Monday, March 6, 2017

Small House Living - Master Bedroom





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.





We have a queen-size bed that just fits in here.  We started out with a lovely iron bed.  It had a headboard and footboard.  Since I go to bed first, I sleep on the inside of the bed near the window.  I also get up first, at about 5:00 am.  The footboard made is impossible for me to climb out of the bed without having to climb over my husband.  The older we got, the harder this became.  We finally got rid of the footboard but that left the edge of the metal frame jutting out and I was constantly banging my ankle on the darn thing.  The headboard was also really tall, and I couldn't tilt in the window in order to wash it.  

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.


Necklaces hang from a cross I found at Goodwill and painted a creamy white.




We keep just enough pillows to make it extra comfy for reading in bed.  



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 is the view from the bed.  The furniture is way too big and way too fancy for this room, but we are living frugally here and are not going to replace perfectly good out-of-scale furniture. 

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!


Linking Up ~

16 comments:

  1. Your bedroom is beautiful! It's nice to see a smaller master bedroom featured so beautifully. I live in a 119 year old house with a very small master bedroom, iron bed included. Love the bed but think it's time to move it to one of our other bedrooms and get a bed frame that uses less space.

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    1. I'm so glad you can relate Cathy. I loved that iron bed, but it was just too big for the room. I still miss it sometimes, but I'm learning to live with less! Thanks for coming by!
      Warmly, Gloria

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  2. Your room looks so charming and comfy. I love how you used the ladder. It's so refreshing to see someone appreciate what they have and make the most of it. You've created a beautiful room!

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    1. Thank you Joanne. The ladder is one of my favorite things too!
      Warmly, Gloria

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  3. Your room is beautiful. These are my colors! Love neutrals for their calming effect. Great job!

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    1. I have never regretted going neutral. I can add color whenever I want it, but I find that neutrals are what I want to come home to. After working in first grade all day, the last thing I want to look it are primary colors - lol!
      Warmly, Gloria

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  4. I LOVE your MBR. My favorite things are the doors on your closet, the ladder and basket added on your side, and that wonderful pile of textiles and bedding! Caught your feature on Coastal Charm - well deserved!
    Rita C at Panoply

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    1. Thank you for coming by Rita! Those are all my favorites too!
      Warmly, Gloria

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  5. Your furniture and wood floors are dreamy! I love it! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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    1. Thank you for coming by - and of course for hosting!
      Warmly, Gloria

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  6. So charming- I think your bedroom is beautiful- thanks for linking up!

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    1. Thank you for coming by my blog Courtney - and of course for hosting your wonderful party! I am so honored to be featured there!
      Warmly, Gloria

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  7. Looks beautiful!Love the duvet covers and pillow shams from IKEA - they go really well with the white and wood theme of the bedroom.

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  8. What a great bedroom! I love that you are so contented with what you have! Your room is beautiful, and I don't think the furniture is too fancy, they look like heirloom pieces! I really like what you did with the closet doors, too!

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    1. Thank you Deanna! I'm so happy your friend told you about my blog. I've been reading over at your's too!
      Warmly, Gloria

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Thank you for your lovely comments - they make my day!

Gloria