I ♥ Valentine’s Day Heart Shaped Ideas

Valentine’s Day heart shaped ideas get to the heart of the Valentine’s Day dinner, dessert, and design matter.

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Farrow & Ball

Have them seeing red on Valentine’s Day.

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Red makes a Valentine’s Day color love connection.

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Style Me Pretty – Photography by Ramona Keveza

I have become a big fan of the roses in a box presentation.

The price tag that comes with a dozen roses in a box- not so much.

Here’s what I’m thinking:

Pick up this bright pink heart-shaped paper gift box by Spritz at Target.  Line the bottom of the box and the inner lid with a heart-shaped paper doily.

Pick up a dozen red roses at one of the many flower tents pitched and perfect for your Valentine’s Day flower needs.

Cut plastic wrap to fit the inside of the box.  Drop in a fresh flower floral foam round disk or cut a square one to fit.  Add water to soak disk.

Cut the rose stems to where the roses rest slightly above the rim of the box.  Pack the roses tight and graduate the height of a select few.

At presentation time, loosely weave pink silk ribbon in a zigzag pattern over the top of the bouquet.

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A Valentine’s Bit of Trivia-

Considered a founding pioneer in the American Valentine’s industry, Esther Allen Howland first introduced Valentine’s Day cards in the United States in 1849.

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Esther Howland

Quite taken with an ornate English Valentine she received at nineteen, Esther Allen Howard replicated a styling of the card using intricate paper lace and floral decoration details.

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The skeleton keys in the above image give me an idea.

decorative skeleton keysK&Company Embellishments Life’s Journey Keys Metal Art

A decorative skeleton key tied with gorgeous silk or vintage floral ribbon becomes a unique you are the key to my heart gift keepsake.

vintage floral ribbon

Vintage Floral Ribbon

Haute Couture Satin Ribbon

Haute Couture Satin Ribbon

Valentine’s Day free printable gift tags from Ann at One Sutton Place.  Click the link to Ann’s blog where you can download these darling Valentine’s Day gift tags.

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Dining in for Valentine’s Day?

This video by Blossom shows instructions for a super easy rose fold.

Here’s a Valentine’s gift from me to you, my  The Power of Love playlist to set the mood.

Dinner, dessert, and Valentine’s Day heart-shaped ideas.

✓ ✓ and ✓.

Did someone say boozy bouquet?

Flowers.

Adult beverage.

I call this a DIY Valentine’s Day winner.

red heart wreathGet to the heart of the Valentine’s Day matter by working with a theme.  In this case, Valentine’s Day heart shaped ideas.

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Put some sizzle in your Valentine’s Day grill to thrill dinner with a heart-shaped ribeye steak from HEB.

heart-shaped lasagna

A heart-Shaped lasagna bundt-buon appetito!  Get the recipe from Food Network.

Sourdough Heart RollsKiss the calorie counting goodnight and enjoy sourdough heart shaped rolls from Boudin Bakery in San Francisco.

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Heart-shaped cheeses from Aldi.

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Go fast food gourmet with a heart-shaped tray of Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Minis.

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Say it with a heart-shaped pizza Valentine Bundle from Pizza Hut.

Metallic Shaped Heart Dinner Plates

Keep the theme going with these metallic heart shaped dinner plates from Party City.

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Dark Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate is in the Valentine’s Day spotlight, and it doesn’t get any better than dark chocolate pudding.

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Valentine’s Day heart shaped ideas are just another way to have fun with your Valentine’s Day presentation plans.  The dazzle is in the details, the delicious is in the recipe, the joy is in the sharing, and the  is in this Happy Valentine’s Day post.

 

His and Her Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

It’s time for a His and Her Valentine’s Day gift guide featuring objects of affection for your object of affection.

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Many a thought and heart is zeroed in on February 14th.

Flowers?  Candy?  Dine out or dine in?  Red or White?  What about the gift?

You’ve got gift questions, and I’ve got gift answers.

His and Hers Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Celebrate Valentine’s Day Together Love Oblong Throw Pillow

These His and Her Valentine’s Day gift ideas offer a variety of how I do love thee gift and price point options for your Valentine’s Day gift giving consideration.

