Five Finds for your Valentine
The Famous Heart Desk Collection, available at That Neon Sign ($300)
Lighting is often my favourite element of décor – but for me, nothing beats when creative lighting actually becomes the décor! When Andrew Hibb's That Neon Sign first hit my radar, I was super impressed; I love his commitment to keeping an old school craft alive, relevant and chic in today's design industry. It therefore came as no surprise to me to find out his relation to stylista-extraordinaire, Monika Hibbs, and that Andrew's wife is also a designer. The Famous Heart piece has been a favourite of mine from Andrew's collection – I think the perfectly imperfect silhouette has a very personal feel, seemingly from the heart. As it turns out, it is: the piece was originally hand drawn by Monika, then traced and created in neon by Andrew, and finally envisioned on a stand as a décor piece by Andrew's wife. Available in almost any colour, each heart is a custom hand made and beautifully unique way to show your love to your décor-addict Valentine.
Tiffany Enchant Double Heart Ring, available at Tiffany & Co (pricing available in store)
It's no secret that diamonds are a girl's best friend, and once again Tiffany & Co. has mastered the art of a perfect collection. The intricate detailing of each piece within the Tiffany Enchant grouping has been inspired by garden gates of the 19th century, offering a quintessentially romantic appeal. The double heart ring has captured my attention – cursive, feminine lines of white gold and diamonds create a coupling of intertwined hearts, making an ideal gift of love for the woman in your life. Old world elegance meets sophisticated modernity with the sought after Tiffany's twist.
Couple's treatment at the Miraj Hammam Spa, 1496 West 6th ($295/couple)
For those of you not yet familiar with the tradition of hammam and gommage, trust me – you want to get acquainted with it. Seriously. And what better way to be introduced to this sensual practice of relaxation and invigoration than with a partner. If you are looking for a Valentine's experience, the Miraj Hammam Spa – a South Granville landmark for those in the know – is offering a special couple's treatment; partners will be invited into the marble hammam, which they will have to themselves for a 45-minute low mist, high-intensity steam before being led separately for an exfoliating treatment of authentic black Moroccan soap, as well as face and scalp massages with aromatic rose oil. Afterwards, the couple will rejoin in the Sultana lounge of velvet beds and silk cushions for Middle Eastern tea and sweet cakes. Heightened senses and true pampering at the Miraj Hammam create a memorable experience for both you and your Valentine.
Neon Pink Heart Print, available at The Cross Decor & Design, 1198 Homer ($50)
Simple, graphic and bright sum up this super cute print, created by Banquet Atelier & Workshop. At roughly 20"x20", this playful piece makes the perfect everyday Valentine, with just enough statement to shout out "I love You" when you walk in the room. The neon pink heart is given an amped-up chic look with a soft grey background (rather than the expected stark white), allowing it to take on a slightly softer edge to suit any decor. I'm picturing this as an ideal gift for the wee ones this Valentine's Day – this would be a seriously adorable addition to any nursery or playroom.
The Joy bracelet, available at Jen Ellis Designs ($38)
Timing is everything, and I love when it comes together like clockwork. Coinciding perfectly with Valentine's Day, the Joy bracelet from local talent Jen Ellis has just launched as the newest addition to her designs. Chic, feminine pieces have become the cornerstone of Jen Ellis Designs, offering women ultra simple jewellery options that add the subtle finishing touches to an everyday look, or layer together beautifully for an elegant high impact. The Joy bracelet, available in either sterling silver or 14K gold fill, are a modern approach to the identity bracelets of the past; a streamlined interpretation, the Joy allows just enough room for a 'sweet nothing' to your love to be engraved.