The Woman Cave

Sometimes, a designer's bright idea can completely transform how a family lives in their home. The first inspiration for the Woman Cave from Katherine Elizabeth Designs began with the morning sun that poured through the windows at just the right angle. The second inspiration was a captivating painting of an angel. And the third inspiration for the room was the gorgeous garden outside. It turned out to be a magical combination.

Interior Design Chicago Area

Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.

Katharine Hepburn
Interior Design Chicago Area

First, however, the cavernous room needed balance. The domineering ceiling was brought to scale with generous 8x8 beams and curved feminine corbels that resemble archways in a formal English garden. Painted a soft dove white, the overhead frame gives the room dimension and order.

In the center of the room is a chevron area rug, walnut directors chair and a more feminine damask leaf-themed chair. A leather ottoman features a dramatic swag of bullion fringe.

The intertwining window treatments frame the panoramic views of the pond and golf course. Black and white sketches of nudes, a floral still life and other well-chosen works of art grace the walls.

What started as a unique concept of light, art and garden influences has developed into a gathering place for tea or wine, book groups, and luncheons. It has become a true inspiration and bright spot for all.