When the private bedroom was first built, daughters left their doors ajar. In conservative families even boys were forbidden to lock their rooms.“Bedrooms tell many stories,” says Maha. That was true for our parents’ generation as well. What makes bedrooms today special, however, is their function: they now serve as sanctuaries for boys and girls who continue to grow in Kuwaiti families where collective needs outweigh the individual’s. Families gather in living rooms, or at kitchen tables over breakfast, lunch, and/ or dinner ; they gather at family-owned beach houses or cottages in farms; on weekends, Kuwaitis gather at aunts’ or uncles’ or grandparents’ homes. Presently, bedrooms in Kuwait provide a unique space for individuals to discover themselves.