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Happy Valentine’s Day! Win One of the Rio Leather Cosmetic Bags

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To celebrate the holiday, we’re offering 20 Rio Leather Cosmetic Bags to our readers. The Rio Leather Cosmetic Bag is the perfect size to slip in your purse and will hold your favorite lipsticks, brushes, blushes and other daily necessities. The Rio features hand-stitched leather trim and a bright red color — perfect for Valentine’s Day as well as any other day of the year.


Want to win one of the Rio Leather Cosmetic Bags? Simply fill out the form below by 11:59 pm PT tonight and we’ll pick 20 winners at random.  (You can read the official rules here.) Good luck and Happy Valentine’s Day!


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Valentine’s Day Gifts For Guys: A Few of Our Favorite Picks

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Let’s face it: men aren’t the easiest people to shop for on Valentine’s Day.  Luckily, we’re here to help with a selection of Valentine’s Day gifts for guys  sure to satisfy the men  in your life. See if the men you know fit into the categories we’ve outlined, and if any of these gifts will work for your dad, brother, husband or BFF.

The Frequent Traveler If you know and love someone who’s booking tickets to far-flung destinations when he’s not combing the pages of  Travel + Leisure, channel that interest with a gift of our Saddle Leather Passport Cover. Crafted of distressed leather with hand-stitched details, you can make it extra special with a monogram, which will be centered on the lower-right-hand corner of the cover.


The Boy Scout If you love a fella who fancies himself a handy guy,  he’ll appreciate these Victorinox Swiss Army Knives.  Each knife has a hardwood handle whose color and grain patterns are unique. The knives can also be monogrammed with your personal boy scout’s initials. With features including a bottle opener,  large screwdriver , wire strip, tweezers, toothpick and reamer, you know he’ll be ready for every situation, whether it’s a picnic bottle of wine or a last-minute bicycle repair.


The Gambler If your guy would rather spend his Friday nights playing Texas Hold ‘Em, splurge on this  Poker Table, which was inspired by a handmade game table our designers  found at a local flea market. With features including chip holders, troughs, cup holders and a black felt top, your favorite poker player  will be the toast of game night. 


The Collector If you love a man who loves to collect art, our new collection of original art is a great way to show him you care. Our favorite pick for a Valentine’s Day guy? This Glen Firestone oil painting, Establishment II.  Painted on wood, Firestone created the painting  by stripping wood remnants into thin pieces, sanding and painting them, then laying them down on a larger wood panel. Small dates painted onto various wood strips echo back to Firestone’s obsession with numbers and order.


The Mixologist If your guy mixes a mean drink and prides himself on his home bar, gift him this gorgeous cut glass Library Decanter. Made from hand-cut mouth-blown soda-lime glass, it’s a perfect way to display his favorite bourbon.


The Audiophile If your guy and his iPod seldom part, this Saddle Leather Earphone Case provides a convenient and handsome way to corral those pesky earphones and keep them from tangling. (As for headphone recommendations, it’s hard to go wrong with Thinksound wooden headphones . . .)


The Bibliophile Whether he’s partial to the Kindle, hardcover novel or a selection of magazines, the bibliophile deserves a comfy perch for his hours of leisure reading. We’re partial to the Turner Leather Armchair, whose high back and thick, squared-off arms  provide great support for your guy’s favorite hobby. With down-blend cushions and top-grain leather upholstery, it’s the type of chair that will remain a favorite for years to come.

Get in the Valentine’s Day Spirit With a Love Mantel

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  • We’re in love with this idea for a Valentine’s Day mantel. — Folk Magazine
  • What an inspiring way to remember generations past — with a chair. — Apartment Therapy
  • These before and after photos are inspiring us to redecorate the dining room. — Front & Main
  • A guide to some of the great places in Knoxville, TN. — Design Sponge
  • Fold a heart-shaped book marker for your favorite Valentine’s Day bookworm.  — How About Orange
  • Instant art with . . . embroidery hoops? — Sweet Paul Magazine
  • Stylish ways to display black and white photographs. — Centsational Girl
  • Find a new favorite winter beer. — The Blender
  • Some great inspiration for arranging a staircase photo gallery wall. — Pottery Barn Design Studio

20 Unique, Romantic and Utterly Charming Valentine’s Day Cards

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While everyone enjoys receiving a thoughtfully picked Valentine’s Day gift, sometimes a well-chosen Valentine’s Day card can be equally touching (especially if it accompanies a pretty bouquet).

Whether you have a special sweetheart this Valentine’s Day or are single and mingling, there’s always someone (or someones) on your list who deserve a sweet card. That’s just one of the many reasons why we love this set of Valentine’s Day cards featuring original hand-drawn illustrations from artist Melissa Baswell Williams. With these 10 eco-friendly cards, which are printed on recycled kraft cardstock, you can send cards to everyone from you best friend to your sweetest niece. All of the cards feature Melissa’s designs in black and red, with the inside of the cards left blank for your own special greetings. Choose from a mix of the cards shown, and if you like, you can even  specify a different card amount if you’re feeling extra generous this year.

We’ve rounded up a variety of cards for your perusing pleasure. Most are romantic, all are charming and a few are just the littlest bit cheeky. Can you find a favorite among these selections?


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