Tour the Cozy, Elegant Living Room Where We Want to Spend Our Weekends

Living room ideas on a budget: 16 cheap ways to update your space

Tour the Cozy, Elegant Living Room Where We Want to Spend Our Weekends

On the hunt for some living room ideas on a budget? As the name would suggest, we live hard in our living rooms. It’s where we relax, entertain, drink coffee every morning (and wine every night). It’s where we shamelessly eat dinner off a tray and stay up all night bingeing on boxsets.  

But if you're designing a new living room and your budget is pinched, where do you start? We'd suggest here: with our affordable living room ideas and tweaks that are small on spend and big on style. 

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1. Rearrange the furniture 

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Before you buy, re-envision what you already have. Refocusing the layout could allow you to update your living room without splashing out.

 So, rather than following the same traditional layout in your living room – coffee table in the middle, sofas pushed up against either wall, TV at one end – why not try something more interesting, pulling your furniture away from the wall; or using a piece of artwork as a focal point (rather than the TV); or even just de-cluttering and clearing out some furniture to make the living room feel larger.

2. Shop your own home for living room ideas on a budget

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Before you go blowing your tiny budget on new pieces, look around your house and see if you can borrow anything from other rooms. You may find that a piece of furniture lingering in your bedroom would work so much better in your living room or take a look in your loft or garage to see if any neglected pieces could be put to use again.  

Top tip: If you come across a great find but it doesn’t quite match your existing living room, painting furniture will bring it in line with your scheme. 

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Want an alternative to displaying photos and pictures? Fabric wall hangings are a quick and cheap way of brightening up your standard-issue blank wall and of add an on trend bohemian flare. In the case of wall hangings, you might not even need to buy anything new if you have an attractive bed cover lingering in a drawer somewhere. 

This cotton throw from Ian Snow comes in lots of different colours and patterns and is big enough to cover a large wall space.  

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Macrame is also making a bit of a come back, too (don’t worry, it’s far more subtle than it was in the 70s). You can even DIY it, just take a look at our easy to follow step by step guide to how to create a macrame wall hanging. 

4. Add greenery with house plants

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Plants are an easy win to add to your design arsenal. They add colour, shape and (literally) life to a space.

There are some great places you can pick up inexpensive, high-quality foliage: Ikea, Homebase, and Waitrose all have a great selection and are small budget friendly.

Larger house plants can however still be expensive so to create the illusion of your room being filled lots of greenery, arrange groups of small plants at different heights.

Struggling to find plants to suit your space? Check out our guide to displaying indoor plants. 

5. Believe in the power of paint 

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One of the easiest living room ideas on a budget is to don your DIY dungarees and get painting. There is loads of good-quality, low priced paint out there, but if you really want to save you could just buy a small pot and paint one wall or alcoves for a pop of colour. Need inspiration? Don't miss our paint ideas for living rooms.

6. Put up (then take down) removable wallpaper

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For interior commitment phobes or renters, removable wallpaper is a game changer. Now you can get incredible wallpaper, cover your walls in it, remove it a couple of years later and still walk away with your deposit. 

Etsy is a great source for peel and stick wallpaper; they have a plethora of different prints and loads of sizes to suit the space you are covering. 

7. Or quickly add a mural 

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A great cheap living room idea is to incorporate a wall mural. This needn't mean spending ages pasting one to your wall or painting one yourself, you will find loads of  large scale prints you can just hang up in minutes. Plus wall murals are great if you are decorating a rented home since they aren't as permanent as wallpaper or paint. 

For more wall mural ideas, check out our feature, and you can find loads more grey living rooms this one in our design gallery too. 

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A trend that has truly stood the test of time, gallery walls are a great way to cheaply fill a blank wall and give a room much needed personality. Use photos, record covers, prints – you could even frame fabric cut-offs or spare bits of wallpaper. 

Desenio have a great service on their website, which helps you plan the lay your gallery wall and choose prints and frames which work in your space. 

Top tip: If you’re renting your property and hammering hundreds of holes into the wall isn’t an option, command hooks are a good solution or go with a picture shelf for minimal wall damage. 

