You may remember that when we were condo hunting I had two big complaints about the Chicago condo market. 1) "open plan" kitchens in the living room, clearly intended for people a) without toddlers and b) who don't actually cook and 2) huge, waste-of-floor-space master bathrooms.
We love our place (including the separate-room kitchen), but it does have a wastefully huge master bathroom. First I thought we should open the wall between the main part of the bedroom and the 6'X9' master closet, put a hallway door in that closet and create a fourth bedroom, while extending the master bedroom into the bathroom a few feet.
But that is a major pipe dream. Like we could afford to do that after buying a new condo and in this economy.
So, plan B: turn the master bath into a potting shed/greenhouse. The huge wall o' window is a northeast one, but hey, it's light. So far, it seems to be working well. The only problem is that the glass brick (which is gorgeous, and I LOVE it, bless its heart) is drafty. So the bathroom is actually colder than the rest of the house. My seeds sprouted quickly with a little help from a heating pad, though. I'm probably going to invest in a grow lamp on a timer too, to extend the daylight hours for the plants, as recommended by a commenter here a few weeks ago. All the houseplants you see below will eventually have other homes in the house after I finish babying them and repotting them into decorative containers. And yes, that's a watering can peeping from the bathtub. I do use the bathtub to take baths, but I'm storing the watering can and a bucket (used to catch warm-up shower water, also recommended by a commenter, thanks!) in there when I'm not soaking myself.
Sorry about the light issues in these photos. I am too lazy to dig up the real camera now that I can snap things with my phone...
We used to keep this shelf in our dining room at the old place: