Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentines for your home

Roses, chocolate, perfume—all great gifts for Valentine’s Day. I hope you got (or got to give) some of these treats and that you had a fabulous Valentine’s Day yesterday!

This past week, as I was shopping for gifts for my big sweetie and my little sweetie, I came across some great Valentine-inspired ideas for the home. These are gifts you can even give yourself—and you can give them all year long!

The first I saw was an amazing glass vessel sink at The Kitchen Bath & Closet Showroom in Kilohana Square. It was red, of course, and would be just perfect for a hot, sexy, one-of-a-kind powder room. It was on a black granite counter, but really, you could put this atop almost anything. It was $690.

Paired with it was a stunning bronze faucet for $490. It would not be practical for a master bath that needs to be used constantly, but for a powder room it would be perfect.

Gifts that won’t break the bank: In Macy’s, I found a darling hand-painted glass votive by Kosta Boda for $65. This would be great on a vanity or bedside table to remind someone of your love all year long.

And how about the sweet smell of love? I found at Tori Richard at Ala Moana—yes, I do know they’re not a home store; can you tell I might have been shopping for an aloha shirt?—a Malie reed diffuser offering the scent of mango nectar. It smelled so yummy! That was $58.

Then finally, in Shirokiya of all places, a great gift that anyone can afford: a love mouse pad or coasters designed with cherry blossoms and the Japanese character for love. Either one is $10. Cute, affordable, a gift that speaks of the blossoming of love!

These are just some ideas that will keep the message of affection in your home all year round. So go out and treat yourself or someone you love!