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Cushions: the most versatile of soft furnishings. Available in so many different sizes, shapes, colours and textures, a few new cushions could be all your living room needs to feel refreshed. 

10. Layer up rugs

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Rather than spending money on re-carpeting your living room, copy this budget living room idea and hide the numerous red wine stains with layers of rugs. Rag rugs, jute rugs, Persian rugs, sheepskin rugs – more-is-more seems to be the rule. Mix up textures, colours and patterns to add interest to the space. 

To keep the right balance between edgy-bohemian vibe and full on carpet shop, stick to a simple colour palette and use neutral rugs, such as jute, as a base.  

11. Give tired furniture some TLC

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Nothing perks up a sad piece of furniture new upholstery. Re-covering or reupholstering can completely change the look of old sofas and armchairs and is great cheap living room idea. Reupholstering large pieces of furniture can be pricey, so a really inexpensive solution is to drape throws over sofa cushions, as seen below. 

If you are feeling crafty, start small with our guide to re-covering a foot stool.

12. Mix up the lighting 

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Living room lighting is something that can be updated really quickly and doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Avoid making your room feel an over-lit operating theatre by going for floor or table lamps at different heights; layering your lighting this way will create cosy pools of light that can quickly change the mood of a room. 

13. Paint the floor of your living room 

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Okay so maybe this isn't a five minute job, but it's still a great budget-friendly living room idea. Painting floorboards is an easy weekend project that won't cost you too much and can completely change the look of your space. If you are brave enough we love love love the black floorboards in this living room and they are so on trend at the moment.  

For tips an inspiration, head over to our guide to how to paint floorboards.

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Practical storage may not be the most exciting cheap living room idea, but containing your clutter and using your storage to add personality can really transform a space.

If you don't already have the perfect living room storage, check out our ideas buuut if you do have some kind of book shelf or open shelving use these to update your living room.

Regularly switch out what you keep on them, add art work, photos, plants, books and magazines to create a new focus to your living room.

15. Splurge strategically 

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Invest in pieces that are the centre point of your space, pieces that you can build the whole room around. It could be a pricey mustard yellow sofa that you’ve fallen hard for or an amazing piece of artwork. If you love it and it’s going to completely transform a room then, hate to say it, it’s probably worth it. 

16. Match your wall colour to your furniture

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SUCH an easy trick: matching your wall colour to your most dominant piece of furniture, if not exactly, then in the tone at the very least, creates an expensive look, on a budget. This trick tends to work best with neutral or muted schemes – don't expect bright purple walls and matching furniture to carry off the expensive vibe…

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54 Gorgeous Living Room Ideas – Stylish Living Room Design Photos

Tour the Cozy, Elegant Living Room Where We Want to Spend Our Weekends

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Art-Filled Hamptons Living Room

Furniture doubles as art in this Hamptons home. A white sofa matching the wall and floors sets the stage for cream vintage Joe Colombo chairs that flank a custom Marmoreal coffee table. The Egan Frantz artwork spans the length of the sofa.

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California Casual Living Room

Exposed beams, a plaster fireplace, and wrought iron door frames create a Mediterranean vibe in this Newport, California home. A mix of cream upholstery with wood furniture and floors look elegant but not fussy.

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High-Contrast Living Room

An accent wall made of dark charcoal tiles boldly stands out in this elegant Mill Valley living room. Deep blacks complement warm whites with gold accents to create a glamorous scheme.

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Limestone Living Room

Modern updates industrial lighting and a polished cement floor create an eclectic aesthetic in this old-word living room. Cube-shaped poufs and linen-upholstered Bergère chairs add softness and texture.

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Glam Chicago Living Room

A sophisticated, neutral living room in Chicago's historic Palmolive building features a clever mix of antiques and vintage finds, which create a sense of balance.

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Palm Beach Living Room

A 1920s Palm Beach home, owned by art adviser Heidi McWilliams, serves as the perfect backdrop for displaying her impressive collection.

The living room is furnished with claret armchairs (right) and hexagonal table by Rose Tarlow Melrose House, along with a neutral rug by Patterson Flynn Martin.

An Anish Kapoor mirrored wall sculpture accentuates the 16th-century Italian limestone mantel, and the coffered ceiling, which is original, adds character to the room.

