Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and I’ve already ordered a cute photo book as a surprise for Jordan. We started dating a few days before Valentine’s Day last year and spent Valentine’s Day driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles only to share our first “I love you” in a Los Angeles club later that night. Though there was lots of champagne and silly dancing involved, luckily, neither of us regretted our words of affection the next day. Love is the best gift we could ask for and I definitely don’t expect anything beyond that and maybe a few eskimo kisses. As far as physical gifts go-though I adore clothes, handbags and jewelry, this year I am coveting chic home accessories.
I can be a bit of a homebody in the winter. I love to curl up on my couch and read a book, snuggle under my covers or even spend a few hours cleaning and organizing. The apartment I live in now is the first space I’ve ever felt comfortable really decorating (though I always plastered photos on the walls of my dorm, sorority and college apartments). My living room feels complete and I bought a new comforter this week for my bedroom but I don’t believe I’ll ever feel completely done decorating. Our bathroom and kitchen are both still so boring. The items I’ve compiled are a few of the gorgeous items I would love to add to my home or items I already have and adore and think would make fabulous gifts for your loved one (or yourself).
1.Custom Pet Pillow| I met a client through my job who was just as obsessed with her dog as I am. It turns out she turned her love for dogs into a creative hobby crafting custom cartoon dog pillows. I haven’t ordered (yet) but I just love the idea of a throw pillow that commemorates your favorite pooch.
2. Watercolor Painting| For Christmas I gifted Jordan a custom Lauren Taylor Creates painting. I think Lauren did a fabulous job (and our painting is proudly hanging in our living room), however Lauren isn’t the only painter out there. Check out Etsy for custom couple paintings in every style. I personally love Mare Lloba’s work and Pamela Goodman Art but there are a lot of options out there!
3. Chic Candles| Every blogger loves Diptyque votives and I am certainly no exception. If you’re feeling extra festive pick up this special Valentine’s Day feature or opt for the classic Mimosa candle. They’re almost too pretty to burn (almost).
4. Statement Bookends| I just adore a well decorated bookcase and a statement set of bookends can totally pull together even the most disorganized home library. Agate bookends add both glimmer and a natural raw edginess. Of course Anthro offers a set (found here) but other options are available by both Anna New York (splurge) as well as Dot & Bo (save). Your bookshelf isn’t limited to geodes though! From Mermaid bookends, to equestrian inspired and even sweet bunnies, there really aren’t any rules for adding personality to your bookshelf. I think bookends make great housewarming gifts and wedding presents as well!
5. Feminine Rugs| I’ve been searching for a rug to spruce up the faux hardwood in our living/dining room. Since starting my new job I’ve been positively tortured by gorgeous girly rugs in every room. Looking to mimic the feel of the bridal shop without being too “boutique-y” in my own home I stumbled across this beautiful alternative. Of course I love everything the brilliant designers at Anthro ever dream up: This one is a work of art on its own, and this one comes in both pink and emerald. When I win the lottery I swear my penthouse is going to have gorgeous Anthro rugs overlapping in each and every room.
6. Love Notes Vintage Wall Art| Anthro, I’m throwing my paychecks at you, just take it okay?! How romantic is this vintage love letters wall art? Not only is this piece absoloutely perfect to commemorate Valentine’s Day but it is also a piece that could be duplicated for a fraction of the price (if you don’t have around $500 for someone else’s cute love letters). As if the love notes weren’t romantic enough, check out this vintage inspired piece, the color combination is just stunning!
7. Vintage Accent Pieces | Though pretty much all of our furniture is from IKEA I cling to the idea that our home should feel unique and infused with our personalities. Vintage pieces are a fun way to add character to your space (even if you are living on an IKEA budget). I search for vintage accents at local antique shops and often discover some really great deals (unicorn book ends, a shabby chic vanity, etc). If you don’t have any vintage or antique stores near you there are definitely great online alternatives. I love perusing the vintage section of One Kings Lane. How fun is this Italian Pottery Pedestal Dish or this French Blue Coffeepot? I also reccomend browsing Etsy and Ebay for vintage finds.
8.Darling Trinkets| The Design Darling online boutique is filled with well curated treasures. I personally adore the Tall Boxwood Topiary (because I kill plants…even succulents) and the sweet Bud Vase Trio.
Where do you prefer to shop for your home? Mixing pieces from all over the place (Anthro, Target, online boutiques and vintage treasures) tends to be my favorite way to keep my place from feeling too “cookie-cutter”. I also recommend hunting for home accessories when you travel, not only do these accents make fabulous souvenirs (far superior to keychains) but they keep your home feeling fresh and inspired! Is anyone else hoping to add a little love to their home for Valentine’s Day?