February is one of our favorite months because it highlights love, romance and beautiful gifts - something we focus on all year! To spread love you must live it and that means making your home a soothing, inviting and comforting place. Here are some of our favorite home accents that make us feel warm & fuzzy!
1. Fresh flowers and plants.
Fresh flowers in the home bring energy, color and vibrance to your space. Green plants actually can increase oxygen levels and purify the air. Plants also release moisture vapor, which increases the humidity in the air around them, helping decrease dry skin & throats.
2. Surround yourself with art.
Home is where the art is! You don't have to spend a lot of money on art, just pick pieces that are important to you. What's the piece you see when you walk in the front door? Does it make you feel welcomed, relaxed and comfortable? Choose artisan pieces that you're connected to in some way. Collecting art pieces from your travels will always remind you of these journeys that you loved.
3. Add color.
We all have a color that makes us feel good. Each color brings a different energy to a space. Yellows usually add radiance, greens spur growth and flexibility, reds welcome prosperity, and oranges bring warmth and cheer. There are so many meanings to color but start with your own favorite colors.
4. Add soft materials.
We love the modern world and it's hard edges but don't be afraid to add blankets, soft pillows or a plush throw rug. Touching soft objects increases our sense of comfort and security - studies show ;-)
5. Light candles.
Candles are romantic, add ambient light and are just plain sexy. Light scented candles in the bathrooms, bedrooms and in living spaces where food is not being served. Use unscented candles in your dining areas.
6. Use mirrors.
Decorators use mirrors to magnify natural light and add room to a space. If you have flowers or a plant in front of a mirror that image is enhanced. Put a favorite vase or bowl in front of a mirror to enhance so you see even more of something you love!
7. Get creative.
Make things yourself. It can be a serious or fun hobby. Pottery, watercolors, amateur photography. Surrounding yourself with things you made elicits pride and self-love. Find your inner artist!
Enjoy this month of love! Here are some of our favorite things to bring it year round in small ways to our home:
Hearts dishes or vases
Tealights - lots of them!
Mini vase - small enough for just a couple blooms