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Happy Valentine's Day!!

Happy Valentine's Week! Hope you enjoy these fun Valentine's facts and lovely pink-inspired rooms and photos!!


The first known tie of Valentine's Day with romantic love was in 1382 by Geoffrey Chaucer, who wrote a poem to honor the first anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II of England to Anne of Bohemia who married at 15.

"For this was Saint Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate."


A High Court of Love, which dealt with love contracts, betrayals, and violence against women, was established in Paris on Valentine's Day in 1400.



Judges were selected by women on the basis of a poetry reading.(This should still be in practice in todays courts!!)


The earliest surviving Valentine is a 15th-century poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife.

Je suis desja d'amour tanné
Ma tres doulce Valentinée...



Unfortunately, at the time, the duke was being held in the Tower of London after being captured at battle. 1415.


The verse "roses are red" was first heard as far back as 1590 in Edmund Spencer's novel The Faerie Queene.  

She bath'd with roses red, and violets blew,
And all the sweetest flowres, that in the forrest grew.

In 1797, a British publisher issued The Young Man's Valentine Writer, which contained scores of  sentimental verses for the young lover unable to compose his own.


Printers began producing a limited number of cards with verses and sketches called "Mechanical Valentines." 

Mass production coupled with a lowering of postage made Valentines less personal but much more wide spread!

For the first time cards could be mailed anonymously, which started a trend of racy verses in a time which was typically known as prudish.


Paper Valentines became so popular in England in the early 19th century that they were assembled in factories.


Fancy Valentines were made with real lace and ribbons, with paper lace introduced in the mid-19th century.


In the United States, the first mass-produced Valentines of embossed paper and lace were produced and sold shortly after 1847 by Ester Howard (1828–1904) of Massachusetts. His father owned a stationary store! An exceptional woman entrepreneur!!


In the 1950's US, Valentines were extended to giving roses and chocolates, and in the 80s, it extended to diamonds!


1 billion Valentines are mailed or given each year in the United States-- Teachers receive the most Valentines. Yayy!!

A special thanks to Sharon author of the blog Roses and Rust who did such a wonderful review of the book .  If you haven't read her blog, please visit it.  She is from South Africa and shows so many inspirational design photos from across the globe. The above photo I took from one of her wonderful blogs!!


 The rise of Internet popularity at the turn of the millennium is creating new traditions. An estimated 15-million e-Valentines were sent in 2010.


Although I always enjoy a wonderful dinner, roses, chocolates or diamonds, my most memorable valentines are still ones handmade, hand-delivered and given from the heart!  Happy Valentines to all my blog friends who have been so supportive of me. You are all very special!! A big thanks to Joan author of the blog For the Love Of A House  If you haven't read her blog, please visit it.  She has a wonderful blog with so many incredible ideas!!

Feb-16 5:30-7:00pm--Please join Vieux Interiors, Interior Designer Julie Dodson and myself for  a fun cocktail meet and greet event!   Julie will be using the stores wonderful furnishings to design her own room while I will be discussing finishing trends and signing copies of Segreto:Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors.   Located at 3701 West Alabama, suite 160. .  RSVP to or 713-626-9500.

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Reader Comments (3)

What an interesting post and filled with so many beautiful pictures. Thank-you so much for the mention. It really was a pleasure reviewing your book. Wishing you a very happy Valentine's day and a great week. x Sharon

February 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharon @ Roses and Rust

What a gorgeous way to start my morning. Love all of the pinks and the first bathroom with the amazing tile and mirror...fabulous!!

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdesignchic

Pretty images~and lovely history lesson. That first image with the antique pink venetian mirror is one of my favorites. Happy Valentines Day Leslie!

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteramy @ Maison Decor

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