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Living Room Tour and Valentine's Day Mantel

by - Thursday, February 02, 2017

And just like that, it's February. It feels like Christmas was just yesterday but Valentine's Day is almost here! Do you do anything special to celebrate? If you're in need of inspiration, I've joined with 24 talented bloggers this week to provide food, craft, and decorating ideas for this heart-filled holiday. If you've landed here from Laurie, Daniela, Cynthia or Dannyelle's place, welcome!

We just moved into our house a month ago so today I'm sharing a Valentine's Day Mantel and a look at our living room now that we've unpacked a few boxes. There are still so. so. so. many boxes to go, though!

valentines day mantel, countdown calendar, milk glass flowers |
valentines day mantel |

As far as holidays go, we celebrate Valentine's Day fairly simply. We'll go out for a nice meal, exchange cards and give little gifts and chocolate (always chocolate). I'm not a big fan of red and pink (though my pastel-hued living room, inherited from the previous owner, might make you think otherwise) so shades of crimson don't usually find their way into my decor. But I did want to dress up the mantel and create a display that was softly sweet and fitting for this time of year. I was happy to put away the Christmas decor but I'm still craving a cozy look.

valentines day mantel |

valentines day mantel |

Valentine's Day decor doesn't have to be all pink hearts and cupid's arrows. I wanted my holiday decor to be subtle and less obvious and budget friendly, so I gathered items from around the house to create a look that is romantic and imperfect. The soft hues of the Minted art set the tone. Creamy white candles, a white berry garland, and ceramics mixed with pinks in tones of pale blush to bright fuchsia. The leaves in the unpolished urn are from winter arrangements and are dry to the touch, yet they have a beautiful sculptural quality and their aubergine stalks give a hint of red so I'll keep using them until they crumble apart.

valentines day mantel, valentines countdown calendar |

I've used our Christmas Advent bags to create a Valentine's Day countdown for my daughter Chloe. With our move mid-December, Chloe wasn't able to enjoy our Advent tradition as we normally do, so this is a fun way to make up for that. Starting on February 1st, she gets to open one bag a day. I've put a heart-shaped note in each, outlining a reason I love her, along with a few small tokens of affection - and chocolate ;)

valentines day mantel, valentines countdown calendar |
valentines day mantel, valentines countdown calendar |
valentines day mantel, pink beads in jar |

Pink rain boots and pink beads in a lidded bowl are simple ways to add rosy colour. I find that I'm much more relaxed with my decorating in this house. There's no pressure to "get it right" the first time. I know that these rooms will evolve over time and I can just enjoy how they are today.

valentines day mantel, valentines countdown calendar |

The rest of the living room is far from done. The furniture that worked in our old house doesn't quite work in this larger space, and I'm fine with that. We have grand plans for this room (as with all of our rooms). Built-in bookshelves, moulding, a new sofa and other furniture... it'll all come in time. For now, I'm moved furniture around and played with 3802 different layouts for this room.

valentines day mantel, buffalo plaid chair |
valentines day mantel |
valentines day mantel |

We had brought the armchair from the cottage to help fill up this end of the room. The tufted bench used to be in our old dining room. The room still feels like a mish-mash of furniture but there's bound to be settling pains as you get comfortable in a new home.

valentines day mantel |

The gas fireplace makes up for it though. No joke, I have had that fireplace on every day since we moved in. It adds the biggest dose of romance, don't you think? 

valentines day mantel |

I hope you enjoyed the tour. Don't forget to visit the rest of the Valentine's Blog Hop for more craft, food, and decor ideas to celebrate this day of hearts!


Heart Shaped Pizzas for Valentine's Day by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life 
Blood Orange Limoncello Cocktail for Valentine's Day by Tara of Suburble 
Ombre Cake Makeover from a Grocery Store Cake by Colleen of Lemon Thistle 
Valentine's Popcorn by Janella of Ma Belle Vie 
"Warm Heart" Hand Warmers by Sarah of Flourish & Knot

Valentine's Day Embroidery Projects by Heather of Home to Heather 
Valentine's Candy Inspired Table Setting by Andrea of Personally Andrea 
Valentine Heart Strawberry Pop Tarts by Jen of Kitchen Counter Chronicles 
Valentine's Day Date Night In Gift Basket Idea by Christina of The DIY Mommy 
Valentine's Day Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookies by Shauna of Satori Design for Living

Felt Valentine's Day Cards by Alex of Northstory 
Lovey Dovey Vegan Chocolate Bark by Joann of Woman in Real Life 
Valentine's Day Wall Hanging by Thalita of The Learner Observer 
DIY Valentine String Art by Tash of The Dreamhouse Project 
Fluffy Valentine Sugar Cookies by Kendra of Joy In Our Home

Easy DIY Valentine's Wreath by Laurie of VinYet ETC 
Raspberry Pie Mousse Cups by Daniela of Lifeovereasy 
Valentine’s Day Breakfast by Dannyelle of Life is a Party 
Valentine's Mantel by Jen of Rambling Renovators 
Boyfriend Bouquet | Floating Heart Terrarium by Cynthia of Cynthia Zamaria

Embroidery Hoop Valentine Art by Christine of The DIY Dreamer 
"You & Me" Wood Sign by Lindi of Love Create Celebrate 
Chocolate and Coconut Coated Heart Mini-Cakes by Jane and Sonja of Sustain My Craft Habit 
DIY String Heart Wall Hanging by Melissa of The Sweet Escape 
Heart Shaped Marshmallows for Valentine's Day by Christine of Amidst the Chaos

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