I options.

Genuine White Diamond Sterling Silver 10.7mm Stud Earrings

1/2 CT. T.W. Genuine White Diamond Sterling Silver Stud Earrings

Sparkling style comes in a variety of price points.

Heart-Shaped Red Rose Jewelry Gift Box Case for Ring EarringHeart-Shaped Red Rose Jewelry Gift Box Case for Ring Earring

Bella Luce® 4.80ctw Diamond Simulant Rhodium Over Silver Heart Hoop Earrings

Bella Luce® 4.80ctw Diamond Simulant Rhodium Over Silver Heart Hoop Earrings

Gioelli Sterling Silver and Gold-plated 8-inch Byzantine Bracelet

Gioelli Byzantine Bracelet

Red Glitter Heart BoxRed Heart Glitter Gift Box

 

EECOO Organizer Case,Portable Jewelry Box Storage Multi-Layer Organizer Case

EECOO Portable Jewelry Box Storage Multi-Layer Organizer Case 

Le Miel Ostrich Embossed 2-Compartment Dome Satchel with Strap- WalletLe Miel Ostrich Embossed 2-Compartment Dome Satchel with Strap & Wallet

Neiman Marcus Ellie Faux-Leather Crossbody bagEllie Faux-Leather Crossbody Bag

Coach Glitter Key Ring Card CaseCoach Glitter Key Ring Card Case

Michael Kors Barbara Marble Zip Around Coin Card CaseMichael Kors Barbara Marble Zip Around Coin Card Case

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St. John’s Bay Quilted Vest

Think pink for spring.

Fun Letter BoardFun Letter Board

I hear it’s the color on trend for 2019.

Tend To It Pink Multi Print Scarf

Tend To It Pink Multi Print Scarf

Dolce Vita Peigi Leopard Print Calf-Hair Sandals

Dolce Vita Peigi Leopard Print Calf-Hair Sandals

 

INDIGO RD. Kicky slip-on sneakerINDIGO RD. Kicky slip-on sneaker

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Rose Vanilla Pillow Mist
Mario Badescu Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater Facial Spray
Aerin Linen Rose Eau de Cologne Rollerball

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick is a cosmetic classic.  I’ve tried more expensive brands, but for the color choice, phenomenal coverage, and staying power, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick comes in at number one.

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 Champagne on Ice ||  Love That Red  || Luminous Pink
Love Charm

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Pop a selection of nudes, reds, and pinks into a chic cosmetic bag, clip on the Love Charm, and pucker up, baby!

Hersheys Kisses Scented Bath Bomb - Raspberry Cream

Hersheys Kisses Scented Bath Bomb – Raspberry Cream

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EPLAZA Red Sexy Lips Land Line Telephone 

Fun meets glam meets whimsy.

The Red Sexy Lips land line telephone says I just called to say I love you in all the right ways.

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Joshua & Sons Men's Quartz Date Strap Watch Set

Joshua & Sons Men’s Quartz Date Strap Watch Set

 

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Mixology Bartender 10-Piece Bar Tool Set with Stylish Bamboo Stand

 

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I like Valentine’s Day cards that become a forever keepsake.  

Waterlogue is an app that masterfully transforms your photos into watercolor works of art.

Take a photo of a person, place, pet, or thing of special meaning to your Valentine’s Day gift recipient.

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Perhaps the place where you first met, had your first date, or got married.

Pontchartrain-HotelA shared favorite hotel or bed and breakfast.

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The golf course of his and/or her dreams.

Pebble-Beach

Complete the keepsake theme with a stylish frame.

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Photo Frames – T.J. Maxx

Collegiate 3 Piece Contour Headcovers

Collegiate 3 Piece Contour Headcovers

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The Stylish Life: Golf

The Stylish Life: Golf  – Christian Chensvold

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Flowers, music, days and evenings of wine and roses, delectable bites, and sweets for the sweet set the tone, mood, and ambiance to romance.

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Freebird – The Bouqs Co.

