How To "Get Away From It All" When You're In Your Own Home

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How To "Get Away From It All" When You're In Your Own Home


Ever had one of those days when your phone is ringing, the TV is blairing, your son is (loudly) listening to music, your daughter is chatting while listening to You Tube, the dog is barking and your husband wants to know what's for dinner - and you just want a moment of peace?

I'm guessing that you have.

So, how do you "get away from it all" without leaving home (or going to your car and locking yourself inside)?  There's an answer.

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It's called an "Away Room" and it's a concept pioneered by architect Sarah Susanka in her "Not So Big House" book/lecture series.

An "Away Room" is a term Susanka and her team use that refers to the function of this space because it provides a place to escape from everything else going on in your house and it can have several functions.  It can be a cozy, slightly more formal space for adults to converse or it can be a quiet space where you can work or read and not be bothered by everything else that's going on.

This space is typically separated (physically and accoustically) from the rest of your house by something like French doors, Pocket doors or by distance from other rooms. It's also smaller in scale. 

Scale is an important element. Something that's 11 ft. by 12 ft. or smaller works best. And if you use formal furniture, it will be feel formal.  Casual furniture and it will feel cozy.  And if you "furnish it with soft, easy chairs, wicker rockers and old family photos, it will offer a more comfortable place for living" according to Susanka.

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If you'd like to get a first hand look at a great example of an Away Room - visit Susanka's latest design project (in conjunction with School Street Development in Libertyville, IL) and see and feel what the space is like.

The home is open from November 19, 2011 through May, 2011 on the weekends.  You can find more info at:


I love this idea. Both men and women will enjoy their hideaway room be it filled with sports memorabilia, literary objects and art. We all need a place that revives us.
Posted @ Friday, November 18, 2011 8:37 AM by Barbara Stern, Affordable Closets Colorado
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