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Just in time for Valentine’s Day

Here's some around-the-house ideas to show that you care

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so why not add a little romance to your décor? A few small touches will show your significant other how much they mean to you. It doesn’t take much to show that you care.

After a long day your loved one may enjoy relaxing in a bathroom decorated for Valentine’s Day. How about rose petals for the bathtub, a new luxurious bath sheet, spa slippers and scented candles?

If your better half needs a serene space you could create a reading area with a comfy chair, bookshelves or a basket of books, a great reading lamp and a cosy throw. Some may appreciate a writing desk equipped with stationery, stamps and quality pens. Creating a place to get away from it all, even in the middle of the home, can be a loving gesture.

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If you have a fireplace with a mantel you can create a Valentine’s Day display on it using various items from the home. Favourite photos that invoke fond memories set in frames amongst candles and fresh flowers are a nice touch. You could use red candles, jars of cinnamon hearts or candy hearts along with your photos, and hang a garland of paper hearts along the mantel.

Red roses are synonymous with Valentine’s Day and are sure to bring a smile to your sweetheart. As mentioned above, you can purchase less expensive roses and use the petals in a bath. Long-stem roses are costly, but a single rose in an appropriate-size vase with a card will still be a welcome and affordable gift for your valentine.

A bouquet of flowers like red carnations is also a loving gesture for your better half. Buy a large bouquet and be sure that there’s a good-size vase around to put them in.

Instead of flowers, consider purchasing an exotic plant like an orchid. Fresh flowering plants are always a welcome addition to the décor.

Purchase an inexpensive chalkboard and write loving messages. Hang it in the kitchen and continue this throughout the year. Or you could use magnetic letters to create notes on the refrigerator.

Candles always create a romantic ambience. Use inexpensive tea lights to create a flaming heart or spell out ‘I love you’ or ‘Be mine’ on a tabletop surface. If you have small children and are worried about safety, you can use flameless candles instead. When the lights are dimmed the flameless candles are quite realistic.

Frame your loved one’s favourite song lyrics or sheet music for Valentine’s Day. Your wedding song would be a good choice here. Have a photo of the two of you enlarged and placed in a decorative frame. These are items that can be hung in the home any time of the year and is a reminder that he/she is loved.

Create a romantic canvas for your partner. You can purchase canvases at most dollar stores and even if you’re not a painter you can stencil letters or glue on letters to create a message of love. Use cotton or jute string to create a message on a framed canvas. Dip lengths of string into a flour and water mixture (thin enough to be like white glue) and place it in your desired shape or words onto the canvas, such as a heart or Xs and Os. Allow to dry, then present to your loved one or hang on the wall as a Valentine’s Day surprise.

Buy simple cotton pillowcases (or use ones that you have) and use fabric paint to write special quotes or words of love on the large open hem end. The fabric paint is easy to use and once dry, is washable. This is a really easy project with a personal touch.

An old-fashioned Valentine’s display can be a lot of fun. Use sepia-toned photos in vintage frames, mason jars as tea light holders, set the table with vintage dishware and fill a pitcher or vase with red flowers. Use a small section of a split birch log to create a long tea light holder — just drill out wells large enough to hold a tea light on the rounded side of the log.

Surprise him or her by hanging a message of love on a bathroom mirror, or spell out messages using cinnamon hearts or candy hearts. Using a tabletop mirror as the base will enhance the effect.

Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to show your partner that they are loved and cherished. Don’t miss the chance to let them know that you care.

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Connie Oliver is an interior designer from Gimli, Manitoba.

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