February finds many of us in a “fug.” What’s a fug you ask? Well, it’s kind of a “state of mind,” a feeling, and in the cooler, still snowy but sometimes damp days of February, it’s a feeling we could do without! That’s why that other state of mind – LOVE – that also exists in February, is just so much fun! Happy Valentine’s Day to all my followers – now let’s celebrate the fact that love is in the air and turn your frown up side down!

Home Dream Designs and Décor by Design want to help you celebrate. Perhaps you got engaged over Christmas or New Years…or maybe Valentine’s Day is when your sweetheart will pop the question. Whenever the happy event takes place, we’re celebrating romance this month.

Just like hygge is a state of mind we talked about last October, romance is a state of mind too. It’s about celebrating life and more importantly, your lifestyle.  The newly engaged couple might be thinking of hearts and flowers and now would be the time to start planning some subtle changes around the home that will serve as the picture perfect backdrop for your wedding photos. Soft whites, neutrals that will allow the bride to shine and incorporating romance through just a few, carefully placed, décor pieces like glass or crystal candlesticks or a “statement sized” vase with flowers the colour of your bridesmaid dresses are just some of the small changes you might consider in time for your big day.  If you’re hosting any bridal events our Décor by Design team can revamp the whole space, either by staging or permanently changing your look. That’s right, in addition to home staging and design services; we have a relationship with a broad range of service providers including painting, electrical work, contractors and more. We’ll put you (and your home) into the perfect position for starting married life!

If you’re already there, married with kids and just need a little “pick me up” to keep the romance alive, consider inviting us in for a consult. Budgets don’t have to be “busted.” A boldly painted feature wall, fabulous framed family photography, or changing the furniture around, re-purposing what you already have, is often enough to leave you feeling revitalized….and when you’re revitalized, you might even feel a little more romantic too!

Perhaps you and your spouse are on the cusp of the golden years and romance involves warm throw rugs, a fireplace and maybe staying in to watch some of the Olympics on these cold February nights. You don’t want to add clutter at this stage of life, in fact now it’s more about removing what doesn’t matter. We can help there too. Our staging expertise, honed over many years of helping families downsize or right size to the home of their dreams, means we can help you pare down your pillows, choose what should stay and what has to go. We’ll help create the warm, winter romantic hideaway you’d love to experience, right in the comfort of your own home – without adding a single new decorative element!

At any age and at any stage of life, let the Home Dream Designs team stage your idea of the perfect romantic space. Get out of that fug, turn that frown upside down and smile! Romance is to be celebrated and we can help you capture (or recapture!) the magic. Call Home Dream Designs today if you’re dreaming of a “perfect” romantic Valentine’s Day.

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