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Etta James - At Last (Vinyl)Etta James – At Last (Vinyl)

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Nostalgic Wood Desktop Jukebox with Built-in Bluetooth and CD Player

Nostalgic Wood Desktop Jukebox with Built-in Bluetooth and CD Player

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Date Night In: More than 120 Recipes to Nourish Your Relationship

Date Night In: More than 120 Recipes to Nourish Your Relationship 

Set of 4 Heart Cocottes

Martha Stewart Collection Set of 4 Heart Cocottes

dark chocolate puddingDark Chocolate Pudding – click on link for recipe

Lindor Valentine's Day Assorted Chocolate Truffles

Lindor Valentine’s Day Assorted Chocolate Truffles 

Thoughtful tokens of affection amplify our expressions of love.  I hope this  His and Her Valentine’s Day gift guide gives good gift giving inspiration.

Happy Valentine’s Day shopping!

Love your style!

With Love and Style In Mind Valentine’s Day Gift Suggestions For Him and Her

The Places In The Home Valentine’s Day gift suggestions for him and her guide features objects of affection with love and style in mind.  Presenting your loved one with just the right gift or gifts on Valentine’s Day sets the tone for a grand and stylish celebration of love.

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Topping the With Love In Mind Valentine’s Day Gift Suggestions for him and her guide is a delectable one- Valentine’s Day breakfast for two.

Start your Valentine’s Day off on a delicious note.

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Not a breakfast person?

How about a noontime nosh picnic built for two packed in a heart shaped picnic basket packed in this Picnic Time ‘Heart’ Willow Picnic Basket with Deluxe Service for Two.

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The Date Night Cookbook: Romantic Recipes & Easy Ideas to Inspire from Dawn till Dusk is your Valentine’s Day and night guide to delicious fun for two.

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Flowers

Red roses seem to be the traditional flower and color most associated with Valentine’s Day.

Red roses are lovely, and tradition is, well, tradition, but I like to mix it up once and a Valentine’s Day while with a dozen pink, yellow, orange, or lavender roses.

Do you know the meaning behind the color of a rose?

Let’s get rose color to rose meaning educated, shall we?

 

Red = romance

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Scented Soap Petals

 

Pink = love and gratitude

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Chiffon Flower Cushion Cover

 

Yellow =  joy

Framed Yellow Roses Still-Life Original Oil on Board

Framed Yellow Roses Still-Life Original Oil on Board

 

Orange = desire, passion

I am improvising somewhat on this Valentine’s Day gift giving suggestion/ interpretation of the orange rose.  I have both a desire and a passion to order the Jennifer Taylor Lewis Bolstered Lounge Entryway Bench in brandied melon.  The bolster pillows remind me of rosettes which makes the piece perfect for Valentine’s Day rose gifting.

Jennifer Taylor Lewis Bolstered Lounge Entryway Bench - brandied melon

Jennifer Taylor Lewis Bolstered Lounge Entryway Bench

 

Lavender = love at first sight

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Lavender Rose Cake

This With Love and Style In Mind Valentine’s Day Gift Suggestions For Him and Her gift guide is packed with a variety of options.

Options are good, and these pull back Cupid’s arrow and take aim at the heart of the Valentine’s Day matter.

For Her:

kate spade new york Gold-Tone Pavé Heart Stud Earrings kate spade new york Gold-Tone Pavé Heart Stud Earrings

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Fresh Lips Don’t Lie Lipstick Set    

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Jo Malone London(TM) Travel Size Red Roses Cologne

 

OTTOMAN HANDS Made In Turkey Rose Quartz And Labradorite Earrings♥  OTTOMAN HANDS Made In Turkey Rose Quartz And Labradorite Earrings  

 

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 ♥ Marshmallow Whip Maker

Marshmallow Whip Make enhances your normal beauty routine by transforming any facial cleanser into a rich foam which initiates a gentler result. 

