cozy master bedroom

Another room we tackled in the renovation was our master bedroom.

This home renovation has been such a learning experience.

One of the main things I’ve learned is that it’s all about tradeoffs.

No home is absolutely perfect (unless you design and build it yourself) so you have to decide what is of the most value to you.

In our case, our original master bedroom was very roomy.

But it was awkwardly laid out and had zero personality or warmth. Frankly, it was just downright dull and depressing.

(That bump out between the windows was the vent for the Abe Lincoln stove in the kitchen directly below.)

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Meanwhile…our master bathroom was tiny and so very Brady.

So the trade off was to lose space in the master bedroom in order to gain it in the master bath.

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See the “wall of many vents” above? That was the only possible wall for a bed. (BTW….Vents do not make ideal artwork.) ;)

That didn’t work for soooo many reasons. Mostly because I like to walk into a room and see the foot of the bed directly in front of me if at all possible.

Also, symmetry is my best friend. This layout was way off. And lastly, with the angled ceiling above my head I felt like the room was closing in on me.

The good and the bad with old farmhouses is that they have lots of little niches and nooks and crannies.

This area just outside of the master bath (hard to tell from the photo) was a large area that really served no purpose.

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I had a huge dresser there just to fill the space.

In the reno, it was torn down and turned into a hallway leading into our bedroom.

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This little hallway just makes me happy. It’s like taking the scenic route to get where you’re going. ;)

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Meanwhile, I did the unthinkable.

I got rid of two windows.

I’m pretty sure that number 1 in the book of CARDINAL SINS OF RENOVATING is…

THOU SHALT NOT TAKE AWAY WINDOWS!

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But I’ve never been one to worry much about rules.

Plus we still have 5. And this room gets tons of light.

Ya ready?

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Can I just tell you how this space makes my heart sing?

It’s light and bright and crisp and clean and cozy.

It’s a blank canvas and I can’t wait to add furniture and bedding!

In other news…our toilets are going in today!

I never thought I’d be so happy about toilets. :)

Back soon with more updates.

14 Responses to cozy master bedroom

  1. Laura Ingalls Gunn June 17, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

    This space looks amazing! Given that you still have 5 windows I absolutely think that you made the right decision. Bravo!

  2. Gina June 17, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

    What a tease you are!! Looks like a most fabulous blank canvas. I can’t wait to see it finished. :)

  3. Gee June 17, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    WOW!!!! Beautiful already. Can hardly wait to see it with all the furniture and décor .
    Hugs, Gee

  4. Elizabeth@ Blue Clear Sky June 17, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    So bright and pretty with the white walls and chandy. It’s going to look great.

  5. Julie B June 17, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

    Love it! I would love to add beadboard to my rooms, but so afraid of resale. I know I should just do it.

    Curious – What did you do to the outside of the house where the windows were?

  6. martina June 17, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

  7. carol June 18, 2014 at 3:07 am #

    What is the wall color? Pretty.

  8. Donnamae June 18, 2014 at 3:34 am #

    This is exciting! Loving the way it’s looking! ;)

  9. Rhonda June 18, 2014 at 11:01 am #

    Gorgeous!! Can’t wait to see the end result!

  10. Terri June 18, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    Wow!! Absolutely beautiful!!! Love the ceiling and the walls!!!!!! Looking forward to the “Big Reveal” !!!

  11. Jan June 18, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    I LOVE IT GIRLFRIEND! Wow. I can’t wait to see all the “stuff” in it.

  12. Denise June 23, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

    wow!!! gorgeous!! :) it’s amazing how different it looks already.

  13. Katherines Corner July 24, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

    Wow, what a difference. I look forward to seeing it filled with all of the things you love. Hugs

  14. sherry hart August 6, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    Girl……you are rocking this renovation! All of my favorite colors….WHITE! Can. Not. Wait. To. See. More.

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