All Things Valentine

It’s already mid-February, folks, and you know what that means? It’s time to eat excessive amounts of chocolate again! But for those of you looking to indulge in something a bit more figure-friendly, treat yourself to some cupid-inspired decor ideas. Valentine’s Day gets all the pretty colours, with its sea of pinks and reds and little hearts, so in honour of this short-lived celebration of affection, I present to you a collection of all things stamped with love.

Here’s a crafty idea for a love-themed display that doesn’t scream Valentine. Assemble heart-shaped cutouts from an old book (use glue or thread to hold the hearts at the seam) and place it off-centre in a pretty shadow box. For a romantic look, place the frame on some old leather-bound poetry books. Super simple and not season-specific.

For a more subtle approach to decorating with hearts, try an anatomical line drawing instead of a graphic icon. This silk-screened human heart sprouting flowers has all the elements of romance without the cheese factor. You can purchase this one on Etsy.

Perhaps you’re looking to add some romance in the bedroom? Step away from those scented candles and reach for a real showstopper: this pretty pink duvet from Urban Outfitters. And if the cascading ruffles bruise your husband’s manly ego, give him the plain side of the duvet!

If your weekend plans include hosting a Valentine’s party, here are some ways to lend some love without reaching for the helium balloons:

During cocktail hour, use these burlap and linen napkins, also from Etsy, to keep drinks off your furniture.

Dinner time! Ditch the red tablecloth — these lace placemats from Urban Outfitters add texture and colour to the table.

I like these heart-shaped photo clips for year-round use, but place them on the table this weekend; they’ll look lovely as cardholders.

Hosting brunch? Heart-shaped eggs should be on the menu! Don’t limit yourself to eggs — be creative! These rings from Williams-Sonoma can also be used to cut out cookies, sandwiches, pancakes, or as a mould for no-bake mini cheesecakes!

This blog wouldn’t be complete without a mouth-watering dessert from the queen of decadent food, Nigella Lawson. Don’t be too predictable this Valentine’s Day; spoil your loved one with this over-the-top, rum-soaked, cream-filled, coffee and chocolate-flavoured Rococoa cake. Kisses guaranteed.

Happy Valentine’s weekend!

Photo credits:
1. Sarah & Bendrix
2. Pillow, Etsy
3. Corner Ruffle Duvet Cover, Urban Outfitters
4. Cocktail Napkins, Etsy
5. Doily Placemat, Urban Outfitters
6-7. Sweet as a Candy
8. Heart-shaped egg fry rings, Williams-Sonoma
9. Nigella Lawson

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