The man cave has long been heralded as a sanctuary for men and a necessity for the hard-working male. It’s where they go to relax, unwind, and escape the stress of their daily routine. While the concept isn’t new, it’s time to expand on this idea for the ladies.
Women master many roles – wife, mother, entertainer, artist, employee, business owner – and she too deserves a place of her own to unwind and relax after a long day. A place where comfort meets design and the to-do list is non-existent.
The lady lair is the new man cave. A place in the home for women to enjoy what they love and relax in pure comfort. So, find a space in your home, an unused guest room or a sectioned off corner of a living space, and get to work creating your own lady lair sanctuary in your home.
1. Surround Yourself with What Inspires You
As you develop the concept for your lady lair, make space for the things you love. A lady lair can be based on your passions – what inspires you and invokes relaxation.
For some, their lady lair may become a private yoga studio with the right level of simplicity or comforts to clear your head. For others, it may become a reading or writing room with comfy chairs, a table or desk, and soft lighting in a peaceful setting. For those who enjoy crafts or sewing, a lady lair can become a space for their hobbies with supplies organized and easily accessible.
2. Good Lighting Is Important
Contrary to a dark man cave, take full advantage of the natural light available in your lady lair. Keep the curtains or shades open to allow light to stream in. During morning or evening hours, or when natural light is limited, use decorative table or floor lamps to give the space the light it needs.
3. Focus on Atmosphere
The little touches are essential to the purpose of the lady lair. Choose a few of your favorite colors then look for accessories in a similar hue which inspire a sense of calm. Include art elements that reflect your personality and personal items that offer positive reinforcement.
Fresh flowers, essential oil diffusers, pictures, lamps, throws, pillows, and soft music are just a few ways you can transform an ordinary space into a spa-like retreat.
4. Include Lots of Pillows and Comfy Seating
A cozy corner chair is a necessity to relax and curl up with a book, Kindle, or enjoy your morning coffee in a peaceful setting. If you have room, include a plush sofa for additional seating to invite people over to get comfy. Add large patterned or colored pillows for warmth and coziness. When you need extra space, stash pillows away in an ottoman with easy storage.
5. Keep the Space Organized and Clutter-Free
Clutter and disorganization are the enemies of relaxation. Make sure this space is well-organized and clutter-free. As you consider the design, get creative with storage solutions such as bookshelves, wicker baskets, and fabric covered boxes.