Last fall I was pleasantly surprised when I received an email from the editor of Romantic Homes Magazine asking to feature me in their annual Valentine's series: The Romantics.
Trendsetters and entrepreneurs are selected and invited to share their inspirations for living the romantic life.
The ironic thing is, I had just recently filed for divorce. What would I write about? Was I even in a position to contribute? After much thought I realized that even though I had loved and lost, I still believed in romance. Romance is, and always will be, a big part of who I am. When I sat down to write the article it flowed freely and I realized I had strong opinions on the subject.
So, if this Valentine's season you find yourself single, heartbroken, or feeling alone, I hope you will embrace the romantic side of life and all the beauty that the world still holds. I hope you are inspired to romance yourself a bit... you deserve it.
Thanks for allowing me to share my feature below and for reveling in my excitement with me!
photography + interior styling: me
I admit it.... I am a romantic at heart. I can't see enough chick flicks, display enough flowers, light enough scented candles or listen to too many love songs. This is what I've learned: We grow up thinking we can't have romance in our lives unless Prince Charming comes trotting along on his white horse. I've realized that you don't need a prince, or necessarily even a partner, to have romance in your day-to-day life. You can woo yourself, and in doing so you are loving yourself and confirming you are worthy of living the best-quality life you can create. When I see a beautiful bunch of flowers at the market, I don't stand around waiting for someone to buy them for me, I treat myself. Once home and adorning a beautiful vase, the flowers remind me that simple things make my world a little more special. A fragrant bubble bath in the warm glow of candlelight, a pretty red pout, a delicate pastry on a beautiful dessert plate are all indulgences that add romance to the mundane of every day living.
Connecting to my romantic side is really all about celebrating femininity. It goes much deeper than being wined and dined. Romance to me is about celebrating the beauty in being a woman; reveling in the delicate, soft, pretty and gentle side of life. Inspired Design has become a wonderful expression of the creative romantic inside me. One of my most romantic moments was when my blog was referred to as a "visual romance novel." I knew then that by pouring my heart and soul into my blog I had been given the privilege of bringing a bit of romance into the lives of others.
*I'd like to extend a big thank you to Jacqueline deMontravel, Editor of Romantic Homes. If you have not seen her beautiful decor book, Hers, you will not want to miss it!!
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