HGTV's The Cousins on AOL Lifestyle

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Valentine's Day - and the entire month of February - is the perfect time to slow down the chaotic hyper-connectivity of today's world and remember what makes life worth living: love. And not just love in the romantic sense (though we're never ones to turn down a little romance), but also love for yourself, for the place you call home, for the things that make you happy, and for the people who love you back.

A few years ago, when HGTV approached us with a chance to do what we love - design and build dream homes - we were floored. What could two regular guys from New Jersey working the family construction business possibly bring to the table? But when the world opens itself up to you, you take a leap of faith... and it was the best decision we ever made.

Not only has it brought our family even closer together, but this platform has also allowed us to give deserving people all over the country a place to foster and appreciate all the love in their lives. For us, love starts at home; a solid foundation, quite literally, gives people the courage to open themselves up to all that the heart has to offer. A beautiful, functional kitchen, a serene master bedroom retreat, a space to gather family and friends - these are the places where memories are made, where balance is restored, and where love comes to life. And if we can give the gift of a healthy, happy home - and, in turn, a chance to love more deeply - then maybe our time here can be more meaningful than we ever believed possible.

The last few years have been a whirlwind (in the best way possible!) so this February, we're focusing on love in all its many forms. For us, that means focusing again on the heart of the home - the kitchen (Italians show their love with food!) - with our newest show, America's Most Desperate Kitchens, which airs on HGTV this summer. It also means remembering that we can only love others if we love ourselves first: more mental health breaks, feeding our souls through travel, time dedicated to family, friends, and significant others, alone time to recharge, allowing ourselves to get lost in both our personal and professional passions, and a turbo-charged focus on health and wellness (for a killer fitness regimen, check out Colaneri Extreme Fitness).

Follow along with us as we celebrate every shade of love this February and hopefully you'll be inspired to explore and embrace all the love this month (and every month) has in store for you.




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