Our top accessory and furniture picks for settling down at home this February, and getting your love on
Valentine’s Day might look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it at home with someone you care about. From a snuggly morning to a restful evening, we’ve compiled 14 Valentine’s Day gift ideas to make this coziest one yet. After all, isn’t that what this day is all about? Bonus: these items will last much longer than a bouquet.
If you ask us, Valentine’s Day is incomplete without a cozy cuppa in the morning. This elegant French press by Yield comes with a copper pull and is made of heat-proof borosilicate glass. And with a capacity of 850 millilitres, it’s perfect for two. $115, at Rose City Goods.
My Cup of Tea
Canadian tea company Tealeaves collaborated with the Pantone Institute to create this gift box set in the colours of the rainbow. Thirty silk pyramid tea bags in ten different Pantone-inspired tea flavours turn bright and vivid when steeped; perfect for brightening a dreary winter morning. $53 from TEALEAVES.
Austrian textile company David Fusseneger’s Silvretta pillow is inspired by Art Deco and comes in a variety of bold hues to provide a pop of colour into your living room. It’s so cute you’ll just want to squeeze it. $110 at 313 Design Market.
Made in a family-owned and operated textile mill in Peru and designed by Toronto’s Camille Byrne, the Cambie blanket features the raw, natural texture typical of alpaca wool. Made from a blend that includes 80 per cent acrylic (for durability), it’ll keep you and yours toasty warm for several years to come. Available in various colours. $120 at Cambie Design.
Bed of Roses
Thin, flat and featuring a graphic palette of reds, pinks and greens, Canadian designer Mark Kreb’s hand-woven kilim rug, dubbed Rose Garden, features a tight, hard-wearing weave that’s ideal for high-traffic areas like hallways and living rooms, and for Valentine’s Day, as well. Available in three different sizes. $569 at StyleGarage.
Inspired by the shape of an oil can, Japanese homeware brand Puebco’s bud vase is casual and unpretentious, which is exactly the vibe we’re going for this Valentine’s Day. Made of recycled ceramic, this vase is the perfect receptacle for a single rose, because we still want a little tradition with our Valentine’s Day gift this year, right? $35 at Sydney’s.
Stop and Smell the Incense
Mjölk’s very own incense holder came from owners John and Juli Baker’s desire to bring incense with them when they traveled. To this end, the canister can be closed to shield delicate incense from the elements, while the lid can also be turned over and used as a burner. $65 at Mjölk.
You Complete Me
Melbourne-based artist Alice Oehr illustrated this table scene, which after you put together could serve as inspiration for your own dinner for two. With 1,000 pieces, it may take some time to finish, but with a loved one beside you, that’s time well spent. $30 at Type Books.
We don’t mean to be trite, but Valentine’s Day is nothing without a box of chocolates. These stylish truffles in flavours ranging from the familiar, including salted caramel and cinnamon, to the celebratory, including Champagne made with Cave Springs’ Blanc de Blancs. $21 for a box of 9 at Soul Chocolate.
A Cut Above
Fancy an intimate wine and cheese night, anyone? Handmade of solid walnut, this gorgeous carved wood board would make any old cheese plate look like a bona fide, bistro-worthy spread. $120 at Likely General.
Worth the Candle
These spherical candle holders showcase Hollis+Morris’ trademark integrations of solid wood and metal. Mix and match these locally made wonders as a dining table centrepiece, or to add some mood lighting to the bedroom. Available in solid walnut or white oak. $332 at Hollis+Morris.
Match Made in Paradise
It’s no secret that we enjoy a glass of wine, nor is it a secret that we love shopping local, which puts West End wine bar-turned-winemaker Paradise Grapevine right in the sweet spot of things we love. Their latest release, a Cabnernet Franc, makes a perfect pairing with dinner, while its label, by illustrator Isaac Luntungan, makes for a colourful accent to the table. $34 at Paradise Grapevine.
Plushy in Pink
Top off a long day of relaxing at home by snuggling up in this Tekla robe, designed by stylist Emelie Johansson. Crafted in a thick cotton terry fabric, this robe comes with deep pockets and a robust hoodie for extreme cocooning. And really, what better Valentine’s Day gift is there than comfort? $219 at Average.
Fold or Roll
Inspired by Origami folds, this sofa is perfect for ad hoc hosting — simply lower the back of this compact, retro sofa to turn it into a single bed. In its sofa form, however, it’s the ideal loveseat for two. $850 at Home Société.