Love Potion Valentine's Day Vignette

February is here and it's the season of love! I am joining several talented blogging friends today to bring you another installment of Town and Country Living's Cozy Living Series. I'm excited to share with you how I've brought some cozy romance into our home this month.

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We love holidays around here, so I couldn't resist bringing some Valentine's decorating into our dining room with what I have coined as a love potion vignette. The perfect recipe for romance: soft music, chocolates and a whole lotta love. 

The starting point for this vignette was my grandparents records that I inherited after they passed away. When I listen to their music, I am immediately transported to another era, a simpler time. My grandparents were married for 70 years...a testament of true love. They died within just a couple of months of each other. Their love story is an inspiration.

I also inherited their Hi-Fi record player, but sadly it needs some work to be usable, so my husband bought me a Crosley portable record player for my birthday last month. This one is nice because it has bluetooth, so I can even play music from my phone on it.

But nothing beats playing those vintage records.

I still hope to get the Hi-Fi repaired at some point to play my grandparents records on it. I love all of the nostalgia it holds.

These days life can be so busy and hectic and filled with screens in our faces, so taking the time to pull out a record and listen to the sweet sounds with the crackle of imperfections has been very relaxing and a way to feel connected to my grandparents whom I still miss immensely.

As I was setting this vignette up in our dining room, I had their music playing.
My kids love when I do up our home for any holiday, and since Hazel is a girly girl who loves all things pink, hearts, flowers, pretty, etc., Valentine's Day is extra special. And even though Owen isn't a big fan of all the mushy gushy stuff...he is a fan of the color red so he loves seeing that around the house.

I basically just searched the house for elements to include. A few months ago, I bought a wooden sign that says, "Love You More" from the Goodwill. It has floated around the house as I try to figure out where it should stay, so that went in the center of the wall.

Then, I worked on some handmade Valentine's to put around it. I will share more details about those soon, but basically I just used a Sharpie marker on some heart shaped doilies and then taped them to the wall. Super easy and fun.
The pink bottle brush trees (a Target find) were in Hazel's room at Christmas time. I thought they would be a perfect fit, as well as some faux pink peonies also from Target.
On the other side of the buffet, I created the little "Love Potion" vignette using some vintage science beakers and flasks I found at an estate sale several years ago. I filled them with things like Hershey's Kisses, little wooden hearts, handmade arrows and pink glitter. One even got a pair of wings.
Romance abounds around our home this month! I have a few more Valentine's posts to share with you next week, so be sure to subscribe so you don't miss a thing.

Now, I hope you will pay a visit to the other participants in this month's Cozy Living series to see what inspiration they have to offer!

Till next time...
~Alice W.


Cozy Living Series - February

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Comments

  1. Oh my goodness Alice, this is so so sweet, the vignettes, the target finds (I'm so sad they took target from us Canadians) but truly touching is your ode to your treasured Grandparents! You brought real tears to my eyes - I love that you have their beautiful records and such precious memories. Having lost both of my parents in 2014 this post really speaks to me, beautifully done!

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  2. Alice, you do vintage like no one else!! My parents had a hi-fi and a bunch of old LPs like Percy Faith and others. As a little girl I would sit in our huge living room with the hi-fi on playing their records. I loved looking at the album covers - they were an art form all their own! I love your vintage Valentine display and the story of your grandparents. Perfect for the upcoming holiday!

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  3. Alice, this is adorable! I bet your kids had so much fun with this. I loved reading about your grandparents record collection. I still remember going to my grand mothers house and the old record player they had. Christmas was always the Beach Boys Christmas Album. Lovely memories and lovely idea with your children. x

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  4. What a beautiful vignette! I used to have a little record player like that only it was red. I loved all the old albums and their covers and even the feel of them.
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend! xo Daina

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  5. alice, i love the sweet sentements going on our your wall and buffet. totally love worthy!

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