As Valentine’s Day approaches, we have love on our minds—and here at Artful Home, nothing ignites our passions quite like art (though chocolate is a close second).
As I peruse our collection of Valentine’s Day gifts, I think about the many ways art can serve as an expression of love—whether given as a gift or enjoyed as home decor. Art is so personal, and while common symbols such as hearts have universal appeal, the feelings and memories they conjure are different for everyone.
That’s why I always enjoy reading customers’ stories about the artwork they order. These anecdotes reveal the very personal ways the artwork speaks to our customers—and the ways they use artwork to express their deepest feelings.
Looking to add some personally meaningful expressions of love to your home and tell your story? From love birds to paperweights, here are seven ways that art can infuse your home with romance and joy—plus a few customer stories for some added inspiration!
1. home is where you hang your heart
Adorn your walls with sculptural symbols of love rich with uncommon detail and great creativity.
Every year I buy my three daughters a heart for Christmas. They have come to expect their hearts on Christmas day and it gives me great pleasure to see their reactions and to watch their collection of hearts growing. These hearts by Marilee Hall are awesome…Since each daughter gets one it is nice that they are all different.
— Customer review of Hearts by Marilee Hall
2. love birds
These avian sweethearts are affectionate and playful—perfect pieces for feathering your nest and symbolizing a special relationship.
I bought “Lovebirds” as a wedding gift for my good friend’s daughter’s wedding. I wanted to gift them with something that not only fit into their lifestyle but would also represent mine. It does both perfectly.
— Customer review of Love Birds – Blue and Yellow by Elizabeth Frank
3. hearts of glass
Small-scale works of art have an intimate quality, like exquisite treasures meant only for you.
We grow lots of forget-me-nots in our wildflower garden and I just love them. Somehow, they pull at my heartstrings and remind me of people I have loved dearly and have lost. [Last year], we lost our beloved Manx cat, Tess, to lymphoma, and when I saw this paperweight, I knew I must buy it as a remembrance of her…I will always treasure it.
— Customer review of Forget-me-Not Heart Paperweight by Shawn Messenger
4. fine figures
Tell your story with handcrafted figures to represent your loved ones. Boris Kramer’s dancers are full of joy as they celebrate their bonds, while Yenny Cocq’s petite couples and families possess a sense of quiet, contented companionship.
I bought the mother/daughter pair for my mother for Mother’s Day…They made me feel serene and happy. The posture of these people is relaxed and conveys to me complete comfort with each other. My mom (2,000 miles away) said she loves them. I can’t wait to go and see what they look like (in the “flesh”) and how they’re displayed.
— Customer review of Mother and Child by Yenny Cocq
5. there’s no place like home
Love isn’t just about romance and couples—it’s also about family and home. These prints use evocative imagery to create a narrative about the people and places we hold dear.
This purchase was a gift and was very well-received. Within the recipient’s family, there is a tradition of preparing a special soup to welcome a family member who has been away…so the artwork was particularly meaningful in that context.
— Customer review of Bringing Food by Brian Kershisnik
6. pet love
Human relationships have theirs ups and downs, but pets offer us truly unconditional love. Celebrate the joys of animal companionship with artwork that captures this special bond.
This is a birthday gift for my daughter…We all loved Lady, [a beloved dog] who was “put to sleep” in July, 2013. Lady was 14, and was the “friend” who helped get my daughter through some very difficult times. When my husband and I saw this advertised, we both thought the same thing—perfect for Jennifer!
— Customer review of Jewels by Sandy Graves
7. my cup runneth over
Buckets, bowls, vases, and nests—these vessels are ready to be filled with love and joy (or flowers, seashells, pinecones…).
The bowl is beautiful and will have great meaning to a friend or family member. I gifted a friend turning 50 and she was overjoyed. It’s oversized enough to display. There is gloss on the inner bowl which adds to the sense of quality. Could easily become a wish bowl (something I think they should make anyway).
— Customer review of Celebration Bowl by Noelle Van Hendrick and Eric Hendrick