Celebrating Valentines Day

Could the weather be one of the most romantic things about Valentine’s Day for us here in Britain? The chilly temperatures and short days of February mean that staying in and getting cosy is just the thing, so here’s how to set the mood for a romantic evening.

All aglow

Turn the dark evenings to your advantage by getting your lighting right. Candle light is synonymous with romance, whether a few fat pillar candles in storm lanterns or classic white taper candles in a set of antique glass candle sticks as the centrepiece for your table.

Switching off bright overhead lights in favour of secondary lighting will also give a relaxed feel. Dim wall lights or switch on a few side lights for an instant transformation. These gorgeous Ledbury table lights give a wonderful, warm glow.

candlesticks

A crackling fire

The ambience created by a real fire takes some beating. If a log fire is going to be part of your Valentine’s Day, here are a few useful lighting tips:

• Warm the chimney first by burning a few pieces of scrunched up newspaper.
• Next place two bits of split log in a V shape, pointing away from you.
• Put some more newspaper or a firelighter at the closed end of the V and light.
• Place kindling and more wood on top of the flame.
• Close the door if lighting a log burner, making sure the fire is ventilated from above and below to get a good flame going.
• Consider using apple or cedar wood for a gorgeous scent.

If you’re looking to spruce up your fireplace, a few accessories such as a copper fireside tidy, kindling bucket or a beautiful log holder are both stylish and practical for a real fire.

Raise a glass

A home-cooked meal or a favourite take-away are lovely alternatives to an evening out. Light the candles and start by popping open a bottle of something special. If you’re stuck for gift ideas, why not choose something a little different like this stunning vintage gold bottle opener or a beautiful flower bottle stopper in either silver or gold to use on the night?

Finish with a delicious dessert, indulgent cheese board or some decadent chocolates – whatever takes your fancy.

bottle opener

Stay cosy

With the fire still roaring and perhaps a glass of wine in hand, move to the sofa, snuggle up under a cosy throw and enjoy the rest of the evening together.

It may be cold and stormy outside, but inside it’ll be delightful!

geometric throw