Cal is our artist here at Romantiques, here she is hard at work again, if Cal is not hand painting on your living room walls, or hand painting your favourite image on a piece of your furniture, she's creating another delectable piece of art for a frame.
When you walk in your door after work, doing the shopping, or even after having a truly spectacular day...you have to ask yourself...can my mood get any better?
The answer is..of course it can. With the help of music.
We've all experienced the feeling...a rapid change in mood when a favourite song is on, how it changes the tone of things in our lives, how it can change a room's atmosphere. There's a reason why music is played at dinner parties, in restaurants, in stores. It's a subtle, yet completely effective form of mood manipulation.
And to be honest, I'm not going to object to this form of manipulation one bit.
Lately, I've been coming home and kicking my shoes off to forms of downtempo jazz, the type your soul sings out to in response.
How many people think that if they have books they need to be displayed behind glass cabinet doors, that bright colours should be minimalist; only put in key areas, that wallpaper shouldn't be used on all four walls in one room, that mirrors should be hung on the wall and last but not least things should be simply symmetrical?
Nanny it down.
Let your personality come out, after all like i have said before your living space is an extension of your wardrobe.
Do you match your plaid top with your plaid pants.... ? eeek
DIDN'T THINK SO!
Don't be afraid to
Put your books out on display on a free standing bookcase in the middle of your living room, pile them on your coffee table (artistically of course), next to your linen upholstered couch bearing rust and chartreause coloured cushions.
Don't be afraid to have 3 walls of your dining room covered with artworks, in tones likes musk or winter whites, or go the other end of the scale cerulean blue and kelp.
There is a way to balance this out, harlequin chairs around your dining table upholstered in the same tone that the artwork bears.
Don't be afraid to have a large mirror leaning against one of the walls in your bedroom, pitted glass and all.
Don't be afraid to lean the old mirror up on the modern wallpapered striped walls.
Don't be afraid to get large rugs that showcase bold patterns.
Don't be afraid to have a radical choice of lighting in your study, a 'spider' like chandelier that looks like task lamps are hanging off of it.
Even have a chandelier where it looks like you have stuck all your post it notes on it.
Mostly don't be afraid to be daring, different and totally individual.
It's a service that we offer, to have your favourite sayings or images hand painted on your walls or your furniture.
Your entrance foyer hand painted with your favourite image of your family pooch.
Or on the other end of the scale, have the wall in the entrance foyer hand painted like a scene out of your favourite movie, a street out of Paris, New York or Sydney.
What ever strikes your fancy.
Dare to be different
Going to pick up a palette and some paint brushes.
Walking into a home, entering through old french style wooden doors, stepping on wooden floors, lit up by strategically placed ceiling spots. The most opulent surroundings you have ever seen, the most elegant hanging chandelier you can imagine, the most grand set of marble stairs you've ever set your sights upon
But oh my whats that smell...
Personally for me nothing is complete with out a scent of some sort.
Here are a few of my favourite natural scents
Lavender - It's one of the safest scents when diluted, it's calming, relaxing and makes you want to place your head down on a pillow.
French coffee - A divine, rich aroma that makes you want to socialise, it's an aroma that makes you crave. When i smell the scent of my French coffee candle i can literally taste it... yummo!, it makes me feel as if i am in Paris if i close my eyes. A little dreaming doesn't harm anyone.
Vanilla- Vanilla is very common, it's a warm,simple, rich aroma.
Exotic woods - A woody scent combined with a line of sweetness through it.
Ylang Ylang - A very delicate aroma, that hits all the right notes, and brings light to all the positive feelings.
Gardenia- A very sweet scent, for me gardenia is one of those scents where it is very easily missed, i call it a transparent scent.
Petrichor - I know that this is not a scent that can be purchased but i had to put it down. One of my all time favourite scents is Petrichor- The earthy smell that is accompanied by the rain.
I am a big book lover, photography , food, fashion and oh of course interiors. Just recently I ordered a few books in store, they are gorge, that's a bit of an understatement but anyway... I love the feeling of waiting for something to arrive in the mail, I find it so exciting.
I know we all have a tablet, an i pad or some sort of other technology that allows us to read a book.
To me there is nothing better that having the book, holding it, and flicking its pages by hand rather than on a screen . Books to me have value and hold memories, I will never discard the books I have, and read online.
I guess you could use a similar concept with furniture, old pieces that you have had for years and years,just because they are looking outdated.
Don't throw them away and go get something brand new and ultra modern.
That old piece has personality, it's charming, it's a treasure to you.
A piece of furniture with us here at Romantiques has endless possibilities , those possibilities are priceless you can't purchase anywhere.
You can't put a price on bringing your very own ideas to life with our help.
You can change and piece from eeek! to chic,with our help and a little imagination, as many times as you want. Re invent your piece, re invent your comfort zone re invent your ideas, keep the pieces personality and charm (which is something we are really passionate about) and open opportunities .