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Silken Slumber Printed Silk Eye Mask

'Face I' Drawing Print

♥ ‘Face I’ Drawing Print

macarons

Jenna Rae Cakes

 

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Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Fragrance Collection

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You Are My Sunshine Ring

 

Keds for kate spade new york Glitter Lace-Up Sneakers

Keds for kate spade new york Glitter Lace-Up Sneakers

 

For Him:

 

Sunset Park LED 16" Bankers LampSunset Park LED 16″ Bankers Lamp

 

BONAI 5000mAh Power Bank ♥BONAI 5000mAh Power Bank

 

Vintage Royal Regiment Ceramic Soldier Cologne Decanter

  Vintage Royal Regiment Ceramic Soldier Cologne Decanter 

 

Sky's The Limit Airplane Paperweight

Sky’s The Limit Airplane Paperweight

 

Tommy Hilfiger Silk Gingham Tie & Dot Print Pocket Square Set Tommy Hilfiger Silk Gingham Tie & Dot Print Pocket Square Set

 

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 Sperry Gold Cup Captain’s Oxford Shoes ♥ 

George Men's Denim Oxford Shoe

 George Men’s Denim Oxford Shoe

Turtle Decorative Ottoman Footstool ♥ Turtle Decorative Ottoman Footstool

Put a Little Sizzle In Your Valentine’s Day with a grill, chill, and thrill evening.

grill apron Grill Apron

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Kitchn –  Christine Gallary

Ozark Trail 3 Piece Cast Iron Skillet Set

Ozark Trail 3 Piece Cast Iron Skillet Set

Jack Daniels Classic Steakhouse Marinade In-A-Bag

Jack Daniel’s Classic Steakhouse Marinade In-A-Bag

Gusto's RUBS of the SOUTH - Excellent Barbecue Sampler Gift Set

♥  Gusto’s RUBS of the SOUTH – Excellent Barbecue Sampler Gift Set  

 

TABASCO® Hard-to-Find Sauce Gift Set

 ♥  TABASCO® Hard-to-Find Sauce Gift Set

 

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valentine day chocolate candy

I hope this With Love and Style In Mind Valentine’s Day Gift Suggestions for Him and Her gets your into the spirit of love and Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day shopping!

Love your style!

 

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A Valentine’s Day Inspired Compilation of Pretty Pictures and FYI Valentine’s Day Facts

A Valentine’s Day inspired compilation of pretty pictures and FYI Valentine’s Day facts to keep you in the Valentine’s Day know.

hearts_wingsofwhimsyAntique French Playing Cards

With Valentine’s Day the subject matter of conversation hearts and music of the heart, I have fittingly updated my Power of Love Spotify playlist.  A good playlist mirrors balanced design and decor.  A well-represented mix of classic, traditional, contemporary and modern plays well.  In music, a sampling can be the defining quality of the body of work.  As the Valentine’s Day inspired images below demonstrate, a well-chosen and well-placed use of the color of love defines the intent.  The color red draws the eye, introduces drama, envelopes the space in depth and frames the focal point.

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Valentine's Day inspiredLee Jofa Holland Flamestitch velvet ~ House Beautiful

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Pink is such a delicate and graceful color, complementing in soft tones and shades.  Ever wonder why pink is used as the base color in many cosmetic and beauty products?

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A survey of florists of the Society of American Florists shows roses as the most popular flower ordered for Valentine’s Day.  I find the percentages of the color of roses ordered for Valentine’s Day interesting.

Red= 63%

Pink= 27%

White= 26%

Purple/lavender= 18%

Yellow= 15%

Peach/coral= 13%

Orange= 11%

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The colors associated with Valentine’s Day run the gamut from delicate to high drama.

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A movie line of past caught my attention not for its brilliant observation, but for furthering my interest enough to check the numbers.  The line made reference to Valentine’s Day being a greeting card holiday.   According to the numbers, more than 151 million cards are sold each year for Valentine’s Day. That’s Valentine’s Day inspired.

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Valentine’s Day by the Numbers

Maybe I should say Valentine’s Day buy the Numbers.

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Source: WalletHub

Chocolate confections, strawberries, macarons (macaroons), meringues, fudge, cheesecake, cupcakes, cookies and conversation hearts are served with Valentine’s Day love.

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12-Piece Arabesque Dinnerware Service

Cupid’s consumers will be spending a total of $19.6 billion (that’s billion with a Be My Valentine) on Valentine’s Day, spending an average $143.56 on Valentine’s Day.

~Source: National Retail Federation

Numbers show 94% of those who celebrate Valentine’s Day desire chocolate and candy as the gift of decadent love.

