Monday, September 12, 2011

A "Mom Cave" For A Busy Mom

The "Mom Cave" concept is certainly picking up momentum these days, and rightfully so. Today's moms are more like super women; juggling a career, kids' activities and running a household. As a single mom of two kids and a business owner and design consultant, I understand the need for a private, quiet retreat to get away from the madness of daily routines. Guys get to have their man caves, so I thought it would be appropriate to base today's virtual room on a boudoir for mom. It may be hard to find a room in your home that is strictly dedicated to this mom cave boudoir. It may have to double as a study for her, or a dressing room. The important thing is to find a space somewhere and make it yours. For our boudoir, we'll imagine that our room has to double as a study for her.

When I think boudoir, I think about a very feminine, comfortable and luxurious space. Afterall, you want to feel pampered and relaxed from the moment you walk in. We'll start with our walls, as usual. We have chosen this hand painted wallpaper from Paul Montgomery Studio.  

Next we'll bring in a luxurious chaise lounge from Hancock and Moore. We'll re-cover our chaise in this beautiful textured fabric from Duralee Fabrics. We'll also add a decorative pillows from Duralee Fabrics

Next we'll add a round ottoman that will act as seating as well as a cocktail table.

Next we'll add some additional seating, just in case mom decides to have guests in her boudoir (maybe a girls night in).
We'll add these bergere chairs from Sam Moore, done in both a solid chenille and flamestitch from Duralee. 

We'll also add a side table between the chairs as a surface for a good book or a drink. This beautiful artful table from Interlude is perfect.

Next we'll add a luxurious area rug to define the lounging area. We have chosen this beautiful rug from Safavieh.

Next we'll add our window treatments. In our boudoir, we want to use a rich, luxurious duppioni silk with a lot of puddle. We'll use this beautiful embroidered silk fabric from Duralee

No boudoir is complete without a grand chandelier. This beautiful crystal chandelier from Restoration Hardware is a nod to the Victorian Era - perfect for a boudoir

Next we'll move to the office area of our mom cave boudoir. We'll make sure it is functional for some work from home, but beautiful enough to complement this feminine sanctuary. We'll start with this beautiful desk from Oly Studio in a dark java finish

Next we'll add our desk chair. We'll re-upholster the chair in this beautiful fabric from Duralee

We need storage in an office area, so we'll add a bookcase for storage and displaying collections, and of course, photos of the kids.

Next we'll add a small vanity area. This beautiful vanity table from Currey and Company is the perfect scale. The small wing back chair below is the perfect complement. We'll re-upholster our chair in the beautiful fabric below

Next we'll add our light fixtures, art and accessories.

This Global View lamp will be our desk lamp and lamp in the loungin area.
Sconces from Currey and Company will flank the vanity mirror

A shabby chic inspired candelabra is perfect for the lounging area

We will keep our art simple because our wallpaper already adds a lot of pattern and interest to the walls

So there you have it, a mom cave boudoir for today's busy mom. Our mom loves the richness of red, her favorite color, so we chose the most luxurious fabrics to make this boudoir a true getaway.

It was fun putting together this virtual room. Hope you are inspired to create the home of your dreams.

My top three Fun Finds of the week are:

These bird drawings by Robert Clarke, a UK artist using graphite and colored pencil on heavy paper. I just love the simplicity of these bird drawings. And I do LOVE birds!

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