Text by Hannah Jones
The heart of cottage style lies in the celebration of relaxed, collected comforts of home. Whether your cottage is more modern farmhouse or vintage chic, one of our favorite ways to highlight cottage living is with accents that showcase the simple, sweet, romantic charms of everyday life. So, it’s no secret that we have a thing for Valentine’s Day. Pastel pink, fresh-cut blooms, dining by candlelight—who could resist? Whether you celebrate the big day of love with your sweetheart or your favorite friends, we believe this rosy-red-and-blush-colored holiday is one for everyone to enjoy. We’ve collected our favorite style ideas and décor from bloggers around the web to give you some Valentine’s inspiration as you prepare to share this special day with friends and family.
1. On her blog Zevy Joy, Annie sets her Valentine’s dining table for her whole family—kids included! Gold chargers and gold-trimmed plates add the perfect amount of elegance to the occasion, while bright pink napkins give the perfect pop of fun. The black wooden vase ties the whole tablescape together while also offering a bold focal point.
2. Courtney of French Country Cottage gives us not one, two but three different setting options for the perfect night in—elegant, vintage, and soft romance.
3. Leanna Laming took a swoon-worthy DIY approach to her Valentine’s Day friendship brunch. She made a butcher paper table runner hand stenciled with “I love you” in white cursive lettering. She overlaid it with a runner of roses and greenery. Simple pink tulips bring a romantic finishing touch to the white place setting—perfect for a Galentine’s Day occasion.
4. For her Valentine’s Day celebration, Yvonne of Stone Gable Blog used a mix of heirloom, vintage crystal and everyday dishes to give her dining table an elevated, elegant feel without sacrificing intimacy. She also intentionally left the ends of her table free so guests could dine close together.
5. Decorations don’t have to be elaborate to be beautiful. Alex of House of Sammons hung a simple, homemade pink and white garland, capping the ends with miniature hanging wreaths to give her living room a small festive touch.
6. Calling all gardeners! Bring the love of your favorite hobby to your Valentine’s Day celebration. Amy Detrick’s (of Tonality Designs) romantic flower arrangement is detailed to say the least but exudes rustic charm thanks to the deconstructed nature. She shared her love of gardening with her friends by including a succulent planting get-together.
7. Mixing holiday style décor with perennial pieces like Julie of Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss creates an uncomplicated but beautiful vignette that’s sure to impress guests all month long. Bonus: you can switch seasonal pieces every month to add an ever-changing element to your home.