6 Things That Bring Serenity to Any Room (Beyond Candles)
Zen gardens, natural light and gauzy fabrics aren't the only ways to create a home where you can truly unwind.
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You probably never even noticed a spa's greatest trick for creating a calming environment: "Soft fabrics, like mohair, help keep sounds from echoing," says Stacy Shoemaker, editor-in-chief of Hospitality Design
, which recognizes the world's top hotels with its annual design awards. White sheepskin throws, rugs and covered pillows are especially popular right now: They've got all the plushness of a high-end fabric, but—starting at about $30 a piece
—they won't kill your budget.