A Little Late, But Valentines Day Should Be All Year Long!
Don’t forget to let your significant other know that you have been thinking of him or her on this special day.
Here are a few great ways to decorate your home on Valentine’s Day
1. Chandelier Hearts can create a magical environment in your reception or living room. Using construction paper, or colored paper of any kind, cut out several hearts (sizes may vary depending on room and fixtures). Be sure to use a variety of colors such as pink, purple, red and white, and trim hearts into different sizes. You might even consider writing a special message on one or two! Using thick thread (embroidery or string), hand the hearts from a chandelier, fixtures, curtain rods or doorways. For added affect, use a circulation fan (low setting) or an open window to cause the hearts to lightly dance.
2. You can warm hearts by growing a “Tree of Love” in your house by creating a sentimental and thoughtful gift for your loved ones. Trim two or three thin branches or use naturally beautiful sticks. Paint or decorate a terracotta flower pot, or something similar, and line it a clean lining (paper for tin foil). Pour heart-shaped red hot candies into it and stick the branches the sweet soil. Using small colored clothes pins or some other clip, attach small photographs to the branches of the “Tree of Love.”
3. Flowers are a Valentine favorite, and they can liven up any room. Get creative and sweet with unique flower arrangements. Fill glass jars or glasses with candy hearts, red hots, or other colorful candy and use the candy as the ‘sweet soil’ that holds the flowers upright. Match the candy colors with the color of the flowers for a stunning effect. Arrange individual rose petals in the shape of a heart. This can be done in the middle of a large table or on the bed, for example. Simple but gorgeous!
4. Fill cylindrical, clear glass vases with water and submerge orchids, tulips, or cherry blossoms completely under water. The result is a magical display that will never be forgotten.
5. Using a dozen shot glasses or cups, arrange three or four short-stemmed flowers in each one and make a heart-shaped arrangement on the dining table, or spell a special name!
6. String flowers together, tops facing down, in impressive lines above a table or a doorway. They can be hung from an existing chandelier or fixture, or you can also create circular “fixtures” using paper or poster board.
7. Color it Love. Red, pink and white are the colors most associated with Valentine’s Day. Using these colors as the theme for decorating the home can set the right mood for the day of love. Change the curtains, couch covers, table cloth, bed sheets and pillow cases with your spare ones in love colors. Pink or red curtains can be accented with a white ribbon tied around the curtain a third of the curtain’s length from the bottom. You might also wish to use pink throw pillows to accentuate your white-covered couch. In the bedroom, white pillow cases go well with a pink bed sheet.
8. Try something new with your curtains. Hold with one hand a piece of the curtain near its middle part, pull it to a certain length through the circled thumb and forefinger of your other hand and tie that piece of curtain in a simple knot. Presto! You’ll have a flower bud adorning your curtain.
9. Play with light and shade. The world is a stage and so can the home be.Dim the lights on wall papers or large pieces of furniture whose colors clash with the theme of the day.
10. Celebrate life. A bouquet of flowers placed conspicuously on the center table of the living room serves as a lively, colorful and soothing welcome to a weary soul who sets eyes on it. The fragrance of a flower in a slender vase on top of the dining table can relax the mind and stimulate the appetite. The greenery of a potted plant not only cleanses the air in the room but also exudes the freshness of nature.
With moderate effort and plenty of imagination, you can spruce up the arrangements at your home using these tips. Simple as these tips may seem, they can ignite the spark which can make your home a haven of love and a celebration of life for you and your significant other this Valentine’s Day and for all the days of your lives.
I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart this year.
Barbara Reaume is a real estate expert working for Coldwell Banker Montecito. She started her career as a real estate agent in 1984 and offers over 3 decades of experience in real estate sales. Specialties include Montecito real estate, Santa Barbara real estate, Santa Barbara homes, real estate financing In Santa Barbara, Montecito relocation, Santa Barbara relocation, short sales and foreclosures. Do you have specific questions about buying or selling real estate in the Santa Barbara area? Ask to be setup on Barbara's email-based home search to get instant alerts on price reductions and new Santa Barbara homes for sale in the area. Contact Barbara Reaume by email (email@example.com), phone (805-610-5403) to find out the value of your home, discuss your options.