Easy Peasy Valentine Ideas

Helloooooo (echo), hello, hello, hello…  Okay, no real good excuse here except January is always crazy around these parts with a ton of birthdays.  And would you judge me if I told you I just got the last of our Christmas decorations packed up??

So we are on to Valentine’s Day and this is all about easy for me.  After all, it is a fake holiday, but a good excuse to make those you adore feel a little special.  Here are two quick things I did last year that I plan on recreating this year.

I found this one on Pinterest awhile back and thought it was cute and simple…and it turns out it was both!  Feel free to pin and steal (unless you are in Kevie’s class and then back-off!) 🙂

easy valentine's day cards/willow interiors

easy valentine's day cards/willow interiors

First take a couple of photos of your model with their hand outstretched to the camera.  After choosing one, I used the computer to write a simple speech bubble.  Then Kevie signed each one on the back, while I cut two small slits on either side of his hand and slid the pop into place.  Voila!

The other idea I literally pulled out of my head that morning to try and make the kids feel a little special.

easy valentine's day breakfast/willow interiors

You could use a heart cookie cutter (but I recall using my kitchen sheers that morning) to make heart waffles.  With a little planning you could also make homemade waffles, but “leggo my eggo” works just fine for me on school mornings.  I then just sliced the strawberries and cut the tops to make them look like hearts…and a little sprinkled confectionery sugar makes everything look special!

Here a couple of other Valentine Day ideas I saw recently on Pinterest:

valentine ideas/willow interiors

Thanks for stopping by! – kate

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Pantone’s Color of the Year–Radiant Orchid–How to Pack a Mini-Purple-Punch

purple collage

So I’ll tell you I didn’t jump up and down and do the happy dance when Pantone made it’s choice for Color of the Year.  It’s not that I hate purple, but looking around my house I realized I mustn’t care for it that much.  The only evidence of purple is the lilac we did in Anna’s room when we first moved here.  I won’t show you a picture of it today because it currently has twenty different turquoise paint swatches patiently waiting in a row for a decision.

But looking through my Pinterest boards I have noticed that a little purple, brought in with art, throws, pillows, bedding or accessories can look really pretty.  Purple actually looks good when paired with many different colors.  In our bedroom, I’ve kept it minimal with only cream and light blue.  I wanted a serene feel, but recently I’ve been thinking it might need a little punch or either pink or purple.  These pictures and products might inspire you to pack a small purple punch in your home.  Key word for Kevin will be “small”.


Image Found on Amber Interiors

[Sally%2520Wheat%2520Dining%2520Detail%255B2%255D.png]Laurie Perez Photography

Carden Cunietti


Image of Figure Study LVIITeil Duncan/Figure Study LVII

She Likes to Party  Yolanda Sanchez  2012Yolanda Sanchez/She Likes to Party


The Zhush

Product ImageLeontine Linens/Rayford+Mimi

One Kings Lane/Beside the Bed, Versailles Carafe & Glass
I had to throw this under bedding to say that a guest room is a perfect place to introduce purple into your home if you are unsure.  It’s makes a pretty guest space and you don’t have to look at it everyday.  And a bedside carafe and glass is one of my favorite touches in a guest room.

Throws and Pillows

Alexander Doherty

Herringbone Throw, Purple/GrayOne Kings Lane/Cozy Throws

Layla Grayce/Morgan Ornate Throw Pillow

Purple & Navy  Moroccan PillowOne Kings Lane/Purple & Navy Moroccan Pillow

Maps (who knew)

Bedroom A wall map mural from Vision Wallcoverings serves as a feature behind the iron bed from Scout House, dressed in...Photography Lauren Bamford/Styling Jason Grant

One Kings Lane/Map It Out, Constellation Print


Oval mirror, fresh flowers and a gypsy rockSource

Pair of Stone Bookends, PurpleOne Kings Lane/The Apothecary, Pair of Purple Stone Bookends

