Do you watch House Hunters? I love this show and have not grown tired of it after watching hundreds of episodes over the years. One thing I know though, my house would not fit the criteria for most of the house hunters out there.
1. Master Bedroom Suite - NO
2. Large enough for king-size bed - NO
3. Walk-in closet - NO
4. Master luxury bath - NO
5. Master bath - NO
6. Double sinks - NO
In spite of not having anything on this desired list, I LOVE my master bedroom. It has everything we need to have in a bedroom, and it is simple, easy to keep clean, and comfortable.
As much as I hated to do it, we decided to sell the iron bed. My husband made a very basic frame with slats for our Temperpedic mattress since we decided to get rid of the box spring as well. The total cost was about $40 for the materials. I like that the bed is a bit lower giving it a sort of Scandinavian look. I like how simple it is without a dust ruffle, and it is also much easier to vacuum under the bed now.
Because this room is so tiny, there is absolutely no room for any kind of bedside table. I needed to get creative so I added a ladder with a basket.
No bedside table means no bedside lamp. We added this vintage looking pendant style light we found at Target. It is perfect for reading at night. The sign is from Hobby Lobby. The wreath was made from coffee filters and you can google "coffee filter wreath" to find out how to make one.
This is my dresser.
The Duvet cover and pillow shams are from Ikea in king size, even though our bed is a queen. Now this is just about the best advice I can give anyone, and it took me until I was 50 years old to figure this out:
Get a KING SIZE comforter for a queen size bed!
For years I struggled with my husband hogging the comforter. A queen size comforter (or blanket) fits a queen sized bed until you put two adults under it - then is barely goes to the edge of the bed. When we needed to purchase a new comforter a few years ago, I suddenly had this revelation and it has been life-changing. Now I always have enough comforter to keep me covered. I would also get a king size blanket if we used a blanket, but the comforter along with a duvet cover and top sheet are all we need to keep warm.
This huge armoire is my husband's.
The door on the right leads to a Jack-and-Jill bathroom, shared with another bedroom.
A fan was a necessity in this room. In warm weather, the second floor in an old house tends to be very hot and ours is no exception. In the winter months, the woodstove is directly below us and the heat comes right up the stairs, so I use this fan often.
It also had to be a mini fan, since anything bigger would hit the armoire.
This is our closet - my pride and joy! We re-did this closet ourselves and on a very frugal budget. We reused the solid wood bi-fold doors by bolting them together and adding hinges and handles (replicas of the original hardware in this house). We sanded the doors down and applied Danish oil in natural for a rustic look.
Inside, we reused the original bar and shelf, and had to purchase a second bar for the left side. My husband used wood scraps to build the middle shelves and we used leftover paint to paint it. We now have a very organized and functional closet that is plenty big enough for our modest wardrobes.
As you can see, there is not much extra space in this room, but really, it is all we need.
Here is another view of the vintage ladder I use as a bedside table.
The basket holds reading material, my Nook, hand cream, the case for my glasses, and my wrist splints for when my carpal tunnel is acting up. I also put my cellphone in here at night.
I'm sure House Hunters would describe this as a cozy Master Bedroom, and that would be just fine with me!
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