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Valentine’s Day DIY Decor Ideas

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By A Beautiful Life, The Journey

 

I love all the reds, pinks and silvers I have placed around our apartment this year! I normally don’t decorate for Valentine’s Day, because many times I have just taken down the Christmas tree or it’s still up in February. I know, I know… You’re probably thinking… “You keep your Christmas tree up that long???!!!” Well, I absolutely love Christmas and the decorations, but being a professional violinist , I rarely am at home over December to enjoy all the pretty lights and decor, so I like to keep everything up a little longer. This year I decided to take down the tree and decor early in January – I was just ready for the New Year and a fresh space.  It was kind of a weird taking everything down so early, but also refreshing. AND since I took the Christmas items done earlier this year, I had enough time to decorate for Valentine’s Day!!!!

Okay, so as I have mentioned before, Dave and I live in a small apartment and don’t have much storage, so whenever I buy something I try to think about multiple ways I can use those items.  I recently bought a couple items for Christmas that are great examples of this. When I bought the dishes I was gonna use for my Christmas dinning table spread, I made sure to buy white dishes that could be used over and over again. I think they are super cute too! I also bought some red sparkly napkins that could be used for different holidays and they work out perfectly for my Valentine’s table! Both of these items were used on my table for Christmas, but the two looks are so different! Take a look!

Christmas Table

Valentine’s Table

Being a bargain shopper, I hit the after Christmas sales and was able to find some beautiful red chargers to place underneath each of the plates. It adds such a fun, elegant touch! Dave’s Aunt gave me the beautiful sparkly red place mats that add the perfect touch to the table – Thanks Aunt Candy! For the center of the plates, I added a red heart doilies and wrote the word “Love” in the center with my silver calligraphy pen!  I found a package of felt pink and red hearts, and some shiny silver hearts to add to the table for more color and because they’re cute! To lead the eye upward and add some depth, I placed some beautiful red berry twigs to a narrow vase. I chose berries as the centerpiece to keep the arrangement a little more simple and subdued in comparison to the table and because I wanted something different than a normal flower arrangement.

Since I don’t have a mantel, I decorate my china cabinet in its place. I got the cute tasseled banner at Target in the “trap bins” ( this is what I call the dollar section at the front of the store). I find SO many things there and spend WAY too much money! I love the colors of this banner and it works so perfectly with all the rest of my decorations. I usually have frames of me and Dave up on the cabinet but I added some fun decorations just for Valentine’s Day. All of the Valentine’s items were found at Target!

I changed out the decorations on the piano too! I used a red scarf of mine as a runner to add color and protect the piano from the frames and decorations. And I just had to add Miss Sara Bareilles to the picture. 🙂

Well that’s all the decorating I did this year for Valentine’s Day, but next year I plan to add a couple more things!

Do you decorate you place for Valentine’s Day??

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