You can hang up hopes of hanging an original Da Vinci in your living room. But local home-design company Naked Decor (Nakeddecor.com) brings masterpieces to your couch. Its new collection of throw pillows features cheeky renditions of leading ladies from iconic artwork, including Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” and Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring” (shown, $50 each).
Heart-shaped tokens of amour include velvet chocolate boxes, pastel candies stamped with simpleton phrases and spendy jewelry. A chicken-wire version (shown, $85-$115) goes beyond the usual V-Day gift suspects, screaming, “I adore you because you’re so punk rock/Nashville cool.” The wall decorations just landed at Urban Country (7117 Arlington Road, Bethesda; 301-654-0500), where other smooch-worthy gifts include pillows that spell out “LOVE” and big-enough-for-two throws.
Johnny Apple Mead?
Sadly, quaffing a Redd’s Apple Ale daily probably won’t have any bearing on how often you visit the doctor. But the crisp, subtly malted brew — think a light beer mated with a cider — may improve your mental outlook. The low-proof stuff, just in stock at Whole Foods and many local liquor stores (around $10 a six-pack), went down easily with a batch of grilled cheddar cheese sandwiches; it’d be equally refreshing enjoyed solo.
Prose for Your Nose
Try all you like: Rubbing a Kindle on your wrists will produce nothing more than a weird rash. Dabbing Paper Passion ($98, Luckyscent.com)on your person, however, will leave you smelling like the pages of a freshly printed novel. Developed by contemporary scent sensation Geza Schoen, the spritzer is packaged in an actual book (designed by Karl Lagerfeld) that includes a story about the fragrance. The subtle notes of amber and musk have us already wishing for a sequel.
Gear From Here
You chomp virginia-grown kale and slurp DC Brau. So why would you buy your sweetie that cubic zirconia pendant made in Manchuria? Instead, gift-shop locally crafted wares 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday at Nana’s Handmade Valentine Mart (3068 Mount Pleasant St. NW). Finds from 15 local designers include La La Circuit’s wool hats made from upcycled sweaters, Rachel Pfeffer’s funky jewelry (ring shown, $98) and Moonlight Bindery’s Lego-covered journals ($40 and up).