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My Favorite Holiday: Valentine's Day

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I wanted to dedicate this entire week to celebrating my favorite holiday, Valentine's Day. As I started thinking about my v-day love campaign, I found myself reminiscing on some of my favorite "Good Things" from Martha Stewart Living.

 

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Birch Love Vase 

Flowers are a timeless way to say "I love you," and this birch-bark vase with carved initials from our February issue (created by floral designers at Prudence Designs and Events in New York City) is a beautiful twist on a classic. Great presentation is key to a great gift.
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Finish with a Bow

Even if they don't have a sweetie to snuggle up with on Valentine's Day, gift recipients will still have sweet dreams if you give them cozy flannel sheets wrapped in a luxurious pink bow. My friends loved receiving this gift last year.

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Stenciled Gift Bags

This Good Thing is so simple, yet impactful. Personalize the stenciled letters to make them extra-special. These would make great gifts to surprise my coworkers with when they get to the office Thursday. For even more cute Valentine's Good Things from our craft department, pick up the February issue of Martha Stewart Living.

Decorating with Wallpaper

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Wallpaper has had many incarnations.

The decorative wall covering gained popularity during Renaissance Europe amongst the social elite. It was a natural evolution of the large tapestries the gentry used to hang on their walls during the Middle Ages. Not only did these tapestries and later rolls of paper add visual interest, but they acted as insulating layer between the cold, stone walls and the interior of the room.

While many of the first wallpapers depicted nature scenes or was flocked ( a velvet-like pattern on paper), today the myriad of patterns and colors will fit any space or style of home.

And while many may think that wallpaper is limited to just that...the wall, I think some of it's most clever and impactful examples can be found on shelves, lamps, and many other places that the 14th-century Europeans would've never dreamed of.

Remember to play with scale and think outside the roll when decorating with wallpaper. I hope you enjoy these inspired ideas and projects.

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I love this idea. Wallpapering a door really makes a bright touch. (marthastewart.com)

1 I love this idea. Wallpapering a door really makes a bright touch. (marthastewart.com)

Adelphi Paper Hangings in Sharon Springs, NY crafts incredible wallpapers by hand. Here is a shot of one of their showrooms.

2 Adelphi Paper Hangings in Sharon Springs, NY crafts incredible wallpapers by hand. Here is a shot of one of their showrooms.

Wallpaper borders can be used for more than trimming walls. You can make unique furniture accents like the treatment on this chest. (Martha Stewart Living, April 2006)

3 Wallpaper borders can be used for more than trimming walls. You can make unique furniture accents like the treatment on this chest. (Martha Stewart Living, April 2006)

Here is another way to utilize a wallpaper border. It looks like this border was made for this lamp! (Martha Stewart Living, April 2006)

4 Here is another way to utilize a wallpaper border. It looks like this border was made for this lamp! (Martha Stewart Living, April 2006)

Detailed wallpaper borders make beautiful window valences. (Martha Stewart Living, April 2006)

5 Detailed wallpaper borders make beautiful window valences. (Martha Stewart Living, April 2006)

Some wallpapers stand well on their own as art. (Martha Stewart Living, September 2000)

6 Some wallpapers stand well on their own as art. (Martha Stewart Living, September 2000)

Instead of using a traditional wallpaper border, use a regular roll for a bold visual impact along your molding. (marthastewart.com)

7 Instead of using a traditional wallpaper border, use a regular roll for a bold visual impact along your molding. (marthastewart.com)

Wallpaper can dress up areas that are often underconsidered, like the closet. (marthastewart.com)

8 Wallpaper can dress up areas that are often underconsidered, like the closet. (marthastewart.com)

Dress up plain wastebaskets and umbrella stands with a covering of wallpaper. (marthastewart.com)

9 Dress up plain wastebaskets and umbrella stands with a covering of wallpaper. (marthastewart.com)

A wallpaper headboard is a more affordable and less bulky option for beds. (marthastewart.com)

10 A wallpaper headboard is a more affordable and less bulky option for beds. (marthastewart.com)

Pretty wallpaper patterns can be cut out to make these easy sconces. (marthastewart.com)

11 Pretty wallpaper patterns can be cut out to make these easy sconces. (marthastewart.com)

Bring some pattern to your switchplates with wallpaper. (marthastewart.com)

12 Bring some pattern to your switchplates with wallpaper. (marthastewart.com)

Covering an old table with wallpaper is a great way to disguise scratches. (marthastewart.com)

