Nurseries are for babies, right? Wrong. They’re also for Mums, Dads,…
If I have to, I can do anything
I am strong
I am invincible
I am woman
– Helen Reddy
‘I am woman, hear me roar’, sang Helen Reddy. That’s all very well and good (powerful and inspiring even), but it’d be really great to have a lovely space where you can feel free to let it all out, don’t you think? I was going to say ‘let it go’, but Frozen references may result in an increase rather than a decrease in stress levels.
I’ve heard stories of mothers explaining (not even complaining, just explaining!) how the toilet is the only place they ever get any peace and quiet – and often even that’s a stretch.
Now that’s what I call a strong woman. If it was me, I reckon I’d go completely bonkers.
I reckon all women, especially Mums, deserve time out to renew themselves. Move over man cave, it’s time for women to reclaim their own special space too!
The best woman caves can steal many aspects from the man cave (if you really want to), but for starters, it’s unlikely you’ll have a picture of a nude woman on your wall. So let’s look at some powerful, all-woman woman cave ideas.
1. Foot bath
Before we start looking at design, let’s get stuck right into the nitty gritty of what separates a woman cave from a man cave. Show me a man cave with a foot bath and I’ll show you a … well, probably a very lovely man who has sore, tired feet.
Anyway, what I’m trying to say is – as a woman or a Mum – you’re on your feet all day. It’s time to give your feet a break. This is not an activity to undertake in front of the TV with small children running around (and tempted to splash around!). The benefits of a foot bath are multi-faceted. It’s partly about your feet, but it’s partly about the psychological value that comes with silence and solitude.
Candles are just getting better and better. The scents are getting more refined and exquisite. I smelt a lemon and sandalwood candle recently that was simply divine. Pop into a candle shop and enjoy shopping around for your preferred scent. The candle you choose may be expensive, but there are some today that last for hours and hours, so opt for a long-lasting variety and enjoy it for what will seem like forever! That said, for affordability and versatility tea lights are always a winner. Mix it up a bit.
3. Smelly Stuff
Here, we’re talking potpourri, fragrance sticks, smelly soaps, incense, oils and oil burners. Not only do all these items smell remarkable, many claim to have calmative effects. They also look visually beautiful – a clever, affordable way to decorate your woman cave.
4. Canvas Print
The family photo portraits are for the family room. This room’s all about you! Hop online now to choose from thousands of beautiful art prints. Treat yourself to glass prints. You totally deserve it. Acrylic glass is an affordable material that will instantly give your woman cave a sense of class.
5. Special Chair
Ahhh that’s the stuff. A chair for one that no-one else can share, a great place to reread the Fifty Shades of Grey or, if that’s not your cup of tea, something more empowering like Destroying The Joint: Why Women Have To Change The World.
6. Yoga Mat
Whether you do Yoga or not, every woman should have a yoga mat in their woman cave. This is a place to stretch out those knots, reflect on your day (or week!) and pop on a meditation tape.
7. Handsome Painter
OK what I’m really trying to say here is – without sounding totally yonic – consider giving your woman cave a lick of fresh paint! Of course women can do anything so you could do itself, but you may as well make sure it comes with a bit of eye candy (and I’m not talking about a bright new colour!). And yes, I suppose it can be your husband if that’s what makes you happy.
If bright green’s not your thing, consider whites and pastels.
You can bend but never break me
‘Cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer
‘Cause you’ve deepened the conviction in my soul
– Helen Reddy
Go get ‘em, sista!