Be Mine heart print by Kensie Kate
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Happy Valentine’s Day, lovers.
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Last week, I put together a gift guide of heart-shaped goodies that you’d actually want (unlike, say, a pink heart-shaped diamond engagement ring) for KEEP (it’s like Pinterest but all shop-able; definitely check out my KEEP collections). I’m porting it over here today for you, since we’re getting pretty close to the big day. Flowers die, sparkly jewelry, cashmere sweaters, edgy tableware, mid-century modern chairs, and vintage Chanel are much more appreciated. Here are 10 heart-shaped Valentine’s Day gifts that even would-be heart haters wouldn’t be able to resist.
Contining with this week’s promised Valentine’s Day theme, and further inspired by my post of the month for the Wayfair blog, “How to Decorate with Pink,” here are 20+ living rooms that use pink as the predominant color. Some interiors are done with pink accent walls, or even four pink walls, from pale pastel pink to hot pink; many feature pink sofas, which are especially fun in an all white room, but as we know I am partial to white rooms with color pops and Scandinavian style. I am hardly inclined to go pink myself, but these are definitely pretty in pink.
Inès de la Fressange’s Paris home • Domino
Photo by Marcus Lawett/Agent Bauer
Bramante Architects via Dezeen
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With life being hectic every single second with constant appointments and snow days , I welcomed an inquiry from Water Gallery to become a StyleCarrot sponsor. Water Gallery is an ecommerce site offering all types of indoor and outdoor water features, including stone fountains for the garden, LED bubble panels, and wall fountains. There are even art fountains, which are custom freestanding panels featuring artistic designs, over which water rushes down. They sell ethanol glass fireplaces too, which might be more appropriate, seeing how there’s a big storm coming.
But looking onward (summer, warmth, sun, gardens), Water Gallery has indoor fountains and outdoor fountains constructed from a variety of natural materials including copper, stainless steel, slate, marble, and glass, which can be customized, along with the sizing. If you have the space for a fountain indoors, it would definitely help cultivate some serenity, and as an added bonus, they also function as natural humidifiers.
I think my favorite options are the stone fountains that would look lovely nestled into a garden, or in the corner of a patio. I’ve put together a collage of half a dozen outdoor stone fountains with a modern, elegant, and rugged sensibility, all from Water Gallery.
Although I don’t really recognize Valentine’s Day (just seems silly to me), I am going to take advantage of the “holiday” to post artwork and recipes for sweets, heart-shaped home furnishings, and pink rooms. To start the week, let’s look at the artwork of New Zealand-born artist and graphic designer Joël Penkman, who now lives and works in the U.K. They evoke the work American painter Wayne Thiebaud, don’t you think?
Joel Penkman paints simple still-life studies. He sets them on a clean backgrounds in order to facilitate a connection between the individual and the subject, since food, like music and fragrance, “triggers memories and emotion.” Penkman works in egg tempera, which he concocts himself.
Here are ten paintings of his that I think are the sweetest.
Krispy Kreme Dozen