Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again. ~ Joseph Campbell
Before deciding the location you should know the essentials of creating a personal space.
A sanctuary should be:
- Airy and Lighted
Some possible places could be
- A corner in a room
- A place near a window
- A nook in your balcony
- On the terrace
- A small attic
- Under the stairs
- Any place your heart feels right is best to create this gracious space.
Finding the location
Look at your home with a new vision. Walk through all the rooms of your house. Try to look with a stranger’s eye.
Have a notepad and pen to write whatever you notice. Write your observations or insights.
Answer these questions
- What is placed at the corners?
- How many doors are there?
- How many windows are there?
- How does the room feel?
- What is the room used for?
- Is this room free at any time?
- Make a list of furniture in the room.
- Is there some space to add something new?
- Is there any space within this room that makes you smile?
Places to avoid
Near television, computers and other electronic gadgets
Corners of living room or other places with high traffic.
Once you have identified the place that can be transformed into a personal space it is time to give it a make-over.
Rules for Designing
Before designing the space you should understand the effect of rules and tools of designing a space. These elements affect the senses. Positive vibrations can be created by thoughtfully applying these elements.
- Focal point
- Sense of unity
Feeling the Space
You sanctuary should make you smile. Close your eyes and think of your sanctuary.
- What images does it bring?
- How does it feel?
- How do you want it to be warm or cool? (This will depend on where you live and the seasons.)
Take a journal and doodle/write/draw/ sketch, whatever comes to your mind this will be the blue print of your sanctuary.
Create your own list, but use only three or four elements at one time, otherwise the place will look cluttered. Remember less is more.
- Side table
- Table lamp
- Sea shells
- Bright table cloth
- Few books
- Bamboo plant
- Sewing materials
- Silk/jute throw
- Water feature
- Wall art
- Painted blocks
When you have finalised a spot in the house you need to guard it fiercely. Do not let clutter invade your space.
Remember Murphy’s Law-
“Every flat surface gets covered.”
So be careful of any clutter that enters and accumulates.
Shruti my friend, hung a poster telling her kids not to keep clothes, paper or books in this space.
The children were involved in painting the poster. It became a happy family activity.
To explore, check resources at the end of the book for more ideas.
The Three P’s
Your sanctuary should be
Include some positive symbols to decorate your space. It could be anything you feel attracted to.
Here are few examples
- A serene picture or sculpture
- Happy photograph
- Your grandma’s trinket box
A clutter free space enhances the feeling of tranquillity. If you have a lot of clatter you might like to add some white sound to camouflage it.
A sanctuary must have privacy. A curtain, room divider or a painted screen can help to demarcate the area. My client Hina, created her sanctuary under the stairs and used a curtain to make it private.
Giving a place its unique feel is significant. This is your signature that creates an aura to welcome you. Remember it is that ‘come home’ feeling we are trying to create.
Here are few ideas for you to start
- Favourite fragrance
- Happy picture/photo
- Essential oil in an aromatherapy diffuser
- A fragrant herb on the windowsill
- Fresh flowers
- Bead, ribbons, yarns
Creating an ambience is an ongoing process. You can keep adding new things.
Look out for pebbles, stones, DIY wall art, driftwood pieces, wall hangers, or cushion covers.
Fabric covered wall boards are good to pin greeting cards, pictures, quote cards or anything you fancy.
The blogs on creating a personal sanctuary are from my Ebook which has more content.
A Mom Cave
A Mom’s Guide to create Personal Space in a Busy House
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