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Minimalist Living Room

Kara Mann's Chicago living room is a lesson in minimalist design. A pair of white chairs complement the marigold-colored rug by Miyabi Casa. The floors are large-scale limestone tiles.

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Nashville Living Room

Since this Nashville home originally didn't have a living space, interior designer Jason Arnold transformed the main parlor into a beautifully layered living room with earthy tones and bold stripes.

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Serena Ibiza Sitting Room

This Ibiza living room features local-limestone floors covered in custom Spanish esparto rugs from Antonia Molina. Walls covered in a sandy lime plaster, and a wood-beam ceiling set a rustic tone in the living room.

Custom sofas by Atelier Tapissier Seigneur and curtains in a quilted Braquenié fabric; the Oeil cocktail table by Pierre Chapo is vintage, the lacquered-coral sculpture is by Maurizio Epifani, and the painting over the mantel is by Alex Katz.

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Refined Buenos Aires Living Room

In a Buenos Aires home, the original marble mantel in the living room was specified by Maison Jansen, who decorated the apartment in the 1930s.

The circa-1940 chairs in the foreground, the console (left), and the side table (right) were designed by Jean-Michel Frank for the Argentine firm Comte.

The 1930s Frits Henningsen settee is covered in a Holland & Sherry mohair, the chairs next to the fireplace are 18th-century Gustavian, the circa-1950 Sphere cocktail table and lamp are by Jean Royère, and the 1930s table (front left) and sconces are by Maison Jansen.

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California Bungalow Lounge

For designer Patrick Printy, his bungalow in Oakland, California is all about eccentric design.

In this living area attached to his study, a pair of vintage sofas are upholstered in a Ralph Lauren Home stripe, the Eero Saarinen table is from Design Within Reach, barstools by CB2 are covered in a Katie Ridder fabric, the ceiling lantern is by Visual Comfort, the rug is by Ralph Lauren Home, and the busts are by Oly.

The artworks include photographs by Jason Fulford, Garry Winogrand, and Richard Misrach, flanked by silhouette portraits by Julian Opie.

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Jewel-Toned Living Room

This London townhouse has a living room filled with custom designs, such as a sofa covered in a Donghia patterned velvet, another upholstered in a Le Manach silk velvet, and a round banquette, which is topped with a 1940s French bronze sculpture.

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Greek Island Living Room

The living room in this Greek Island home features a custom cocktail table and banquette, and striped pillows upholstered in a Les Toiles du Soleil fabric. The Queen Elizabeth II print is by Andy Warhol.

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New York City Loft

New York-based designer Becky Shea crafted a stunning New York City loft for Homepolish co-founder Will Nathan. The living room, which showcases a mix of industrial elements as well as Shea's organic-modernist aesthetic, is a lesson in open-concept living.

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A Pattern-Filled Hollywood Living Room

Actress Minnie Driver's inviting Hollywood living room features a mix of vintage fabrics and patterns. Window treatments in complementary colors add balance to the light-filled space.

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Christiane Lemieux's Living Room

Christiane Lemieux's New York City loft includes artwork by Robert Swain, custom sofas covered in a neutral linen, and a coffee table and side table from the Brimfield Show and a Paris flea market.

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A Light-Filled Living Room

White walls and contemporary furniture give this living room a clean and classic feel. Natural elements, by way of driftwood and greenery, bring the outdoors in.

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A Cozy Living Room

Arts pioneer Virginia Lebermann's family home in Marfa includes a neutral sofa by Minotti, a white chair by Axel Vervoordt, and a John Derian floor lamp (foreground). The painting is by Charlotte Culot.

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Modern Washington, D.C., Living Room

Architect Piet Boon and designer Jennifer Schmidt transformed a Washington, D.C. loft with a palette of grey, white, and wood in light tones. Textured accents, including grey velvet chairs, add interest to the open space.

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Brooklyn Living Room

A Brooklyn townhouse in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, features a sofa from ABC Carpet & Home upholstered in a fabric by Soraya Shah for Studio Four NYC.

