Be Mine

It’s February, which means it’s time to be on the hunt for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. If your loved one is a design enthusiast, or if you want a chic alternative to chocolate and roses, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few ideas for the significant other with style:

Art: What is more personal or design friendly than a custom piece of art? Take note of your Valentine’s preferences. Do they have an affinity for abstract? What is the color palette of the room in question? What size might they need? Then look no further than Instagram (or your preferred social media site) to find an artist who meets your specific needs. Here are a few pieces I’m currently loving:


The first work is from Holly Addi. You can learn more about her thoughtful abstracts, and commission one, by visiting Instagram or her website.

The second piece is by NG Collective Studio. Visit their lovely Instagram page to see their work and inspiration, and don’t forget to view their website.

The final work is from Karina Bania Art, whose Instagram is wonderfully full of painting along with the occasional self portrait. You can also visit her website.


Accent Pieces: Perhaps your other half deserves updated accent pieces, such as pillows, throw blankets, or lamps. Again, check out their colors and style and visit a favorite local boutique for a unique piece or even a large store that offers trendy pieces. Here are a few to get you going:

The pillow at left is available from the endlessly talented Lindsay Cowles LLC. The throw at on the right is courtesy the Vintage Rug Shop.


Get Away: If you really want to make an impression, book a local weekend getaway. Arkansas offers some fantastic boutique hotels that appeal to those with an eye for design. Of course, I will shamelessly plug the Waters Hotel in Hot Springs to start, but there are several other options as well, such as the Capital Hotel in Downtown Little Rock, and 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, among others.


An added bonus: Each of these options offers dining, so there is no need to travel once you get there.

Regardless of your gift choice, consider the recipient. Keeping their preferences in mind will always result in a happy gift-giving experience. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day, and happy shopping!



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