Today, we might not give a thought to giving flowers to our appliances [even for Valentine's Day], but obviously a more genteel spirit was at work in 1957. The humble, hardworking refrigerator—which the manufacturer boasted featured a 'lavish' use of aluminum—was deemed worthy of a long-stemmed rose.
This handcrafted tile goes straight to the heart of the matter. Part of the 'Much Love Me' collection by Ruan Hoffman, it has a charming, quasi-historical appearance—but its message is timeless. cletile.com
'A faucet for Valentine's Day?' Dear reader, if this is the disbelieving thought that's running through your mind, I understand your scorn. But allow me to point out that the Ibiza tap can quite literally slip into something more suited to the mood [or your kitchen decor]. It comes with a 'wardrobe' of three silicone sleeves that can be changed whenever you want a different color at the sink. ruvati.com
For Valentine's week, we'll take a look at some impassioned designs. This room uses color like Christian Louboutin—albeit reversing the accent hue. Just the right amount of black highlights the sizzling scarlet workbench, turning up the design heat in this high-gloss kitchen.
In this 1940 ad, there's a definite female majority in this 'administration,' but their sphere of influence seems to be limited to cooking. Of the eight planks in their platform [listed to the left of the serious-looking gent], this is my favorite: 'Adequate Defense against worry, heat, and dirt'.
I've just finished clearing a foot of snow off the car. During that oddly meditative [and chilly!] experience, I had more than ample opportunity to observe the effect of the wind on the white stuff; hence, this sculpted cabinet front. sorenrose.com
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.