The space also includes a chaise by Timothy Oulton, a Danish cocktail table, the Akari pendant light by Noguchi, window treatments in a Rebecca Atwood fabric, and a vintage Moroccan rug.

The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Huntington White and the trim in Iron Mountain. A photograph by Claire Nitze and a cameo portrait by Doug Meyer complete the living room.

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Gramercy Park Living Room

For a Gramercy Park apartment, designer Bennett Leifer upholstered a settee in a Sabina Fay Braxton velvet, and chose a pair of carved wood armchairs by de Gournay covered in a Stark velvet.

The Empire console is from Lucca Antiques, the cocktail table is by Ebanista, the vintage stool is by Maison Baguès, the Louis XVI secretary was purchased on 1stdibs, the Tabriz rug is antique, and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Alexandria Beige.

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São Miguel Living Room

Architect Luís Bernardo Brito e Abreu renovated his São Miguel home to reflect his family's artistic, maritime history.

The living room features a vintage chair by Illum Wikkelsø, and the mantel and stone benches are both of local basalt.

The sculpture of a head on the bench at right is by Ernesto Canto da Maya, and the wall sculpture above the mantel is a 16th-century naval decoration.

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Chicago Penthouse Living Room

Alisa Bloom recreated the environment of a French interior in her sophisticated Chicago penthouse. In the living room, she opted for a custom sofa in a Kravet fabric with pillows in a Jim Thompson silk.

The 1970s chairs are from Revival, and the vintage cocktail table is from Martin La Brocante. She finished the space with a console by Crate & Barrel, a vintage chandelier by Hans-Agne Jakobsson, and curtains in an Oscar de la Renta fabric for Lee Jofa.

The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Cement Gray.

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Japanese-Style Living Rooms

In the living room of Vivia Horn’s Japanese-style retreat in Hunter, New York, the leather-and-plastic Italian sofas, cocktail table, and wool shag rug were purchased in the 1980s at Bloomingdale’s.

The Japanese-style fire pit and tin range hood are custom, the floor lamp is from the '70s, the sisal carpet is by Stark, the ceiling beams are Douglas fir, and a series of color lithographs from Japan are displayed along the pine wainscoting.

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Bohemian Living Room


Nine Exciting Date Ideas in Philadelphia

Tour the Cozy, Elegant Living Room Where We Want to Spend Our Weekends

Fun, romantic and inventive date nights are easy to come by in the City of Brotherly Love.

Philly couples have plenty of options for holidays, special occasions and first-date icebreakers, and romantic spots around Philadelphia and the Countryside abound for those looking for a choose-your-own-adventure-style start-to-finish adventure — complete with a hotel stay.

Read on for a guide to nine themed romantic date ideas around Philadelphia.

Start the evening on the 19th floor of the historic Bellevue Hotel with drinks and an elegant dinner. Share samplings from the raw bar and save room for decadent main dishes that vary with the seasons but are always savory. And don’t forget to check out the incredible city views from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

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There’s always something on stage at the Kimmel Center and at its partner sites the Academy of Music and the Merriam Theater. Some pro tips: Spend a romantic night with The Philadelphia Orchestra, marvel at the Pennsylvania Ballet or jam with The Philly POPS.

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Cap off an evening out with craft cocktails at this bar tucked away in a Midtown Village alley. The reimagined rowhome offers a first-floor bar and a cozy second-floor lounge that serve classic and creative drinks full of library decor but devoid of pretension.

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Spend the night on one of the top floors of this National Historic Landmark in the heart of Philadelphia’s theater district. The large, stylish guest rooms boast lush amenities, and guests have access to The Sporting Club, featuring an NBA-sized basketball court and a 10,000-square-foot fitness floor.

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Watch the sunrise from the basket of a hot-air balloon while floating above the scenic countryside in a peaceful shared or private ride. The experience includes a lesson in how to launch and land the balloon — plus a champagne toast when you’re back on the ground.

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The Pottstown brewery and pub, just around the corner from the hot-air-balloon site, offers a selection of drafts, bottles and cans, plus a full restaurant menu to help couples fuel up before the next date stop. The brick-oven pizzas are a crowd favorite and include toppings for meat- and veggie-lovers a.