Staffordshire-Style Dogs, PairOne Kings Lane/Staffordshire-Style Dogs

One Kings Lane/Lenox Dinner Plates, C. 1920

Layla Grayce/Beth Lacefield by Surya Calaveras Mocha Hand Tufted Rug


Steven Gambrel

McCoy Design

Layle Grayce/Hillary Thomas Moxie Frenzy Lamp Finial

Fresh Flowers

79 ideas

House Beautiful/Erin Martin


Okay, now I’ve got to go break it to Kevin that I want more purple in our life…wish me luck.  So whether you’ve always loved purple or are on the fence, I hope this gave you some inspiration.  You could start with some fresh flowers of dive right in with an entire purple room like this laquered beauty below.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by. 🙂
– kate

Steven Gambrel

When did this happen??

First off…Happy New Year!!!  Thank you for all the support last year as I start this new adventure…it means the world to me!

The break here was good and I’ll highlight some of our favorite holidays traditions, old and new, in the future…but on to more pressing matters.

Our baby, Anna, arrived at 3:35 am on January 4th…13 years ago!!!  Can someone please explain to me where the hell those 13 years went!!!????


When I look at these photos, my heart literally hurts with so much emotion.  I can’t even begin to imagine what empty-nest syndrome is going to feel like (let me apologize in advance, Kevin).

I think the two things that surprised me most about becoming a parent is the fact that it is impossible to fathom the amount of love your heart can hold for these human beings and the equal amount of fear your brain will manifest regarding said humans.

Don’t get me wrong, this is the best job I’ve ever had or will have…I mean it is so much freakin fun.  Seriously, I love that our family knows how to have fun.  (For example–we always do our Christmas stockings on Little Christmas and for various reasons we had a small ice cream cake in the freezer.  What a perfect excuse to eat cake!  So yesterday, Kevin, who was working upstairs, joined us after school for stockings and cake.  This led to a whole discussion about awkward office birthday parties.  Kevin said we all had to stand around to eat our cake, while having awkward conversations…  Of course the kids had never heard of this, stories ensued and we all ended up on the floor laughing.  I said to Kevin last night that Anna is going to be standing in a conference room years from now eating cake and is going to start laughing.)

But the other part of parenting for me is the worry.  I worry about every choice I make as a parent.  Overall, I think that my kids are happy (when not being asked to do anything around the house) and they are good people.  What more could I want?  Kevin and I have had tons of parenting conversations (you know, on those date nights when you are not supposed to talk about the kids) and in the end the two things we stress are academics (they are sick of hearing, “your only job is to get the best grades you can get”) and to be a good person (but a couple of years ago i did add “but don’t take crap from anyone” after a couple of issues).  We don’t always get it right, but I think we are going to continue on that path and keep reevaluating our parenting choices as we head into the teen years.  Please pray for us. 🙂

I get that life can’t be perfect, but I think it’s a parental instinct to want to protect them from pain.  I need to remind myself that they will learn from both the good and the bad.  I guess what I want is for them to have more good days than bad.

So my dearest Banana (yes I will always call you that),
I hope you have more good days than bad.
I hope you have more good days of feeling confident in who you are.
I hope you have more good days of doing something you enjoy doing.
I hope you have more good days of ending up on the floor from laughing.
I hope you have more good days with moments where you close your eyes, point your face towards the sun and smile.
I hope you have more good days with people that just get you and you get them.
I hope you have more good days with random dance parties.
I hope you have more good hair days.
I hope you have more good days where you find yourself singing in the shower.
I hope you have more good days of truly feeling that you are loved “bigger than outer space”.
I hope you have more nights of lying in bed thinking “that was a good day and I can’t wait for tomorrow”!
And on those few bad days, I hope you can remember all the good days and know that “this too shall pass”.

Anna, you are truly loved bigger than outer space and we are so proud of who you are! Love, mommy


P.S. You are still really good at “the look”! 🙂

anna's pout

Anna’s party hair brought to you by Jessica Lewis from Capello in Waldwick, NJ
(one of the best Aunts and stylists in the world!). 🙂