Designer tips to decorating for Valentine's Day

Description: a romantic atmosphere for Valentine's Day by using simple supplies and sentimental touches. Thoughtful notes, flowers and candles can create a day to remember for all of your Valentines.
1) Know your purpose. Decide whom you are decorating for as this will determine the "mood" created. Children will like cutout hearts and candies, while a spouse will appreciate a fancy meal and elaborate desserts.
2) Decide the budget and timeframe. If you will only have an hour to decorate then don't plan for much or prepare ahead of time. There are many things on the market today, but don't think you have to spend a lot to make it special. Keep in mind that Valentine's Day is celebrated to show special people how much you care, not how much money you have.
3) Accomplish something special by sending greetings, making dinner or even washing someone's car. Decorating the house can include a framed picture, bath products set up nicely in a bathroom or an elaborately-made table serving a variety of desserts. For a family you might use cardboard cutouts of a heart, cupid, and even the kids' names to show how special they are. You may also include a Valentine box for each member of the family to deposit valentines. These can be made from old shoeboxes and decorated with fabric, paper and stickers.
4) Get supplies early. Shop around for exactly what you need. Crafts stores, thrift shops and hardware stores are some places to start. A yard of fabric and some candles can go a long way. Create fancy wine glasses from thrift store finds and a little ribbon. Use your imagination.

Description: Romantic Tips for the BedroomthumbnailIf you want to heat things up in the bedroom, you need to set the tone. Ambiance has a lot to do with sparking the flames of romance, and there is more than one way this can be done. From lighting to the sound system, every change you make inside the boudoir may make a significant change in your love life.
1) Use Your Senses. Your five senses should be your guide when turning your bedroom into a romantic hideaway. Incorporate your sense of sight, touch, smell, hearing and taste to create the romantic bedroom you have always dreamed of having. Think about items that make you feel sexy when you feel them or give you a romantic chill when you see them. These are what you want to incorporate into your room's design.
2) Consider Your Budget. Creating an air of romance does not have to be expensive, you simply need to set a budget and stay within the boundaries. If you want to replace bedding, you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars to do it. Instead, try silk or satin sheets. Sateen is less expensive, yet offers the same feel as satin against your skin. There are many ways to stay within budget and still create a romantic scene.
3) Save on Electricity. Display of candles. Rather than dimming your lights, use clusters of candles in various corners to provide the light you need. Not only do candles bring out feelings of intimacy, they have a way of melting away stress, making it easier for you to relax and enjoy the evening. In addition, they give your bedroom a romantic look; and if you see romance, you will begin to feel it too.
4) Tasty Treats. One sure-fire way to add romance to your bedroom is to have a tray of tasty treats available to feed one another. Strawberries accompanied with chocolate dipping sauce are wonderful treats to feed and entice each other. These should be washed down with a glass of sparkling champagne, all of which appeal to the sense of taste.
5) Smell Romance. Yes, romance is in the air; you can smell it. All you need to do is sprinkle your bed with body powder that drives your mate crazy, fill the bedroom with lavender sachet bags or burn incense. When your sense of smell is aroused in the boudoir, other things will soon be aroused as well.
6) Play Your Favorite Music. Romance does not include your favorite Monday night television line-up, so turn off the TV in your bedroom and turn on the stereo. Be sure you have your collection of soft, romantic tunes ready to play. These can range from an instrumental piece by Yanni, to the romantic R&B songs of Keith Sweat. Use whatever works for you and your mate, and listen as you are swept away into a musical dimension of delight.
7) The Bed. Last, but not least, you need to think about your bed. The colors you choose for your bedding will set the mood and increase the romance. Colors such as bronze, gold, and red are synonymous with romance and bring out feelings of love. You also want to think about the feel of your sheets. Nothing is sexier than satin and silk against your skin. To top it off, place large, down pillows for you to lie against invitingly.


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