Teeny Tiny Master Suite

Master Bedroom Entrance

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.

 

White pine bed frame head detail

White pine bed frame head detail

White pine bed frame end detail

White pine bed frame end detail

 

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.

Damask Quilt Cover and Cushions

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.

Lorraine Chairs

Lorraine Chairs in amber taupe

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.

Master Suite Seating Area

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
*Prices are correct at the time of purchase and are subject to change without notice. Delivery times may vary depending on your location.

Creating More Kitchen Space

Coffee Bar

As previously mentioned, a few months ago my husband and I purchased our first home and much of our time has been spent settling in and trying to best utilize our house’s cosy 92 sqm footprint.

It’s a small space for a small family and we’ve loved making it our own.

One of the first things I went in search for after we moved in was some extra space in our kitchen.

We have a small U-shaped kitchen which, while updated and in good condition was still a little small for our needs.

What I never realised until we moved in was how many gadgets I have.

It’s very fortunate our new kitchen has a large pantry and several pot drawers but I still found that my benchtop space was cluttered with appliances, jars and canisters.

I have a small alcove at one end of my kitchen which is technically described as a “dining area”. It’s essentially an empty space for a dining table which makes it an eat in kitchen.

To be honest the space is only big enough for a small 4 seater table at best so instead of placing my bigger 6 seater dining set in there I decided to fill it with extra bench and storage space.

I like the rustic, country and industrial looks and while I would have loved to have purchased a beautiful kitchen island bench made from reclaimed timber and a solid timber top, my budget simply wouldn’t allow such an extravagance.

You can get beautiful timber kitchen island benches from places like My Deal and Living Styles. If only I had a spare $1000 lying around. *wistful sigh*

My budget friendly alternative came in the form of a stainless steel kitchen workbench from Real Smart online department store.

These are similar kitchen benches to the ones you might see in a commercial kitchen.

Stainless Steel Kitchen Bench

The design is simple; a stainless steel rectangle top, 1524mm long x 610mm wide.

It stands at 890mm high with a shelf at the bottom which can be set at whichever height you like for storage.

I love that it was easy to put together, even on my own. You might want to get someone to hold the bottom shelf at the right height off the ground so you can secure it to the table legs.

As I was assembling this piece by myself, my solution was to rest the bottom shelf on a box that was roughly the right height off the ground before slotting the legs in and bolting them in place, although I imagine you could also use G-clamps for this purpose too.

The end result is sturdy and practical. I love that I can rest a hot pot or baking sheet straight out of the oven right on top without having to use a trivet.

I’ve prepared pastry, bread and cookie dough on it and it works a treat because it’s a colder surface to work on than my laminate kitchen benchtops.

I love that the surface of the benchtop is starting to show little scratches and marks from consistent use. It adds to the rustic industrial charm.

The grade of stainless steel in this bench is 430. The grade apparently relates to the metal compounds in the steel and affects things like corrosion resistance. You can search for descriptions of the different stainless steel grades for further information.

In terms of cleaning there are several resources on the internet about how to properly clean stainless steel worktops which tend to involve things like baking soda, vinegar or dishwashing detergent.

If find that if I’m in a hurry then wiping the bench down with a damp cloth will do and I find glass cleaner is good at getting rid of fingerprints.

For the purposes of kitchen prep it’s holding up quite well and at the moment the bench serves as our tea and coffee bar which I’m absolutely in love with.

Lady V Shopping Spree - Coffee Bar

It was an absolute steal (no pun intended) at less than AU$150.00 plus delivery and one of my favourite purchases for my house to date.

I have great plans for this space including under bench storage baskets, rustic wall shelves, a splashback and wainscoting to the wall behind.

I’m looking forward to sharing this with you so watch this space!

  • Lady V xoxo