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Guest editor Marlene M. Kristoff explores the iconic images and symbols of love & romance.
Let me count the ways…as we prepare for the biggest love of them all!!! February 14th!! Love is great all year long! Who doesn’t l o v e Valentine’s Day?? No matter how young, how old…love is the best!! Let’s show and share, especially these wild days!!
This February 14th may be the perfect time to acknowledge how much we care and appreciate…others! This year, it falls on a Monday to create a 3-Day Weekend…how perfectly wonderful!!
All of us have many loves…the object of our heart’s desire, family and friends (near or far), colleagues, special pup or feline?? Yes, yes!! Maybe it is a student we nurture or a neighbor’s newborn! Valentine’s Day can also be a time to share our own passions of Art, Music, Film, Flowers…with loved ones and take care of others! What are their favorite things in life? However, we choose to acknowledge these loves, let’s have fun…the point of living joyously!
I hope they inspire you for all of your Valentine’s preparation!
Red Roses Cologne (Bloomingdale’s) | Love in White (Bloomingdale’s) | Red Roses Fresh Flower Bouquet (Macy’s) | Real Roses Preserved (Macy’s) | Milk Sea Salt Hazelnut Praline Hearts (Williams Sonoma) | Gold Heart w/ Diamond Fortune Bracelet (Neiman Marcus) | Coin Letter Medallion Necklace (Neiman Marcus) | The Love Letters of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning (Amazon) | Delicious Metropolis: The Desserts and Urban Scenes of Wayne Thiebaud (Amazon)
In grade school, we exchanged little heart-shaped valentine cards and handmade cards for our parents.
Ruffled Heart Dish (Williams Sonoma) | Valentine’s Day Dinnerware Collection, Place Setting (Williams Sonoma) | Love Letters Tasting Box (Neiman Marcus) | Mint Chocolate Chip Cake (Williams Sonoma) | Champagne Flutes (Williams Sonoma)
Some with cards in the mail, with emails or texts with photos, with candy, cookies, gourmet treats, and flowers…a special book perhaps? Special Valentine’s get the royal treatment: a wonderful homemade or gourmet meal and dessert with a charming table setting!
It can also be a time to share our own passions for Art, Music, Film, Flowers…with loved ones and take care of others! What are their favorite things in life?
Artists have been inspired by Hearts and Love for centuries…think Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Shakespeare in Love, Jim Dine and Keith Haring Hearts, Robert Indiana’s famed 60’s LOVE Cards, Sculpture, and Gustav Klimt’s passionate painting The Kiss! Today Kate Spade’s NY Flats and Michael Aram and Annieglass’ Heart Collections carry on the charming tradition!
Jazz: Matisse (Amazon) | Icarus (Art.com) | Untitled (Keith Haring, AllPosters) | The Kiss (Art.com) | Miniatures Bocca Sofa (2Modern) | Mod Heart Serveware (Neiman Marcus) | Heart Frame (Macy’s) | New York Graphic Flats (Bloomingdale’s)
MMK photo op with Museum Team: Robert Indiana Garden LOVE Sculpture
While visiting the Indianapolis Museum of Art with my Team on business, we enjoyed a photo op with Robert Indiana’s famed Sculpture in the Garden. The artist actually took his last name from his home state of Indiana…that certainly was Love!!
Until next week, however you choose to share your love, let it be a reflection of a heartfelt smile and beat of your heart! Enjoy as you plan, prepare and ship for Valentine’s Day 2022! xoxo MMK
Style at a Certain Age Saturday guest editor Marlene M. Kristoff shares luxury retail, home, and design ideas.