It took more than five houses, a woodside retreat and a beach cottage for Cynthia Tuverson to find her style. Some of these addresses planted seeds for her tastes, but after marriage and a few moves, she found a new home to decorate. At the same time, she discovered she was attracted to an entirely different type of decor bleached woods, curvy lines and soft colors now held sway.
After decorating homes in various styles, Cynthia was unexpectedly reacquainted with her love for romantic design. On a visit to an antiques shop, she came upon an antique leaded-glass panel and instantly knew she wanted to incorporate it into her home. She used the panel and other romantic elements to refashion one of her rooms.
Not long after, her family moved into their new home and the romantic decorating journey began. “This home was really like a blank canvas for me,” Cynthia says. Still inspired by the rustic romantic look, she set out to transform her new bedroom to suit her likes and needs. She created a fresh, blank canvas with white paint and hard work.
Inspired by the results, many of her antiques also received a fresh coat of white paint to fit the dreamy new style, including the bedroom’s table and dresser. Then, she furnished the room with flea market finds and unique estate sale purchases. In the process of finding a new style to embrace, Cynthia reconnected with memories of her youth, realizing that what she really loved she had all along: an appreciation for the past that celebrates tradition and using all the ideas from her journey to create the ideal house.
Tip: Infusing your bedroom with a romantic feel is easy and can be done on a budget.
- Use soft, muted colors. White, ecru, cream and soft blue are good choices.
- The romantic look is inherently curvy. Choose furniture and accessories with round, flowing shapes” oval or round tables, chandeliers dripping with crystals and overstuffed chairs and pillows.
- Lush bedding is a must; choose the softest, most luxurious bedding you can afford.
- Soft, flowing window treatments are an easy way to set the mood.
- Classic romantic styles like Cynthia’s always include flowers ”embellish your spaces with items such as floral paintings and antique rose-patterned accessories.
by Jickie Torres
Photography by Mark Tanner
Styled by Jacqueline deMontravel