This bedroom has undergone trial and error. I wasn’t sure what it should be. Making other spatial changes gave me the direction I needed. For example: A wall formerly separated the dining room from the new den. When I tore this wall down, I moved the faux fireplace that used to stand next to that wall and relocated it to the back room to make a cozier space. I added my only bookcase above the fireplace mantle. To me, it is pure luxury to have one room purposed for one function—a spare bed for expected, or unexpected, company. However, no corners are skipped for the remaining space of the room. A vintage combo chair/table (not shown) is beside the bed and there are two storage areas: a loveseat under the large window, and a closet (behind the curtain) that has space for hanging clothes and has pull-out shelving.
Kitchen in Background
First-impressions count. I believe a home should be cute; not cramped. By taking out two walls (one that separated the dining room from the kitchen (visible), and the wall that divided the dining room from the old garage, I visually expanded my 12’ wide dining room by making a 9 ½ x 9 ½ adjacent den. I re-used the boards to return the dining room closet (the one where the refrigerator used to live) to its old form. Keeping true to my first-impression motto, I replaced the plain closet door with a carved wood one and added stained glass. The table seats six comfortably. Wall space utilization includes sconces (for plants and candles) and hats clipped to the wall to free up closet space. The new den, which used to be the garage, is to the right of the door.
Without gutting the kitchen I re-“ordered” the placement of appliances. By downsizing the stove, I upsized functionality and practicality. Now, I have two ovens instead of one, and the stove is next to the sink instead of being on the other side of the room. My taller, narrower refrigerator backs up (to what used to be) the garage door and sidles against the back of the rebuilt dining room closet. To give the illusion of more space, I used the original cabinet doors, but cut out the wood center and added glass. By sacrificing counter space (which I gained back with my tip), I was able to install my 24-inch wide two-oven stove. I also gave up cabinet space to add a 24-inch dishwasher. Small appliances shown here are the space-saving microwave, coffee pot, and utensils (in wine coolers). I use vintage bread boxes and porcelain refrigerator dishes for storage. Jars of spices magnetically hang on the wall, and pots and pans hang above my stove. Window treatments multi-function as blackout blinds or become privacy opaque.