It’s love, actually

Romantic design news, by Katie Law
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The Flip video camera

Sexy video

Your other half will love this sleek little video camera, which comes in black, silver, orange or hot pink. Its flip-out USB arm allows you to upload your videos to websites in seconds.

Adding music can be done at the press of a button, too. The Flip costs £99.99 from major retailers. For more information, visit www.flip

Colombo Two phone

Love on the line

The Lollipop Shoppe
For gadget lovers, the Colombo Two phone makes a chic present. It is a smart, cordless and designed by Tej and Sach Chauhan. Compatible with all telephone lines, it requires a phone socket and a power point and comes in either white or this luscious coral. It costs £39.99 from, a designer treasure trove of a website.

Emma Bridgewater mug

Hug a mug

Emma Bridgewater
Send a mug instead of a card, from Emma Bridgewater’s new range of pottery, which come in matching blue or pink designs. They are cute and cost £15.95 each or £32 for a boxed pair.

For more information and stockists details, call 020 7371 5489, or visit uk.

Hang art at home in the form of richly printed images

Romantic wall flowers

Surface View
Hang art at home in the form of richly printed images from the National Gallery, the V&A and great photograph and poster collections.

You can choose any size, crop or colour combination; simply select from a bank of more than 1,000 images at, or order an image of your own.

Expect to pay from £75 a square metre for wall art; canvases and blinds cost more. For more details, call 0118 922 1327.

Hummingbird sconce

For the birds

An Angel At My Table
For presents that ooze old-fashioned boudoir chic, this small Essex-based mail-order and online business, run by Patty Collister, is just the ticket.

French flea market-style birdcage mirrors (from £39 to £95); a retro gold love sign (£19.50); a replica cherry blossom tree in a terracotta pot, in either pink or white (£225); and this gorgeous hummingbird sconce (£105) are all quirky and desirable. See, or call 0845 200 0723.

Handmade glass “love hearts”

Love hearts

Aaronson Noon Glass Studio
Invite your partner to make handmade glass “love hearts” at Aaronson Noon Glass Studio on St Valentine’s Day. Glass artist Adam Aaronson will teach the basics of glassmaking and with a little help from him you can make each other a delightful glass love heart, though it has to be left to cool overnight. When you collect them they can be engraved with your names. Sessions are held on the hour every hour from 11am to 4pm and cost £75 a couple.

Please call 020 7610 1900 to book your space. Payment is required at the time of booking. Aaronson Noon Glass Studio, Roxby Place, SW6 (020 7610 3344;

Agnolo Bronzino’s An Allegory with Venus and Cupid

Art aches

The National Gallery
Combine your love of art with the art of love at the National Gallery’s St Valentine’s Day twilight tour of paintings on the theme of love, including Agnolo Bronzino’s An Allegory with Venus and Cupid. From 4pm for an hour. Meet at the Sainsbury Wing information desk.

La Vie en Rose bed

And so to beds...

Au Lit clearance sale
Online bed company Au Lit is selling off some of its luxurious vintage French bed frames (without mattress) from the Twenties and Thirties at knock-down prices. Each frame is a characterful one-off and has been reupholstered.

For example, the La Vie en Rose bed (pictured), sumptuously upholstered in Kenzo rose fabric, is reduced from £1,500 to only £950. Visit

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