Designing Your Own Sanctuary At Home

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Looking to create a get-away-from-it-all space in your home now that the holiday madness has passed? Well, here’s design expert Alyssa Davis with some pointers as to how to begin creating your personal place of serenity …


If the stress and worry of everyday life is getting you down, why not make yourself a place where you can just get away from it all and relax? I always feel better and more refreshed when I take the time to relax and pamper myself a bit. Although a trip to the spa is always nice, it can be a bit pricey. Instead of leaving your home to get away from it all, why not create your own personal indoor sanctuary in your home? It really doesn’t require too much time, effort or expense, and its sure to become one of your favorite places to spend some time alone.

Finding the Perfect Space
If you think you’ll need a lot of space or supplies to create an indoor sanctuary, think again. All you really need is a quiet spot located away from the main hustle and bustle of your home. If you have an unused bedroom or a quiet corner of your attic or basement, those would work great. But, even if you don’t have a dedicated room to devote to the project, you can still create a private area that is peaceful, relaxing and calm.

For example, you could use a freestanding room divider or a couple of tall bookcases to carve out a little corner of your bedroom. You could even fix up a corner of the garage to use as a sanctuary area. Whichever location you choose, try to find a place that is away from the main foot traffic in your home, where you can enjoy a bit of privacy.

Creating a Comfortable Space
Depending on where you locate your indoor sanctuary, there may be different things you need to do or things you need to add in order to make the space comfortable. If you’re the area includes a window, be sure you can open it to let in a breeze during nice weather. You’ll also want to add window treatments that can block the sun in case it becomes too intense. If you create your sanctuary in an unheated area of your home, consider adding a small space heater so that you can be comfortably warm. A fan to use when the weather is hot can also be a nice added touch.

Accessorizing Your Indoor Sanctuary
There are many different ways to accessorize an indoor sanctuary, and it’s pretty much a personal decision as to how to do it. Not everyone relaxes in the same way, so you should choose furniture and accessories that fit in with what you’d like to enjoy in your sanctuary space. In most cases, you’ll want to include a comfortable chair and perhaps a good lamp for reading.

However, if you enjoy yoga, you might prefer a yoga mat instead of a chair. Adding a touch of life to the area by including a few plants or flowers is always a nice idea. You can also decorate the area with artwork that you find inspirational, relaxing, or simply pleasant to look at. Don’t be afraid to decorate the space in a way that is uniquely personalized just for you – after all, it’s going to be your own personal retreat area.


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Alyssa Davis

Always looking for ways to add a rainbow to her world, Alyssa Davis became interested in botany and horticulture and earned her place in the field as a master gardener. She specializes in designing living rooms, which add a whole, new dimension and layer to interior design. As she discovered this design niche, she has written about it in a way that makes it easy for anyone to decorate his or her home with plants.