DIY Valentine’s Day Mantle/Shelf

Hey, y’all! Now that January is already almost over, we can start thinking about Valentine’s Day, which is less than three weeks away! I don’t know about you, but it’s such a fun holiday, filled with all things a girl loves– chocolate, pink, hearts, roses, and love. I mean, what’s not to love about a day centered around love and all things sweet and pretty? February is one of my favorite months for a few reasons, including my and my daughter’s birthdays (a day apart!), and, of course, this sweet day of romance and chocolate.

This will be my husband’s and my fourth Valentine’s Day together, but last year we had a 6 day-old baby so we didn’t do any celebrating or a dinner date. This time around, though, I decided to even do a little decorating in the house. I’m not much of one for decorating for every little holiday– I mostly keep to the seasons and Christmas –but with my daughter’s first birthday coming up and I’ve been seeing so many cute ideas for decorating on Pinterest (my favorite!) and everywhere I look, I just gave in and thought, “Why not give it a shot?! It’ll be fun to have an excuse to make the house pink and red for a few weeks!”

I have a shelf in our living room that’s one of my favorite spots in the house, and I love to decorate it by the seasons, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or just whatever mood I might be in sometimes. I guess some would call it my “vignette,” but I’m still trying to learn how to use that word properly, so… yeah.

Anyway.

Here are some pictures of my little Valentine’s Day area, and probably the first of other decorations I’ll be doing for Eden’s birthday party (I’m excited about posting pictures from that when it’s over!).

I already had things like the Willow Tree wedding cake topper, wedding picture, the painting of our hands from an engagement photo a friend painted for us, and the antique books and the plant up there, but I took it all down off the shelf and started over with a blank slate.

I rounded up random objects of red that I could find, which I knew would give that perfect pop of Valentine’s Day color. I wound up with a red rooster mug, some red Christmas ornaments, a Valentine’s Day candy bowl with a Bible verse inside, which I tipped to its side so it could be read, and also some red marriage/love books (Love & Respect, Crazy Love, Married Life, and XOXO– a love notes book –seemed very appropriate!). The pot that my plant is in is a reddish brown, so I thought that added to the theme as well.

One of my favorite things that I think brought out the Valentine’s Day look was this Jane Austen quote from the romantic Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. I set it on a tiny easel on top of the books and it shows up quite nicely. Find it and five other beautiful FREE Jane Austen printables here by Teepee Girl.

Also on the shelf, I have a silver candle holder, which adds a nice bit of shine to the whole setting, next to the shiny ornaments.

All added together, combining books laid out horizontally and vertically, picture frames of varying sizes, a pop of greenery, bright red objects of different shapes and sizes, and some dark antiques to go with my chipped charcoal shelf, with a romantic quote and sentimental things, I think it came together to look Valentine’s Day-worthy.

I asked my husband when he got home if it looked too girly, and all he said was, “It’s definitely girly.” So, I guess I achieved my goal!

Do you have a special spot you like to decorate for this time of year? Are you into all the red and pink and romantic Valentine’s Day theme? I’d love to hear your unique ways of decorating for this holiday!

~Courtney Faith

 

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