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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Love lives in this house.

I have always loved Valentine's Day. I believe that it is not just a day reserved for lovers, but for everyone with love in their heart. Even during my single years I would make plans to share a meal with other single friends, send a card to my widowed relatives and generally let those special people in my life know that they were (and are) loved.

This is the porch vignette that is currently greeting any visiting family or friends:


As you step into our home there are also a few spots touched by love.



On the dining room table I laid down a favorite tablecloth and topped it with a silver tray I found at Goodwill for $5 awhile back. Apothecary jars are filled with faux rose petals and foil wrapped chocolates.




The addition of some ribbon I had on hand and images I downloaded off of the computer help keep things festive and inexpensive. My only cost was the candy purchased at the dollar store for $4.
I needed one more thing for my tray and I love my skeleton keys so this is what I came up with.


Love continues on the sideboard with more doilies, silver bowls and candy.



I have a collection of Valentines. The vast majority are from my own childhood.


Another little side table topped with a wee bit o love. I like to fill clear glass votive cups with small candies then nestle a votive candle within the candies. You can purchase votive candles in clear containers (versus silver) at WalMart, Yankee, and Bath & Bodyworks.


Our china hutch is filled with Valentine approved transferware. Across the front I hung a banner that I made last year.
"A"

"M"

"O"
"R"
"E"

That's AMORE!
How are you decorating this Valentine's Day?

47 comments :

Mildred said...

What a delightful post! You are so creative and I love everything. Does Rudi have a special Valentine bowtie???

Terri and Bob said...

Talk about eye candy! This is fabulous! I am posting on Thursday my tablescape for Valentine's Day. You will notice that I, too, use a lot of doilies at this time!

jewelstreet said...

Ooh, gorgeous decorating! I don't decorate for Valentine's Day. I'm like you, though. I like to celebrate Valentine's Day with just more than the Mr. Man. I give my daughter valentine's gifts, and I love to send Valentine cards to people.

Kathy said...

You've given me such great ideas for decorating my own home. Just beautiful.

The Vintage Rose said...

great to see your LOVING decor and I must say I'm impressed with your prize ribbons - so adorable!

Linda said...

So very pretty!!! You've given me some good ideas for future years. You already know that I LOVE Valentine's Day as evident in my recent post. :-)

I so enjoy your blog.

~Linda

Charli and me said...

Hi Laura, You have some beautiful Valentine's decorations. I am like you in that I believe it's a day that should be celebrated by all.

LaurenFaythe said...

What a sweet vignette on your porch!

Susan S. said...

Wow....you have so many clever decorating idea. And...I love your attitude about Valentine's day and that it doesn't have to be for Lovers...but for people you LOVE. This year I thought I have found myself without a Valentine...but I was wrong. I have tons of Valentines and will let my "loved ones" know that! Thanks!!!

Kristen said...

How pretty everything is!

Shimmy Mom said...

This just reminded me that I haven't put any Valentine Decorations up yet!! AHHH, that just went to the top of my to-do list today.

I love all the little touches around your house. I might steal and idea or too. Hope you don't mind.

♥hugs♥ (and Happy Valentines Day this month!)

~♥~ Monica S said...

I didn't even know you decorated for valentines day.. hmm!
It's cute! :-)

Monica

Blondie's Journal said...

So inspiring Laura, everything is beautiful & yummy!! I love the votive in the candies!! ;-)

I can't wait to see what everyone else is doing for the big day-I'm still thinking!

xoxo
Jane

Lady Dorothy said...

ooo, I love the tea lights nestled in the candies idea. Very cute!

vintagewindow said...

That is one sweet display of delight. Very creative and clever.

Happy Hump Day

Kris

KDLOST said...

I like to get some red roses and balloons from a special someone... that helps me decorate! My sweetie is a sweetie! :) Also, we light red candles and have a red tablecloth and our good china usually. It's more fun to dine in sometimes!

ceekay said...

So pretty and some great ideas.

Bobbi Jo said...

Those are so pretty. I love the center piece. You are so talented with a elegance in taste.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Miss Sandy said...

Sweet simple touches! Love the banner with the family photo. I hope you have a sweet remainder of the week!

Liz said...

Sweetness! Love the banner!!

~Liz

Altered Artists said...

Your valentines ideas are really lovely. Makes me think I need to cook something up!
~Dawn

Loan Litigators said...

feel the love generation

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful garland, Laura!

Annie said...

You make candy hearts look classy.

Joy said...

Everything is so beautiful; the garland is particularly dreamy across your cabinet.

The pendant arrived in today's mail and I'm in love with it. Thank you so very much. :o)

Coastal Sisters said...

What a lovely posting. I love all of your vignettes. THIS is truly Decor to Adore :)

LuLu~*xoxo

Rue said...

Good morning Laura :)

I'm not a follower of anyone (can't keep up as it is), but I think your giveaway is darling :)

I wish I could decorate for Valentines Day, but maybe I'll just buy some roses and put them on a wardrobe box LOL Your house looks beautiful!

By the way, I think it's really sweet of you to send someone a gift that doesn't have anyone. It's a hard day to be single, that's for sure.

hugs,
rue

Cote de Texas said...

Oh Gosh, I feel really lazy looking at this!!! I should go decorate for Valentines day - I never thought of that before - but what a great idea!!!! Roses and hearts and candies - what could be better??

Love this!!!!
Joni

parTea lady said...

Your Valentine's decor is lovely. Maybe I will try some of your ideas. I really like your paper arts Amore banner.

Julie said...

LOVE IT! Last year I went all out and celebrated V-day with my family. It was so much fun. I am looking forward to this year!

God's Girl said...

Wow! I wish I would of run across your blog sooner. I love, love, love your ideas for decorating for Valentine's Day! ...so creative!

Thanks for sharing!!! : )

Love,
Julie

The Red Velvet Shoe said...

Your sideboard is amazing~~is it an antique? I am looking for one for my kitchen~~just like that!

Kris Dickinson said...

I've so enjoyed looking over your beautiful blog. Have a Happy Valentine's Day! - Kris

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

Beautiful! I put some candy around my center piece also. It' looks so inviting.
Ginger

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I love all your Valentine vignettes but the key to my heart one is my favorite. I'm copying! *grins*

Beaux Mondes Designs said...

a lot of great ideas for Valentines day. Love it all. Thanks for the inspiration

ann said...

Very romantic and certainly Valentinezy.i love everything you've done.I may copy too.hee hee...Ann

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I don't know which one I like best!

Alison Gibbs said...

Wow, so much 'love' in your home. Cindy's party is such fun and it was great to join in.
Alison

Dream Mom said...

So many wonderful ideas. I am not sure where to begin! I love the silver tray, the skeleton keys, the porch cherbus and the candy in the votive holders. Your furniture is just lovely too. I love the toile china pattern as well. Most important, is your spirit not leaving anyone out on Valentine's Day.

Thank you for sharing with us. I'll be back to read more.

Kathleen Ellis said...

LOVE-ly ideas! Your greeting cherubs are adorable!
Happy Valentine's Day!
;-D

The Willow Rose said...

I love everything...This is a very inspiring post.

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Very cute! I love the banner you made from last year!

Manuela

ellen b said...

Love all the different Valentine vignettes you created. Sweet! Enjoy...

Linda said...

Very darling, Love it all. Have to follow your blog now!
Like your blog page set up too, pretty.
Linda Q

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

beautiful centerpiece! love it! simple and yet beautiful.. Happy Valentines!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I love all the candy on the silver tray!!! I need to remember that great idea! Everything looks beautiful! Thanks for joining in!