Thursday, February 2, 2023

Hello, February/Valentine's Day Decor

Hello, Friends,
How are you? 

We are on our fourth day hunkered down because of a typical Texas wintery mix. 

We had thunder sleet which is so strange. 
 Texas does not have the equipment to deal with this type of thing so we just have to be patient until it starts to melt. It started to melt today but it's still below freezing. Hopefully, we will be able to get to the grocery store this afternoon or we may get scurvy. 

Cabin fever set in yesterday and I got a little bored until I remembered a beautiful tablecloth that we purchased in the Alsace region of France. It was about 40€ and was made in France instead of being imported from somewhere else. The exchange rate was about 1 to 1 while we were in Europe which was nice. I put it on the dining room table and that led to some additional decorating. 
Roses from the grocery store and faux candles in sterling candle sticks round out the look. 

Since the first of November, we've had green as an accent color in the entryway and kitchen. 
Red and green evoke a Christmas feel, so the green had to go. 

"Starsky, The Hutch" got some bits of red transferware and a couple of vintage Valentines in a glass cloche.  

Stunning pages from one of my dad's books are perfect for the month of February. 
Metal flower frogs make perfect stands for bits of vintage ephemera. 

Most of my ruby glass collection came to me from my parents via my step mother but I've picked up pieces here and there from the thrift and antique stores. 

There is a lot of glare on Starsky but there is no way to keep the door open. 
I love stuff behind glass so it's not a problem. 

 I have a few pieces of Mason's Vista Pink. It is such a pretty pattern.
The gold rimmed chop plate was painted by my husband's grandmother. 

Of course the kitchen had to match and that started with the valances.  
A couple of years ago, I picked up the toile Waverly valances at the thrift store and stuck them in my stash of curtains because I knew I'd like to use them at some point. Toile was huge in the mid 2000s but fell out of favor although toile never really goes out of style. If memory serves, these were $6.00 for the pair.  
I mixed the paint myself but it is very close to the color Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams. It's a very neutral blue/green so I've used a lot of fun accent colors with these walls.  
The cabinets are Snowbound, also by Sherwin Williams. 

I picked up a darling little vintage clock at the antique mall. 
(This is my favorite thing from the day's decorating activities.) Clocks don't have to work to be wonderful accent pieces. It looks German which is why I bought it. It was made in the USA though. 

Initially, my vintage shutter turned screen hid the cords from a Christmas tree. 
Now, it's hiding the cellular booster so red gingham replaced green. 

Bill found the heart ornament in Germany when he went on an excursion without me. 

A nursery rhyme book provides a constant source of seasonal and holiday art for the bulletin board in the garden room. 

I had fun with the book and thought the Queen of Hearts page was perfect for February. 

I can't say that our credenza has replaced the "holiday cupboard" in terms of seasonal impact for me but there are a few things that I can do each month to keep it up for the holidays and seasons. Half the time it ended up being a catch all for garden stuff and it looked junky anyway. 
Bill likes it because it is much more minimal. 

It's been a long while since the Dept. 56 Hearts and Blooms Cottage has been on display. It is part of the Snow Village series. 

My flower book is open to the bleeding hearts page. 

Plant corner is alive and well. 
That's about it for me. Thanks for stopping by. 


  1. Beautiful as always. I especially love the nursery rhyme illustrations. Hope you guys thaw out soon. It's been frozen here too.