Sophisticated Valentine’s Day Decor

If there is such a thing as a Valentine’s Day Grinch, it’s probably me. Don’t come at me for my three-sizes-too-small heart over here, but Robert and I don’t usually do Valentine’s Day gifts to each other or go out for a Valentine’s-specific date (random just-because dates are a regular thing though).

I don’t hang up XOXO banners or buy puffy pink heart pillows. (There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, it’s just not me.) We give little “I Love You” cards to our girls with some chocolate. And that’s pretty much it.

I don’t know why I am the way I am buuuuut I thought I would try a hint of Valentine’s this year.

So I did something a little different that would create something special around our family dinner table for the girls while using Valentine’s-like decor that could be used year-round too.

Capsule decor for the win!!!

(If you don’t know what the whole “Capsule Decor” concept is, it’s a minimalist approach to home decorating that emphasizes choosing items to use in a variety of ways and in most/all seasons. The result is spending less money on your decor, having more space for storage, and enjoying the flexibility of shopping your own house to rearrange items whenever you want.)

So I went on the search for sophisticated Valentine’s Day decor to appease that Capsule Decor mindset.

I ended up with these faux white tulips that look and even FEEL real. But they can last beyond Valentine’s on into spring.

These brass tapered candleholders are a continuous classic in my book.

This marble and gold tray works basically in every single room imaginable.

And even though this little wooden dish is heart-shaped, it’s not so “Valentine-y” that it has to be packed away 11 months out of the year.

I got this rose pink candle that smells absolutely amazing and transitions beautifully into spring.

And I found this “pinky promise” modern linear art in this ornate gold frame that I plan to leave out for as long as I want.

For this wooden bowl I already had, I just filled it with these rattan hearts that are neutral enough to stay there forever.

And last year, I crafted that hobnail vase and painted that weathered ceramic vase. For a little punch of red, I just dug these rust colored dried reed grasses out that I had used last fall.

Voila! Instant Valentine’s Day and not a Cupid in sight.

If you’re kind of like me in the “V-Day Grinch” department, I rounded up a bunch of my favorites that can work as Valentine’s Day decor and beyond into other seasons.


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  1. Ciao from Italy. I am Vday Grinch too. Too much “sugar”. I prefer start doing something for spring because we need colours everyday in this bad period.
    For this I crochet flowers of every colours to put around my house.

  2. I agree with you, no Valentine decorating going on over here! For me, it’s kind of like Halloween in regards to being a one day overly commercialized holiday rather than a season of celebration. I go straight from winter to spring decor pretty much. I will say that I am doing something special for my nieces and nephews this year, Valentine cards with cute socks for the little girls and Starbucks cards for the young adults, sent in the mail since they don’t live close by. I haven’t gotten to see them near as much this past year, and I think this may become a new tradition for me as a way to stay connected with them. I’ve lost all of my aunts and uncles, and they were so special to me.💕. I do love the decor you shared, and your table vignette is so pretty! I love the capsule decor concept!

  3. Looked like this was going to be a good post but the google ad on the left covered up a lot so I could not see it.

  4. I stopped decorating for Valentines Day after my girls left the nest quite a number of years ago but then came grandchildren so special decorating for every holiday was done for them. This year with the Quarantine I put out a very minimalist ode to Valentines Day. An wooden angel holding a heart and some hand made Carolina pottery with heart design shapes.I used to have a heart shaped grapevine wreath but must have given it away to one of my daughters for her kids to decorate.

  5. I love natural decorating. I have a birdbath out front. In December I float 2 bags of cranberries in the water. I leave it in until March. It’s a beautiful red. I get comments on it all the time. The birds don’t eat the berries. I thought they would.

  6. Lauren…
    Love your blog!! The closest V.day decorations I use are a few vintage postcards and some heart shaped rocks, I’ve found on the beach in Brookings Oregon over the years. Those rattan hearts are cute, I could mix them with my heart rocks…

  7. I keep a roll of double faced red satin ribbon out after Christmas wrapping and tie a few touches here and there- and buy a bag of dove candy hearts and add a few on my dining room table- minimal for sure but enough……

  8. Such pretty ideas. I think this is the only Valentine’s decor blog post I have liked. Most often it is just too much pink or red or cutesy. You really are talented. Your home is beautiful and your DIY projects are the best. Thank you for sharing.

  9. We don’t decorate for Valentines Day either. I like a touch of pink in a throw but I’m still doing my winter stems and pine cones. Sorry to all of the bloggers that are posting dinners, table settings and crafts but I’m just not that into it..delete until spring I suppose. Still love ya but I have to say no.

  10. We’ve been married 48 years and have yet to “celebrate” Valentine’s Day. We always say “I love you” at the end of every phone call and each time we leave separately from our home. Saying it once a year doesn’t work for us. We kiss good-night and say, “I love you” regardless of any angst we caused each other that day. I guess that makes us Valentine Day grinches too.

  11. Hi Lauren,
    I am an all holiday grinch, I don’t decorate for any “holiday.”
    In fact I don’t decorate for seasons either. I’m very much in a minimalist mindset and need to pair down my decor again. Maybe I will explore the capsule decor since I’ve been moving towards a capsule wardrobe. Anyhow; what you’ve done here is very tasteful and simple!
    God bless!!

  12. I love decorating for Valentine’s Day. ❤It is the primary teacher in me. Your capsule decorating idea is a neatl idea. Love your different choices to use year long, the pinky swear is so cute .

  13. We don’t do valentines at home either except spending time together which we do all the time. I feel it’s too commercialized and valentines should be every day. Our girls get some chocolate and that’s it and we watch movies together and a nice home cooked meal as usual. I rather get a plant during the year unexpectedly and know they’re thinking about me than get flowers on Valentines. lol And the house stays the same! 🙂

  14. I have never decorated for Valentine’s day. I used to put out some Spring touches in February and like you I have white faux tulips that I put centre stage until the real thing has arrived. So I put them out this year again but I had left up our Christmas tree for the first time and in January had it decorated for winter with pinecones, snowflakes and skates and lights obviously. I took down the winter, leaving the lights and pinecones and added cut out paper hearts that I painted pink and put text on to resemble candy hearts. Then I put on old Valentine’s Day cards that my husband and I had given each other using just the ones that featured hearts and flowers on them. I have to say I am more for the uncluttered look in my home but this tree is very pretty. But it goes away on February 15th.😁

  15. I LOVE the capsule decor. I’m not into red and pinks of Valentines Day. We love the holiday (no pun intended), but after just getting Christmas put away, I love the serene of more neutral with my “every day” decor. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Hi Lauren , I love the Capsule Decor mindset ! I didn’t even know that such a name existed for what I also do. I am the Valentines Grinch from Downunder and there is absolutely no hint of it in our home . Well done for the little touches that you have done .

  17. I’m a Valentine’s grinch too! I prefer to decorate for season’s rather than holidays, other than Christmas. I incorporate Easter into Spring, Independence Day into Summer, Halloween and Thanksgiving into Fall, and decorate for Winter after Christmas. I love your simple yet elegant displays and the simplicity in your decor.

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