13 Covering an old table with wallpaper is a great way to disguise scratches. (marthastewart.com)

Even the most common items (the clipboard) can have a sophisticated air with the help of wallpaper. It's a great idea for small, leftover scraps. (marthastewart.com)

14 Even the most common items (the clipboard) can have a sophisticated air with the help of wallpaper. It's a great idea for small, leftover scraps. (marthastewart.com)

Rebecca Robertson and family sit in front of a wall -- covered in  the

15 Rebecca Robertson and family sit in front of a wall -- covered in the "Cactus Paisley" paper from Neisha Crosland. (Martha Stewart Living)

Inexpensive magazine holders get a romantic upgrade with a pretty floral paper. (Martha Stewart Living)

16 Inexpensive magazine holders get a romantic upgrade with a pretty floral paper. (Martha Stewart Living)

Want to create your own view? Attach a beautiful wallpaper sheet to a roller shade. (Martha Stewart Living)

17 Want to create your own view? Attach a beautiful wallpaper sheet to a roller shade. (Martha Stewart Living)

The flowers in this paper create the perfect spot for antique hooks. Voila, an entryway is created. (Blueprint Magazine)

18 The flowers in this paper create the perfect spot for antique hooks. Voila, an entryway is created. (Blueprint Magazine)

Muted color keeps these two wallpapers from competing. (Blueprint Magazine)

19 Muted color keeps these two wallpapers from competing. (Blueprint Magazine)

A instant chair rail is created with dramatic floral border paper. (Blueprint Magazine)

20 A instant chair rail is created with dramatic floral border paper. (Blueprint Magazine)

Add a splash of personality to a lackluster work space by covering plain floating bookshelves with wallpaper.

21 Add a splash of personality to a lackluster work space by covering plain floating bookshelves with wallpaper.

I found some wallpaper products that are fun, chic, and best of all...available for order online.

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An elegant pattern on a Mylar base makes this design a modern twist. walnutwallpaper.com)

1 An elegant pattern on a Mylar base makes this design a modern twist. walnutwallpaper.com)

A graphic pattern is perfect for an accent wall or small space. (dwellstudio.com)

2 A graphic pattern is perfect for an accent wall or small space. (dwellstudio.com)

This damask wallpaper is paintable, so you can customize the color to work with your decor. (Martha Stewart Living, homedepot.com)

3 This damask wallpaper is paintable, so you can customize the color to work with your decor. (Martha Stewart Living, homedepot.com)

A herringbone pattern is inspired by men's suiting -- making it ideal for a library or office. It can also be painted a bespoke color. (Martha Stewart Living, homedepot.com)

4 A herringbone pattern is inspired by men's suiting -- making it ideal for a library or office. It can also be painted a bespoke color. (Martha Stewart Living, homedepot.com)

Don't be afraid to use a bold color and pattern simultaneously. This one works well because the pattern is not too intense. (kremelife.com)

5 Don't be afraid to use a bold color and pattern simultaneously. This one works well because the pattern is not too intense. (kremelife.com)

This dot pattern also comes in a neutral taupe color. (dwellstudio.com)

6 This dot pattern also comes in a neutral taupe color. (dwellstudio.com)

This is a fun take on a malachite pattern. (walnutwallpaper.com)

7 This is a fun take on a malachite pattern. (walnutwallpaper.com)

If an ornate pattern is too much for your entire room, consider using it on an accent piece. You can line a bookshelf or drawer for a surprise kick of pattern. (kremelife.com)

8 If an ornate pattern is too much for your entire room, consider using it on an accent piece. You can line a bookshelf or drawer for a surprise kick of pattern. (kremelife.com)

I think this paper would be so pretty on a dining-room ceiling. (kremelife.com)

9 I think this paper would be so pretty on a dining-room ceiling. (kremelife.com)

The flowing pattern on this paper is so soothing -- perfect for any bedroom or bathroom. (kremelife.com)

10 The flowing pattern on this paper is so soothing -- perfect for any bedroom or bathroom. (kremelife.com)

The whimsy and color palette of this pattern don't take away from its sophisticated look. (anthropologie.com)

11 The whimsy and color palette of this pattern don't take away from its sophisticated look. (anthropologie.com)

Here's a close up. (anthropologie.com)

12 Here's a close up. (anthropologie.com)

A trellis pattern with a Moroccan twist. (kremelife.com)

13 A trellis pattern with a Moroccan twist. (kremelife.com)

This color is so beautiful, subtle, and neutral. (walnutwallpaper.com)

