Valentine’s Day Decor: A Love Story

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Thoughts on Seasonal Decor

I have always enjoyed decorating my home with touches of seasonal decor. What I do NOT enjoy is the idea that one needs to have their personal style dictated by whatever cheesy holiday accents that stores have on their shelves. Instead, I choose to think outside the retail display and find ways to add touches that, while fun and sentimental, still fit within my preferred look for my home.

The Mantel Display

A day in my life of my work as a home stager and interior stylist will often find me scouring the aisles of places like HomeGoods, Ross, TJMaxx, and Target. You see, I have NEVER believed that good style needs to break the bank! A keen eye and the patience to hunt for sometimes hidden treasures can yield a result that only LOOKS expensive! For my Valentine’s mantel display, I jumped on the rustic typography trend that is so readily found in stores these days. The two large framed pieces were Ross finds, and the small “Grow old with me…” piece was found at TJMaxx. The gold and pink heart shadow box was a $2 dollar church rummage sale find! The gold parts were originally a worn, chipped white so I got out my gold craft paint and a 1/2 inch angled brush and painted it out. Easy! The black oversized king and queen chess pieces were last year’s Ross finds. I’ve had the topiaries for more than 15 years, so I could not even begin to say where I found them! The huge black-framed wall mirror is my favorite find: A $20 dollar Craigslist find from a hotel liquidator! Woohoo!

The Coffee Table Display

My coffee table books, which I found for a mere $2 dollars each at a Half Price Books clearance event, provide the year-round foundation for my coffee table display. I’ve brought in two wooden artist’s mannequins from Ikea, a gold infinity sculpture from Target, a plastic heart rescued from one of my son’s Valentine scores last year, and a gold ampersand from Ross to create this sweet little vignette.

The Foyer Display

My foyer is one of my favorite places to decorate… but that doesn’t mean I feel the need to go overboard! In fact, the basic underpinnings of the area stay the same throughout the year: The demilune entry table, the tufted linen wingback chairs, the linen-shaded barley twist buffet lamps, and the large books that provide the foundation for the tabletop display all remain unchanged.

It is the small details that change to reflect the season. Here I’ve placed a small wooden “You & Me” art piece from HomeGoods in front of the simple potted grass. Little white ceramic cherubs from The Dollar Tree join unfinished wooden conversation hearts from Joann’s to complete the display

The Dining Room Display

As with the other areas of my home, the core foundation pieces in my dining room remain constant: My glass and wood sideboard (a lucky curbside find!) always features my pewter serving tray (from Goodwill!) and trio of glass decanters. I have added the gold ceramic XOXO piece and the white and gold script art I found at Ross and the metal cage hearts from Wal-Mart to complete the look.

On my dining table, the white ceramic bathroom mirror that I repurposed as a tray, the vintage silver urn I inherited from my mom and the silver-plated candlesticks are my constants. I poured red heart and X’s and O’s vase fillers (from Target and The Dollar Tree) into the tray, accented it with gold letters that spell out LOVE (which I found at Michael’s) and finished it off with this cute gold and white “Treat Yo’Self” heart. Done!

Final Thoughts

I find that concentrating my decor efforts on the three major areas of my living room, dining room, and foyer is an effective, yet easy way to impart enough seasonal joy to make me happy. Keeping my decor concentrated also makes it easier to put away when it’s time to change things up! Remember, you really don’t have to spend a ton of time, money, and effort on good style!

XOXO, Victoria

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