cottage floor plan leaves you at a loss for a clear vision. For Alison Allen of Deuce Cities Henhouse, neglecting the master bedroom for four years was long enough. Over the course of eight weeks, she and her husband tackled the space and created a wonderful modern space.

The Penelope nightstand from West Elm, shown in white, is paired with the long-armed Isaac plug-in sconce from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.
To create a stylish and functional bedside area, Alison paired the white Penelope nightstand from West Elm with the long-armed Isaac plug-in sconce from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

When they started the project, they discovered a 4-feet-tall radiator pressure tank behind the wall in the corner of the bedroom. “The tank needed to be professionally removed, and then I had to repair the floor, baseboard, trim, plaster and skim coat the entire wall,” says Alison.

The small bedroom in this cottage was the perfect place for Alison to showcase her love of Scandinavian design and minimal style.
Built in 1910, Alison’s home has dark woodwork—making it difficult for her to showcase her love of Scandinavian design. The bedroom, however, with its ample windows and sun porch, was the perfect place to add a bit of her beloved minimal style.

The main goal for the master bedroom was to design a space that felt both modern and comfortable, while accommodating a rather unusual cottage floor plan. Long and narrow the room is visually divided by the entry door as well as the sun porch located on the opposite wall. “I needed to bring cohesion to the entire space,” Alison says. “We oriented the bed on the wall that had been hiding the water tank and put a low dresser at the foot of the bed—it segues nicely into the other half of the space, where we have a dressing area.”

With the cottage floor plan determined, Alison drew inspiration from her sun porch, which she had updated just a few months earlier. “I used my favorite colors in that room, a saturated dark navy-blue on the sofa complemented by a coral rug on the floor—all paired with white furniture and natural wood,” she says. “Those colors and textures repeat themselves, but in a much more subtle and feminine tone, in the bedroom.”

White and gold décor with different heights and textures come together to create a cohesive space.
White and gold come together to create a bright space. Different heights and textures consume the area. Round and circular shapes juxtapose each other.
Black and white hues allow for extra color. A pop of peach colored roses acts as a focal point.
Black and white hues allow for extra color. A pop of peach colored roses acts as a focal point. A classic clock sitting atop a white rustic table screams cottage.

As a blogger and avid DIY fan, Alison transformed the bedroom with her handy touch. “My favorite is the dresser at the foot of the bed that hides our TV. The top of the dresser flips up to expose the TV when we want to watch our favorite shows in bed, and closes up easily when want to hide that black box—its pretty awesome,” she says.

Books acting as décor is a functional and budget-friendly way to accent your home. A spectacular blue rock adds immediate earthiness to the shelf.
Books acting as décor is a functional and budget-friendly way to accent your home. A spectacular blue rock adds immediate earthiness to the shelf.

Adding Scandinavian flair to the corner of the bedroom is natural wood shelving that Alison built herself. The coral dresser beside the closet door was a rescue—originally destined for her aunts’ garbage. Alison repainted it and added polka-dot wallpaper to the outside of the drawers. “We are notorious for leaving dresser drawers open. This way, if we do get messy, part of it will be pretty,” she says.

Sleek design mixed with rustic charm. A stack of books acts as a table for the flower vase and tulips add height to the space.
Sleek design mixed with rustic charm. A stack of books acts as a table for the flower vase. Tulips add height and life into the space.

Tying the room together is the wallpaper, as Alison repeats its colors and metallic tones throughout the space. “[It] makes the sun porch, the dressing area and the bedroom all relate to one another,” she says.

Vintage finds, modern treasures and one-of-a-kind DIY projects combine for a bedroom that perfectly reflects Scandinavian-inspired style
Vintage finds, modern treasures and one-of-a-kind DIY projects combine for a bedroom that perfectly reflects Alison’s Scandinavian-inspired style.

For more on Alison, visit deucecitieshenhouse.com.

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