A private retreat is there for us, just at the end of the hall. It’s diminutive size belies the fullness of what it holds. With the efficiency of a ship captain’s quarters, the space is assigned with careful thought given to the portion of our lives spent there.
I’d like to show you our master bedroom:
The room is only 8 1/2 by 13 feet in size; the ceiling is just under 7 feet tall. Here in the before shot, you can see it was a wooden box with a window and door.
A coat of primer began to change the feel of the room.
After paint, flooring, lighting, built-ins, and furniture, this is what it became:
A local carpenter built four cabinet/wardrobes, one for each corner of the room. Here on either side of the bed, the wardrobes were designed with nooks for books, clocks, and nighttime necessities – the perfect stand-in for bedside tables. Vintage porcelain pull-chain sconces offer ambient light for reading. And, how about clothing and jewelry as art, hung on an antique finial?
The opposite end of the room has a cabinet in each corner with the writing nook between. A stacked washer and dryer fit just right into the cabinet on the left; the cabinet on the right has floor to ceiling shelves.
Illustrated pages from a vintage bird book seem to fall randomly across the wall. An antique light fixture illuminates the desk.
Just outside the bedroom door is the door that leads to the bath. . .
One of our favorite things about this room is the window above the tub – every bath needs a window!
This is the bathroom now:
A pedestal sink, slim cabinet, white walls and ceiling, and white shower curtain help to ensure the feeling of openness. The vintage light fixture, and antique hooks bring old into the new, and the art reflects something of us. A small antique milking stool holds the toilet tissue.
This is our home. It’s just 665 square feet in all. Now you’ve seen the entire lower level (great room photo tour is here), and the loft is next, but I have to admit it’s reveal won’t be for a while – the wheels of wonderful are still churning up there. But, it will be good, that I can say (can you imagine, a boy bunk loft?). In the mean time, I’ve got so much to tell you about the other rooms still. Details. We all love the details, don’t we? I’ll be sharing the details in regular upcoming posts in the Becoming Home series. You may want to subscribe to the blog so you won’t miss a thing!
If you’ve caught wind of this photo tour and are here for the first time, welcome! I’m glad to have you here! Wondering why it is, exactly, that we, a family of five, are living in such a little house? Find out here. If seeing this cabin makes you want to know more about how it came to be, you can read the entire back story here.
As always, if you have any questions or thoughts, you can leave them in the comments!
Updated: Next on the house tour here.
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