BRINGING THE ROMANCE

I think it’s pretty clear that romance means different things to different people, mainly a woman’s opinion vs. a man’s. I think many women, in particular, secretly (or not so secretly) wish their man had a few more romantic tricks up his sleeve or was more inclined to perform the unprompted romantic gesture. When it comes down to it though, I think the idea of romance comes in all different shapes and sizes and isn’t so easily defined. Some may only consider grand (Bachelor-esque) gestures with rose pedals, and moonlit dinners to be romance while others recognize the love in the little things. I think there is nothing more sweet and romantic than walking outside to a warm and snow-cleared car on a snowy winter morning or waking up to a single glass of orange juice beside the bed just because he knows I like it. The little things…you know? (Shout out to my awesome hubby on that one…because there’s nothing more romantic than our first Valentine’s Day as Mr. & Mrs.)

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it got me thinking about bringing romance into your home designs in a subtle way that works for everyone. I don’t really decorate my own home for Valentine’s Day (maybe that will change a bit when there are a couple little ones running around) but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring a little romance into your home.

A couple ideas for bringing the romance with the little things this Valentine’s Day?

A simple ‘love’ pillow feels romantic and can be used year round. There’s something so sweet about snuggling up on the couch with the one you love. Bring the romantic decor into your home with comfy pillows and cozy throws.

Cozy living room with candles

I love cuddling in front of a fireplace on a cold night (I even crave it sometimes) but if you’re like me and don’t have a fireplace in your house, candles are definitely the next best option. Candles are my guilty pleasure and I would have them lit 24/7, if not for a couple of wildly wagging tails running around my house and the serious fire hazard..boo! But if you really want to bring that romance into your house for Valentine’s Day, or any day for that matter, light a couple special candles and cuddle up with a cup of tea or a glass of wine. Spend a few sweet moments to take advantage of the day when romance is all the rage!

Bring the romance

Make a special dinner together, or if you’re going out, plan a candlelit dessert at home. Turn off the tube and put away the smartphones and take a minute to enjoy each others company. Dimming the lights and lighting a few candles at your dinner table makes everything feel a little extra special.

Whether you’re picking up some new pillows, lighting some candles, or simply exchanging cards…I think when it comes down to it, bringing romance into your home for Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to be about elaborate decorations or elaborate gestures. The little things are what make it special and are really what Valentine’s Day is all about. So, what do you consider romantic? And, how will you be bringing the romance in your home for Valentine’s Day?

LATEST OBSESSION

Printicular

Over the weekend I shared with you all a new app that I’m crazy about. The Waterlogue app is a perfect way to create beautiful and personal artwork for your home right from your own photo library. I’ve really been obsessing over loving this app and all its possibilities which has led me to even more exciting discoveries that I just had to share with you.

With all of the amazing new “watercolor prints” that I have created with my favorite new app, I’ve been busy thinking about fun and creative ways to use and display them…but not much can be done while these beauties are still stuck inside of my iPhone.

I’ve used other photo printing sources like Snapfish and Shutterfly in the past and while they do have phone apps and online ordering, I have discovered a new way to make ordering pictures on the go even easier. Rather than uploading photos onto another site, I’ve been using my latest obsession, Printicular, which allows you to order prints right from you iPhone, iPad orĀ  Android devices to pick up at the nearest Walgreens or have delivered to your house. After ordering a bunch of prints from my Instagram, Waterlogue, and plain old iPhone photo libraries, picking and choosing different sizes and printing options, I received an email…get this… 9 minutes later saying my order was ready for pick-up at my neighborhood Walgreens! Does it get any easier than that!?

Another latest obsessin of mine?

Over

Over is a super fun way to add text and artwork to your images. The possibilities with this are endless. From fun photos with quirky quotes to frame around your house to creating your own personal postcards or stationary, Over is a great way to add a little something to your images. I’ve only just started exploring with this one and can’t wait to see what else I can come up with!

so i'm obsessed withI hope you have as much fun playing around with these apps as I did! There are so many ways to create unique, beautiful and personal artwork for your home right from your phone! Have you created any new artwork simply from your smart phones lately?

SATURDAY QUICK TIP

Happy Saturday! Lately I’ve been on the hunt for some great artwork to add to my home office gallery wall, and while I’ve had a lot of luck with a few Etsy art shops, I’m always looking for ways to find pieces that feel a bit more personal. Creating my own artwork isn’t always my strong suit, and while I can throw some paint on a canvas every now and then (more on that later) I don’t count on myself to create beautiful artwork. So, for this Saturday Quick Tip I want to share with you an amazing app that I’ve discovered this week. Waterlogue, at only $2.99, is the perfect way to create beautiful “watercolor” images of your own personal photos worthy of framing and displaying.

Here are a couple photos I turned into watercolor artwork from my own personal photo library…

daily quick tip

daily quick tipI mean, really, how gorgeous are these!? I’m loving it. I can’t wait to print some out and hang ’em up! Have you created any beautiful and personal artwork with Waterlogue?!