Master Suite Addition

Casual serenity pervades a master bedroom addition that includes a light-filled master bathroom and pretty amenities. With fresh color and traditional materials choices, the master suite meshes modern living and traditional style.


An 1800s farmhouse radiated character and comfort, so its homeowners decided to live with and enjoy the old home's charms and challenges. But as the family grew, the home needed to follow suit. When the owners added a new kitchen and mudroom to the main level, the remodel came with an extra perk: space above the addition for a master bedroom and bath.

In the new master suite, pitched ceilings and wide-plank pine flooring, as well as beaded board in the bath, mesh with the original style of the home. Walls painted grayish-blue and grayish-green are minimally decorated, creating a casual sanctuary. The salvaged stained-glass window used as a transom lends a vintage look to the space and shares light between the bathroom and bedroom.

A traditionally dressed bed fits in with the room's fresh, soothing style. Striped shams and throw pillows in blues and creams capture the casual vibe, and a white matelasse coverlet speaks to the classic design.

A deep window seat across from the bed stretches the length of the master bedroom's south-facing windows, providing a sunny reading and napping space. Shelves below the comfy seat house books for easy access. Pillows in the same fabrics as those on the bed dot the window seat, but the seat's cushions are covered in a graphic flower print for an unexpected yet well-placed pop of individuality.

Once limited to a shower-only bathroom off the hall, the upper level now boasts an airy master bathroom adjacent to the master bedroom. A wide doorway connecting the two areas makes them feel like one large space. Pocket doors outfitted with frosted glass for privacy are a space-saving alternative to swinging doors. The pocket doors resemble a Japanese shoji screen, setting the stage for a serene and relaxing environment.

To maximize space in the new master bath, a furniture-style vanity fills an alcove and the tub angles into a corner. The vanity's placement also takes advantage of the natural light that streams through the windows along the back of the alcove. A light fixture above and sconces flanking the vanity supplement the natural light. Consistent use of a polished-chrome finish on the light fixtures, faucets, and towel bars creates a unified look in the master bathroom.

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