One of our favorite things about smaller houses is figuring out how to make them gracious and comfortable, even elegant.

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One of our favorite things about smaller houses—this one is about 1400 square feet—is figuring out how to make them gracious and comfortable, even elegant, using design and color and a few floor plan tweaks.

The master suite of the Shutter Cat House is a great example of this. The master bedroom was a decent size to begin with, but you had to exit the bedroom and go down the hall to get to the strangely long and skinny bathroom, where you had to shimmy past a shower sticking out in the middle of the room to get to the toilet. Not exactly a relaxing, private retreat. With the two other bedrooms the house will have when we’re done with it, we wanted to give the homeowners their own space that they don’t have to share with kids or guests.

We’re widening the windows, of course, because we apparently can’t not. We’re glass junkies!

Like the rest of the house, the master suite will have luxury vinyl wood flooring underfoot, and a cool, clean coat of paint. Tucked into the back corner of the house, the master suite is as far away as you can get from the lively kitchen/great room.

To give the space even more privacy, we turned around the entrance of what had been a hall bathroom, and made it into the master bedroom’s en suite. A pocket door on the bathroom keeps walkways open.

During the design process, we stumbled across a double vanity in a rich blue/green/gray color, and suddenly we had our focal point for the bathroom. With soft grey/beige marble lantern tiles across the whole front wall and a simple glass shower surround to keep it feeling spacious, we think it will be quite luxurious.

I mean, really. You don’t need a freestanding sculptural bathtub and a velvet chaise longue in the en suite to create a comfortable, elegant oasis.

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