~Source: WalletHub

Valentines-candies-cookiesValentine’s Day Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownie Bars, See’s Candies, Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cordials, MacaronsTriple Chocolate Mini Bundt CakesCreamy Fudge Hearts

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“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”

~Helen Keller

I hope you have enjoyed this Valentine’s Day inspired compilation of pretty pictures and FYI Valentine’s Day facts.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love your style!

Valentine’s Day Gift Giving Ideas

The holiday celebrating all things love is upon us.  Valentine’s Day gift giving ideas are on the minds, conversation hearts and chocolate, glorious, chocolate thoughts of those in love.

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Move Over, Darling

Knowing the likes and loves of your loved one is a huge plus to scoring big points in the Valentine’s Day gift giving ideas game.

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Jennelise Rose

Majestic Gifts Inc. Hand Cut and Mouth Blown Crystal Rose Bowl

Majestic Gifts Inc. Hand Cut and Mouth Blown Crystal Rose Bowl

Valentine’s Day giving and receiving of chocolate covered treats and flowers has long captured the hearts and hit the sweet spots marked expressly for Cupid’s arrow.

Maggie Louise Chocolate Lattes Gift Box Maggie Louise Chocolate Lattes Gift Box

 

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Vintage Valentine's Day BarsVintage Valentine’s Day Bars

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Tuxedo Heart

The customary colors of red and pink are well represented in shades of home decor, homemade, happy hour and fashion.

Valentine's Plates, Set of 4 Valentine’s Plates, Set of 4

Irvington Pink Area Rug

Irvington Pink Area Rug

Musical Ornaments If You Love Me Musical Box If You Love Me Music Box   

A heart shaped music box wrapped up in a heart shaped glitter box and topped with pink tassel ribbon and a red rose- it!

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Jewelry makes a great choice and a pretty presentation, too!

Mother Of Pearl Drop Earrings

Mother Of Pearl Drop Earrings

Spring will be here before you know it, and beach accessories fit the plan.

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DOLCE VITA Espadrille Slide Sandals 
Handmade Morocco Raffia Tote
Ocean Drive Metal Sign

John-Wayne-Cast-Iron-Cookbook

John Wayne Cast Iron Official Cookbook

heart-shaped-spoonDecor Craft Bamboo Heart Shaped Spoon

T-bone-steaks

cast iron grilling skillet

Cast Iron Grilling Skillet

Ozark Trail 3 Piece Cast Iron Skillet Set 3 Piece Cast Iron Skillet Set

BAM!

Scotch-Infused Toothpicks Gift SetScotch-Infused Toothpicks Gift Set

Set your Valentine’s Day and night to music.

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Trust me, Al Green’s Greatest Hits is Valentine’s Day gold.

Chocolate-Strawberry-Honey NestsChocolate Strawberry Honey Nests

Strawberries.

Chocolate.

Honey.

Fresh whipped cream.

Fabulous!

For him and for her, these Valentine’s Day gift giving ideas are suggested with love in mind.

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The Look of I Love It! Valentine’s Day Inspired Interiors and Colors

The ideal Valentine’s Day color palette calls upon softer pinks, rich chocolate browns and shades of regal red.  Valentine’s Day inspired interiors and colors envelope a space in rich depth and hue.

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The correct color balance  magnifies the beauty of the space and time- the antique French desk and footstool, Philippe Starck’s Louis Ghost chairs, and traditional decorative accessories.

1. Benjamin Moore Chocolate Velvet CSP- 235

2. Annie Sloan Antoinette

3. Behr Island Coral 140B- 4

4. Sherwin-Williams Gracious Rose SW6317

5. Benjamin Moore Pink Flamingo CSP- 1175

6. Sherwin-Williams Reddened Earth SW 6053

7. Benjamin Moore Dark Chocolate CSP- 270

♥ Benjamin Moore Valentine’s Day ~ 2077-60 ♥

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Incomparable as always, romantic style is beautifully evident in the lines and curves of the Alexandra Console  from the Mélange Collection by Hooker Furniture.  Will you be mine?

