Since my husband and I bought our first house I’ve been obsessed with watching home building and reno shows on tv. Not the game show competition-type ones but the shows where families go about finding and creating their own family dream home.
I also love the ones where families who have suffered unimaginable hardship for whatever reason and find themselves living in derelict circumstances are rescued by the help of very generous qualified builders and tradespeople to transform their houses into functional and beautiful family homes.
There’s nothing more heart-warming than watching a community rallying together to help a family in need as is the case with DIY:SOS The Big Build and Holmes Makes It Right.
However, my all-time favourite home reno show is Fixer Upper hosted by Texas couple Chip and Joanna Gaines. The country style definitely speaks to me and I’m always blown away by the transformation of their property projects.
The thing I notice with American and Canadian home shows in particular is they have this concept known as a “master suite”.
The idea is that the master bedroom is a grown up sanctuary and features not only a queen or king sized bed but also a walk-in wardrobe, master bathroom and a sitting area to relax in.
This isn’t necessarily a concept exclusive to those parts of the world but it’s not something I have come across very often here.
I’ve haven’t lived in a house that has ever had enough space for what could be described as a “master suite” with a seating/lounging area in the master bedroom to relax in.
I do love the idea though and wanted to somehow incorporate a master suite concept into my own home.
Our master bedroom is 3.5 x 3.75m with a built in wardrobe on one of the shorter sides with a depth of about 620mm.
Given the small footprint of my master bedroom and the layout of my house, there’s no way I could achieve a true master bed/walk in robe/master bathroom combination without knocking down walls, building extensions and installing new plumbing. Absolutely out of the question on a modest budget and with no time or patience for major renovations.
Instead I’ve chosen to incorporate some elements that make our master bedroom feel more like a grown up space and sanctuary for me and my husband to retire to.
In truth, it’s more a space for me seeing as how every other part of the house seems to have been overrun by children including the kitchen and bathroom. Even my husband has his separate office/media room/man cave.
I’ve chosen to make the space calming and romantic with very muted tones. There is still heaps of room for improvement. I further envision drapes, wall mirror and repainting of walls. Shelving will also help with storage.
Our queen sized bed takes up most of the space so in order to gain some extra storage we got rid of our queen mattress and base ensemble and replaced it with a queen timber bed frame from RealSmart.com.au
It’s a solid pine timber queen bed frame in white and it follows the romantic country theme I had been going for. It was a bargain at just over $214 plus about $32 for delivery to Sydney metro*.
The frame allows for around 32cm of height underneath the bed which is great for storage tubs which we picked up from Kmart for about $8.00 each.
We replaced our tired old mattress with a new Luxo Selene Pocket Spring and Latex mattress from DeluxeProducts.com.au. This too was a steal at $289.95 plus $20.50 for same-day delivery to Sydney metro*.
There are so many different mattresses to choose from at DeluxeProducts.com.au and same day shipping to selected areas is a plus. To be honest the mattresses seem to have very similar specifications. I chose this one in particular for its depth. It’s a 30cm thick medium-firm mattress which we got to help with our neck and back pains.
The thing we realised though was that due to the extra height of the bed frame and the mattress, the bed sits quite high in the room and it took some getting used to climbing in and out of bed.
Our 4 year old son struggles to climb up which I suppose is good seeing as he loves to jump on it and mess up my made up bed and sheets.
The mattress itself is very comfortable and it certainly has helped my husband and I with our neck and back pain but the latex layer on the top doesn’t hold the heat very well and while this will be great in summer, in the winter it makes the bed very cold.
I would recommend using a thick underlay to help contain your body heat and keep the bed warm on cold nights.
I picked up the quilt cover and pillowcases from Kmart for about $22 for a queen set. The pale beige and damask print ties in with the existing wall colour and adds to the romantic feel.
At the end of our new bed we had approximately 950mm of unused space which is where I decided to place our “seating area”.
To follow along with the plush, romantic theme I chose 2 French provincial style Lorraine chairs from RealSmart.com.au.
You would think with the amount of money I spend shopping at RealSmart.com.au that I would have shares in the business, huh? Lol. No, but they do have some great stuff at really good prices.
Two of these lovely chairs sit at the end of our bed with a white faux lambskin rug and cane basket full of magazines and newspapers in between them.
The chairs sit quite low; the seat sits just 38cm off the ground but that’s fine if you like to sit back and stretch your legs out and if like my husband, you just need a place to sit to put your shoes on in the morning.
They were very easy to put together and at the time cost $154.36 each plus about $8.00 shipping to Sydney metro*.
It’s a space where I can retreat to if I need a moment away from the kids. I can read my magazines, listen to my iPod and collect my thoughts. It’s also where I come up with a lot of drafts for my blog posts.
It’s exactly what I envisioned a “master suite” to be for. I do intend to add some further touches down the line. I would love to find a unique piece of artwork to hang above the bed, add pops of colour to the room and come up with more creative ways to add storage.
I the meantime this teeny, tiny master suite is a pretty sweet space.
- Lady V