Valentine's Day is a little like Marmite these days. People seem to either love it or loathe it.
We have probably all borne the scars of receiving giant padded cards (not just me surely??!) or that forlorn looking bunch of flowers that were probably the last on the supermarket shelf. That doesn't help!
It can feel forced and perhaps yes, manufactured.
However there's something at the core of all the frivolity that is really rather lovely. Thinking of and sharing a little treat with someone you love. That should be your partner of course but it could also be your mum, your sibling or your bestie. Actually it could also be yourself. Now isn't that something that warms the heart!
In our view, something for the home is a smart choice for a treat. Quite simply the likelihood is that your gift will be enjoyed every single day which means YOU will be thought of often. Choosing Nordic design means pieces are beautiful, they work very well and are made to last. All good things in keeping with a celebration of love, right? And if your treat is for you, then you can bask in the knowledge that you really do have excellent style.
Here are five simple yet stunning choices that are guaranteed to get hearts fluttering!
1. Snuggle up under a Lina Johansson throw
Is it the weight, the beautiful patterns, the touch of warm wool that we love most? Ok, it's all of those! There is simply no better pick-me-up in the world than a soft, cosy blanket to shut out the world and relax. Hygge is not just a blanket but chilling under a blanket is definitely hygge.
2. Toast Good Times with Ferm Living Ripple Champagne Saucers
One of top three best sellers in 2018, the saucers come as a set of two and are quite simply stunning. They are larger than many other designs on the market and the hand-blown ripple glass lends a pretty, vintage effect, though they can be popped straight in the dishwasher. The unusual shape works brilliantly for desserts as well as bubbles so these definitely won't languish at the back of the cupboard.
3. Love is in the Air With a Lempi candle from SKANDINAVISK
Not all scented candles are created equal. We love SKANDINAVISK candles because the scents are layered and not overpowering. The painted glass jars are simply beautiful with a beechwood top to use as a surface protector when lit. Lempi is an old Finnish word for love and this scent echoes timelessness with notes of rose, strawberry and peonies. The addition of oak moss and a stunning monochrome pattern however make it anything but old-fashioned.
4. Beauty is All Around With a Glasilium Vase
Who needs a whole bunch of roses? This little spherical vase looks like a raindrop but its impact is powerful. The copper stem and cork neck give support to the flower, branch or leaf in their most transparent, natural beauty. The bottom is weighted for secure balance but you can also add a brass ring and secure it on the wall for an eye catching feature.
5. Travel in Style with Gyllstad Textiles
There are some pretty essential items we need to cart around with us every day, right? Our keys, that gorgeous new lipstick or even a handy pen. Imagine the joy from having a beautiful, practical storage solution rather than scrabbling around at the bottom of your handbag every ten minutes. We discovered this beautiful brand in Stockholm last August and fell completely in love with the range of machine-washable, organic cotton textiles that are all designed and produced in Sweden. You will too and your day will feel a little lighter and brighter.
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