Once upon a time, the upstairs at Bradford was as an apartment. It’s spacious and is distinctly divided into two areas by a staircase. Let me be honest. The kitchen has been my favorite room to think about and plan, so much so that I haven’t had much interest in thinking about the master. I just look at Brad-the-contractor and say, “I don’t know what you’re going to do up here. It’s all you.”

The ceiling is low and the walls are presently lined with pine paneling—this is totally messing with my visual space. We have some challenges regarding the closets. We have some challenges regarding the bathroom. And, like I said, there’s a staircase in the dead center of the room. Take a look.

The blue tape on the floor represents where the bathroom could be. Maybe.

I don’t know if I’ll be able to part with that blue fish on the wall…

Of course, the paneling will go. The shed dormers will become gable dormers (which will really help with my visual space issues) and Brad mentioned reworking the ceiling to follow the roof line to give us a couple more feet in there. He’s also got some great ideas for windows and bringing more light into the room—which I am always in favor of doing. Essentially, I have not been the synergistic force that I like to be when it comes to ideas. I have been staring at this room thinking… I don’t know about you, Room. You’re on my sketchy list.

Finally, I ran across some things that started to inspire me and of course, now I am like… Brad. Let’s talk about the master. Can we talk about the master? I saw something I like. How can we take it to the next level? Let’s go sit and stare at the room until we figure it out. I am always so patient.

Here’s what caught my eye–ceilings, painted floors, and maybe something different with the stairs (like a stripe). All I needed was a healthy dose of inspiration.