Day 6 of My Home Tour: Master Bedroom

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This one is going to be short and quick.  While I love our master bedroom it’s not mack daddy by any standards.  If you’re familiar with old houses you’ll know very rarely are there large master bedrooms (in very large homes, yes, there are) and therefore our room is tiny when compared to today’s master bedroom standards.  We can still fit a king-size bed, bureau, dresser, fireplace, and two nightstands…but it’s a tight fit.  When we add our bathroom in ten years or so we’ll move across the hall to the larger bedroom that is adjacent to the kitchenette-turned-master-bathroom, but for now this is our room.

This room actually had boarders in it in 1927.  One night they came home, started a fire in the coal-burning fireplace, and went to bed.  Somehow during the night a coal popped out onto the rug and started a fire that destroyed the second story (it wasn’t a full second story at the time).  The Brogdons moved down the street to the masonic lodge for a few months while their house was repaired and a full second story was added.


Sorry I didn’t make my bed neater today.  Those sheets hanging out of the comforter are annoying me just looking at them!  All bedding is Pottery Barn, by the way.  I love PB bedding and think it’s worth the splurge–especially the sheets.

If you’ve been following me for awhile you’ll remember in the summer of 2008 that you all helped me decide on drapes for this room.

The rug I found at Lakewood years ago for $10.  I had it as the rug in our entry way until recently, but C. told me it was getting too ratty looking for our foyer.  I loved its “character”, but I agreed that most of our guests would not.  So it found a place on C.’s side of the bed.


I need something cheap to go above the bed so I scoured flea markets, antique stores, and ebay looking for these 1950s Vernon Kilns souvenir plates…on a budget, of course.   I didn’t pay more than $5 each for them.  The Georgia one is my favorite, of course.

C.’s nightstand (on the left) is my favorite piece of furniture.  Heywood Wakefield.  1920s.  Perfect orginal paint.  Original tags underneath.  Perfect condition.  $150 at Lakewood 400 four years ago (that’s a steal in case you don’t know your vintage wicker).  Oh, I am in love with this piece of furniture–almost too much so.

Our lamps are antique hand-carved alabaster.  I got C.’s at Scotts Antique Market and mine on ebay.  I’m always on the hunt for more of those.


Here’s my messy nightstand, complete with bedtime books for MM, my latest knitting project on the floor, and a needle and thread.  Wait–you don’t have those things on your nightstand?  I don’t believe it!


Our 1940s mahogany dresser.  Pottery Barn jewelry box with my monogram (thanks, Mom and Dad!).  Target lamps.  Footjoy golf glove (ha!).  A Baby Ben clock.  A mirror made out of an old cabinet door.


Unfortunately, I didn’t get a close-up of our fireplace.  Here’s the mantle and pictures above it.  The ones on the wall are from our wedding day and the one on the mantle is of MM when she was ten days old.


Hampton Bay fan.  It’s Tiffany Dragonfly.  It was a housewarming present from my grandmother.

The two “befores” and the two “durings”.  This room actually had an air mattress in it while we restored the house and we spent some weekend nights here–maybe that’s why there weren’t too many pictures I could find??  Not sure.



Plaster repair took a long time on this room.



8 Responses to Day 6 of My Home Tour: Master Bedroom

  1. Joanna @ The Casa May 30, 2010 at 7:20 am #

    Your house is so wonderful. I love all your antiques. I truly enjoyed looking at all your pictures because you showed us your real life, not a cookie cutter magazine style picture. What a lovely and welcoming home.

    I popped over here from Poppies at Play. I’ll most certainly return!

  2. Wendy May 30, 2010 at 9:03 am #

    I found you this morning through Poppies at Play and having so much fun reading through your post! You have done a beautiful and amazing job restoring your home. Your house is absolutly beautiful. We also live and are raising our kids in the same small town our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents..ect.. grew up in! It is the best…wouldn’t change anything!
    Excited to follow along with you! Thanks for sharing.
    Smile 🙂

  3. Chris Howard May 30, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    I love the bedroom, and honestly, it doesn’t need to be that big! I watch all these “house hunting” shows where people demand these HUGE master suites where even big pieces of furniture look lost in a ginormous room. I just don’t see the point, we only need room for a bed, bureau/dresser, and nightstands in a bedroom. The rest is just space you wind up having to heat or cool. Our “ancestors” had the right idea about how to design houses.

    I love that old rug, but then I love things that are worn. The ceiling fan is just lovely too- your Grandmother has great taste.

    Keep the faith on the “master suite”. It will happen! The hubby and I have been living in this house for 9 years now and we are finally going to get to all those projects that we’ve been waiting on.

  4. Kristin May 30, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    Visiting from Poppies at Play. LOVE your home. I don’t usually like old homes, something about the smell just turns my stomach. But your home is so beautiful and you kept just enough of the old touches to give it a wonderful Southern charm. Your porch is incredible – nothing like a porch in the South! And yes, I have yarn and needles on my bedside table too! 🙂

  5. aunt margaret May 30, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    Nat, the Master BR is pretty, Good job ! Have enjoyed the mini tours this week.

  6. auntspicy June 1, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    What a gorgeous room…it has a great feel!

  7. LBDDiaries July 20, 2010 at 12:42 am #

    Your BR may not be huge but it’s peaceful! Did you keep the radiator? I love radiators whether they’re functional or not!

  8. Natalie July 20, 2010 at 8:17 am #

    there are radiators in every room (and two in each hallway), except in the bathrooms and kitchen–we removed those for space. 🙂 we still have a boiler in the basement, though it stopped working in the 80s. miss eleanor says we could probably getting them to all working again…but i’m just fine with my central hvac!

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