Space Planning

So Much More to Master

I don’t know if the master bedroom could possibly house any more dressers, but they will only be staying for a little while.  Thank goodness such a wonderful thing as CL was discovered, so that I can afford to furnish a house until my REAL plans are finished.  Real plans that include a lot of custom construction, perhaps some shopping, and many, MANY detailed and dimensioned drawings. I don’t doubt that there are many gifted craftsman who can build with only a vision and their skills…I prefer to limit the margin of error by mapping everything out.  With careful measurements.  And detailed drawings. So there is no misunderstanding of the outcome.

On to the master bedroom, of which I have plans to replace the dressers with a wall of built-in dressers, storage and shelves. But for now, the bed is situated between two windows and facing the armoire.


MB Dresser and Armoire
Bed and Nightstand

After all the re-arranging I was even more inspired than ever for my built-in plan, so I quickly sketched out what I had in mind.  Mind you it was not to scale that will be done later but at least I was able to communication my vision clearly to the lucky man who will be building it.


Grand Future Plans

Because the space is so large I’ll have to get a space plan posted one of these days I really think that it could accommodate a full wall of cabinetry, and it would not dwarf the entire bedroom.  White mill-work is my first choice, as I think it would be bright and not enforce a cave-like atmosphere.  I guess we’ll all have to stay tuned to find out if it can be done…

And don’t forget about my little bench down there…still needs trim. sigh

Nearly Finished Bench


Organizing the Office

I have found myself not motivated creatively lately.  The new year gave me a little surge, but overall just not feelin’ it. That must mean it’s time to change things up, and what better place to start than my office.  Ideally, this is the room that I would work on my blog, study design and work on sketching in layouts for the rest of our renovation plans.  My thought was, if I rearrange the furniture, the room can take on a new vibe and perhaps that will get the juices flowing.  Do you ever feel like a space is just ‘ugg’ ?  You’re not comfortable there, you can’t think creatively, or it just isn’t working for you?  Then play the rearrange game! I was one of ‘those kids’ who would shut my bedroom door and move my furniture around, every couple of months or so…just because I needed a change.

If you have quite a bit of furniture, I would suggest sketching out your idea first.  Maybe even go so far as to take measurements, and map out your layout to ensure everything will fit where you want it to.


Room Dimensions

And if you REALLY want to dedicate yourself, you will create a scale drawing of the room and furniture and cut the pieces out so you can move them around without really moving furniture.  I only had 3 pieces of furniture, but I’m a bit detail oriented and felt compelled to spend a lot of time on this project.  I won’t mention that I already knew where I was moving everything, but felt the need to exercise my layout skills. So I scaled my room using graph paper (2 squares =  1 ft) and cut out my figures.

Layout Planning

Now I made a much cleaner version using MS Word, and got some before and after comparisons for you.  Who doesn’t love a good B&A!

Space Planner

Office Layout - Buffet

Office Layout - Desk

Still learning my settings on the ‘point-and-shoot’ camera…how hard could it be to focus, right?

Cozy Corner

There is one poster missing from my collection of vintage maps, and it will be matter vertically, to hang in the empty space on the right.  I also want to get a floor lamp and ottoman to complete my casual seating area.  For the floor lamp I want to match the finish on the other table lamps to create unity, since the shades will be different. Something like this floor lamp from Pottery Barn:

Adair Floor Lamp, Bronze finish

I like the details at the base and the small details of the arm, and at the connection. However at $179.00 this will simply be a source of inspiration.  To complete the seating area I want to find a round, tufted ottoman, but the type of fabric is still up in the air.  I want a piece of round furniture to balance the boxy desk and hutch.  The tufted element will unify the ottoman and chair, if that is not done in the fabric.  My dilemma in deciding between fabric and leather is based on texture and availability of a match in the leather.  I want fabric to bring in another textural element, and perhaps pattern, and it will be difficult to find an exact match on the leather.  I want leather to create a more simple palate, not introduce any other patterns, and create a ‘set’ of furniture.  Which would you choose? Ignore the prices if you want, knowing I won’t pay that much.

Ottoman Choices

I do feel slightly more energized to finish my work space and it was really refreshing to clear everything out and get back to the basics.  But then…it is just me, or does anyone else feel you HAVE to make a mess to get something clean?  Case in point:

Closet Explosion

Once the office was clean, I need to turn my attention to the closet…which meant I had to clean out the boxes…which meant I needed to empty the boxes…and my clean office was no longer so. Back to work!