The bedroom may be the last bastion of femininity in a world gone cold, hard and modern. And plenty of women wouldn’t have it any other way. Creating a boudoir might mean something different than it did in Jean Harlow’s day, or in the high Eighties, when chintz and frills reigned, but the craving for a quiet, private, unabashedly feminine space remains.

"It’s about softness," says interior design guru Victoria Hagan, who creates the boudoir effect with cashmere blankets, silk carpeting and subdued colors. "In the bedroom, you are much more sensitive to touch. It’s about paying attention to all your senses." Hagan suggests a scented sachet not only for the lingerie drawer, but the bedside table, too.

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