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Valentine’s is the perfect time to add a touch of love to your home

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As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, it’s time to start thinking about how to show love and affection to others (and ourselves).

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The usual box of chocolates, red roses and a romantic dinner are the trusted (and expected) standards. They’ll keep the love birds happy, but what about those single folk?

For a decorating enthusiast, how about putting a twist on the predictable with gifts to enjoy at home? Now we’re talking! Let’s give some luxe comfort and love year-round!

Flowers that last a lifetime

Getting fresh cut roses is always a treat at Valentine’s Day. But for a home decor enthusiast, you know what their biggest trauma will be? The vase that comes with the flowers: “These roses are beautiful, but let me go find a better vase.”

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This year, for the same amount of money (or less), I am opting to give a beautiful orchid that will last forever and requires no watering. The Lego Icons Orchid Kit, $69.86 at Walmart, offers up something fun to do Valentine’s evening.

Assemble the 608-piece orchid kit and enjoy all year long. No more measuring out a tablespoon of water or fussing over the right amount of eastern-exposure daylight for a real orchid.

And if the love of your life falls into the cool-geek category, you’ll earn gold stars for the rest of the year with these flowers.

Hot chocolate!

Everyone loves a box of chocolates. My favourite are the square ones with the chewy caramel inside. But after that one is gone, I’m left with those cream-filled fruit ones, and, well, you know where they end up.

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I’d rather give comfort over calories for Valentine’s Day, so how about adding a touch of chocolate into a decor-lover’s home?

With soft brown colours replacing cool grey in home decor, the Annie Axtell Double Link Pillow (limited series), $265, from Simons, will add warm, sensual vibes to your sofa or bed, while bring a soft touch (also very trendy) to your texture story.

Love the chef

A romantic dinner for two is special, but these days, but eating in can be as equally romantic- whether with the love of your life, or alone (after all, for singles, Valentine’s night is just another Tuesday, right?)

Trying to book a table on Valentine’s night, high food costs and automatic tipping means dinner out can be too pricy. I plan to light a few candles, cook up something simple and enjoy a quiet evening.

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And who’s going to help plan, prep and clean up that meal? Enter the Thermomix TM6, $2,099, thermomix.ca, which performs up to 24 different functions and techniques in one digitally powered countertop appliance.

It’s essentially your sous chef that helps ensure your meals at home are planned, prepared and taste great. Want the feeling of being in a hip and happening restaurant on Valentines night?

Search up a busy restaurant soundtrack on YouTube and play it while dining. That should be enough of a reminder that staying home was probably for the best.

After dinner, put your Thermomix on self-clean mode, tackle that orchid Lego puzzle and snuggle up your pillows. You’re home – is there any better love to celebrate?

Do you have a decor dilemma or want more décor inspiration? Follow Karl on Instagram at Karl_ Lohnes.

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