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For the Love of Design

Do you love to decorate your home for different occasions or seasons? I do and I always feel like after Christmas there is such a long space before I can decorate for spring and Easter.  I think I end up keeping my Christmas decorations up a little too long to fill the void.  But this year I decided to decorate for Valentine’s Day; it isn’t a typical holiday to decorate for, but I think that with a couple simple touches you can bring the warmth of Valentine’s Day into your home. 

Here are couple of examples of simple, chic Valentine's-inspired designs for your home.

Punch it up with pillows: These two pictures show pillows that you can use throughout your home to give a Valentines vibe.  You can use pillows in your living room, bedroom or really anywhere. And the beauty of these pillows is that they don’t scream Valentine’s Day, and therefore, you can use them year round if you choose.  If the traditional reds and pinks that are associated with this holiday don’t work with your existing décor then you can go a more rustic route and use burlap pillow printed with a message of love like the one pictured here.

Go Neutral: Decorating for Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all red, pink and hearts all over.  You can achieve a great look with subtle touches.  The mantel shown in the picture shows a rustic vignette with just a hint of Valentine’s Day.  By just adding a simple text element to an already existing design, you can really give the impression of the holiday without overdoing it.
Repurpose: So if you have a great Christmas wreath that is still in good shape you can use it in your Valentines decorating as well.  Just take off the Christmas décor (if possible) and add a simple banner or some hearts.  You can even change out the ribbon to something more valentine appropriate.  In the example you can see a classic wreath with a simple valentine banner.  The red chevron ribbon used for Christmas is neutral enough to be kept for Valentine’s Day.

Fresh Flowers: Flowers tend to go hand in hand with Valentine’s Day.  You can create a great centerpiece using fresh or artificial flowers to use as a focal point for your holiday design.  Your table can be the perfect place for such a focal point.  In the picture you can see that the designer used cups with initial letters on them and they spelled out LOVE.  The pretty creams and pink flowers are a perfect pairing.


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