Open It Up, Please

 “If you could remodel/redecorate any room in your house which room would you choose and what would you do to it?”

This is such a fun topic to think about. I don’t own my house but if I did own it there is a lot that I would want to do to it. It just really needs a lot of work and love to be put into it. You can tell from looking around that the landlord fixes everything as cheaply as possible, it really does show. Now I don’t know where any of the load bearing walls are in this house but for the sake of this post we’re going to pretend that none of them are so I can get what I want.

Everything in this house is divided off. In my living room there is a set of French doors leading out to an enclosed porch which is not insulated. Then a set of French doors that lead out to the stairs and another door that leads to the enclosed porch. The wall that separates the living room from the stairs leaves a space that is fairly unusable between it and the stairs. Two years ago we squeezed a bookcase in there and turned it into a reading nook but it didn’t stay a reading nook long since we couldn’t get comfy chair into that spot. Next to the living room is the dining room which is oddly set up as well. A bathroom is off of it which makes the room smaller than the living room, then there is a closet that also cuts into the dining room space. Everything just feels so closed off in each of these rooms. Here’s a rough sketch I did up on the computer of the layout of my main floor.

I love to entertain. Hosting birthdays, family dinners, and holidays is something that I truly enjoy. Sleepovers and game nights, and movie nights are very common in my home but they are not as common as I would like them to be, nor are they as large as I would want. We have only had one Thanksgiving here where all my siblings were invited and we were cramped in here, even though not everyone was able to make it. Three of my siblings and there families were unable to attend which means it was just us, my parents, and one of my brothers with his family, that’s only 11 people who were able to attend and it was cramped. I had to move a table into my living room for the adults while the kids were at a separate table in the dining room. I know that many people like to do an adult table and a children’s table but I am not a fan of them. I feel that the entire family should be together at the same table, even if that is a few tables pushed together to make one big one. I want to be able to visit with everyone and talk to anyone while we eat and really enjoy our time together. Now holidays in the colder months is usually my single sister, my parents, and my kids. During the warmer months I host events at my parents’ house where I get to organize cookouts and fun events that can take place outside in their large yard.

If I could remodel any room in my house I would turn my main floor into an open concept living space. I would knock out walls, I would move the bathroom to the opposite side of the wall. I want one large room so that I can host. With an open concept I would be able to move furniture around so that I could make one long table by putting my folding picnic table up against my dining room table for the holidays and family dinners. I would settle for the living room and dining room being open concept but would love it even more if my kitchen were also open. I want to be able to still feel like I’m a part of the fun if I still have some things that need to be done in the kitchen. There are times when my parents and sister will arrive and I’ll still be cooking. I would love to be able to see them and talk to them while they’re in the dining room or living room.

The living room and dining room are now open and the bathroom has been shifted over.
The ideal would be for it all to be open.

As for decorating. I really love antiques. I have an eclectic style. If I see something that I like I’ll get it. Nothing really matches but it is all part of my style which I like. My walls are currently covered in dream catchers, wall sconces for my candles, photographs, paintings of my own and of others. My favorite piece of furniture is my great-great-grandfather’s rocking chair. I would want to be able to hit up thrift stores and antique stores to decorate my home. I would probably want to add some built in book cases. I am always looking for new places to put books.

Do you like an open concept floor plan?

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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5 Responses to Open It Up, Please

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    In concept, I also like an open plan…since I believe it makes better use of available space than lots of walls and short hallways.
    That said, we tend to be cluttered and with an open design, all that clutter is visible (to visitors). No doubt they wonder if we’d had a small tornado come through.
    I LOVE built-in-bookshelves and wanted some here in the house we built (2007). But it wasn’t to be. Even though our house is large (by the standards we become used to), the layout just didn’t allow for the bookshelves.

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    • I understand about clutter. My house is in the process of decluttering. I’ve tackled my kitchen recently and cleared out things we never use. If I could get my kids to put their things away at the end of the day that would help.
      Too bad you couldn’t have built-ins. I think they’re so pretty.

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  2. It sounds really good.I do love open concept houses.

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I love open floor plans, too. I have a somewhat open plan here at my condo, and I’m finding that it forces me to put things away much sooner than I would otherwise. Renting does put a damper on decorating ideas. Hope you’re able to put your plans in motion someday soon.

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  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I like an open concept too.The plans you drew up look nice.

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