14 This color is so beautiful, subtle, and neutral. (walnutwallpaper.com)

Wainscoting is so classic. This wallpaper version is a more affordable option and can also be painted any color you like. (Martha Stewart Living, homedepot.com)

15 Wainscoting is so classic. This wallpaper version is a more affordable option and can also be painted any color you like. (Martha Stewart Living, homedepot.com)

Vintage wallpapers are always a great option. Isn't this tufted pattern clever? (secondhandrose.com)

16 Vintage wallpapers are always a great option. Isn't this tufted pattern clever? (secondhandrose.com)

A simple and elegant trellis pattern always looks chic. (ballarddesigns.com)

17 A simple and elegant trellis pattern always looks chic. (ballarddesigns.com)

Decorating with Maps

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Maps chronicle centuries of exploration and discovery. Decorating takes a similar approach. We chart our own adventures and favorite places through the items we put into our home. This creates a "map" of items unique to each space.

The way you decorate your home is a telling and personal guide to your life and style but giving maps literal representation in your home has just as much impact.

Because maps have such a graphic quality, e.g. their sweeping lines, color blocking, and typographic elements, pretty much any kind of map or combination of maps will work well decoratively.

Here are some rooms that utilize maps beautifully.

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Because of the variety of lines and colors on maps, even the most random assortment of them looks fantastic. (Martha Stewart Living, August 2002)

1 Because of the variety of lines and colors on maps, even the most random assortment of them looks fantastic. (Martha Stewart Living, August 2002)

Martha's dogs look great with the maps in her Maine home, Skylands. (Martha Stewart Living, June 2007)

2 Martha's dogs look great with the maps in her Maine home, Skylands. (Martha Stewart Living, June 2007)

Martha hanging maps in a passageway at Skylands (Martha Stewart Living, June 2007)

3 Martha hanging maps in a passageway at Skylands (Martha Stewart Living, June 2007)

The way she has arranged the frames so closely together is beautiful. (Martha Stewart Living, June 2007)

4 The way she has arranged the frames so closely together is beautiful. (Martha Stewart Living, June 2007)

Another shot of Martha's map handiwork. (Martha Stewart Living, June 2007)

5 Another shot of Martha's map handiwork. (Martha Stewart Living, June 2007)

The maps look great in the hallway. (Martha Stewart Living, June 2007)

6 The maps look great in the hallway. (Martha Stewart Living, June 2007)

Vintage map dish towels. (Martha Stewart Living, June 2001)

7 Vintage map dish towels. (Martha Stewart Living, June 2001)

The coloring of this map is what speaks to me. (Martha Stewart Living, February 2001)

8 The coloring of this map is what speaks to me. (Martha Stewart Living, February 2001)

You can easily turn a map into a window shade. (Martha Stewart Living, August 2002)

9 You can easily turn a map into a window shade. (Martha Stewart Living, August 2002)

This headboard was made from an old schoolhouse map. (Martha Stewart Living, August 2002)

10 This headboard was made from an old schoolhouse map. (Martha Stewart Living, August 2002)

The pages of an old atlas line the walls of this room. (Martha Stewart Living, August 2002)

11 The pages of an old atlas line the walls of this room. (Martha Stewart Living, August 2002)

The antique maps on the ceiling pair well with the elegance of this space. (Martha Stewart Living, August 2002)

12 The antique maps on the ceiling pair well with the elegance of this space. (Martha Stewart Living, August 2002)

The maps make a nice corner accent. (decorpad.com)

13 The maps make a nice corner accent. (decorpad.com)

This blue map has the feel of the night sky. (decorpad.com)

14 This blue map has the feel of the night sky. (decorpad.com)

These vintage map prints pair well with the masculinity of this room. (decorpad.com)

15 These vintage map prints pair well with the masculinity of this room. (decorpad.com)

The print is a minimal yet darling detail in this children's room. (decorpad.com)

16 The print is a minimal yet darling detail in this children's room. (decorpad.com)

Martha Stewart Living featured a story about "tourist textiles" -- handkerchiefs, scarves and tablecloths printed with maps that were popular among road-tripping Americans in the mid-20th century. Travelers would collect these mementos abroad and bring them home to remember their destinations by.

The textiles were so popular that many of these remnants of Americana still remain today in antique shops and vintage stores. If you happen to own any tourist textiles I encourage you to look into this gallery for inspiration.

