With trend pieces appearing in publications ranging from The Washington Post to Shine, this fall is no-doubt the season when the ‘mom cave' concept officially hit the mainstream.

However, the act of matriarchs creating hideaways within a home — usually in a large closet, unused guest room, or an infrequently trafficked nook — isn’t exactly new. Maybe she was a trailblazer, but my own mother set up a bed and desk and totally redecorated my childhood bedroom shortly after my younger brother and I had officially fled the nest and hasn’t looked back. And it’s only fair … my father built a second home that essentially serves as his man cave.

Real Simple Senior Editor Nicole Sforza explains the basics of the ‘mom cave’ phenomenon to Shine:

A mom takes care of everyone in the family, but she also has to take care of herself. 'Mom Caves' allow her to break away from the world, even if just for a few moments, to check in and relax, de-stress, and just plain chill.
With the high-stress holidays around the corner, there’s never been a better time for moms to take a breather from the daily grind and partake in some creative cave building. Securing a space that provides a refuge from kids, husbands, and mother-in-laws is obviously the most important step in making a matriarchal “safe room.” The second most important step? Outfitting it to make it feel comfortable, personalized, and maybe a little bit Zen.

Below you’ll find 10 handmade and/or eco-friendly decorative items that can help any modern "mom cave" seem complete. Moms, do you have any "mom cave"-making tips? 

Floor Pouf for your Fanny @ FoxiMoxiJewels' Etsy store ($98)

Recycled Speakeasy Light @ VivaTerra ($229)


Golden Rules Painting @ Priscilla Woolworth ($120)

Recycled Spanish Glass Stacking Vases @ West Elm ($14-$19)

Arroyo Photo Cubes: Set of 3 @ Branch ($36-$72)

Skeem Patchwork Three-Wick Soy Candle @ Anthropologie ($36)

Mom Paperweight @ Jonathan Adler ($38)

k studio Family Series Pillows @ k studio ($152 - base price)

Hookmaker by Design Glut @ The Curiosity Shoppe ($30)

Yellow Owl Workshop Trophy Vase @ Branch ($58)

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Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Stylish sanctuary: 10 'mom cave' must-haves
'Mom caves,' tranquil spaces carved out of low-traffic parts of the home provide an ideal antidote to holiday stress. Here's a few handmade and eco-friendly dec