Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar

From a place of love

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It’s a perennial complaint: Valentine’s Day is just a marketing ploy. Why should I have to define or declare my love on a specific day? Shouldn’t it always be in my intentions? These are all valid points, but plenty of us still need a push to make those things happen.

So here’s something to ponder: Do your surrounds help to build up or pull down how “in love” you are with said space, and what kind of flow-on effect does that have on your more intimate personal relationsh­ips? How many times have you booked a romantic dinner or a weekend getaway with the intent of showing love via candleligh­t, rose petals and wine? They’re the obvious objects that say amore, but it’s the hidden elements that keep the flame lit.

With people spending more time at home and remote working now a long-term reality, it’s more important than ever to make sure your interiors are considered and curated from a place of, well, love – for you, your family, even your pets. That’s the basis for a home that exudes comfort and security.

Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I want to focus on two romantic aspects of the home. First is the most obvious: the bedroom. Or more specifical­ly, your bed. Quality sheets are a luxury we should all treat ourselves to, and the freshness of new linen on laundry day is both a great feeling and an excellent mood setter. A high thread count used to be the gold standard, but not everyone likes the feel. The good news is that there are now so many choice alternativ­es, such as crushed linen, bamboo and hemp. The second of these romantic aspects is a key cornerston­e of the home that may surprise you: fragrance. There’s something sexy about a space that smells good, so put a candle or reed diffuser in every room. You don’t have to light the candles all the time as the aroma will waft as you walk by, and turning diffuser reeds once a week will reignite the essence. Removing bad aromas is just as important, so be aware of lingering food or animal odours, especially if you have porous fabrics like linen drapes and high-pile rugs. Open the windows to let the fresh air in. Your house will, erm, love you for it.

Shaynna Blaze is an interior designer, a presenter on Foxtel’s Selling Houses Australia and a judge on the Nine Network’s The Block.

Home is where the heart is but it’s also where romance comes to life, so set the scene with scents and sumptuous linens to fire up the passions

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HEART OF THE HOME (clockwise from top left) An inviting bed made up with luxurious linen in mood-lifting colours will set the scene FOR ROMANCE, SAYS SHAYNNA BLAZE; FRESH FLOWERS AND AN OPEN CANDLE will create a pleasant waft of scent every time you pass; fragrance should be a cornerston­e of your home, and a considered addition to every room, especially in hotspot areas and around porous fabrics.

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