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.
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!
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?