Wednesday, November 10, 2010

guest post ~ the perfect parent's retreat...

Hello blogsters. Today I have a treat for you, and a little break from me :) The fabulous Julie-Ann...she of Decorating Forum fame...has agreed to take over the tranquil townhouse for a day. This post, about the perfect parent's retreat, was based on a Forum discussion.  Over to you Julie-Ann...I may have put my 10 cents worth in as well though...can't help myself...sorry!!
There are times when as parents we crave a little bit of time out. We need a place of our own where the floor isn’t scattered with toys and the television isn’t playing The Wiggles. [or if you're living in the townhouse, old episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer...yes, that is who that pesky cat is named after!]

We asked the members of the Decorating Forum – When creating a Master Bedroom/ Parent’s Retreat what would you like included? On the Decorating Forum we love to chat about decorating, renovating and building our homes. We bounce ideas around, help with decorating dilemmas and have a giggle.

Starting at the basics you will need some beautiful bed linen with gorgeous cushions on top...
We loved the idea of having a comfortable place to sit and read or chat with Decorating Forum friends on your laptop...
Your wardrobe needs to have plenty of storage so all of your clothes, shoes and handbags can be stored neatly. And of course there has to be plenty of room to add just one more pair of shoes or handbag... [whoa...that's an awful lot of shoes and boots Imelda-Ann!]
A spa in that beautiful little courtyard off the bedroom would be lovely...
A cupboard stocked with high quality chocolate is a must...[Really? Oh, ok then...]
Remember how the 22 year old came to stay for " only a few weeks mum" about 7 months ago...even with grown up kids you need a parental sanctuary it seems. My bedroom makeover isn't far away...I may have to rethink a few things after this though!

When creating a Master Bedroom/ Parent’s Retreat what would you want included?

[My answer? Not this....]
Thank you Julie-Ann...chocolate food for thought here. And while you're pondering your answer, head on over to the Decorating Forum and sign up. I have!


  1. lol Love it!!! I have 3 kids, the youngest 3 so crave my own childree space! Might have to work on our room I think!
    And gee what's so wrong with that beautiful cat :P I think he's lovely ;) Well he LOOKS lovely anyway lol

  2. I do agree that parents need a space for some peace and sanity... We have our own tv area which I tell the kids is a child and toy free zone. Occasionally they sneak in but they are on time limits - lol!!! I love those images of bedrooms, I just need the nice chair to finish ours off - oh and that wardrobe and the chocolate and the courtyard! ;-)

  3. Sharon, please don't be fooled by appearances. Buffy is the most annoying cat in the universe! You should see her glaring at me while I write this :)

  4. It is always important for everyone to have a retreat...a place to breathe.


  5. Great post! :)
    I think a lock on the door is the first thing on my parents retreat hehehehe.

  6. I never understood the idea of the parent retreat, when we just had the one child. Now that we have three, I would fully embrace a whole separate structure to the house for just me and hubby!!! I love the idea of a comfortable place to sit with a laptop. xx

  7. And don't forget the all important ensuite! J x

  8. Nice guest post, and some lovely and inspiring ideas.

  9. Oh Kerry you are too funny. I agree the cat looks so adorable:)
    Great idea about the lock Janette. The Ensuite is whole other topic Jane- and we have planned our dream Ensuite's on the Decorating Forum Jane. Mine starts with a chandelier above a free standing bath.
    Thanks for letting me guest post for you Kerry- it was lots of fun <3

  10. Oh Buffy is a girl! Ooops sorry Kerry!!! SHE looks alot like one of my old cats (and my most favourite too) so I guess that's my attraction to her! Although I think I have an annoying one here at the moment that might give Buffy a run for her

  11. My children are permanent fixtures in my room...I actually had to shove one over to climb in for a nap today and she's just a mere 19. Where is the Vampire Slayer when I need her?


  12. I love this post, Thanks Kerry and Julie-Ann....
    I think give that my son has a whole room other than his bedroom dedicated to toys and all things is only fair I should take over another room with all things woman; I mean girl.
    ...oh and chocolate is a must every day for all occasions.

  13. What a great guest post Kerry, lots of great pics and I loved all the bits you added. xx

  14. post!! thankfully i have most of these things sorted, just need the man - but that's optional right??!! hehe


  15. I will dedicate my day thinking about how I want to have my retreat. You're giving me lots of inspiration ! Thanks to you both !!


  16. Thank you Anci. Jules the man will just hog the quilt cover- definitely optional lol.

  17. It's my bedroom except for the chocolate! (It's not Haighs!!!!!)
    I am just whizzing back up to have another look at that beautiful bed and those cushions.....!!

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