Seven years ago, my husband and I moved into the 1950âs suburban basement of my aging parentâs home. The area that would become our bedroom had block walls and housed the HVAC system. We also encountered low ceilings of different heights and small prison-like windows with inadequate light and a dismal view of our neighborâs brick wall. My husband and I have always been intrigued by the idea of an In-law apartment, a home within a home where families can be supportive and loving under one roof. We also realized that multi-generational homes require private spaces to maintain household harmony and personal sanity. Our âGarden Styleâ apartment is the perfect fit. We adore our bedroom. Itâs a perfectly carved respite for our little piece of nirvana, blending beloved family heirlooms, treasured artwork, little bits of IKEA, and flawless functionality. But most important, I have been just a staircase away for quality care-giving which is a huge piece of mind and heart.
What are your tips for creating a beautiful, healthy and organized bedroom?:
To conceal the change in ceiling elevation and add architectural detail we installed columns at the transition zone. The furnace closet was quieted with sound proof walls and a quality door. Tiny windows were lengthened to let in more light. Unpleasant views were frosted with film. A space saving frosted glass pocket door was installed to grab light from the hallway. We used accent lights to give drama and warmth to the area. Less functional items went to a local Womenâs Shelter. In the little furnace area, next to our bed, we shortened and installed an IKEA bookshelf, squeezing it under a duct for storing our shoes and luggage. To provide storage for magazines, glasses, hand lotion and that all-important clicker, I made fabric pockets for our bedsides that attach under the mattress. We believe the esthetics of a space are defined by all senses and just outside our bedroom window, we planted a Viburnum âErieâ which lulls us to sleep with the most intoxicating scent of spring.
In modern homes, bedrooms have become more than just a place to sleep; they can be a retreat, a home office, a library, a relaxation zone. What are some ways you make the most of your bedroom?:
During the day, our bedroom doubles as a very quiet home office for my honey. Wall mounted cabinets and under cabinet lighting, keeps it well-organized and inviting. Itâs from our bedroom that he also likes to play his guitar. Our relaxation area is a great spot to have a cup of tea, read the paper or catch the evening news. Our bedroomâs sofa zone provides that little extra space to make the tiny flat highly functional. Our small bedroom with east facing morning light is the perfect place for me to drop a mat and do my Pilates and Yoga. This space also houses some of our most cherished books located within easy reach of our camel-back sofa to curl up and dream away.