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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.

Inspiration: Chocolate!

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Happy Valentine's Day!

My palette for the holiday had one inspiration alone...chocolate!

The colors I picked for this modern Valentine's Day palette include the milkiest white chocolate to the darkest bittersweet -- accented, naturally, with rosy pinks.

The following paint colors are swatches from the Martha Stewart Living paint collection at The Home Depot: Magnolia Grandiflora (MSL003), Rose Quartz (MSL008), Lupine Pink (MSL010), Bay Colt (MSL222), and Silhouette (MSL280).

The following colors are from the Martha Stewart Living paint collection at The Home Depot (left to right): Magnolia Grandiflora (MSL003), Rose Quartz (MSL008), Lupine Pink (MSL010), Bay Colt (MSL222), Silhouette (MSL280).

I chose some of my favorite desserts from the February issue of Martha Stewart Living and paired them with rooms that are brimming with the same milk, dark, and white chocolate.

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Dark-, milk-, and white-chocolate ice pops (Martha Stewart Living)

1 Dark-, milk-, and white-chocolate ice pops (Martha Stewart Living)

A deliciously dark wall. (Martha Stewart Living)

2 A deliciously dark wall. (Martha Stewart Living)

A trio of hot cocoas.(Martha Stewart Living)

3 A trio of hot cocoas.(Martha Stewart Living)

This deep wall color is beautifully accentuated with crisp white moldings. (Martha Stewart Living)

4 This deep wall color is beautifully accentuated with crisp white moldings. (Martha Stewart Living)

A truffle-topped chocolate cake. (marthastewart.com)

5 A truffle-topped chocolate cake. (marthastewart.com)

I love the combination of the plum-colored upholstery with this wall color. (Martha Stewart Living)

6 I love the combination of the plum-colored upholstery with this wall color. (Martha Stewart Living)

Adorable cut-out marshmallow hearts floating on rich hot chocolate. (marthastewart.com)

7 Adorable cut-out marshmallow hearts floating on rich hot chocolate. (marthastewart.com)

An equally rich paneled room. (marthastewart.com)

8 An equally rich paneled room. (marthastewart.com)

Molten bittersweet chocolate cake. (Martha Stewart Living)

9 Molten bittersweet chocolate cake. (Martha Stewart Living)

Warm tones of brown envelop this room. (marthastewart.com)

10 Warm tones of brown envelop this room. (marthastewart.com)

Mocha semifreddo with hot milk foam. (Martha Stewart Living)

11 Mocha semifreddo with hot milk foam. (Martha Stewart Living)

A fresh and beautiful cafe au lait palette. (marthastewart.com)

12 A fresh and beautiful cafe au lait palette. (marthastewart.com)

The silver pieces and Venetian mirrored frame pair gracefully with the dark wall. (marthastewart.com)

13 The silver pieces and Venetian mirrored frame pair gracefully with the dark wall. (marthastewart.com)

Martha's Lily Pond Lane library is the perfect shade of brown. (marthastewart.com)

14 Martha's Lily Pond Lane library is the perfect shade of brown. (marthastewart.com)

Chocolate creme brulee. (Martha Stewart Living)

15 Chocolate creme brulee. (Martha Stewart Living)

Another room in Martha's Lily Pond Lane home that shows how a dark shade can look fantastic in a summery setting. (marthastewart.com)

16 Another room in Martha's Lily Pond Lane home that shows how a dark shade can look fantastic in a summery setting. (marthastewart.com)

Baked Alaska with chocolate cake and chocolate ice cream. (Martha Stewart Living)

17 Baked Alaska with chocolate cake and chocolate ice cream. (Martha Stewart Living)

This room illustrates how combining different shades of brown can create a stunning end result. (Ansom Smart)

18 This room illustrates how combining different shades of brown can create a stunning end result. (Ansom Smart)

Another example of the combination of dark chocolate and creamy tones. (thedecorista.com)

19 Another example of the combination of dark chocolate and creamy tones. (thedecorista.com)

Chocolate creme brulee frozen sandwiches. (Martha Stewart Living)

20 Chocolate creme brulee frozen sandwiches. (Martha Stewart Living)

A sette in the shade of carmeralized sugar. (citified.blogspot.com)

21 A sette in the shade of carmeralized sugar. (citified.blogspot.com)

A set of caramel dining chairs surround a glossy white table. (cocokelley.blogspot.com)

22 A set of caramel dining chairs surround a glossy white table. (cocokelley.blogspot.com)

Milk-chocolate sofa against a white backdrop. (cocokelley.blogspot.com)

23 Milk-chocolate sofa against a white backdrop. (cocokelley.blogspot.com)

Hot fudge over vanilla ice cream. (Martha Stewart Living)

24 Hot fudge over vanilla ice cream. (Martha Stewart Living)

A white-chocolate room. (Designed by Tom Scheerer)

25 A white-chocolate room. (Designed by Tom Scheerer)

If you are hesitant to paint a space in brown, here are some great options to bring this beautiful neutral into your home.

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Biscayne Tray (zgallerie.com)

1 Biscayne Tray (zgallerie.com)

Personalized Chocolate Square Stickers (laylagrace.com)

2 Personalized Chocolate Square Stickers (laylagrace.com)

Chocolate Femme Vase (wshome.com)

3 Chocolate Femme Vase (wshome.com)

Laduree Chocolate Orange Perfumed Candle (openingceremony.com)

4 Laduree Chocolate Orange Perfumed Candle (openingceremony.com)

Ivory Cashmere Throw (piecesinc.com)

5 Ivory Cashmere Throw (piecesinc.com)

White Bamboo Loveseat (piecesinc.com)

6 White Bamboo Loveseat (piecesinc.com)

Hayden Table Lamp (rhbabyandchild.com)

7 Hayden Table Lamp (rhbabyandchild.com)

Thai Silk Coffee Banded Drapery (restorationhardware.com)

8 Thai Silk Coffee Banded Drapery (restorationhardware.com)

Martha Stewart Living Thermal Tweed Drapery Panel (homedepot.com)

9 Martha Stewart Living Thermal Tweed Drapery Panel (homedepot.com)

Brown Mansard Rug (jonathanadler.com)

10 Brown Mansard Rug (jonathanadler.com)

Sawhorse Cocktail Table (jonathanadler.com)

11 Sawhorse Cocktail Table (jonathanadler.com)

Zig Zag Pillow in Brown (wellappointedhouse.com)

12 Zig Zag Pillow in Brown (wellappointedhouse.com)

Martha Stewart Living Wayfarer Rug (homedecorators.com)

13 Martha Stewart Living Wayfarer Rug (homedecorators.com)

Brown Velvet and Gold X Stool (wellappointedhouse.com)

14 Brown Velvet and Gold X Stool (wellappointedhouse.com)

Martha Stewart Living Harmony Stripe Tobacco Leaf Wool Area Rug (homedepot.com)

15 Martha Stewart Living Harmony Stripe Tobacco Leaf Wool Area Rug (homedepot.com)

Taupe Porcelain Table Lamp (wellappointedhouse.com

16 Taupe Porcelain Table Lamp (wellappointedhouse.com

Martha Stewart Living Crysanthamum Rug in Coffee/Sand. (homedepot.com)

17 Martha Stewart Living Crysanthamum Rug in Coffee/Sand. (homedepot.com)

A Valentine's Day Party Playlist

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If you are entertaining one or many guests this weekend, I hope you enjoy this Valentine's Day party playlist.

Have a great weekend!