Stir up the Romance Factor

Cheryll Gillespie, Stir up the romance factor

As Fall rolls in, it’s time to warm up, cuddle up and stir up the romance factor at home.

Designers are laying down ‘curl your toes’ area rugs beside beds, under desks, chairs and sofas and in front of fireplaces. My personal favorites are long sheep skin carpets, sculpted wools and cow hides which we often layer and stack for a truly high style look. In the bathrooms throughout our homes, we are hanging thick luxurious robes next to the bath tub, stacking rolled ultra-thick towels and framing our views with gorgeous velvet drapery panels on our sexiest windows.

On horizontal surfaces such as dressers, end and coffee tables, we are strategically placing textural (rough, natural and distressed textures bring with them a sense of warmth and comfort) items such as antlers, vintage leather books, molded glass and crystal. Fun for this year is our use of gilded golds, go ahead and mix and match them with your silvers and coppers. We get a lot less natural light this season so play with lighting fixtures, add a few more table top lamps, floor lamps and even floor cans to help create ambiance and more light in your rooms.

Over the arms of our favourite seats we toss sensual faux fur or hand knit throws and on the sofa and the bed, we load them with feel good toss cushions and maybe another faux fur, seeing how we just can’t get enough of these. I even love them laid across a bed and frankly so do my dogs (our four-legged children) just check their wash ability.

When we design a room, it’s imperative that we appeal to all five senses, obviously a room has to look good, feel good, sound good (a great music system) but it also needs to taste and smell fabulous. Natural bees wax candles infused with heady scents, air diffusers filled with natural essential oils such as sandalwood, orange, cranberry and wintergreen. Bowls of nuts, chocolates or Fall’s bounty, such as apples always make a room smell delicious!

When it comes to art, I like to pair up and add highly texturized pieces that bring a feeling of love and romance to my spaces. Perhaps a pair of ceramic busts, or a painting of a pair of snow geese flocking together along a winter beach scene. A little subliminal messaging never hurt, wink wink.

Design flows with the seasons and can be manipulated to create a sense of warmth, comfort and romance, this is the nesting season after all and we want our homes to welcome us in from chilly Fall days with a warm and gracious hug. Design is about creating emotion when you are in the space. That’s living fabulously!

Creatively Yours,

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