One of the greatest pleasures of traveling is sinking into the simplicity and calm of a hotel room. With no clutter and no backlog of chores screaming for your attention, you can breathe a sigh of relief and chill out. But you don't have to wait for a vacation or business trip to enjoy that sense of peace. I think every woman deserves a personal sanctuary in her home, a place to listen to music, read, meditate or just be alone with her thoughts.
Choose Your Spot
Find a quiet space where the light is appealing to you. If you've got a whole room, great—but you can also use a small area, like a window seat or a corner of your office. I created a reading nook next to a big window in my hallway by painting the walls terracotta and lining them with beautiful cherry bookshelves, bringing in two comfy upholstered chairs and hanging a piece of art I love.
Remove All Unnecessary Objects
Generally, I don't push people to get rid of possessions, focusing instead on arranging them for easy access. Not in this case. Setting up a sanctuary is all about carving out a space where you don't need to accomplish anything. Keep only the items that help you unwind.
Take a Deep, Sweet Breath
Adding a few sensory elements can promote an ambience that's distinct from the rest of your home. Treat yourself to fragrant flowers, candles or aromatherapy oils. Think about installing a great piece of art or interesting photographs, a few CDs that transport you, a velvet pillow that's a pleasure to touch. Allow yourself the luxury of tuning in to your senses every day, even if it's only for 10 minutes.
From the January 2005 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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