Jacqueline deMontravel believes every woman deserves a space all her own. Creating that space is the subject of her new book, Hers: Design With a Feminine Touch.

DeMontravel, editor of Romantic Homes magazine, offers strategies and ideas for designing places where a woman can relax and recharge. It might be the traditional boudoir, or it could be a work space for creating, a garden retreat or even a living room thatís shared by the whole family. What matters is that it serves as a sanctuary, a place thatís comfortable and makes the occupant feel her best.

She points out that feminine isnít necessarily girly. A womanís retreat could be a contemporary space, a room done in the calming colors and simple motifs of the beach, a cheerful alcove done in bold hues ó whatever suits her style.

Hers is published by Clarkson Potter and sells for $35 in hardcover.

ó Mary Beth Breckenridge