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Valentine’s Day Treats for Design Lovers

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and each year I look forward to rounding up a collection of special gift ideas for design lovers! These treats are not just for the love of your life. Share them with friends and family members, or buy something nice for yourself! I spent many a Valentine’s Day as a single woman before I got married, and it’s funny how I still see this time of year as the season of enjoying great food and special treats, with or without romance. Whether you’re perfectly coupled or still looking for love, enjoy browsing these gift ideas for the people you care about (or consider a special purchase for yourself)!…

Dynamite Decor

Those who love design often love getting design-fabulous gifts! And if your special someone enjoys retro-meets-modern style, these Kate Spade Saturday Round Boxes from West Elm will get the job done. They’re affordable, they’re crafted from lacquered wood, and they’re perfect for displaying on a variety of surfaces, from your nightstand to the living room coffee table:

Domed boxes by Kate Spade Saturday via West Elm

Crescent moons are one of today’s most popular trends. We see them on necklaces, on wall art, and now as the Crescent Moon Catch-All Dish from Urban Outfitters! As a special bonus, include a piece of jewelry or a handful of mineral specimens along with the gift.

Crescent moon dish from Urban Outfitters

I received this Magical Thinking Pyramid Mirror Box (also from Urban Outfitters) as a Christmas gift, and it’s one of my all-time favorite pieces of decor. Crafted of metal and glass, the piece is sturdy, and it reminds me of a brass and glass trinket box I had as a child. I use my pyramid box to display a quartz crystal. What would your special someone use it for?

Pyramid display box from Urban Outfitters

Thoughtful tokens of color, style and meaningul contemplation, these Tangent Notebooks from Anthropologie make lovely gifts for friends and family members. Or you can buy one for your beloved and fill it with romantic notes!

Stylish notebooks from Anthropologie

What could be more decadent than a velvet tufted cushion in a radiant shade of fuchsia?! The Velvet Berry 23″ Floor Cushion from CB2 is a functional gift, as it has the potential to add extra seating to the most stylish of spaces. Yet its rich hue and plush construction take it to the next level of comfort and style!

Floor cushions from CB2

On sale for the bargain price of $4.99, this Themis Trio Mobile from CB2 is an instant conversation piece! Geometric forms take center stage, showcasing shades of blue, green, brown, black, silver and copper. Easy to assemble, this piece is the perfect unexpected treat for a design-loving giftee:

Geo mobile from CB2

Something Romantic

February is a romantic month, but even if you’re not in a relationship, you can always treat yourself to one of the gifts below, or purchase something special for a friend. These Rosebud String Lights from Urban Outfitters consist of rose-shaped lights with LED bulbs. They celebrate the promise of spring blooms, so you can leave them on display well past Valentine’s Day.

Rose-shaped lights from Urban Outfitters

What could be more tender than a simple declaration of love? The Brass Love Object from West Elm sends its amorous message with the help of solid brass. Lay this piece flat or display it upright!

Brass Love Object from West Elm

A fabulous gift idea: purchase a special vase and fill it with a bloom or two! West Elm‘s Heart Bud Vase is lovely and delicate with its white stoneware form and gold leaf heart decals:

Heart vase from West Elm

This Brass Vase from ferm LIVING (shown below, at the right) will be hard for any design lover to resist, as it showcases two of today’s top trends: geo forms and brass! Though it’s just perfect displayed as is, don’t hesitate to fill it with a few blooms for a Valentine’s Day treat!

Brass hexagon vase and pots from ferm LIVING

Do you remember the chocolate dessert feast photo shoot I shared right here on Decoist at the end of last month? Two of these Hoth Candle Holders from CB2 helped embellish my dessert table. I filled them with coral roses, and boy did I love the result! These beautiful hand-cut glass pieces can accommodate tealights, or you can use them to hold blooms. A colorful way to say “Happy Valentine’s Day”!

Cut glass candle holders from CB2

What do you get for the design lover who has everything? Who can say “no” to a beautiful potted plant? I can’t think of a better way to chase away the winter blues and celebrate the return of spring! These Handpainted Windowsill Pots from Anthropologie showcase eye-catching colors and patterns:

Windowsill pot from Anthropologie

Foodie Fun

Have you noticed that design lovers are often foodies?! Treat your special someone to a new piece for the kitchen or dining room. This Valentine Mini Heart Dinnerware from West Elm comes to life with the help of an ombre heart design. I’m a fan of filling mugs with special edibles. An instant gift!

Heart mug and bowl from West Elm

Speaking of mugs filled to the brim with deliciousness… Surprise your love on Valentine’s Day morning by serving up a tasty hot chocolate in this Heart of Glass Mug from Urban Outfitters. Yum!

Glass heart mug from Urban Outfitters

While many design lovers aren’t looking to add new dishware to their already full stash, I find that it’s hard to resist a little set of drinking glasses. They dont’ take up too much space in the cabinet, yet they breathe new life into entertaining endeavors. This Decorated Hobstar Glassware in Pink from West Elm is embellished with etched detailing:

Pink glassware from West Elm

Those who love to entertain often love to display their culinary creations. Give your foodie friend a Cotton 3-Tier Server from Crate & Barrel. Make it clear that this gift is all about him or her by filling the server with an assortment of sweet treats!

3-tiered server from Crate & Barrel

These Pastiche Measuring Spoons from Anthropologie are almost too pretty to cook with, thanks to their colorful enamel accents. I’d be inclined to leave these on display at all times and do the heavy-duty cooking with my stainless steel set. These are a work of art!

Modern measuring spoons from Anthropologie

I hope today’s post has given you some amazing ideas for gifting your nearest and dearest this Valentine’s Day. Don’t forget that you can always treat yourself on this special day as well! Enjoy!

Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and design blogger with a love of all things decor. She spent her childhood writing stories and working on interior design-themed DIY projects. Kate’s published writing reflects her special interest in how design has changed through the decades. Her blog Mirror80 ( http://mirror80.com/) explores the fashion and [...]

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