My Lady Cave

I have a definite vision for my “lady cave”, which will in fact be a multipurpose study/craft room/retreat.

The colour scheme and general look is inspired by this picture:

Love this colour scheme!

However, practicality rears its ugly head and I need the following.

1. Shelving. If the room is to store stationery, dreary filing, wrapping paper, crafty things, and other toys, I need shelves. However, I don’t want a wall of ugly shelving ruining my ambiance. I found the following potential solution:

Modern wood sliding doors to close off ugly shelving.

Modern wood sliding doors to close off ugly shelving.

2. Desk/bench space. This is perhaps the toughest. I don’t want my study to look like an office, but if I’m to do any useful thing like wrapping presents or constructing something, or even the rare occasions where I need to work from home, I need a decent amount of surface area. But it absolutely cannot be the focus of the room.

Unimposing desk.

Unimposing desk.

3. Comfy couch. I want somewhere where I can relax and watch my crappy TV shows without disturbing my love who may, say, be cooking my dinner. So I need a comfy couch. And perhaps, if we have an overnight guest, they may also be able to retreat here to watch their crappy shows with impunity.

Comfy couch in the study.

Comfy couch in the study.

4. An inspiring exercise area. I am quite easily able to find any excuse under the sun to not do exercise. It is paramount that I be in a space that I want to be in. It needs to be spacious, and pretty. And it needs to have a mirror, so I can check that I have correct body alignment for things like yoga.

Pretty yoga room.

Pretty yoga room.

5. I am also in love with this wallpaper, and my love is non-negotiable. I’ve flirted with other wallpapers, but this is the one I come back to.

“Woods” by Cole & Son.

Final words: It needs to be practical, it needs to be pretty, and it needs to be spacious and airy.

I’ve also put together a mood board, which I haven’t done in quite a while:

Study/Retreat Mood Board

Study/Retreat Mood Board

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4 Comments:

  1. I love those wood-slat sliding doors. Let me know if you find a local supplier. I have seen some wood panels like that (from Design Farm) which are made for noise absorption. I have been thinking of them for our study which will also be a secondary television watching area, like yours. But our “study” is in an open area, so I need to think about noise. I also adore that wall paper. Lovely. Gotta be honest, purple is not my thing, but it looks fantastic in your mood board!

    • I’m wondering if the wood-slat doors might be a fairly simple job for a carpenter to do, so thinking about perhaps doing this on spec, seeing as we need other cabinetry done anyway. I haven’t seen them anywhere, but haven’t really looked too hard either. Thanks for the Design Farm link, hadn’t seen that before, looks like they have some nice stuff!

  2. Wow, that’s a lot of functions for one room! I look forward to seeing how it all works.
    I love the idea of wrapping presents in front of bad tv while someone else cooks dinner! Sounds like a great plan.
    And I second the vote for those wood sliding doors. They’re beautiful.

    • I know, it’s going to be a challenge! I think I’ll scope out the carpenter about the doors when we meet with him.

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