Ever since the first movie theater flung open its doors, couples have been bee-lining it to the movies for entertainment, a back row cuddle and some romantic inspiration. Alas, that was then, this is now. Today, movie-going isn’t all it’s cracked up to be on the romance front. Cavernous theaters feel anything but cozy. Cell phones go ring, ring, ring during the big screen kiss (why is that?) And there’s always some kid kicking the back of your seat (ok, my seat!) during the whole darn film. So this Valentine’s Day, treat your honey right with a night–at home–dedicated to romance, Hollywood style. You may be surprised at what develops.
Start by stepping back to the days of black and white movies when romance could be conveyed with just a subtle glance.
Which of the great classic love stories to pick? Try these:
Nothing sets hearts a-flutter quite like Bogie & Bacall in Hemingway’s “To Have and Have Not.” Not only did they steam up the silver screen in their roles as tough guy Rick and the oh-so-sultry Slim, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall fell in love and married the following year.
Myrna Loy and William Powell showed audiences that marriage could be fun. Take your pick of any of their six “Thin Man” mystery movies–all are a hoot and laden with understated romance, plus, lots of style (those clothes! that apartment!).
When Cary Grant (the George Clooney of his day, I like to think) locked eyes with Katherine Hepburn in “The Phildelphia Story,” things heated up. By the close of this screwball comedy, these battling ex’s find their way back to one other and walk down the aisle, reminding us all that love can be fiesty and fun.
Classic flicks like this are best enjoyed from the cozy comfort of a stylish bed like…
Like 1940’s silver screen siren Lana Turner, the Lana upholstered bed has lots of sexy swagger and a modern attitude, blending feminine curves with masculine menswear appeal because it’s dressed in soft gray faux mohair.
The Oscar of four poster beds, Mélange’s Montage Poster Bed is a clear winner with its champagne-colored metallic finish that’s an exquisite blending of silver and gold.
And modernist lovers from here to Hollywood will heartily approve of Mélange’s Affinity Panel Bed with its graphic textured headboard and footboard in a chic metallic finish.
Doris Day and Rock Hudson flirted shamelessly from their respective tidy boudoirs in “Pillow Talk.” Isn’t it time to steal a page from their script? The Ludlow Fretwork storage bed is not only the perfect perch for flirters, it has two footboard drawers just waiting to be filled.
The Palisade shelter bed delivers more drama than a Burt Lancaster-Deborah Kerr kiss in “Here & Eternity.” This bed’s sky-high headboard takes creative flight with its wing chair-inspired sides.