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Two years back I helped surprise a friend who was going through a difficult time with a new bedroom. Why? To give her a sanctuary from which she could regroup and create her best life. We all need a place where we can retreat, even if it’s just a corner of a living room.

I recently moved to a smaller home with my girls, and felt I could use such a room. I decided to design a room just for me.

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Because my room is larger than I expected, I was able to have a lot of fun with it. But really, any size room can become your own personal retreat if designed thoughtfully. Find what brings you joy!

Personal Retreat Bedroom
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My design principles were simple. I had to be able to do the things I love, be surrounded by things that brought me joy and all textiles should be soothing and touchable. And I’m in a gold phase, apparently. I bet you spot a lot of accessories from some of my past posts (as well as some new finds). I focused on four primary functions for this room:

Sleep

Ok, this one is obvious. Even the dog gets it.

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A pretty tray and salt rock lamp sets the tone (and utility) for slumber.

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Relax

Meditation seat in the morning, squirrel-watching perch during the day and mama wine time the in the evenings.

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I’m in love with my bar cart — portable, functional and fabulous!

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Create

Do you see what is missing from this buttery parsons desk? Bills! I don’t do any bill paying or household chores from here. This is only for blogging, keeping up with friends — ok, and maybe watching a chick flick now and then.

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Express

I’m not a great pianist, but I love to play. My family loves that I now have an electric keyboard with headphones. (Fair enough.) A simple reminder to “Live Life” inspires me.

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While I started out creating a space just for me. The reality is that most evenings — when I’ve reached the wine portion of my evening — I usually find two girls and a couple pups in there with me. I guess that’s what makes it my favorite place in the house. It’s home.

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What makes your home your own?

Susan Jensen is a Web Merchandiser for Bills Khakis and a blogger at Your Home Only Better. She loves projects that solve décor problems for practical home enthusiasts and believes decorating should be fun! (Join her on PinterestInstagramFacebook and Twitter.)


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