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Displaying art is a great way to utilize a fireplace in the warmer months. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

1 Displaying art is a great way to utilize a fireplace in the warmer months. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

A handkerchief map of Downtown Boston. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

2 A handkerchief map of Downtown Boston. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

Scarf map of the United States. It is very difficult to find a scarf in such pristine condition because scarves were used quite heavily. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

3 Scarf map of the United States. It is very difficult to find a scarf in such pristine condition because scarves were used quite heavily. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

States tablecloth. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

4 States tablecloth. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

California tablecloth. The borders of this cloth are just as interesting as the center design. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

5 California tablecloth. The borders of this cloth are just as interesting as the center design. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

Delaware handhercheif. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

6 Delaware handhercheif. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

Connecticut scarf. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

7 Connecticut scarf. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

This tablecloth was transformed into a window shade. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

8 This tablecloth was transformed into a window shade. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

Georgia handkerchief. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

9 Georgia handkerchief. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

There is no shortage of beautiful detail on this handkerchief. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

10 There is no shortage of beautiful detail on this handkerchief. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

This tablecloth provides easy shade. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

11 This tablecloth provides easy shade. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

I love the individual scenes on this scarf. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

12 I love the individual scenes on this scarf. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

The scalloped red detail is so playful. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

13 The scalloped red detail is so playful. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

Nevada/Utah handkerchief. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

14 Nevada/Utah handkerchief. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

The abstract design of this tablecloth stands out. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

15 The abstract design of this tablecloth stands out. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

Kansas tablecloth. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

16 Kansas tablecloth. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

Map textiles make great pillows. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

17 Map textiles make great pillows. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

A tablecloth and dish towels have been used to create this bench cover and artwork. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

18 A tablecloth and dish towels have been used to create this bench cover and artwork. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

The United States map textile was stretched over a wooden frame to create this piece. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

19 The United States map textile was stretched over a wooden frame to create this piece. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

Vermont scarf. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

20 Vermont scarf. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

Washington tablecloth. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

21 Washington tablecloth. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

Western scarf. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

22 Western scarf. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

Texas scarf. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

23 Texas scarf. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2010)

There are numerous ways to incorporate maps into your home through do-it-yourself projects. Here are some of my favorites.

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What a clever idea. An old map has been recycled into a lamp shade. (Martha Stewart Living, August 2002)

1 What a clever idea. An old map has been recycled into a lamp shade. (Martha Stewart Living, August 2002)

Maps inside of a drawer is an unexpected detail. (Martha Stewart Living, August 2002)

2 Maps inside of a drawer is an unexpected detail. (Martha Stewart Living, August 2002)

These serving trays are made by decoupaging maps onto glass trays. (marthastewart.com)

3 These serving trays are made by decoupaging maps onto glass trays. (marthastewart.com)

Swapping out scrapbook papers with maps adds visual impact to your memories. (marthastewart.com)

4 Swapping out scrapbook papers with maps adds visual impact to your memories. (marthastewart.com)

The antique look of this framed map was achieved through dying the map with tea. (marthastewart.com)

5 The antique look of this framed map was achieved through dying the map with tea. (marthastewart.com)

The bottom of this tray was made with inexpensive nautical charts from a boating supply store. (Martha Stewart Living, June 2007)

6 The bottom of this tray was made with inexpensive nautical charts from a boating supply store. (Martha Stewart Living, June 2007)

These pillows were made using trail maps made of Tyvek, a waterproof fabric. These maps are readily available at sporting goods stores. (Martha Stewart Living, August 2002)

7 These pillows were made using trail maps made of Tyvek, a waterproof fabric. These maps are readily available at sporting goods stores. (Martha Stewart Living, August 2002)

Separating this large map into smaller frames makes the art seem more intentional. (Martha Stewart Living, August 2002)

8 Separating this large map into smaller frames makes the art seem more intentional. (Martha Stewart Living, August 2002)

For a more personal touch, frame travel photos with a map of that destination. (Martha Stewart Living, August 2002)

9 For a more personal touch, frame travel photos with a map of that destination. (Martha Stewart Living, August 2002)

Maps can be transformed into playful coasters. (Martha Stewart Living, August 2009)

10 Maps can be transformed into playful coasters. (Martha Stewart Living, August 2009)

Using a map as a tablecloth is a genius decorative touch. (Martha Stewart Living, June 1998)

11 Using a map as a tablecloth is a genius decorative touch. (Martha Stewart Living, June 1998)

If you've run out of wrapping paper, use maps! (Martha Stewart Living, August 2002)

12 If you've run out of wrapping paper, use maps! (Martha Stewart Living, August 2002)

Antique Map Craft
Map Tablecloth
Decoupage Map Tray
Map Scrapbooks
Map Coasters