Tuesday, January 18

I Heart Valentine's Day Decorating

Seems like I just put away the Christmas decorations and pared down my mantel for winter, but I just couldn't wait to pull out all my Valentine's Day trimmings.  Maybe it's because Valentine's Day brings with it a totally legitimate excuse to use pink in my living area.

Did I tell you I LOOOOOVE pink? You can probably tell from my blog home!

Anyway, enough with the chit-chat!  Here's the pretty pictures.

Transitioning my winter mantel to Valentine's Day was pretty quick, easy and inexpensive.  All I did was pull out the aqua accents from my winterscape (the little trees, and the ribbon) and switch out the "All You Need Is Love" art with the new "Be Mine" print.  BTW, don't you love that adorable print?  Free.  Yup, I said free.  It was one of those free, downloadable designs floating around Blogland (Krafty Kat, to be precise).
Once I had pulled out the aqua, I started to load on the pink.

(Did I tell you I LOOOOVE pink?  Oh right, I just did!).
I had the pink sinamay/mesh leftover from decorating my daughter's room a couple of years ago, and the burlap garland was purchased at Michael's for about $7. (Sheesh, seems like I mention Michael's  an awful lot around here - perhaps it deserves some pay per mention, lol!)

I stuffed the winter vases with some pink tulle that I bought at the Dollarama for $3 a roll.  

I changed up my jar lanterns a little by switching the ribbons to pink - easy peasey.  I also added red votive holders to the snow jars from my winter mantel.


I added three adorable heart-shaped plates which I purchased at Winners (the Canadian equivalent of Marshalls) for $4 each.

So, all in all, about $25 worth of supplies.  I love telling how little things cost.  I just shows that you can get a whole lot of pretty for very little.  All it takes is imagination :-).

The distressed "Happily Ever After" sign deserves a little mention.  This was one of my latest Etsy purchases. I love it. I had planned to put it above my kitchen window, but the scale was wrong (too small).  So for now, given that it fits well with the whole love theme, it has found a home on the mantel until I find a better place for it.

A little matching banner hangs in the nearby window.

Before I sign off, here's a few Before & Afters that demonstrate how I transitioned to Valentine's Day with just a few little touches.

 The Mantel

 Snow Jars...

 My Wintery Jar Lanterns (posted during Christmas)...

Pssst...I'm sharing this at:

All Things Heart and Home

Until next time, happy decorating,

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Blogger Robin said...

This has a happy happy feeling...I'm ready to add some Valentine's Day to my house too and you've inspired lots of ideas! xo

January 19, 2011 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Very nice job...thanks for sharing!

January 19, 2011 at 12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! I love it...I am still working on mine mantel and you gave me some great ideas:)

January 19, 2011 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

I've been thinking I need to start planning what I'm going to do this year. Love all your idea's, it all looks so pretty and cute.

January 19, 2011 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger Lacey said...

What a darling mantle!.. too sweet!

January 20, 2011 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Jen-CraftOManiac said...

Beautiful GORG. V-day mantel. I love all your touches, looks amazing. Jen

January 20, 2011 at 10:45 PM  
Anonymous abeachcottage said...

Love your valentines mantle. It looks gorgeous!

January 21, 2011 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Marie Arden said...

I am a pink person all the way- good thing my husband doesnt care he shares all my "pinkness." Love the heart plates!
Marie Arden Pink Living

January 21, 2011 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Audrey Pettit said...

Your mantel looks adorable! Really like your candle jars and the fun wooden plaque with the sweet quote.

January 21, 2011 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

What a fun post!. Inspiring to those who have done nothing for Valentine's Day and would really like to. Your mantle looks Great!

January 21, 2011 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there~ Your mantle is beautiful- I love the Valentines theme - the jars and wreath are darling! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

January 21, 2011 at 11:05 PM  
Blogger fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

simple and pretty vignette! perfect for Valentines! thanks for sharing! Happy PS

January 21, 2011 at 11:58 PM  
Blogger cyndi said...

i love the bee mine and the happily ever after! the whole thing looks so nice!

January 24, 2011 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger Krafty Kat said...

Your mantel is beautiful and it made my day to see that you used my Bee Mine print! I love that Happily Ever After sign and your little jars are precious with the keys!

January 24, 2011 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger Marlayne said...

Kerri I LOVE those lantern jars.... so nice!

January 25, 2011 at 5:32 PM  

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