Men have been claiming their section of the home for a man cave for years. Isn’t it time for women to stake their claim for a mom cave? In case you’re not sure what one is, a mom cave is a personal space dedicated the woman of the house. It can be in a small nook or a large room with a door to shut out the noise of the family and have zen moments. The video below covers the basics.
I spoke with certified interior decorator Amy Lebowitz, owner of Decorating Den here in Princeton, and she had some great insights when it came to mom caves. She brought up an interesting point that when a guy has a man cave, he likes a room for activities. A woman has a mom cave to have peace and quiet.
Women need ‘Power Relaxing’, enjoy being pampered, and want physical and emotional comfort. When creating a mom cave it’s good to appeal to the senses. Use lighting for a layering effect, color to make a dramatic change, aromatherapy to soothe yourself, and music to set the mood. It’s about your state of mind.
Amy recommended a couple of spots in your home to choose from depending on your marital status.
According to Ms. Lebowitz, the best spot to create a mom cave is your bedroom. You can decorate it the way you want, and make it very feminine. Candles will give you wonderful ambient lighting, and scented ones can sooth you. Use crystal dishes to contain small items, adding a bit of luxury. She suggested looking for them at garage sales and flea markets if you’re on a tight budget.
Amy says the bathroom might be a great place for you to have your mom cave if you share your bedroom. The bathtub can have candles around it, and accessories can be added to give you a spa experience. She recommended more crystal in this room. For example, a decanter can be used to store your mouthwash.
Lebowitz mentioned that some people can’t verbalize what they want. She can look at various personal items and get a sense of which direction to go in. She also loves to get the most bang for your buck. For those on a small budget, color goes a long way. Just painting an accent wall can make a big impact. Wall paper is another great option.
You can quickly throw together a mom cave in any room depending on your needs. Home Goods is a good place to get started for your DIY project. Using a certified decorator or a designer is another option. They can save you time, and often money on certain pieces since they have more buying power. Plus, as professionals, they know where to find the right things to fit your personality. Either way, indulge yourself with a special place to purge your stress, reboot yourself, hangout with girlfriends, or do your hobbies.