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Be still my heart! Mary McDonald for Schumacher  Honeycomb fabric in Ruby is style on tap for a client and upcoming DIY project.

Color me impressed and inspired- the ♥ of good design!

A romantic tablescape begins with a blank canvas of inspiration and repurposed details.

 For example, marbled paper in shades of pink becomes a designer table runner.  The gold place rose can be easily emulated with gold spray or craft paint and a bouquet of artificial flowers.

The Glitter Guide

Red roses are not the only way to express red hot looks on Valentine’s Day. Nailheads on both the burlap ottoman and the pop of pink trim on the rolled-arm chair put the accent on wow factor accents.

One thoughtfully placed book in red jacket perfection, one throw pillow, and one simple glass pitcher win the heart of the space.

DecorPad

Lincrusta  embossed wallcoverings master traditional interior design application through the art of subtractive texturing.

The effect is achieved by applying water-based paints on embossed wallcoverings. The desired result is achieved by applying red paint to white acrylic primer base coat. Complete effect by dragging and wiping to create cream highlight.

UK Wallpaper

The heart of design is inspiration, and inspiration  is everywhere!

Valentine’s Day inspired interiors, colors, and accents get to the heart of the design and decorative matter through texture, craftsmanship and design application.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

The holiday of hearts and love will be here sooner than you can say I need Valentine’s Day gift ideas.  Let’s unlock some of that fun with these Valentine’s Day gift ideas.

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Valentine’s Day gifts range from the traditional flowers and candy to let’s get out of town getaways to extravagant diamond jubilees and everything in- between.

Coming up with the perfect gift is part of the fun.

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A homemade love letter cookie gets to the heart of the matter.   I’m not exactly sure, but I think this sweet for your sweet will score big brownie points, or in this case sugar cookie points.

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KitchenAid 3.5qt Artisan Mini Design Series Stand Mixer with Glass Bowl

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Decor Craft Bamboo Heart Shaped Spoon

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The creative minds at Country Living Magazine also provide the sugar cookie and royal icing recipe and buying information for the food-safe marker.

Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

2   stick softened unsalted butter

1   cup sugar

3   large eggs

1½  tsp. vanilla extract

½   tsp. salt

3¼  cup  all-purpose flour

Directions

In a large bowl, using a mixer set on medium-high, beat together softened unsalted butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, followed by vanilla extract and salt.  Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add all-purpose flour, beating until ingredients are combined. (Dough will be slightly sticky.)

Divide dough into 4 equal portions and cover each in plastic wrap, patting into 1/2-inch-thick squares.  Chill until firm, about 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.   On a floured surface, roll out dough, a square at a time, to 1/3 inch thick.  Cut out cookies using ornament- or tag-shaped cutters.  Transfer cookies to a parchment-lined baking sheet and chill for 10 minutes.

Bake until lightly golden, about 12 minutes.  Cool completely on pan or wire rack before decorating.

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Royal icing creates a firm surface that’s perfect for writing on with food-safe markers.  To make, blend 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, 2 tablespoons meringue powder, and 3 tablespoons water using a mixer set on low speed for 12 minutes.

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soap-petalsScented Soap Petals

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Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance Eau de Parfum Spray

The three R’s of Valentine’s Day – Rose, Romance and Red.

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Ralph Lauren Men’s Polo Red Eau de Toilette Spray

A special and intimate dinner for two prepared at home is an excellent opportunity to show off one’s own culinary skills or at least one’s good taste in culinary kiss the cook treats.

Golden Heart Plate

Golden Heart Plate

Set the table and set the mood with Valentine’s Day themed serving accessories and decadent sweets.

Valentine's Day Macarons

Valentine’s Day Macarons

I’ve taken the liberty to put together The Power of Love  playlist of love songs for your listening enjoyment.

Pop the corn, fix a cocktail, grab the remote and cuddle up together to enjoy an after dinner romantic movie or miniseries of epic romantic proportion.

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Smartphone Projector

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Be Mine Cocktail

What do these Valentine’s Day gift ideas and Cupid’s arrow have in common?

They both aim straight for the heart!

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I hope these ideas help to get your into the planning, the spirit of, and the love of Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day shopping!

Love your style!