If you've been following us for a while, or even if you are new to our blog, you will probably know that design is our mutual passion. We are not usually ones for big public displays of affection, in fact the other day someone asked us if we were twins so we've obviously been together for so long that we are morphing into one another. So when it comes to Valentine's Day, love it or hate it, we don't go all out as we try to be lovely to each other all year round - try is the important word here. We don't necessarily succeed all of the time - we are only human.
But now more than ever it feels like love is what we could all do with a lot more of. So this year we are embracing Valentine's Day and the #LoveIsReal campaign by curated online marketplace notonthehighstreet.com.
They've invited us to share what #LoveIsReal means to us and the gift we chose to reflect this. (And hopefully this will help you out with some inspiration too of you are looking for ideas) For us, love is facing the rejections and successes together, growing together and creating together. But that all began with our wedding day 5 and a half years ago. (It was officially a civil partnership back then but we've always called it our wedding)
One of the design gifts we've chosen from the notonthehighstreet.com website is the Metallic Personalised Favourite Song Sound Wave Print, the perfect way to capture a memory in a graphic design gift. It's a visual representation of any song of your choice and can be made to order in various colour options. Here we've gone for pale blue and gold (long time loves). The song we've gone for is Mother's Journey, by composer Yann Tiersen.
Our mothers walked us down the aisle and this was the music that we had played by our friend on the piano. (Feel free to vom or say ahhhhh - it was a teary moment) We've come a long way in the five years since that day and it's good to be reminded of it.
On the subject of time, Making Living Lovely (...one moment at a time) has been part of our brand from the beginning. It's why we do what we do. So we've had it burned into this Monogram Personalised Wooden Watch Box to house all of our watches. We collect them and each one has an important memory - the ones our parents bought for us when we turned 18 or the gold one inherited when one of our grandfathers died. This personalised box with our inscription inside and initials on top is the perfect design item, to keep those timepieces in one safe place.
They look great together and hopefully give you some inspiration for a design led gift that is thoughtful, out of the ordinary and personal. Finished off with a case of our fav seasonal flowers, white tulips, this is putting a big smile on our faces. And we hope it is on yours too.
What does #LoveIsReal mean to you? Please head to Twitter and share your #LoveIsReal moment for a chance to win £150 with @notonthehighst to spend on a thoughtful, unique gift this Valentine's Day.