While hearts may seem a little too Valentine's Day-centric to make a permanent place in your home, there are ways to welcome this shape into your abode. Check out some of my tips!
Happy Valentine's Day! Whether you heart it or dread it, it's almost here. Hopefully you've prepped your home with a healthy dose of Valentine's Day decorations and learned to create a gorgeous floral arrangement. Now that's said and done, tell me, what are your plans for the holiday? Will you be spending it at home or out on the town? With a lover, with friends, or alone? Will you be entertaining? Fill me in on everything you've done to prep for the holiday below!
Want to make the heart-shaped box of chocolates you've bought for or received from your beloved a keepsake item? Why don't you découpage it? Using the bottom of the box as a stencil, trace a heart shape onto a sheet of pretty patterned paper. Use a bit of Mod Podge to glue it into the bottom of the box. Then, cut out flower shapes from vintage cards and trim from paper doilies to découpage to the top of the box. Just seal it with another coat of Mod Podge and you can use the decorative box to store odds and ends all year round!
Relationships are complicated. For some people, a dozen roses is too bold a statement. Too romantic. Not hip enough. Or maybe it's just been done too many times. So I've rounded up a range of art prints to please all sorts of lovers this Valentine's Day.
Blogger Jessica of Black White Yellow, whose charming New Orleans home we toured back in September, is selling these Special Edition Valentine's Day Mini Felt Banners ($4) in her Etsy shop, and I think they're beyond adorable. She sells larger felt pennant banners year-round in her signature colors, so it's fun that she decided to switch things up for the holiday. Valentine's Day isn't a holiday most of us really decorate for, but this adds the perfect little bit of festivity. Cute for above your desk or on your refrigerator!
You may think wreaths are solely a symbol of Christmas, but they're used to celebrate dozens of other festivities, too. This Valentine's Day, I'm thinking of picking up this Sweetheart Wreath Kit ($19.50) from The Paper Source to hang on my door or maybe use as a centerpiece. The kit includes a wreath form, ribbon, assorted paper heart shapes, and adhesive squares to keep them in place. It probably wouldn't really be hard to make a similar one from scratch, but the kit eliminates the guesswork and cuts down my shopping list. Would you hang a Valentine's Day wreath?
I've long been a fan of online art site 20x200, so when I saw that it was featuring one of my favorite San Francisco artists, shop owners, and collectors, Lisa Congdon, I knew I had to share this art piece with you. Even better, it would make a great Valentine's Day present for a friend, true love, or family member. (For more of my Valentine's Day ideas, look for the tag Love Shack in the coming days and weeks).
Lovebirds, by Lisa Congdon, is available in three different sizes at price points ranging from $20 to $200 and features two lovely colorful birds roosting next to a vibrant, patchwork home. You can purchase it here. Interested in other Lisa Congdon work? Then check out Lisa's work, available through Chronicle Books. For a limited time, you'll get a 25 percent discount plus free ground shipping on all stationery products, including Lisa's journal and notecards, when you use the promotional code STA10 at check out.
I hope that you spent some time this month getting your love shack romance ready. Even though we're finally at the end of February, though, doesn't mean that it's time to stop loving your casa. In fact, I want to see it, so I can fall in love with it, too! Is your casa looking lovely? Then show it off in my group on TeamSugar called Su Casa, where readers can share snapshots and stories related to home decorating, crafts, organizing, and gardening.
A Su Casa post could be anything from a photo of your favorite room to a tiny nook you're tickled by. Think of it as a Look Book for home style. If I see something I like in Su Casa, I might end up featuring it on CasaSugar, so don't be surprised if you get an email from me!
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Looking to add a final touch of romance to your home this month? Then don't forget your walls! By adding a new print to your home, you can easily change the mood of the entire room. If you're thinking about adding some romantic prints to your wall, Montreal-based photographer Irene Suchocki is an excellent choice. Irene's photos capture a sense of mystery and beauty in her subject, whether she's turned her lens to a flower or a common park bench. She says that she enjoys "creating little poems for the eyes."
Irene's work has appeared on numerous book covers, magazine spreads, and in exhibitions at festivals such as Sundance. Best of all, her prints are quite affordable, ranging in price from $25 to $185. Take a look at the gallery and see if anything catches your fancy.