STOR­AGE STRATE­GIES: BUILT- IN CHARM

Smart cab­i­netry brings much-needed stor­age and welcome char­ac­ter to an awk­wardly shaped mas­ter bed­room.

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New wall-span­ning cab­i­nets add style and func­tion to a mas­ter bed­room.

CHAR­AC­TER BUILDER

Cus­tom cab­i­nets in Ge­orgina and Doug Miltenberger’s bed­room are crafted of paint-grade poplar and maple and fea­ture full-height stor­age tow­ers. Each side boasts a trio of dou­ble-door cab­i­nets out­fi­fit­ted out­fit­ted with shelves and bam­boo-lined draw­ers. Open cub­bies across the top dis­play books and sen­ti­men­tal ob­jects. A stor­age bin hold­ing ex­tra sheets, in­set right, slides un­der the bed.

WITH ITS ODD DI­A­MOND SHAPE,

an awk­ward en­trance, and a se­ri­ous lack of stor­age, the mas­ter bed­room in Ge­orgina and Doug Miltenberger’s 1940s Port­land, Ore­gon, home was more akin to a night­mare than a dream. Adding to its woes were a cramped, in­con­ve­niently lo­cated closet and faulty base­board heat­ing that never quite warmed the room. “It was cold, lit­er­ally and fig­u­ra­tively,” Ge­orgina says. De­signer Chelly Went­worth helped them trans­form the tired bed­room into a serene mas­ter suite with plenty of space for stash­ing clothes, ac­ces­sories, and me­dia. New cab­i­netry around the bed jump-started the renovation, blend­ing style and stor­age for a fresh look.

DOU­BLE DUTY

Sur­round­ing the bed with stor­age, above, freed just enough space for a fem­i­nine, painted desk in one cor­ner, left. Here, Ge­orgina writes thank-you notes and ap­plies makeup. Sta­tionery sup­plies, along with lip­sticks and eye shad­ows, tuck in­side the desk draw­ers.

ROOM WITH A VIEW

A charm­ing win­dow seat, right, en­closes a new, en­ergy-ef­fi­cient ra­di­a­tor. Its painted, per­fo­rated metal sur­round al­lows heat to cir­cu­late eas­ily. The cush­ioned seat of­fers an ideal perch for putting on shoes or re­view­ing the day’s cal­en­dar.

OPEN AND SHUT

A floor-to-ceil­ing, built-in cor­ner cabi­net, left, hides a flat-screen television. When the cabi­net is open, the TV is vis­i­ble from the bed. Shelves and bas­kets be­low or­ga­nize ac­ces­sories, tow­els, and ex­tra linens.

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