Can you ever get tired of romance? Surely not – but you can get a tiny bit bored with buying run-of-the-mill Valentine’s gifts….

Of course, any gift is lovely to receive – but this year I’ve decided to bring a breath of fresh air to the whole business of buying for your beloved.

The cute and witty Mr and Mrs Cushions from Barker and Stonehouse is perfect for any loving couple. Made in high-quality silk and filled with down, they would make a stylish statement about any relationship.

Mr and Mrs cushions

An even subtler message of love can be found in another gorgeous piece of soft furnishing. The Lovebirds Cushion is hand-printed with a graphic image of the aforementioned birds on organic cotton – sweet!

Lovebirds Cushion

If you’re planning an evening of romance at home, gentle lighting and warm colours are perfect for creating an intimate atmosphere.

Candle lanterns can provide wonderful illumination during a dinner for two, or table lamps can offer a subtle level of lighting to create the right mood.

When it comes to colour, deep reds such as this year’s favourite shade Marsala can really help set the scene. Whether you do a swift bit of decorating (now, that’s love!) or simply spruce up your room with a few new accessories, setting the scene for romance is key.

When it comes to colour, it doesn’t have to be all hearts and flowers for Valentine’s Day – I love the cool retro looks of the Ercol Loveseat; romance can be both stylish and funky if you snuggle up side by side on this timeless classic with plenty of cushions.

For even more snuggle-appeal, I’ve chosen the Boleyn Loveseat sofa (particularly for those of you who are swooning over the BBC’s luscious Wolf Hall on TV).  The ultimate in luxury, made from velvet and silk, this is the perfect seat for two to curl up on.


I like the soft purples of this lovely sofa, too – they continue the warm tones we love to be around on Valentine’s Day without being clichéd.

One of the best gifts we can give, of course, is our time. And a beautiful representation of that comes in the shape of the Newgate Bordeaux Clock.

Barker and Stonehouse Bordeaux Clock

This is a stunning item, half a metre across and ‘aged’ gently in distressed tin to give a real vintage feel. It reminds me of railway stations, waiting under the clock, Brief Encounter…sigh….

It just goes to show that with a bit of thought it’s possible to be truly original when it comes to buying Valentine’s Day gifts. And whatever you buy, remember – romance never goes out of fashion!

All of the products are from Barker and Stonehouse unless otherwise stated.