Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and though it’s a day dedicated to giving and receiving tokens of love, it should hardly be the only day when time is allotted for passion.
As 47-year-old Kathi Grosvenor of Scottsdale knows, juggling two kids and a full-time job means making a place in your home where romance comes naturally.
“It’s all about making time for togetherness,” says Grosvenor, which is why she and husband of 23 years, Steve, made it a priority to design a bedroom in their East Valley home that wasn’t just about collapsing at the end of a hard day, but rather about making the most of their alone time. Employing the help of Dorothy and Eric Bron of the Bron Design Group, the Grosvenors’ master bedroom now oozes romance.
“The original idea was to make it kind of a soft place to land,” says Grosvenor. “We wanted a very warm, inviting place that you never want to leave.”
The pillow-laden bed, overstuffed velvet headboard and pearl-embroidered drapes are done in soft, deep shades of ivory and eggplant. The encircling windows look out onto the mountain landscape. Subdued lighting is achieved with dimmer switches and bedside lamps. If that’s not enough, open the door near their bed and you’ll find a sauna beckoning the couple to unwind.
“They wanted an old-fashioned glamorous retreat,” says Dorothy Bron, “so we really pulled out all the stops.”
Creating the feel of romance in a bedroom is simple, say the Brons, if you remember a few pointers. For starters, avoid distractions.
Clutter can be hidden in bedside tables or a trunk at the foot of the bed. Laundry only reminds you of chores yet to be completed, so make sure there’s a space separate from the bedroom for that. Finally, make sure to hide the very unromantic television in an armoire where it can be seen only when in use.
“It’s important to have a room that’s restful,” says Bron, who says she helped her clients find bedside stands with “secret” compartments on the side to stash away necessities such as an alarm clock and phone.
Grosvenor says she and her husband made sure to reduce the clutter in their room by keeping only the most important things — such as framed pictures of the family — on surrounding shelves.
“Beyond that, we just put everything else behind the scenes,” she says.
With the scene set, all that remains is shutting out the rest of the world and
enjoying the atmosphere you’ve created.
Resource Bron Design Group
(602) 955-1053 or www.brondesigngroup.com