Falling in love with your house

Cushions from �7.99, Homesense.com
Cushions from �7.99, Homesense.com
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We might all be staying in more due to the economic downturn, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy those special occasions and keep romance alive during stressful times.

Staying in is the new going out so put the spark back into your home this Valentine’s Day with these DIY date night tips from HomeSense. It’s time to fall in love with your home all over again…

1 Give your living room the VIP treatment. Layer up - or splash out on a new - sofa with cushions and throws and create the perfect ‘snug’ for a home screening of your favorite movie.

2 Light or have a new fire installed.

3 Take inspiration from top restaurants and look for upholstered dining chairs that are comfortable and inviting for guests.

4 Don’t forget the lighting.

5 Start thinking now about using your garden in summer - plan decking or a sunhouse

Interiors Stylist and Blogger Marie Nichols said: “With chilly weather and financial pressures the modern home is becoming the focus of our social lives. A few clever buys and simple tricks will help you create a fabulous five star home that’s big on style.”