Making home décor more of a love affair

When you are in love the world is a brighter place.

When you are in love the world is a brighter place.

Food tastes better, the sun shines brighter and you will do almost anything to make your loved one feel special and important.

There is no feeling in the world quite like being in love and I hope that all of you reading this article has experienced this life-altering experience. It may be with your significant other, your children or your pets or even your home.

Your home gives you shelter, safety and a place to inhabit while you navigate through life.

We carefully decorate it, paint its walls and adorn it with fabrics and furniture as thoughtfully as one would dress a bride on her wedding day.

Countless hours are spent to choose the perfect hue of paint and the exact lighting and trim are contemplated with great care and consideration,

What do you love the most about your home?

Even if you aren’t living in a brand new custom mansion there can be many things to love about your home.

I have a fabulous front window that allows me and my pup to view the activities of my delightful neighbourhood.

Southern exposure gives me the warmth of the sun all day and it has become my dog’s favourite vantage point during the day to watch the birds.

When I pull up to the front of the house in the evening I always wait a minute until his perfect little face appears in the front window; it’s a silly ritual but one which brings me enormous amounts of joy.

Think about the places in your home where you spend the most time.

Not time spent because you have chores to accomplish but the place where you would retreat to if you had a spare few minutes in your day.

Is there a favorite window seat where you can catch a refreshing breeze while you relax with a cup of tea or do you have a magnificent fireplace that invites you to stretch out like a contented feline?

Those are the love spots, those places that you rest in to refresh your soul. Our homes do that for us every single day and ask for nothing in return.

I am working with a lovely couple on their home and have had the privilege of helping them restore it over the past few years. They love their home! Every square inch has been lovingly restored and it is obvious that they treat their abode with a great amount of TLC.

The amazing thing about this couple is that they loved the house before the renovation started.

They have piled hours into the yard, turning it into an oasis and were very excited to give this aged beauty a well-deserved makeover.

The transformation that has taken place is akin to watching a young woman blossom under the warmth of new love – it is a beautiful thing to experience.

As I was driving home yesterday I was struck with an overwhelming feeling of appreciation – you may even call it a feeling of love.

My neighbourhood is the ONE I wanted to move into and it is every bit as a homey community as I had always dreamed it would be.

When I pulled up and waited for that little dog face to appear in my window, it was like seeing my true love’s smile.

Kim Wyse is an interior designer with Carpet Colour Centre in Red Deer.