June is sublime in Kansas. During the long, sunny days, I throw open my windows and enjoy the warm breeze, then spend the evening on my patio, surrounded by fireflies. Now is the time to celebrate the romance of summer. Want to join me? The first step is to make your home its romantic best. Here’s how:Create a space just for you.
Is there a room, nook or corner in your house that you can make your own? It may be a spare bedroom you turn into a craft room, or a screened porch, or even a spot in your bedroom where you can escape into a great book. This month, carve out a space that is all yours.Add beauty to utilitarian spots.
When I redid the kitchen in my little lake house, I wanted to make the countertop displays functional yet beautiful. So to make our mealtime grab-and-go area as beautiful as possible, I made it into a display using some lovely pieces from my china cabinet. Dig through your cabinets for pretty glasses and plates you can use as a silverware caddy or to hold fresh fruit for a snack on the run.
Where else can you add a touch of beauty? Why not create a lovely motif on the back of your toilet stool? Arrange your dishes artfully in your china hutch or on open shelves in your kitchen or hallway. Stack your linens beautifully in your bath. Every single spot has the potential to be lovely, when you use your creativity.Find pretty places for pretty things. Surround yourself with people you love.
Some of my favorites are of vacations I took with my 92-year-old mother when she was in her 60s. The memories of those adventures with Mom are some of my most precious. Showcase your pictures in frames that accentuate your home’s decor, so they become a seamless addition to your look.Indulge in beautiful aromas.
I adore all the fragrances in the line, but my fave right now is the “Calm” lotion. The company’s website describes the scent this way: “Serene meadows of blooming hyacinth, earthen rooted vetiver and fresh cut iris, cooled by setting citrus sunlight and delicate floral waters.” My description: Heaven. This is one of my new go-to gifts.
My other aroma romance is with Pickwick Candles. Blooming Tulip, which is made exclusively for my store, is my can’t-get-enough-of-it scent.Smell the flowers.
One of the ways I can get myself to grocery shop is to bookend the visit with two treats. The first is the floral section, where I pick up a bouquet of flowers or a blooming bush I can put in a cachepot on my buffet or dining table. The second is the magazine rack, where I thumb through home decor magazines for inspiration.Use your prettiest pieces every day.
This column was adapted from Mary Carol Garrity’s blog at www.nellhills.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.