Decorating Dilemmas: Rosalie’s ‘She Cave’

Rosalie's 'she cave' living room with a modern fireplace

Decorating Dilemmas is a weekly column in which our stylists answer your design questions, so you can tackle your home decorating project with complete confidence.

Dear How to Decorate,

I’m currently building my dream home which has a 24′ wall in the living room, also known as my “she cave” because my husband has his separate “man cave.” But my she cave will be the bomb and he will beg to use it! Okay, just kidding, he won’t have to beg, but he’ll really want to hangout with me in the she cave. He won’t be allowed to manhandle the remote though.

My vision so far incorporates a 72″ linear electric fireplace, a 55″TV (maybe I should get a bigger TV than his!), and a mantel under the TV. On the opposite wall, is an arched entry into the kitchen which will be flanked with stone. I’m contemplating building a similar stone wall on the 24′ foot wall behind the TV and fireplace for visual interest. The stone would go all the way to the ceiling. Your expert thoughts? I’m struggling with the design concept for the two story wall and would truly appreciate your vision and advice. I’ll even play nice and share my she cave TV remote with my husband if it helps my cause…

Most respectfully,

Hello Rosalie,

May we say that we all thoroughly enjoyed your description of the dream ‘She Cave’ you are planning. We have included some photo ideas for your reference. We thougth they might give you some inspiration for wonderful 2 story stone accent walls.

Your accent wall is very large and covering the entire wall with stone might overwhelm your room. Our suggestion would be to create an impressive stone centered fireplace wall from floor to ceiling – paired with painted or wood accented side areas of the wall. You can see in the examples below. This will allow the gorgeous stone of your choosing to become a real focal point and allow a 7 foot electric fireplace to really be showcased beautifully.

Why not really go for glamour by adding our Antelope Rug and two of our Kathryn Sofas in Suzanne Kasler’s Blush Linen on either side of your fireplace? Dramatic large mirrors, like our Aurora Mirror, mounted above our new Adele Sideboards will frame your stone fireplace area and create a dramatic focal wall. Our Rose Chandelier will add a romantic element, especially with Suzanne Kasler’s fanciful Gilded Pelage Stools placed by the fireplace! For a modern touch, our Connor Coffee Table will be a perfect addition.

Your new ‘She Cave’ will be the envy of all! Happy Decorating!

The Design Team

Rosalie's 'she cave' living room with a modern fireplace

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    April 6, 2017

    I didn’t see the photo ideas for stone accent walls that were mentioned in your response to Rosalie. Were they shared privately? I’m in the midst of building a room with a fireplace accent wall as well. Though not as expansive as Rosalie’s, I’m looking for inspiration. I’d love to see some stone facade examples!