Home, Romantic Home
by Michael Webb
If asked to describe what would be a typical romantic occasion, the majority of people would probably give details of a full moon, deserted beach, mountain chalet or other beautiful place where two people could spend some time alone. It just shows how important the atmosphere or 'setting' is to romance.
Likewise, many people have the opinion that they have to go away to those sort of places in order to have a romantic evening or weekend. That's simply not practical most of the time. Since we spend more time at home than anywhere else, it would reason that we might want to make more of an effort in making our own homes more "romance friendly."
Does your home have a fireplace? How often do you use it? Most fireplaces aren't extremely efficient but they sure do look great. People use fireplaces in their homes now for atmosphere - and not just in the winter. You never know when you'll need a romantic get-away so always have some firewood around and pine cones on hand to throw in so the fire has a lot of romantic "crackle."
Is there a good supply of candles handy? Turn off the lights, light the candles and presto! you have a romantic setting. Aladdin's Genie couldn't have transformed the room any quicker. Also, you might want to consider putting a dimmer on the lights in the dining room. For less than $10 you can transform blinding lights into a soft romantic glow.
Nothing creates a mood quite like music can. You can be in a taxi in the middle of New York City and shut your eyes, put on some soothing music and instantly it can take your blood pressure down a few notches. So what is "romantic" music? How about a CD or tape of thunder and rain? There are other nature sounds on tape like waves crashing, birds singing, jungle noises and crickets chirping. They're a nice alternative to the traditional classical music we're accustomed to. Put one of those on and instantly the mood in the room will change.
Invest a little money into making your own home a romantic getaway. It sure beats the expense of going away every weekend just to put a little romance back into your life.
Michael Webb is the best-selling author of The RoMANtic's Guide: Hundreds of Creative Tips for a Lifetime of Love. You can order at Amazon.com or for more of Michael's FREE tips, visit TheRomantic.com
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