This week’s article shares a BEFORE and AFTER of a bedroom that was transformed from underwhelming to a serene and uncluttered space. Brenda Itzen of ITZEN ARCHITECTURE provided the magic by designing built-ins that are both functional and esthetically appealing.

Take a look:


This is not a large bedroom with only 275 square feet to work with. The first thing you notice is the clutter—every surface of the free-standing furniture, including the floor, has become a storage area. At this point, it’s hard to see how this space can be transformed without increasing its footprint.


Contemporary Bedroom by Izen Architecture Inc.

Voila! The only thing recognizable are the fabulous windows. The built-in furniture and cabinetry (including under the bed) allows this smaller space to function much more effectively. The soft, soothing, lighter colors and texture give this re-modeled bedroom the feeling of more space, lightness, and airiness. I guarantee the owners feel happier and sleep better in their new space. NOTE: If you live in earthquake country, make sure anything on walls is firmly attached. For instance, I would add rails to keep the books from toppling onto the bed.


Modern Bedroom by Izen Architecture Inc.

On the window wall, adjacent to the bed, a comfy window seat provides extra seating and the built-in drawers and cabinets add further storage without taking up too much space.

This is an excellent example of great planning and design can accomplish.

Custom-built furniture and cabinetry is expensive, although the end result in both form and function is worth it. Another option is Ikea. It’s not difficult to create built-ins that can look custom using their existing furniture.

I’m always amazed at how Mindful Interior Design can change your home and your life.

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being


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