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Small Master Bedroom? Add Drama with a Tufted Headboard!

1 Feb

Mary from Toledo, Ohio ‘s e-mail asked “I have a small master bedroom and I only have room for one end table and a dresser. What can I do to make it dramatic?”

The end table and dresser are functional items, so your bed should be the focal point.  The first thing noticeably visually.  To bring attention to a small room is to definitely have a dramatic headboard!

What comes to my mind, is a upholstered tufted headboard.  If you are thinking cost, check out your local thrift shops or you can even make it yourself, if you are crafty.  OK! If not;  Humble Abode has some reasonable priced tufted headboards in a few styles and fabrics.  The fabric can be luxurious, like velvet or simple like a linen cotton.  It’s whatever you prefer!

Then the next step will be to get a beautiful bed ensemble to complete the room; using the headboard as the backdrop.  My favorite shopping place for you to start would be www.overstock.com and Marshalls®.   Now if you don’t prefer to have the tufted headboard, there are other styles. Whatever you decide, just remember the bed requires to be the focal point of the room <since it’s a small master>; followed by some nice window treatments and accessories.

Also, make sure you measure carefully the wall in which the headboard will rest and the size of your mattress.  Add the bed’s height to the height from the top of the bed to the height of the headboard, which is the headboard’s height.
There should only be a one to one 1/2 inch of the headboard showing when the mattress is in place (width).  Since the room is small, storage of items is also key, so make sure everything has a place.

Good luck!

Letia 🙂

Lorraine headboard provided by Pottery Barn®

2nd Bedroom, Guest Room or Office?

15 Jan

Stephanie from Chicago, Illinois sent this question:

“I just recently moved into this apartment with beautiful hardwood floors, which has two bedrooms! The largest bedroom, I’m using as my master.   The smaller one, I don’t know what to do? Guest room or office?”

Congratulations! You have the second bedroom dilemma!   Do you turn it into a guest bedroom, so when friends or family visit, you can put them up!  Or would you rather say that you don’t have the room and prefer them to stay at a hotel? <you know what I mean, you like your privacy and perhaps they like there’s>.

Do you turn it into an office, a designated place to do your writing, computer work and business?   How do you decide, or do you need both?  The best way to go about deciding, is to go by what’s your lifestyle like.

If you have company all the time, which they would want to stay and YOU want them to stay too!  Then the room should be a guest bedroom.  If you can fit a small writing desk in the room, to perhaps place a laptop; it would be good.

If you rarely have company and need a space just to do work, then an office it is!  What’s next?  For either, the room must functional!  There should always be a place for storing things.  Boxes, vases and vessels are great to display items and  store stuff that you may not want seen.

If you decide a guest room, it should say you!  Don’t pick ensembles or colors that your grandmother would like!  If an office, for example if you want your 18×24 picture of  Bruce Springsteen on the wall <I can tell you are a fan by your e-mail address!!>, then by all means show it!  If you read many of my posts, I am a strong proponent of this!

Here’s a few tips!

  • Start gradually.
  • Pick a paint color that’s good for both living and working.
  • Buy items, you like and find a particular place in the room.
  • If you make a mistake, it’s definitely OK! Just start over!  See Interior Design Magazine…Makes You Dream!

Good luck! Let me know what you decide!

Letia 🙂

My Home Staging Photo displays a writing desk. ?, please send to lee@lmlifestyleanddesign.com.

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