Monthly Archives: February 2015

  • Tips to creating the ideal romantic bedroom

    I don’t know about you but pretty much the first thing that comes to my mind when someone talks about bedroom décor is romance. Instantly my mind jumps to cool, crisp sheets, plush mattresses, four-poster beds, silver, gold and cream accents and darling chandeliers…sigh.

    I thrive on romance and when it comes to styling a bedroom, that’s when it’s truly my time to shine. If you’re looking for simple and fun ways to make your bedroom more romantic, here’s what you can do.

    1) Choose a soothing color palette: I can’t stress this enough. Your bedroom should be a sanctuary; a place where you retire at the end of a long, hard day. Choose colors that are soft, pleasing and relaxing. If white and cream is not your thing, maybe consider colors that you and your partner find appealing. Brick red, ochre and turquoise are warm colors that can instantly make your room look inviting.

    2) Create a boutique-hotel style room right in your bedroom: Don’t you just love hotel rooms? I know I do; particularly the part where you melt into the cool, crisp sheets on the bed. Ahh, instant relaxation!

    Get the look by investing in only the best linens. Italian cotton is an absolute favorite and just so incredibly comfortable. Bring it all together by springing for different kinds of pillows. Mix and match styles and sizes to add layers to the bed.

    3) A small seating area makes all the difference: Set up a small seating area where you can enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of wine at the end of a day. I’d recommend setting up 2 upholstered chairs by the window or the fireplace (if you have one) and a cushioned ottoman between them. Absolutely romantic!

    4) Display couple pictures: I’m a big fan of displaying artwork, but when it comes to the bedroom, I think framed couple pictures do a lot to make the room more intimate. Display framed photos from your wedding day, your honeymoon or any memory that you’d particularly like to remember.

    5) Extravagant lighting: Here’s where you splurge. Lighting is key when it comes to creating a romantic mood in your bedroom. Bedside lamps are an absolute necessity but for drama, you should consider springing for a romantic chandelier. Wall sconces are perfect for soft, accent lighting when strategically placed.

    6) Throw a rug on the floor: How unpleasant would it be to step off a warm, delicious bed onto cold, harsh floors? Even the notion… Anyway, it’s a great idea to pay special attention to the flooring. Shag rugs are usually my first choice, but choose whatever’s comfortable to your taste and budget.

    There you have it! 6 tips that will instantly glam up your bedroom to make it a devastatingly romantic room; one you’ll have a hard time getting out of!

  • This valentine’s day, give your backyard a romantic makeover

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and oh, it’s such a wonderful time to be in love! Alright, alright, there’s something about me you need to know. I’m a sucker for love. There, I said it. Oh, don’t roll your eyes at me! I really do! And if there’s one thing I’d like to reflect in my décor, it is- you guessed it- romance.


    Okay. Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, I want to take a moment to talk about your backyards. Why? Because I don’t think we talk about them enough and they often go neglected. And there’s so much you can do with them, you guys. So much. Especially if you want to jazz things up this Valentine’s Day.

    Here are just a few fun ideas for the most romantic day of the year.

    1) Create a fire-pit: Trust me when I tell you, you don’t even know how much you want this until you have it and then, it’s pretty much the only thing you can think about like 24/7. I came across this darling back-yard idea and I thought, well now let’s get me a fire-pit. And it was so easy to put together as well! Create a circular stone area, scatter potted plants and ferns, string some Christmas lights to tree branches and of course, build a neat little fire-pit right in the middle for the ultimate lounging area.

    2) A special outdoor dining area: There are 2 ways to do this. One- an intimate picnic setting. One where you throw a blanket under the shade of a tree along with some delicious soft pillows to create a romantic mood, pack a picnic basket, carry some wine etc OR two- spring for a small wooden table for a rustic meal under the stars. Can you feel it?

    3) A splash of Mediterranean blue in your porch: Fewer things are more refreshing than splashes of cool blue all over the house. Bonus? With summer not too far away, you won’t need to change things up anytime soon. White furniture with blue upholstered cushions is definitely the way to go. The HomeCentric has a gorgeous range of blue pillow covers in all kinds of fabrics so you know where to head for some of ‘em pillows! Fill up a watering can with freshly cut seasonal blooms, scatter a few candles in mason jars and the mood is set to Valentine’s Day and summer!

    4) Speaking of blooms: Do you have a vine yet? If not, get one. Get several. Go for blooms such as bougainvillea or mandevilla. Don’t have room for vines? Never fear. Potted bignonia in big terra cotta plant pots is also another favorite. And what’s the best part of it all? You can have them just about anywhere- a backyard, porch, balcony or verandah. Heck, these blooms would even look pretty in a sunroom, jussayin’.

    If, like me, you’re always looking for reasons to jazz things up and you want to make Valentine’s Day memorable, try any one of these four tips and I’m sure you’ll have a magically romantic day!

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