The Designer’s Way to Decorate for V-Day (a must read)!

January 28, 2013 · 1 comment

It’s early here in the District, about 7:15am as I write this post to you. It is just above freezing and rain is coming down pretty hard, meaning schools are on a 2-hour delay (along with many government agencies). I am somewhat uninspired as I stare out the window in my home studio just as the light starts to break darkness. What do I write about today? We just installed our new office desk and I am dying to share with you the project. Unfortunately, the space is not 100% complete, but when it is you will be the first to see all the goodness!

Can you believe it is the last week of January? I seriously am blown away by how quickly the last 27 days have just passed right before my eyes! February has been one of my least favorite months. It is a month of bitter cold temperatures (think Michigan cold), dirty snow-covered sidewalks, and the dreaded holiday of singles alike. Well, it has brightened up substantially, now that I get to celebrate my husband’s birthday (my soon-to-be brother-in-law and mother in law also share the same birthday month) and the day my husband proposed to me (I may share a little about that later in February). And (deep sigh) unfortunately, Valentine’s Day is still my least favorite holiday of the year, if I must be truly honest with you.

I decorate the home for every holiday but when it comes to Valentine’s Day, there is just something about putting hearts with gooshy words on the front door and heart-shaped candy in a dish that makes me cringe. Couldn’t we be a bit more creative? Oh baby, yes we can!

Pink is a gorgeous color, if used correctly. It doesn’t have to scream ‘girly’ or ‘love’ or any of that. It can scream ‘sophisticated’ and ‘beautiful’ and ‘lovely’. Are you already seeing a difference? Keep going with me…

First, add a little boldness to your space with fresh pink peonies. To create a clean look, just fill a clear drinking glass, dessert dish, or vase with water. To create a little more electric look, venture to a local antique or thrift store for a one-of-a-kind vase. Place the flowers on a coffee table, guest bath, or even your night stand!



If you really want to add some pink in to your space more permanently, why not reupholster your favorite armchair with a pink influenced fabric, like this high back wing chair. Better yet, look closely on the right of the image and you will see a gorgeous shade of pink peeking through from the dining room.


Via The Hunted Interiors

If you are a little crafty, why not embark on a DIY project this Valentine’s season. Head to your local fabric store to select your favorite pink, red, or white-influenced fabric. You can make throw pillows, a blanket, table runner, slipcover, the list goes on and on! Not feeling so crafty, Etsy has a variety of beauties already handmade, just for you.

Via Little Peeps Home Decor Etsy Shop

I absolutely love this space! Just by adding two light pink throw pillows, the space is ready for Valentine’s Day. In most areas of the United States, it is still the middle of winter, this space definitely captures the winter season in its perfect moment. Wouldn’t you agree?


Via Houzz

If you are like some who absolutely adore Valentine’s Day, why not take it one step further, like this home office/living room combo. Accessorize your space with a pink and white stripe rug, pink influenced abstract wall painting, pink pillows, lamp shade…and anything else you like. The best part about these accessories is that they can be easily stored for next year. Heck, the way this space is beautifully designed, I would keep it all up year-round.


Via The Decorista Photographed by Patrick Cline.

Well, there you have it. Some of my favorite ways to get your home (or office) jazzed up for Valentine’s Day. Whether you are married, dating, or single, you can never go wrong with any of these stylish Valentine’s Day decor ideas. The key is to make your space look beautiful, not cheesy. How will you decorate your space for Valentine’s Day?

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