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Updated: February 13, 2012 4:16 PM
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When GH and HomeGoods team up to give one deserving woman a custom-made mom cave, the result is total bliss



When GH and HomeGoods team up to give one deserving woman a custom-made mom cave, the result is total bliss (© Luca Trovato)
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"I love it. It's so...me."
Those were the first words out of Linda Linton's mouth when she saw the just-for-her relaxation zone created by Good Housekeeping and HomeGoods. Truly, if anyone needed a mom cave — "where the woman who nurtures everyone can nurture herself," as HomeGoods, which coined the term, puts it — it's Linda. In the last five years, this customer service manager from Solvang, CA, has buried a 22-year-old son ("I think about Chad every day," she says), given up her master bedroom to make space for husband Jeff's parents (mother-in-law Shirley has Alzheimer's disease), lost her own mom, and seen her 21-year-old son, Cody, serve as a Marine in Afghanistan. In her "spare" time? Linda caters events for local folks free of charge, or "for a giving, not a living," as pal Chrystine Urban wrote in the entry that clinched her friend's selection as the prizewinner.

Given all Linda had been through, GH's decorating challenge seemed relatively minor: Transform a light-starved, ceramic-tiled 10' by 17' space off of Linda and Jeff's bedroom into a stress-free sanctuary. Linda told us what she likes — earth tones, script motifs, and inspiring quotes — and we delivered, thanks to $5,000 in HomeGoods gift cards and an assist from her daughter-in-law, Megan. We also gave her what she hadn't known she wanted: a colour palette as inspired by sea and sky as by terra firma (the walls are courtesy of GH Seal holder Olympic Paint); multiple lamps, a decorative mirror, and sheer window coverings to lighten things up; and a cushy, cut-to-fit carpet from Shaw Floors. "I so enjoyed the room last night," Linda reported after our redo. "I was focusing on my life, and people like you who love to give others joy, and how that outweighs the sad things." Hey, Linda — back at ya.

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