St Valentine’s day is fast approaching, so get some romantic inspiration for your home from interior designer Jamie Hempsall.
Tuesday is a day for love and romantic gestures as we celebrate Valentine’s days with our loved ones. The traditional gifts of flowers and chocolates might be somewhat predictable and potentially short lived, so why not opt for something a bit more permanent to show someone special how you truly feel?
Tell your loved one how amazing they are with a unique “All About Me” fine art print. This contemporary print uses the letters of the recipients name to convey lovely traits about that person. Let the company know the name, words you would like (they have a helpful list if you find yourself lacking inspiration) and colour, then the team will create a piece of truly personal art – (£25; www.giftwrappedandgorgeous.com – 01208 850 988).
Fine art print “All About Me” www.giftwrappedandgorgeous.com
Mind you there is nothing that says you cannot be both romantic and practical at the same time. I think the Heart Shaped Olive Wood Cutting Boards sum this up perfectly. They are gorgeous and tactile with each one having its own special wood-grain character. They look good enough to leave out on show as a constant reminder of your adoration (from £8.95; www.velvetbrown.co.uk – 01844 278866)
Heart-shaped olive wood cutting boards, www.velvetbrown.co.uk
Why restrict yourself to staying indoors though? Present someone special with a Heart Shaped Picnic Hamper and Retro Enamelware and plan a whole season of romantic liaisons. The red heart-shaped wicker basket is lined in red and white ticking and comes with 2 glasses, plates, cutlery, cloth and napkins. All you need add is lashings of ginger beer – or a bottle of fizz and a diamond ring for the perfect proposal (£78; www.berryred.co.uk – 01432 274805).
Heart-shaped picnic hamper and retro enamelware from www.berryred.co.uk
Should you be planning a grand gesture indoors then you might consider the Red Heart Roller Blind from DigitexHOME. The blind features a vibrant, contemporary scrawled heart that shouts out “I LOVE YOU!” and is sure to lighten anybody’s mood no matter what the weather is like outside. Prices from £119.00 (www.DigetexHOME.com – 0161 873 8891).
Red heart roller blind from DigitexHome
Alternatively, if you want a gift that marks you out as both a passionate and compassionate individual I would go for a beautiful Hand-stitched Klimt Embrace rug, fair-trade produced in Kashmir, which re-creates the classic design with traditional methods of production (£299.50; www.fairwindonline.com – 0845 196 0256).
Klimt Embrace fairtrade handstitched rug from www. fairwindonline.com
Of course, if you really want to crown someone the King or Queen of your heart then you need a throne to place them upon. I would be hard pressed to find a better (or more comfortable) solution than the Tonon Heartbreaker Chair – in my eyes the perfect modern love seat!! (£1,885; www.macandmacinteriors.com – 01252 717771).
Tonon Heartbreaker chair, www.macandmacinteriors.com
A FINE THAT STARTS WITH A KISS
Various theories exist regarding the tradition of women proposing on a leap year Valentine’s Day. Indeed, the original “proposal’’ date may have been 29th February (a date which supposedly had no legal status to old English Courts). It is alleged that in 1288 Queen Margaret of Scotland decreed that in a leap year any woman could propose to any man she liked. He could refuse her only if he was already engaged. If he still insisted on preserving his single state and rejected the woman’s advances, he was liable to a fine ranging from a kiss to a silk nightgown.
Jamie Hempsall, BIID, is an award winning Interior Designer.