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Massachusetts artist James Soares, also known as “Spires,” creates colorful, geometric graphics for surfaces as diverse as soda cans and canvases. His latest collaboration, with decor decal company Blik, puts his blend of hard-edged shapes and soft-focus colors up against the wall. The thin, self-adhesive tiles feature earth-toned rectangles (above, $50 for two 24-inch by 48-inch decals,, blue and black triangles ($50 for two 24-inch by 48-inch decals) and other color combinations.

Cookie Up a Better V-Day
Forgo the tired roses-and-chocolates combo for something more original this Valentine’s Day, like heart-shaped macarons from Macaron Bee ($2 each, $24 for 12; 1669 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-338-0216, Flavors include red velvet, raspberry yogurt and pink champagne, which are all naturally gluten-free (bonus!). Other flavors like chocolate lavender and pistachio are also available, though not in the aww-inducing shape.

Hot Deals
Williams-Sonoma, the California cookware giant, sells $3,000 espresso makers and $600 copper pots. But the baking/boiling/braising supply emporium isn’t just for the top 1 percent of foodies. Its new Open Kitchen line features 100 value-priced items, including a 10-piece cookware set (shown, $300, and stores), a sleek nylon spatula ($10) and bistro-worthy white soup bowls ($20 for four).