Valentine’s Day Details and a New Love in My Life

LOVE IS IN THE AIR!  Per last year’s Valentine’s Day post, I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day because it’s a little cheesy, sets people up to not meet their partner’s expectations and allows restaurants to charge a ton of money for mediocre prix fix menus.  But, even though I don’t particularly love the holiday itself, I do love love, and decorating with hearts and pink and red is a fun way to beat the winter blues and the post-Christmas nakedness around the house.

I would have posted my Valentine’s Day decor a bit earlier, but my baby arrived at the very end of January (11 days late!) so I’ve not been doing much sitting at the computer as of late.  Here are a few pics of how I added a little love around the house!

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I took this shot during the snowstorm that crushed the Northeast the weekend before my daughter was born.  We had almost 30 inches of snow here in the Philly suburbs, and I was basically holding my breath all weekend hoping she didn’t decide to arrive during the blizzard.  There was literally no way we would have been able to get out of our neighborhood.

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I added touches of red and pink to my foyer, which is one of my favorite places to spice up for a holiday.

Embrace My Space Valentine's Day

A banner of paper hearts and a few gift-wrapped books are simple, low-cost ways to add flirty flair to your decor for hearts day.

Embrace My Space Valentine's Day

I also got conversation heart gift tags from none other than the Target One Spot and hung them around the house.

Embrace My Space Valentine's Day

I also swapped out my normal white or brown photo frames for more red!

Embrace My Space Valentine's Day

In the living room I added some more paper hearts and, of course, updated my gallery wall chalkboard.

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Ten points if you know where I borrowed the quote from.

Embrace My Space Valentine's Day

I also used Valentine’s Day cards to put a little more love in the gallery wall.

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These cute black and white striped cards are from the Target One Spot and the red gift wrap is from Michael’s.   My friend Ashley made the gorgeous teal air planter.  She’s a seriously talented ceramist!

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My favorite Valentine’s Day addition is the #LOVE mantel decor, which I made myself with a hashtag sign from the Target One Spot and letters I cut from a sturdy gift box and wrapped with yarn.  I have a lot of fun socializing with other home decor bloggers on Instagram, and we all speak fluent hashtag so I thought this was a cheeky way to celebrate the holiday!

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I also decked my Norfolk pine trees out with hearts because I wasn’t ready to give them up after I took down my Christmas mantel.  Sparkly beaded garlands left over from Christmas also hung around a bit longer this year.

Embrace My Space Valentine's Day

Lastly, there’s even more love around the house this Valentine’s Day with the addition of my baby girl.  I was really worried about having a second baby because my son is the love of my life, but everyone told me my heart would double the day she was born.  They were wrong, I’m pretty sure it quadrupled!   Baby Girl

Wishing you all love and expensive chocolate this coming Sunday!

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Hello, it’s me!

HELLO!  In case you’re an Embrace My Space follower who hasn’t already heard the news, I wanted to let you know we welcomed a daughter to our family last week!  She’s thrilled to be Earth side, and wanted to pop in to say hello!

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She’s a doll and doesn’t seem to like to party that much at night, which we’re happy about.  I’m not certain she’s thrilled about all the pineapples I put in her nursery, but that’s okay.  Girls will be girls!

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Adorable tropical blankie made by My Buddha Babe with fabric from Charlotte Winter via Spoonflower.  “Hello” sticker on her onesie is from the Lucy Darling Shop!

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Nursery Reveal: Colorful with a Dash of Pineapple

NURSERY IS DONE!  Here are some pictures of the finished space.  I will fill in details on the elements I haven’t had a chance to blog about in the coming weeks, but for now enjoy the end result of the past 9ish months of effort!

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Embrace My Space: Pineapple Nursery Details

Embrace My Space: DIY Pom Pom Mobile for Nursery

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Embrace My Space: Nursery Sleeper Sofa

Embrace My Space: Nursery Sleeper Sofa

Embrace My Space: Pineapple Nursery Details

Embrace My Space: DIY Pom Pom Mobile for Nursery

Finally, a present for the new big brother when the baby finally decides to make his/her appearance.  This is Maximus, and he’s a cuddle+kind doll with the mantra “Start each day with a grateful heart.”

Embrace My Space: Nursery Reveal

I’d love for you to check out the cuddle+kind website, to see the great work this organization is doing to provide fair wages to Peruvian artists and meals to hungry children throughout the world.  Here is a blurb from their website:

cuddle+kind is a social endeavour created by Jennifer and Derek Woodgate from Milton, Ontario. As parents of three young children, they believe every child should have enough food to eat and an opportunity to thrive. When they saw a documentary on the devastating impact of childhood hunger on millions of children around the world, it inspired them to help.

that day, cuddle+kind was born.

This organization not only does good for the world, but it does good by its supporters.  Jennifer and Derek provide top notch products and customer service.  I urge you to check them out if you’re looking for a special gift that comes with a special message.

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