Whether it’s with friends or your partner for decades, Valentine’s day is the perfect time to show your loved ones how much you care! However, if you are single, what better time to celebrate the person you must love first and foremost- yourself! As the snow falls, and the days get short, Valentine’s Day brings some light and a chance to celebrate love. It’s hard to imagine a time before our faces were half-covered and vaccines were like iOS updates, but fear not, we at Ella + Ross wanted to give you an easy guide to creating the perfect day indoors. Read on ahead as we are excited to share our tips and tricks to create your love nest.
Step 1: Set the Stage
This is the first and most important part, in your party for 2! The best atmosphere is one that is cozy and comfortable to allow you and your significant other to snuggle up. The key here is getting a cozy loveseat. Not too big, not too small, but just right! If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your seating, this is the best time to invest in one, and we have got you covered with Clara Loveseat. A loveseat is as described, designed to comfortably fit two people. It’s no secret where the name comes from, the loveseat gets its name from the idea that a couple can share it, sitting very close together.
On top of your seating, place some accent cushions and a warm throw to add some new energy! Choose pastel colors for a soft, romantic flair, or go bold with a bright print for those who prefer to spice things up! This simple and easy hack will have your living room space look like it's come out of an editorial magazine.
We recommend placing these pieces near a fireplace for a romantic snuggle spot and don’t forget to add a welcoming area rug to finish off the warm and cozy atmosphere.
If you don’t have a fireplace, a coffee table with ample surface space is the perfect anchor to ground your living room seating arrangement around. We recommend the Cyprus Coffee Table for it’s versatile and multi-faceted use! Pair it with some side tables, like the matching Cyprus End Table to ensure wine and chocolate are always at arm’s length!
Step 2: Set the Mood
Now that you have your romantic Valentine’s interior sorted, it is time to put the finishing touches before your party arrives! The key here is to engage all your senses. Just a few more key tricks and you will be well on your way to a memorable soiree:
Lighting is key! Soft and warm lighting will instantly transform your living room into a romantic love nest! Choose candles that complement the colors of your living space and scents that are in the floral family to really engage all your senses! Flameless candles and oil diffusers are other options for those who prefer a fuss-free option.
Music is another key element to engage your other senses. This is where you can have some fun and choose a playlist to suit you and your partner’s personality. The above elements will do wonders to create the mood, so you can choose to complement this with a light music playlist filled with your favorite songs you can sing along to, or simply go instrumental if you would like the music to be in the background. For the best of both worlds, there are several artists who create acoustic versions of popular songs, so be sure to check that out!
Step 3: The Main Act
Now that the cushions are fluffed, the candles are lit, and the music is playing, it's time to welcome your party! Whether it’s a surprise evening or a yearly retreat, our guide is sure to transport you and yours to a romantic getaway.
But before we let you enjoy the night; we must talk about the most important element: food and drink! We are unapologetically big foodies, and no date night is complete without some serious grub. Whether it’s aphrodisiacs like oysters and dark chocolate, or your favorite family recipes, make sure that there is an ample supply to last the evening.
Our drinks of choice: Champagne, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, White Zinfandel, Rose, Sauvignon Blanc.
Our activity of choice: a convenient two-person game, trivia, movies, and comedy shows.
For those who prefer a casual night on their cozy couch, consider ordering in and supporting local restaurants. There are a wide variety of cuisines, so be sure to grab something from your go-to place or find a new favorite spot! You can even ‘virtually’ travel to that country thanks to amazing videos and shows that take you on train rides, and through the streets of many popular cities and destinations
For those who prefer food to be the main attraction, we have a special idea for you! Why not go full-on MasterChef and swap mystery baskets with you and your lover! Fill up the box with your favorite ingredients and have your partner make a dish! Alternatively, you can even pick a cuisine (our favorite is Thai!) and cook a few dishes to delight your senses. The best part is, it will be to your spice level, and you can tailor the dish with your favorite ingredients!
We hope you found these ideas helpful for your upcoming Valentine’s day date night! Join us on social media to show us how you celebrate with @ellaandross #ellaandross
Ella + Ross Family