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.)
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.
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.
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.
This little hallway just makes me happy. It’s like taking the scenic route to get where you’re going.
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!
But I’ve never been one to worry much about rules.
Plus we still have 5. And this room gets tons of light.
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.