:: Before & After :: From Shed to Sanctuary.

:: Before & After :: From Shed to Sanctuary.

My first major interior design project turned out better than I could have imagined. With the help of a few talented friends, I transformed a tiny shed into my own little slice of heaven. 

BEFORE :: This is what my room looked like prior to moving in.

Before I moved into my room a friend was using the shed as storage. The space had zero insulation or windows. I definitely was putting a lot faith in my friend who offered to fix it up and have me live on the property.  The shed sits on on a tiny little ranch. We grow vegetables and raise bunnies and chickens. The overall vibe is definitely a little... rustic. 

AFTER :: 3 months after moving into the shed. Photo Credit :: Jon Cruz

You know your city has a housing crisis when you jump at the chance to live in a shed. I consider myself very lucky to inhabit this little home. It only took a month, some trips to the local hardware store, and a little elbow grease to make this possible.

After fake wood flooring laminate was added, the insulation & drywall still needed to go up.

Insulation and drywall process.

Sometimes you have to make a mess to clean a mess.

My queen size loft, finally finished.

I gave my friend a few Pinterest pictures and he totally went above and beyond. Below are a couple of my favorite lofts and closet designs that inspired my space. I took a few ideas from each picture and did my best to make my room Pinterest-worthy too. I don't know the exact dimensions of my shed, but it is extremely narrow and has a small width. This made it extremely difficult to plan when it came to closet and storage space.

Photo credit: Pinterest

Photo credit: Pinterest

Photo Credit :: Pinterest

Photo Credit :: Pinterest

I debated for a while where I should put my closet. I'm really happy that I chose to only have one side of the loft used for closet space. It helps me keep my clothing to a minimum. I am constantly getting rid of items I don't use or wear.

I got a window! Starting construction of the closet underneath the loft.

 This was my 1st night in my new home. The custom ladder wasn't finished yet, so improvising was necessary

This was my 1st night in my new home. The custom ladder wasn't finished yet, so improvising was necessary

No furniture yet. Slowly moving everything in.

I moved in on 3/31/16. For the first month I had to use the oldest, most rickety ladder I've ever encountered in order to climb up and down from my bed. It was so unstable, I remember having to use extreme balance and focus in order to get down.

My ladder was FINALLY  finished and I added some temporary furniture.

Finding furniture proved to be the most difficult task in the entire project. Because the shed is so narrow, I can't have anything too large. There is also very limited storage so any furniture or decorations I have also doubles as a place to keep my things. I hit up thrift stores everyday searching for the right pieces that would fit in my space.

This 1940's rolling armoire is one of my favorite pieces. $60 from Goodwill.
Photo :: Jon Cruz

The  bronze and glass desk on the right is from Goodwill as well. $20. I like the clear shelves to display my jewelry.
Photo :: Jon Cruz

Photo :: Jon Cruz

Hanging out in my closet/meditation space. Photo :: Jon Cruz

I absolutely adore spending time in my cozy loft. I have a comfy bed and pretty tea lights surrounding the A-frame. I spend a lot of time up there writing, reading, and listening to music. I don't own a TV and I try my best to avoid Netflix and social media. Although I have Wi-Fi, I try not to use it so much when I am in my room. 

 Queen size loft bed. Photo ::  Jon Cruz

Queen size loft bed. Photo :: Jon Cruz

I love my loft at night when all of my little lights are on. I found these ones at the flea market for $3.

Photo :: Jon Cruz

 Photo ::  Jon Cruz

Photo :: Jon Cruz

Photo :: Jon Cruz

Photo :: Jon Cruz

 The sheepskin rug is one of my favorite flea market finds for $30. Photo ::  Jon Cruz

The sheepskin rug is one of my favorite flea market finds for $30.
Photo :: Jon Cruz

This room is pretty small. Wide angle lens for the win! 
Photo :: Jon Cruz

My room has come a long way even since these photos were taken in July. I'm stoked to be able to finally share it online. I haven't posted a single picture of my room on social media since I moved in. I waited because I wanted to share the before and after on my blog. Thank you for checking it out and I hope you feel inspired in some way. You don't need a lot of material things to be happy. If you look at the pictures in this post you can literally see everything that I own.

Every piece of furniture and the majority of decorations in these photos were purchased second-hand. One of my shelves was outside and down the street from my house with a "FREE" sign on it. Before you decide to go to IKEA for your next home, I urge you to reconsider and check out your local flea market or thrift shop instead. Buying new furniture is expensive and you can find a lot of amazing, like-new items on Craigslist for a fraction of the retail cost.

Thank you again for reading and checking out my little project. Please reach out with any questions or feedback. I always love to hear when people read my words and like my pictures! Major shoutout to the amazingly talented, Jon Cruz, for the incredible photos of my room. 

Xx Ray Arias

My tiny home! :: Photo by the talented, Jon Cruz

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