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The distillery and tasting room at Manatawny, just down the road from Sly Fox, is open daily and offers Saturday and Sunday tours that include a signature cocktail. The distillery also offers bottling workshops for visitors that include a meal and a free T-shirt. Stop by to sample the company’s white and barrel-aged whiskeys, as well as the vodka, rum and other spirits in the portfolio.

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Pop in or schedule an adventure at Urban Axes, an indoor facility with ax-throwing stables in a casual bring-your-own food-beer-and-wine environment in East Kensington. Learn how to aim your hatchet at the wooden target to hit the bullseye every time. Pro tip: Stop at nearby Philadelphia Brewing Company for your BYO needs.

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A full-service bar is made all the better with a creative menu and serene outdoor space at this restaurant on the border of East Kensington and Fishtown. Cheese and charcuterie plates complement the extensive beer, wine and cocktails menu, but the high-end hoagies at corner-deli prices are the real standout.

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Take a 15-minute stroll to this husband-and-wife-owned ice creamery on Girard Avenue in Fishtown. The shop serves up homemade ice cream with flavors creme fraiche cranberry and meadow mint.

Pro tip: Don’t miss out on Weckerly’s famous ice cream sandwiches the classic Black & White (organic chocolate and fair-trade vanilla between two chocolate chip cookies) or the Fin de L’ete (honey, rosemary, mint ice cream and salted fudge on dark chocolate wafers).

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Explore Philly by foot, bus, Segway or more on your choice of tours. Sample your way around the city with a food guide, get a workout on a kayak trip along the Schuylkill River or take a self-guided tour through Philadelphia’s Historic District, dubbed “America’s most historic square mile.”

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The Independence After Hours tour starts with a three-course meal at City Tavern, where the Founding Fathers dined in the 18th century and where “colonial-era townspeople” still entertain the guests. The tour guide then convinces the night watchman at Independence Hall to “sneak” guests in, where they’ll see Founding Fathers deep in talks about the Declaration of Independence.

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Treat your date to handmade ice cream, an egg cream or a milkshake in an old-timey flavor at this beloved, open-year-round shop, where the antique equipment offers a sweet history lesson. Try a phosphate soda, a hot milkshake in the winter, or go big and split a sundae the chocolate- and espresso-loaded Lightening Rod.

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Located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Historic District and a short walk from top attractions the Museum of the American Revolution, the Marriott Old City offers guests easy access to the old and new. The indoor heated pool, fitness center and comfy rooms make guests feel right at home.

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Spend time alone together during a serene afternoon at this health club that boasts a steam room and sauna, plus a full-service spa offering a variety of massages and body rituals deep exfoliations.

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Book a table in advance at Vetri Cucina, widely considered one of the best Italian restaurants in America, for the multi-course tasting menu in the intimate dining room.

Offerings can vary by season and innovation, but can include almond tortellini, salt baked branzino and lime posset for dessert.

The food is only part of the experience; the wine cellar offers more than 2,500 bottles and an on-site sommelier to help with pairings.

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Enjoy the view of Rittenhouse Square from your room at this hotel, where elegance awaits around every corner. The manicured lawns, marble foyer and in-house restaurants are some of the hotel’s most notable amenities.

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Known locally and nationally for its espresso, Ultimo is a great spot to hit before trying out a new craft. The local coffee shop chain also runs a roastery and lab. Plus, the chain all started with husband-and-wife team Aaron and Elizabeth Ultimo. Where better to caffeinate than in a living love story?

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Sign up for a class at NextFab to add some fun to any date, and put your creative skills to the test. Just a couple blocks from Ultimo’s espresso heaven, this makerspace studio allows members and guests to experiment with tools and software in classes Make Your Own Robotic Arm, Intro to Hand Lettering, Intro to Jewelry and many others.

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End your date with great food in an approachable setting at American Sardine Bar, a casual South Philly pub with an extensive menu (yes, there are sardines) and lovely outdoor space.

Share sides the beer-battered onion rings and chili crisp Brussels sprouts, or fill up with a sandwich the Walt-Wit-braised pork sandwich.

Vegan diners also have plenty of options here, and the rotating taps offer beers of all kinds.

