Making Sanctuary Spaces

My personal definition of a sanctuary is simply a place to go to hibernate for a while. I'm easy that way. Though it would be really nice to have just one room devoted to the pursuit of cocooning, my sanctuary begins with a peaceful state of mind, and for about $200 you can also create a sanctuary space that moves with you.

Here's how:

Satisfy your inner child. My inner child is really happy with soft pillows, fresh flowers, art supplies, blankets, dream pillows and comfortable lounge wear. A big chair facing the ocean with a great book and my iPod is always a great option too.

If you are fortunate enough to have an unused or an underutilized room, for about $300 - $500 you can totally devote the space to the pursuit of Zen. Paint the room a color that reminds you of your favorite nurturing space, vacation, or family home. Add some ceiling accents. Try using words on your walls and playing world music to remind you to slow down and zone out. A great lounge chair, some floor pillows and maybe a bit of sound-proofing to keep it quiet and you're on your way to total relaxation.

With a larger budget, you can create an all-out retreat. Build a treehouse of your own or buy a rustic cabin in the mountains or a bungalow at the beach. Just make sure it's a comfortable commute or it will become more of a hassle than a great getaway.

Lise

6 comments:

Maralena (AKA: mcdc3s) said...

What a wonderful article. I so believe that every woman - no only should - but must have a place of their own. You must carve out that area. Early in my marriage there simply was no room for me to have that luxury within the home - 'room wise' but I knew in my heart of hearts I needed something - so I claimed the largest closet in the house (which just happened to open up into our kitchen). It was an old house - built very differently. I made that closet my private space. I built in a shelf for books and other special things that inspired me. I was able to make supports to add a table top for a desk. I painted it, posted art, a reading light and made it my own. It was my refuge. Where there is a will there is a way. I hope every woman will take your advice and create their own sacred space.

Artistic Lifestyling said...

Me too Maralena! I agree, it doesn't have to be a large space - but we need a room to ourselves! I actually have my eye on some empty attic space above my bedroom. My plan is to put a set of stairs through my existing walk in closet closet and open up a private sanctuary space and big dressing room just for me. The other section of the attic will be my studio and a guest room. I hope I don't need to wait too long. I can picture it now!

Red River Interiors said...

I like this thought provoking piece. It encourages me to continue to work on a room of my own...with a busy husband and 13 yr old I attempt to steal away to My space....thanks for the reminder to make it very special...stop by & visit my blog when you have free time...Fay

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