AFTER HUNTING FOR A LONG TIME, I HAVE FINALLY BOUGHT MY DREAM HOME. I ALWAYS WANTED A HOME WITH LARGE BEDROOMS, BUT MOST OF ALL A VERY LARGE MASTER BEDROOM, WHERE I COULD READ AND ENJOY LEISURE TIME. HOWEVER, NOW THAT WE HAVE THE HOME OF OUR DREAMS, I AM LOST AS TO HOW TO FILL SPACE HERE, AND HOW TO DESIGN IT TO THE BEST UTILITY POSSIBLE AS I AM AGAINST WASTING SPACE. HOWEVER, I DO NOT WANT TO GIVE IT AN OVERFULL OR EVEN AN UNDER UTILISED LOOK. PLEASE ADVISE.

I shall enjoy answering this, as my favourite space to design in a home is the master bedroom. This is because, we tend to spend most of our time at home here when sleeping, lounging, or unwell. It is also viewed with a very narrow approach, which is why I so enjoy breaking the mould. We need to change the way we look at a bedroom. A bedroom cannot be looked at as a one bed. side table room to sleep at night alone. It needs to act as a lounge, an area where one can unwind: read; watch television; work on the internet; and wind down from the flurry of the day. To overcome the challenge of going beyond the essential bed in the bedroom. I have found successful solutions that I have executed successfully in various interiors that I have orchestrated.

This is an inviting ambience for an intimate tete-a-tete since, it is unlikely that one would linger on the bed at all times that one is home.

■ An intimate, plush, sink-in, maybe pintucked seating element, is great for the visual appeal of comfort but. also essential to lounge, read a book, chat with a friend in the privacy of your room. Perhaps an interesting ottoman, a dramatic Jacobean day-bed or even just a sculptural curvy chair like a design statement?

■ You could also use a bay window for seating space at the window seat. Aside of this they enlarge the space visually, literally along with adding to the overall style of the room.

■ Opposite or at a diagonal to your seating in the master bedroom, you could have a credenza for your entertainment system. Added to this or under this credenza. Medicines, remotes, files, bills need to be kept in ones room, and are most unsightly when strewn atop tables.

■ My favourite, treasured books and tiny work space with computer and gizmos is essential in this nook. It allows me private time to think, reply to mails and be alone. If this is what you’d enjoy. I’d highly recommend that your nook be incorporated with a tall book shelf and some storage for your workspace.

■ My favourite touch is always a small round breakfast table with interesting legs by the window. This only adds to the charm and. also doubles as a useful place to hang out with your partner, or just read the newspaper with a view and a cuppa tea. What about that intimate breakfast with your favourite book when you do not necessarily want to face the entire house? The use of glass on the surface enhances the look of light and space. A solid surface on the tabletop. gives a thick heavy feel to the table.

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