Vintage Valentine’s Day Decorations Inspired by Kentlands Do-It-Yourselfer

Photos | Kathy McKee Bridget Edell is pictured behind her beautiful arrangement of flowers, feathers and beads.

Photos | Kathy McKee
Bridget Edell is pictured behind her beautiful arrangement of flowers, feathers and beads.

It’s been a busy year for Kentlands resident Bridget Edell, host of TV’s “Lip Gloss & A Sander,” a new DIY show that appeals to the do-it-yourselfer in all of us. The show airs on both Montgomery Community Media Channel 21 and PGCTV Channel 76 (Comcast) and Channel 42 (Verizon Fios). Additionally, all episodes can be seen on the Lip Gloss & A Sander website at www.lipglossandasander.com.

Since last spring, Edell has shown viewers how to find furniture and home décor pieces at yard sales and flea markets. Then she walks them through the process of giving the treasures new life. She does this from her garage-turned-workshop, now also a TV studio. Edell was nominated for a Viewer’s Choice Monty Award by MC Media TV viewers and has been featured in The Washington Post, on Fox 5 Morning News, ABC’s “Let’s Talk Live” and on CBS WUSA9 Morning News.

As the holiday of romance is upon us, the vintage decorating guru offers a few ideas to bring a hint of romance to your home and for that special someone.

This vintage Coca-Cola crate is perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day breakfast in bed.

This vintage Coca-Cola crate is perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day breakfast in bed.

Vintage Coca-Cola Crate

“It’s so easy to use items that you find at yard sales and/or flea markets throughout the year for different holidays,” said Edell. “Here I grouped white and reds together for a romantic display for a tabletop. I am displaying this vignette on top of my black piano flanked by candles. The reds and white against the black provide the contrast necessary for a visually pleasing effect. Remember to use cake plates or other items to give height to the pieces in your display—this will give your grouping visual interest.”

Tole Tray With White Ironstone Pitcher

“Valentine’s Day doesn’t always have to mean all red decorations,” explained Edell. “This display has a soft, romantic feel. I used a tole tray, an ironstone pitcher and some architectural salvage to create a lovely grouping with artificial flowers that can be used year after year after year. In the flower arrangement, I added some feathers and beads to mix with the flowers. At Valentine’s Day, I put a pale pink pillar candle in a hurricane jar and surrounded the candle with sweetheart candies that are popular this time of year. Add a frame in a complementary color to round out the grouping.”

A bell jar full of Red Hot candies and loving words is sweet.

A bell jar full of Red Hot candies and loving words is sweet.

Gift Ideas for a Special Someone

“Buying red roses on Valentine’s Day can be costly. Consider other types of red and white flowers in a painted vase or other container that has been painted, decoupaged or refinished in another manner to reflect your personal touch. After all, it’s the thought that counts. Also, in this display I put Red Hot candies in a bell jar with a wired top. After the candy is finished, you can reuse the bell jar as a vase. To add a personal touch to the gift, you can print a favorite movie quote, wedding vows, or any other words that have meaning to you and your significant other inside the jar. Think outside the box for gift ideas.

“Also, instead of giving just a plain candle as a gift, here is a different twist on the gift that is easy and affordable. For this project I applied some glue to the candles, rolled the candles in red glitter and used cord to attach an X and O to the candle to make it a more fun and creative gift.”

Want more design tips that won’t break the bank? Visit www.lipglossandasander.com.

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