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Kick off a countryside date at a Bucks County vineyard. Crossing Vineyards and Winery in Newtown makes restrained European-style wines at its 200-year-old estate, and nearby Rose Bank Winery makes specialty blends chocolate orange port and coffee- Cappavino. Stop into these or any of the spots on the Wineries and Vineyards Trail of Greater Philadelphia for a tour or tasting.

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Add a getaway feel to a date with a trip to Peddler’s Village.

Though it’s just an hour from Center City Philadelphia and a few miles from the Bucks County vineyards, the 42 acres of winding walkways and landscaped grounds feel something a fairy tale.

Pop into the independently owned shops (there are more than 60), enjoy dinner and a show at one of the village restaurants and continue the wine-themed date with a visit to the Chaddsford Winery outpost.

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Cozy is the name of the game at this boutique hotel located in the heart of Peddler’s Village. Soaking tubs, overstuffed armchairs and fireplaces are hard to resist after a stroll through the village, and the flat-screen TVs, modern bathrooms and complimentary Wi-Fi help balance the historic feel.

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Oysters are the perfect start to a romantic evening, and the ever-changing menu at the Oyster House should be the first stop for a night devoted to delicious food. Order happy-hour drinks and share an appetizer of fresh oysters while sitting around the marble raw bar at the restaurant’s center. Save room for your next stop and opt for dishes from the raw bar sample menu.

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Explore the flavors of Budapest, Montreal and more at this CookNSolo restaurant, where dishes of the Jewish diaspora are on the menu.

Chef Yehuda Sichel’s tasting menu is the best way to try some of everything. The fixed-price offering feeds the table with breads, spreads, small plates, entrees and desserts.

One bite of a veal schnitzel taco will make you glad you didn’t fill up on happy-hour oysters.

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This buzzy Midtown Village spot is a morning cafe, an Asian-inspired lunch stop, an underground izakaya for dinner and a great way to end a food-focused date. Trade beer or wine for a fun cocktail when you sidle up to the Double Knot bar.

Coffee-lovers have a choice of bean-based concoctions the Midtown Flip made with cold brew or an espresso-based martini.

Specialty cocktails The Savoy Knot (bourbon, lemon shrub, honey and egg white) and the Lovers Knot (vodka, blueberry, lime and bubbles) are must-tries.

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This 15-story boutique hotel is an easy walk with a belly full of tasty food and cocktails. The Cambria Hotel & Suites is conveniently situated between the Rittenhouse Square and Midtown Village neighborhoods for guests who prefer to stay in the heart of the city’s dining and shopping scenes.

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Impress your date (or not) with your skating skills on the Olympic-size ice rink at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, typically open from late November through early March.

When you’re ready to get warm, cozy up in the ski-chalet-style lodge and sip seasonal pours, or put your gaming skills to the test at the arcade. Burgers, pizzas and boardwalk-style concessions are available for meals and snacks.

Best of all, Winterfest is situated on the Delaware River waterfront, offering captivating views of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

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Escape to the edge of the city when the weather warms up for a day at this 92-acre Victorian arboretum in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood.

Great for all ages but ideal for a get-to-know-you date, Morris Arboretum is home to a rose garden, plants from many continents and the 450-foot-long Tree Adventure canopy walk situated 50 feet above the ground.

Have a picnic, schedule a tour or check the calendar for live-music events.

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Nothing says summer — or romance — quite a ride on the Ferris wheel or a spin around the roller rink.

The Delaware River waterfront is transformed every summer into a colorful boardwalk party at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and the Midway.

Carnival games and a pop-up beach sit beside the roller rink, where DJs spin most weekends. And the brightly lit Ferris wheel, visible up and down the waterfront, welcomes couples ready to make summer memories.

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Philly might be a bustling city, but there’s no shortage of spectacular foliage views.

The trees start to show their best reds and golds around mid-fall, giving couples ample opportunity to take in the serene beauty of the city and the countryside from their chosen perch.

Wissahickon Valley Park, the Schuylkill River Trail and Valley Forge National Historical Park are just a few of the viewing spots for Philly’s autumn colors.

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