Easy ways to infuse Valentine’s Day Around the House

January 25, 2024

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Valentine’s Day isn’t really a holiday that we… decorate for. I mean, I know people do! But the last time I remember Valentine’s day decor it was my teacher putting up window clings in Elementary school– not really the vibe for our house. Still, I’ve found simple, subtle ways to romanticize our home for February’s pending holiday (See all our favorite ways to romanticize life at home here). Indulge in one or two of these sweet touches, and get in the mood for love.

Enjoy Candy as Decor

Glass Candy Jars | Framed Heart Picture | Kitchen Sources

Stock a pretty glass jar (These ones are only $8!) with Valentine’s Day candy. This is my favorite kind of functional decor because it’s edible! I put Conversation Hearts and sour lips in our jars, but I can already foresee refilling these with Hot Tamales or Swedish Fish. I put these jars on our kitchen shelves and have been enjoy the pop of color — and the handful of sweets every time I walk by.

Frame It In a Heart

Preserving a sweet memory in a heart frame makes for in-the-moment Valentine’s Day decor — but I’m here to tell you that you can keep this cutie hung or on a table easel all year round (I personally have three of these hanging in my house).

Tie a Ribbon On It

Here’s another hot tip for you: Get some “Valentine’s Day” ribbon — I got black hearts and “I love you” — and keep them in an easily accessible drawer. When you have ribbon, nearly everything feels like a gift. I tied some ribbon around a little cookie bag in the girls’ lunches, and I tied another ribbon around the Martinelli’s that I brought to my sister’s. No need for a full-on wrapping job — this is the sweetest little touch.

Sweeten up Your Home Fragrance

Decorating can be a fully sensory experience! I don’t know about you, but we’re still burning down our Christmas candles over here. So, I starting burning a new candle — “Love Potion” — and just walking into the room feels differently. This one has sweet/floral/citrus notes, and the new smell signals a new season and a new celebration. Grab a little candle pedestal for a special touch.

Choose New Art for Your Frame TV

Valentine’s Frame TV Art | Bonus Room Sources

Picking a new painting for our Frame TV could practically be a reward in our house. Our girls love to change the picture, and as we coast into February, the images are getting more and more lovey dovey :) I’m rounding up a few favorites for you here.

Swap Our Your Linens

It doesn’t have to have a heart on it! I hung some red-striped tea towels on the oven door and set the table with maroon linen napkins (leftovers from Christmas, honestly). I also raided the linen closet for pink sheets for the beds — and pillowcases with romantic florals.

Freshen Up Your Florals

Faux Peonies | Vase | Candle Pedestal | Candle | Lamp (similar) | Nightstand (similar) | Gold Trinket Box (similar)

Grab some fresh flowers at Trader Joe’s. Roses are a classic, but fresh tulips are really sweet. Shh… I also got some faux peonies and spritzed them with a little perfume (*wink*).

Make it pink!

Swap out your taper candles for a sweet Valentine’s Day hue. I found an ombré set that goes from peach to pink to lavender, and I keep moving them around the house for a romantic rose-colored glow. Hot tip: Swapping out your taper candles for a seasonal or festive color is just about the easiest and most inexpensive way to “celebrate” anything.

Red Plates (similar) | Gold Candlestick | Brass Candlesticks | Ombre Tapers | Dining Room Sources

Set the Table for Romance

One of my favorite “hacks” is to switch out the salad/appetizer plates for something festive/seasonal: bunnies at Easter, Christmas trees in December… and for Valentine’s Day, I look for something red or red-rimmed or something with a little heart on it. You can keep your everyday table setting, and just switch out the salad plate! Everything looks “decorated.”

Bake Your Heart Out

Get a heart-shaped cookie cutter, and start baking. Never underestimate the enthusiasm behind freshly baked cookies on the counter after school. Bonus points if the kids get to ice them. Save a few on a pretty plate, and enjoy even more edible decor.

A Few More Valentine’s Day Home Decor Ideas

  1. Light My Fire Matches $16
  2. Love Potion Candle $29
  3. Target Small Hearts Table Runner $10
  4. Heirloom Scalloped Heart Appetizer Plates (set of 4) $40
  5. Table for Two: Recipes for the Ones You Love Cookbook $24
  6. Make It Pop Stoneware Pie Dish $60
  7. Pink to Purple Taper Candles $12
  8. Velvet Heart Frame $32
  9. Make It Pop Cup & Saucer Set $40
  10. Blush Faux Peony $36
  11. Marble Heart Tray $24
  12. Small Scallop Keepsake Box $16

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  1. Flo says:

    Really great ideas! As always.

    If you have a new writer, have them double check their work. Just looking out.

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