For the Ladies: Creating Your Own Retreat

October 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

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When it comes to having rooms of your own, men have it all figured out. Just look at a typical man cave. Filled with huge leather recliners containing cup holders in each arm, an enormous flat-screen television on the wall and loads of junk that only a man would love, it virtually screams “He-Man Woman-Hater’s Club” like something from “The Little Rascals.” It’s not meant to attract women, which is fine since it certainly doesn’t. Yet women don’t seem to have anything near an equivalent.

Perhaps it’s time to change that. After all, wouldn’t you love a room all to yourself? We’re not talking about the kitchen here. No, this room would be just for you, a retreat in your own home, a place where you can relax, think and do whatever you want without being disturbed. Of course, it’s off limits to children, and your husband would only enter by invitation. Is it sounding good already?

In that case, let’s plan it. First, think about the room’s décor. It almost goes without saying that your retreat can look nothing like a man cave. That would pretty much defeat the purpose of having a room you can call your own. It also can’t be filled with a bunch of leftover furniture that neither you nor anyone else wanted. Who would want to spend time there?

Instead, your retreat really has to embody three key elements: ambience, beauty and you. First, the ambience should be that of a haven, a room that welcomes you every time you enter. For instance, what’s your favorite color? Put it on the walls. Do you like the soft plushness of carpet underfoot, the coolness of tile or the warmth of wood? Add it to the room. For coziness, you might add some decorative pillows and a chenille throw, all in colors and patterns you adore. Are you getting the idea? This room needs to envelop you with an ambience so inviting that you smile as you enter. That’s a haven.

Then, of course, your retreat has to be beautiful. Although everyone has her own idea of beauty, this room needs to fit your image of it. The best part is that it doesn’t take a lot of money to create a beautiful retreat. Check out magazines or furniture store showrooms in MA and RI for inspiration. HGTV is another great resource for ideas. Then you can pick up fabulous accent pieces in local stores or online. Can’t you just picture the room already?

Ultimately, you have to be the final ingredient in your own retreat. Since the room is for you, it needs to speak about you. Let the room represent who you are, what you value, where you’ve been. Through photos, art, books, travel souvenirs and table accessories, let your retreat reflect all the many facets of you.

When you’re ready to get started, check Cardi’s Furniture website for help designing your retreat; the room planner is a fun way to lay out a room. Who knows, maybe the idea of a woman’s retreat will become as popular as the man cave some day.

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