As we celebrate the most romantic day of the year, I am reminded that we should always design our homes with love. Also, a little romance goes a long way! Romance shouldn't only be celebrated once a year, but woven into the fabric of our daily lives.

The NEXTadventure Home features one of the most romantic Master Suites I've seen in some time. Lita Dirks and her team of designers truly knocked it out of the park with shimmering wall coverings and layers of soft lighting. Add the sparkling reflections from the pool at night and who can't fall in love with that room? This is how you set the right mood!

But romance in our homes shouldn't be limited to the master suite. Why go to a crowded restaurant when your home has the perfect atmosphere to wine and dine for a party of two? Throw on some tunes, fire up the grill (either the main kitchen or the outdoor one) and really WOW that someone special! Okay, if you're not all that skilled in the kitchen, perhaps just do takeout. But at least you have a fantastic setting once the food is prepared. Dine inside or outside (or both with sliding doors!) with the warmth and soothing colors of the outdoor fireplace. The sound of running water from the pool completes the yin and yang effect.

Speaking of wining and dining, wine deserves a segment all to itself! Arguably the most romantic beverage, this display will keep wine at the forefront of your mind as it is strategically placed to be seen from throughout the home. 

Okay, so this is sounding like an ideal scene. But what about families with kids? It can be difficult to have even a couple of hours uninterrupted, let alone an entire night! This is where an upstairs bonus room saves the day. Assuming their homework is finished, order in a pizza for them and let them watch a movie before bed. They can stay occupied in their own space while you continue to enjoy a few hours to yourselves - until they demand your attention. Such is life!

Regardless of how you choose to spend this special day, let's remember that owning a home should be a celebration of love every day! Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours.