The Romantic Master Bedroom

The rest of this family’s home was bright and colorful, and after chatting with them at length, I decided to turn their bedroom into the soft and grounding oasis they were missing. Susanne wanted a quiet spot where she could lounge and read, and Mark wanted to be able to watch TV there. I decided that a built-in corner cabinet, that at the moment displayed family photos and mementos, could be salvaged and given a new lease on life. The room’s time shift into the 21st century began with the paint colours. The pink disappeared under a soft celery green colour, while creamy white covered the ceiling. Immediately the room felt warmer and richer. The cream-coloured broadloom was still in good shape, but added a pop of colour and warmth by bringing in a soft green, needlepoint rug.
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Changes are major, but subtle

Sheets in natural fibers, such as cotton or bamboo, will be the most comfortable for sleeping. The higher the thread count, the softer the sheets, so investing in a sheet with a thread count of at least 400 threads per inch will offer the best feel next to the skin. A fluffy, luxurious down comforter creates a feeling of extravagance and escape. Homeowners looking for that extra touch of sumptuousness should consider a duvet (comforter) cover in satin, velvet or other tactile fabric. The smooth, sensual texture of the fabric will put anyone in the mood for love.

taken apart and then put back together.” The wall between the front lounge and the hallway was removed by a previous owner and that’s an obvious alteration. Trudy’s work is no less dramatic, but has been done with a lot of sympathy for the original character of the home. Take the doorway into the front bedroom, for example. Trudy took it as well – around the corner to avoid it opening into the lounge area.
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