My Shabby Valentine

Happy Valentines Day ! 

Hearts and the colour red, perfect symbols of Valentines day.  Here are a few of mine, dotted around my home reminding me of my life and my loves.

Above – in a corner of my home, a shaker style chest of drawers fits perfectly.  On top are two tin hearts, one red, one white, picked up from a boot sale for 20p for three, I have seen them retail for £9.99 each !  The lovely white wooden photo frame is from The  Range and cost approx £5.  In it is one of my favourite black and white  photographs of myself and No 1 son on my wedding day.  The Laura Ashley lamp base was purchased in their sale (can’t remember how much I paid)  The red Shade from Ikea.

Above – 3 pretty hearts hang from the door of my work unit.  This was picked up for a song from IKEA and was a horrible grey colour, a few quick coats of paint and now its a gorgeous white work station. ( more on this at a later date).  The white wooden “LOVE” heart was a gift from the lovely Vintage Amethyst  I popped over and couldn’t resist several items in her Winter sale, including the red gingham christmas tree heart. I love it so much I couldn’t bear to put it away until christmas and have it hanging on the unit door.  The white wooden heart with red decoration was another boot sale find, I got 2 for £1 !

Finally, upstairs in my bedroom I have this gorgeous framed card. I bought several of them from Etsy to sell in my shop but couldn’t resist keeping one for myself.  Machine stitched on Silk dupone the beautifully simple “LOVE” word says it all.  Framing the card in a simple white box frame from The Range, makes a unique and inexpensive picture.  The red candlesticks a gift from a friend were from M & S and the beautiful heart glass vase is by Lalique, a gift to me from my husband when we married (in the days before we had to count every penny).


Take a minute to pop over to Missielizzie and take part in Magpie Monday.  If you love vintage finds you will love this.



  1. icklebabe_com
    February 14, 2011 / 8:22 am

    Such a beautiful collection of things! your home looks like such a haven of perfect peaceful bliss..when can i move in? ..I'll cook? 😉 X

  2. PhotoPuddle
    February 14, 2011 / 8:24 am

    Gorgeous. I love the striking red against the white.

  3. Karen Jones
    February 14, 2011 / 9:16 am

    Thank you Helen, I assure you , peaceful it is NOT xxxPhotopuddle – Thank you, I change colours quite a bit to suit my moods, the weather etc xx

  4. missielizzie
    February 14, 2011 / 9:33 am

    So beautiful, I love your home!!Thanks so much for linking up, you are so good at finding bargains.Happy Valentine's day xx

  5. Mummy Mishaps aka Jenny Paulin
    February 14, 2011 / 9:40 am

    Honestly Karen, these photos lok like they came out of an interior design book/ magazine! Amazing! You are brilliant at finding bargains aren't you? You ought to open your home up for people to look round. Make refreshments for people to buy – hey that could work lol x

  6. Karen Jones
    February 14, 2011 / 10:15 am

    missielizzie, Thank you, you are not so bad yourself. Glad you don't live in Devon : ) xxHi Jenny, Bless thanks you. That's a great idea, maybe a tea party in the garden in the summer. I could be a mini stately home xx haha xx

  7. (mostly) yummy mummy
    February 14, 2011 / 12:40 pm

    So many beautiful touches there – I love them all! And I don't blame you for not wanting to wait until next Christmas to see that gorgeous red heart! x

  8. make do mum
    February 14, 2011 / 1:19 pm

    So pretty, especially love the 'love' picture, it looks really good in the white frame and white mount.

  9. Vintage Amethyst
    February 14, 2011 / 1:30 pm

    Oohh such prettiness! I love everything!!!I especially love those candle holders in the last photo, so pretty.I'm so glad you love your Vintage Amethyst hearts too.*Happy Valentine's Day*lots of loveAlisonx

  10. TheMadHouse
    February 14, 2011 / 1:47 pm

    Oh I can not wait to visit at easter. Maybe you can convert MadDad to a white house I have always wanted one

  11. Karen Jones
    February 14, 2011 / 2:03 pm

    Buckswrite, thank you for your lovely comment. Its heaven when the family is out and I am alone : ) xx

  12. Karen Jones
    February 14, 2011 / 2:05 pm

    Mostly Yummy, make do mum and Vintage Amethyst Thank all for your lovely kind comments. I really appreciate how much people love this new blog and the support I am getting. MWAH! xxx

  13. The syders
    February 14, 2011 / 8:39 pm

    Happy Valentines! Love the red & white. You have some truly beautiful things.

  14. carole
    February 14, 2011 / 10:22 pm

    All I can say is Wow, I love the red against the white it is truly stunning, and like Vintage Amethyst I especially love the red glass candle holders they are beautiful!You are such a clever lady and I am loving this new blog of yours, so inspiring xxx

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