I don’t consider myself the romantic type. I find most classic examples of romance (in the real world) to be, well, embarrassing. I’m much more comfortable with cute gestures of love than steamy, sensual, dramatic ones! What can I say, it’s just not me.
So anyway, M & I were talking about what to do for Valentine’s Day this year, and since I have no spare cash, after just paying my taxes (ouch), I suggested we just stay in and have a nice meal. And I mentioned, “oh and we should build a fort!” To which M just chuckled.
Little did he know. I was going to build a fort.
I grew up in a family with 3 brothers, and one of our favorite things to do was construct elaborate forts in the living room, from couch cushions, sheets, blankets and furniture. But my inspiration for this Valentine’s fort was from this picture:
Valentine’s Day Fort via Design*Sponge
This is my kind of romantic.
I wish I could say I have all kinds of rich tapestry linens hanging around my house, but I had to make due with what I could scrounge from my closets.
I found 3 gauzy curtain panels, a couple of flat sheets, 2 lengths of lace, and just about every throw blanket and pillow in the house.
my valentine fort
I used the method in the Design*Sponge post – draping the sheets over a broom handle suspended from the ceiling, string and safety pins. I also used a large embroidery hoop in the front, from which the airy curtains hung.
Sure, it took me 2-3 hours to make this thing! Ah the perks of being one’s own boss. That’s right, I gave myself the afternoon off for this special occasion. 🙂
cozy living room fort
I also made some chocolate truffles (what’s Valentine’s day without chocolate?).
The last finishing touch was gussying myself up. On a normal work day, since I work with clay all day and my studio is home-based, I wear jeans, a t-shirt, and my work sweatshirt. Rarely do I put on much make-up if I’m not going to see people.
For Valentine’s day, to complete the surprise, I wore this dress, an Anthro find from several years back:
Doris Shirtdress – Anthropologie
It’s super fun and colorful, and very retro 50s.
Then I did my face up all pretty-like.
The whole thing was worth it when M got home, came through the back door, to find this leading him into the living room…
And then this on the other side…
valentine tent and a bottle of wine
The look on his face. Priceless. How can you not love a surprise living room fort? 😀
The rest of the evening was spent on the floor, with wine, dinner and a movie. Now that’s my kind of romance.