Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Whew! Bookkeeping completed in record time. Ah, the joys of small business ownership...times two, since my husband, Wilson, is a self-employed musician! I'll work on getting his music on here soon, but in the meantime, here's a peek at his walls. Yes, just one peek. I'm very new to this blogging, and I can't find the photos on my computer that I took on a nice sunny day when the music room was all styled and tidy. Tonight, of course, he has decided to sort his collection of a few thousand Cd's and this is the only shot I can get.
Wilson performs on strings (guitar, charango, mandolin, etc.), cedar flutes, and bamboo flutes (quenas) and panpipes (samponas or sikus). He originally had me paint his music room a custom-mixed red, but after realizing it was too dark for a sun-loving Colombian, I added blended tan panels with a Woolie tool, and painted a bamboo border around them. It still strikes you as a red room, but it's much brighter, and compliments his wood and bamboo instruments.
This room was the master bedroom of this house for a hundred years... and then we (artists)moved in. The sleeping porch balcony is beautiful, but I don't hang out in the bedroom during the day, and as we are located in the heart of downtown, right across the street from the Sparetime Tavern, I just couldn't see sleeping with the balcony doors thrown wide. It's a great room for daytime pursuits, and one of the bedrooms at the back of the house makes a much quieter and more private master.
It's an idea worth considering in your own home, even if you don't need the space to pursue your secret rock star dreams. In some homes, the big master bedroom is more appropriately sized and better positioned to be a child's room. Think about it. Adults get to spread their things through every room of the house, and then expect their children to cram their entire lives into the smallest bedrooms. Switching could mean plenty of room to play with and store toys , and may take some of the noise away from the common areas of the house, if the master suite was located for privacy.
Perhaps you really need a home gym, and according to feng shui experts it shouldn't be in the room you sleep in. Instead of moving the treadmill out, you could move the bed and nightstands to a smaller bedroom, and turn the master into a spa/gym/dressing area. This can feel really luxurious, and works especially well for couples who work and sleep different hours.
I really encourage you to use your home in ways that make sense for your life, and however you use the space, design it thoughtfully to cradle your sweetest dreams.