This is a “BEFORE” image of the master bedroom in our new smaller downsized home. It was clean, functional, and represents what many people live in today. But I had to do a major change and here is why.

While there is no concrete “wrongness” in many homeowners’ viewpoints of this master bedroom, there is to me. In my current life stage, I absolutely have to have lighter feeling interiors!

First thing to go was the 13 year old carpeting that was in good condition but felt heavy plus it absorbed the little light available. I am a huge lover of hard surfaced floors for the lighter feeling, easier maintenance, durability, and fights interior allergy triggers. A commercial grade engineered wood type flooring did everything and more that I wanted and needed for this life stage.

Paint: Ben Moore Chantilly  OC-65

Next was the painting the walls a very white white to compensate for the lack of natural light and low ceiling. I am thrilled with the end results of how this lighter background set the tone for the entire space, less heavy, brighter, and definitively more me and up to date.

Along with lighting priorities to me, is the function of any space. 

Can you believe that BobBob came up with the brilliant idea to add a closet to the wall where this dresser was? You might ask but what about the storage function of that dresser? Seriously, how inconvenient are these inefficient dresser drawers versus open shelves for easy access and better use of storage space?

And finally, adding the icing on the cake elements with my new blue and white Company C bedding and runners and Natural Light lamps. The nightstands, artwork, Wesley Hall chair and ottoman, Window and chairand Thomas O’Brien from Hickory Chair bed came with us from Wichita, Kansas and work perfectly in our new master bedroom.

Pergo Tobacco Oak Laminate Flooring Home Depot

I hope that you can see my viewpoint now on the why I had to change every element in our new master bedroom.  My underlying reasons to constantly analyze our spaces is to remember that no space is benign! What we see visually and experience emotionally and physically do indeed affect our entire wellbeing.  My hope for you from this post is that your take away will be this exact exercise. Ask yourself what are you living in day after day that helps or hinders your life? 

I give tons of advice on how to’s in my book that can be accomplished in many instances, much easier than you might realize.

Thank you for following along with me on my Design Smarts journey in all of life arenas. I appreciate you all!

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  1. Omeria

    Beautiful reno. I can relate to seasons of life and change. We are doing the same to lighter up our bedroom. So excited for something new.
    Thanks for the share.

    • Mitzi

      Your are so welcome! It’s so amazing how as we enter into the changes life stages how essential it is to adjust so many areas of our lives. I hope you love your new bedroom!
      xo Mitzi

  2. Meredith Bohn

    adding the closet was genius! A homeowner MIGHT think of the paint and lighter window treatment, but would not think to add that storage convenience, thinking it would take up “too much space”. Great idea and should get people thinking!!
    Cheers to your new home!

    • Mitzi

      Love your comment Meredith! Yes, as designers we are given these opportunities to enhhance our clients spaces in ways not considered. Even though we often get that “are you kidding me look”, we still give these out of the box options that can often totally transform their spaces. I love your website gallery, BTW!
      xo Mitzi

  3. Sandy Rupp

    Beautiful, Mitzie! Hope you are enjoying your new digs.

    • Mitzi

      Hi Sandy! Thank you for commenting, I so appreciate hearing from others their take on my posts. And just this past week, I believe that I have turned the corner on my “new life” and it will be good.
      xoxo Mitzi

  4. Sharon

    Mitzi, this bedroom looks sooooo much better! The drapes in the before picture just had to go! Your changes made it not only beautiful but livable. Enjoy!

    • Mitzi

      Love your comment Sharon and so glad to know that you totally got my whole point of the whys. And thank you for your affirming comment that keeps me posting for others like yourself to share these life journeys.
      xo Mitzi

  5. Amy Hagerup

    Fantastic. I love this. Found you from instagram.

    • Mitzi

      Social media can be so wonderful when it works to connect us in a positive way. Thank you Amy for commenting and love that you loved my post!
      xo Mitzi

  6. Cindy

    Beautiful! Exactly what I would expect from you. Enjoy!

  7. Mitzi

    Thank you so much Cindy for this comment andcompliment. I so appreciate both!!
    Have a grea week!
    xo Mitzi

  8. Patricia Hart McMillan

    YES to every wonderful change! And a special YES to the closet. I proposed to our carpenter that he flank a bedroom window with closets and his advice: “Buy armoires…less expensive and you can take them with you.” While he was correct, were we not so close to moving to an assisted living home, I would have asked him to proceed with much-needed closets! Right on, Mitzi!

    • mitzi beach

      I hear you Pat on different situations require thinking out of the box as you were faced with a transitional move in your future. You being a design expert throughout your long successful career, have observed that very rarely are all homes and lifestages the same. So for us for this stage of downzing to Ohio, this was our solution as you agree and alsio so fun to acknowledge this added closet was Bob’s idea!