10 Tips for a More Romantic Week

10 Tips for a More Romantic Week

It’s Valentine’s Week! Are you setting a more romantic ambience around your home? If you have little people, romance can sometimes (OK, oftentimes!) be a challenge.  While our own kids-in-diapers-days are long over at our house, we are entering into the teen years with our son and my husband and I are both really busy throughout the week, so trust me when I say that no matter what stage of life you are in, creating romance has to be a priority! It’s all about the mindset and setting the right ambience.

Here are ten tips for a more romantic ambience at home:

Set a pretty table

Are you eating dinner on plastic or otherwise ugly plates? Or, heaven forbid, eating in front of the TV every night? Bring out the pretty dishes and set the table this week! No need for fancy china, I collect lots of white plates from discount stores like HomeGoods and TJ Maxx. Make your table romantic with pretty table settings and a couple of candles — it is a simple thing to do but it sets the tone for a romantic evening.

Bring home flowers

Stop in a grocery store or florist for some affordable carnations or tulips or other pretty flowers and create a few small bouquets in the bedroom and bathroom. I find affordable flowers at Costco and Trader Joes!

Tidy up the bedroom & bathroom

If the laundry piled up on the bed during the day, or the kids flung their pull-ups or undies across the floor, or if your cereal bowl is still on the bathroom counter, take just a few moments to freshen things up. Seeing unsightly reminders of your long day will kill the romantic ambience pretty quickly.

End the day earlier

If you tend to be tired in the evenings, do as your grandparents probably did and try having “supper” instead of dinner. Meaning, eat earlier if you can! The earlier you can eat and clean up, the more time you have in the evening to enjoy relaxation. And adjust the kids bedtime if you can pull that off! It is nice to have a couple of child-free hours in the evenings.

Another tip my husband and I used to use when our kids were young was to feed the kids separately once in awhile. Then we’d put them to bed and have our own dinner together, just like having a dinner date at home!

Freshen up the scent

If your house smells like leftover fish tacos after dinner, air things out! Spray some perfume here and there or use a diffuser for essential oils (here is where I got my diffuser and my oils come from here) to freshen up the house. Or bake something yummy for dessert!

Turn on the mood lighting

As the daylight starts to fade, turn down the bright lights in the house, too. Use lamps instead of overhead lighting. Once the kids have gone to bed, light candles to lend a pretty glow to end tables.

Light a fire

If you have a fireplace, use it! We have a gas fireplace so it is easy to flip on a switch for instant warmth and ambience. If building a fire is impractical or you have a nonworking fireplace or no fireplace at all, set up a bunch of candles to give off light and sparkle. This tip works best if your little ones are already in bed, as a safety precaution!

Get creative

Are you turning into an old married couple with a predictable evening routine? Gulp. If you usually clean up after dinner, put the kids to bed and then watch TV the rest of the night, try mixing up the routine by playing a board game next to the fireplace or reading out loud to each other curled up on the couch. Or, re-read your love letters or re-live your memories of your early dating days. At first you might think it sounds corny or forced, or you might think your old routine is pretty comfortable, but routines can get a little dull! And dull is not very romantic.

Music to your ears

Instead of flipping on the TV every evening to fill the silence, try some more romantic background music instead.

Attitude check

By the end of the day, I am usually really tired. I work hard right up until the end of the day. Not only do I need to end my day earlier, but I need to shift my thinking from work and housekeeping to setting a romantic tone — both around the house and in my attitude.

What’s one thing you could do this week to create a more romantic home?

Pillow Sources (from back to front)

1. Anthropologie

2. Williams-Sonoma Home

3. Made from an Antique Grain Sack

4. West Elm

DIY Floral Heart {Valentine’s Day Gift Idea}

DIY Floral Heart - Valentines Gift Idea at The Inspired Room

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Hi friends! It’s Michaela and I’m back at The Inspired Room to share a fun DIY project you can do in the month of February for Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure about you, but I love flowers (as seen here and here) so any excuse I have to play with them, I pretty much use it!

Today I’m showing you how to make a heart-shaped flower arrangement! Even if you don’t have a Valentine, this DIY project is adorable, easy, and would be so fun to do with a group of girlfriends as a Valentines craft party! I would recommend doing this project within a few days of Valentines Day so the flowers stay fresh.

DIY Floral Heart for Valentines Day - Michaela Noelle Designs for The Inspired Room

You’ll need:

– Flowers. I used carnations and spray roses because they open up big and take lots of space, are fluffy, and the carnations look like baby peonies if they are the right color and type.
– A kraft box in the shape of a heart. I found mine at Hobby Lobby for $2.99!
– Floral foam. It’s okay if it’s a little smaller than the box you’re using.
– Scissors
– Foil
– Knife
– Bowl of water + plant food

DIY Valentines Floral Heart  - Michaela Noelle Designs for The Inspired Room
Step 1: Line your kraft heart box with foil so that the water from the floral foam doesn’t soak through the box.

DIY Valentines Floral Heart - Gift Idea
Step 2: Cut your floral foam to fit inside the heart shaped box. I did this by finding a piece of foam that fit well into the box in the first place. To cut out the exact shape, I stuff as much of it into the lid of the box, turned it over and used a knife to cut the excess away.

DIY Floral Heart Tutorial for Valentines Day
Valentines Gift Idea - DIY Floral Heart

DIY Floral Heart for Valentines Day

Step 3: Fill a big bowl with water and mix in the plant food. Drop in your circle of floral foam and let it soak up all the water. I let mine soak for 10 minutes.

DIY Floral Heart Project

Step 4: The fun part! Begin cutting your blooms, leaving about an inch or so of stem, and stick the stem in the floral foam.

DIY Floral Heart - The Inspired Room

Continue doing this with all the flowers. Carnations have a sturdy stem, so it was easy to place those in the floral foam, whereas the roses have tiny, weaker stems and needed to be pushed in more carefully (make sure you hold their stem at the base while you’re pushing it into place.) To make Carnations make look more like peonies, you can peel back some of their petals. Also, when I look for Carnations, I always try to find the ones whose petals are scrunched up, much like a peony, in the middle.

DIY Floral Heart for Valentines

DIY Valentines Floral Heart - The Inspired Room

Use small flowers to fill in the gaps, if there are any. Then place the heart flower arrangement on your coffee table, lean it on a bookshelf, attach ribbon and hang it on your door, etc.

DIY Valentines Day Floral Heart - Michaela Noelle Designs for The Inspired Room

How to Make a DIY Floral Heart for Valentines Day - Michaela Noelle Designs for The Inspired Room

DIY Floral Heart- Valentines Gift Ideas
DIY Floral Heart - Valentines Gift Idea

I just love how it adds such a whimsical touch to my home for Valentine’s Day! It also smells glorious.

Have fun giving this a try! Happy February!

xoxo
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