With Claire Hornby

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Homes&garden -

VALEN­TINE’S Day is fast ap­proach­ing and, call us sen­ti­men­tal, we’re in the mood for some hearts and flow­ers.

Flow­ers have dif­fer­ent mean­ings so should al­ways be cho­sen with the ut­most care – for ex­am­ple, a striped car­na­tion means re­fusal, and laven­der means dis­trust, sun­flow­ers sig­nify ado­ra­tion and red roses, of course, mean passionate love – hence their pop­u­lar­ity dur­ing Valen­tine’s Day.

If you are lucky enough to re­ceive flow­ers from your loved one, you’ll need a pretty vase in which to dis­play them to their best ad­van­tage. Barker and Stone­house has a stun­ning range of mocha and am­ber coloured glass vases in a va­ri­ety of shapes such as bou­quet and bud.

Choco­lates are an­other faith­ful standby, be­cause you can never have too much of it!.

Al­ter­na­tively, a nice piece of wall art is a last­ing way to say I love you, and is par­tic­u­larly nice if you are liv­ing to­gether.

Re­becca Puig’s hand­made wooden wall hang­ings are made from re­claimed wood and have a nat­u­ral rus­tic charm about them. Para Siem­pre means “for­ever” or “for life” in Span­ish, mak­ing this XO Para Siem­pre in­cred­i­bly ro­man­tic while the “I love you so much” de­sign says those three lit­tle words for you.

Women like gifts that are lux­u­ri­ous but may feel too friv­o­lous for them to buy them­selves. Our top picks are the fab­u­lously sparkly Aquilla cush­ion and the Bourgie crys­tal ta­ble lamp.

And if all else fails, time to­gether is the most im­por­tant gift on Valen­tine’s day, so cook a nice meal, cook a nice meal, pick up a bot­tle of fine Cham­pagne and en­joy an evening to­gether by can­dle­light. The lovely Light Storm lantern from Barker and Stone­house makes a stylish ad­di­tion to any din­ing ta­ble and comes beau­ti­fully gift-boxed with a pil­lar can­dle for an ideal wed­ding or an­niver­sary present.

But the hearts and flow­ers trends are big news this spring too, and you don’t have to be cou­pled-up to get the look. The Emma Bridge­wa­ter Hearts sin­gle bed­set is em­bla­zoned with love and kisses, pink hearts and flow­ers to add ro­mance to any room.

Claire Hornby is cre­ative stylist at Barker and Stone­house. For more de­sign ideas visit www.barkerand stone­

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