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A touch of romance; With Valentine's Day in a couple of weeks, it's time to add that special touch to your home, says Claire Hornby.

VALENTINE'S Day is fast approaching and, call me sentimental, but I'm in the mood for some hearts and flowers. Flowers have different meanings so should always be chosen with the utmost care - for example, a striped carnation means refusal, and lavender means distrust, sunflowers signify adoration and red roses, of course, mean passionate love, hence their popularity during Valentine's Day.

If you are lucky enough to receive flowers from your loved one, you'll need a pretty vase in which to display them to their best advantage. There is a stunning range of mocha and amber-coloured glass vases in a variety of shapes such as bouquet and bud.

Chocolates are another faithful standby, because you can never have too much chocolate.

Alternatively, a nice piece of wall art is a lasting way to say I love you, and is particularly nice if you are living together.

Rebecca Puig's handmade wooden wall hangings are made from reclaimed wood and have a natural rustic charm about them.

Para Siempre means forever in Spanish, making this XO Para Siempre incredibly romantic while the I love you so much design says those three little words for you.

Women like gifts that are luxurious but may feel too frivolous for them to buy themselves.

I love the fabulously sparkly Aquilla cushion and the Bourgie crystal table lamp.

And if all else fails, time together is the most important gift on Valentine's Day, so cook a nice meal, pick up a bottle of fine champagne and enjoy an evening together by candlelight.

The lovely Light Storm lantern makes a stylish addition to any dining table and comes beautifully gift-boxed with a pillar candle for an ideal wedding or anniversary present.

But the hearts and flowers trends are big news this spring too, and of course the bedroom is a great place to think those romantic thoughts.

The Emma Bridgewater Hearts bedset is emblazoned with love and kisses, pink hearts and flowers to add romance to any room. The duvet cover and pillowcases are in 100% cotton percale with matching cushions also available.

There is also my long-time favourite, the fabulous Love chairs, which feature subtle heart detailing and come in a fabulous range of vibrant colours.

I particularly like the purple Crocus version, which reminds me that despite the recent snow, spring isn't too far away.


DELIGHTFUL DISPLAY The Inza vase has a simple yet elegant design and will show those flowers off beautifully

SPECIAL THOUGHTS Let your love last forever with the XO Para Siempre wall art

FOR THAT COSY SUPPER The Light Storm lantern offers a romantic way to share dinner by candlelight

SWEET DREAMS The Emma Bridgewater Hearts bedset comes with lots of love and kisses

PAMPER YOURSELF Treat yourself to a bit of luxury, such as this Aquilla cushion
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 2, 2013
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