Valentine's Day is steadfast approaching. With only two days to go, the pressure for couples is setting in. Maybe you're organised for the big day, maybe you don't give two hoots. Despite the hype, the soft and mushy feelings about Valentine's Day aren't shared by everyone. You don't have to be a poetic and star struck Romeo dribbling verses of Shakespeare from beneath the balcony of your Juliet (or vice-versa) to make your partner feel special, as at the end of the day, it's the thought (or maybe lack thereof) that counts. For those that prefer to do something a little more low key, yet still wish to profess their love to their respective partner, we have a few tips that you can easily implement into your home over the weekend.
From a soothing cup of cocoa, to a long soak in the bath, there are many ways to show you care without shouting it from a rooftop for the whole world to hear. Don't worry if you're a last minute kind of guy or girl—the key to success is how you execute the finished product. Make it seem like you've been planning the whole shebang for months, even if it was the morning of, and your other half will be none the wiser—we promise we'll never tell.
Nothing says I love you more than a beautifully set table with candles, fine china and of course, a wonderful meal. These wonderful table settings don't have to break the bank balance, in fact, there are many low budget homeware stores that sell affordable crockery and table decorations. Perhaps the fact that you have them in storage after Valentines Day might entice you to use them again in the future for other romantic occasions? Or, why not woo you partner on a regular week night to keep the romance and buzz alive. This scene has been expertly captured by Lujans Photography for a show flat in Ascot, but can very easily be used as inspiration for the weekend!
This incredible bathtub is for those who have requested a long, relaxing soak in a bathtub. After all, nothing says I love you more than an altruistic gesture that includes a bubble bath followed by a massage. The Nebbia bath by Clearwater has been sculpted to fit the contours of the human body; a very important factor when settling in for your relaxation time. A statement piece, the installation of this stunning freestanding bathtub is sure to have your partner thanking you for decades to come.
So, big romantic gestures aren't your thing for both you and your partner. But that's okay! Tell your loved one that they are lovely, clever and pretty everyday of the week with these bright and bold mugs from Gary Birks. Or, if you love to laugh and share a joke, you can always poke fun at them with the boring and grumpy mug! Of course, the dimensions of a relationship go far beyond aesthetics, you really know a person when you've experienced them during every mood. Why not promise to bring a cup of tea or coffee to your partner in bed every morning, and each day, present them with a different adjective to describe how beautiful or angry they are!
Why not surprise your partner with a brand new bed? Nothing screams romance more than a traditional 4-poster bed. This bed from TurnPost really is the epitome of elegance and seduction. The sharp black frame of the bed compliments the serene and calm aura of the room, providing an aspect of contrast and variance in a largely muted space. Whether it's breakfast in bed or cuddles under the covers with a movie, this is a top way to wow your partner this Valentine's Day.
Vintage tea lights are a great way to add some romantic flair to any room in the house. The Den & Now have these retro lanterns which you can scatter or line up over various pieces of furniture. Use them as the decoration on your table setting, or atop the dressing table in the bedroom. Whatever you choose, the delicate glow that these glorious little lights put out is sure to set the mood.
Hertfordshire Hammocks house an incredible range of hammocks for everyone—for everyday and of course, romantic occasions! Ever thought about having one of these beauties on display in your garden, veranda or even living room? Change the way you hang out with your partner, and allow them to relax in sheer comfort in a myriad of different spaces in the home. Suitable for outdoors or indoors, you can gently rock to sleep in the breeze or crackling warmth of the fire.
If you can go all out, why not? Whisk your partner away for an unforgettable holiday to a far away destination. Or, maybe you are one of the fortunate few who already live in an idyllic setting and don't need to leave the confines of your home, so why not set up your outdoor area with an exotic setting like this example from Dash & Albert. This geometric outdoor rug adds the necessary element of holiday charm to this already stunning veranda. Top it off with some seaside accessories and voilà!
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