Each month I write a newsletter for my company Casa Vilora Interiors called Pocket Decorator. As the name implies, this newsletter is meant to be a quick and concise reference guide (like a pocket dictionary) about interior decorating tips, ideas and inspiration.

It is published at the beginning of the month and features decorating articles, paint color selection for the month, a craft or DIY idea, recipes and promotions for the month.

Below is our February or Valentine’s issue. The layout is a bit distorted from transferring it to WordPress from Campaigner, but I just wanted to give you an idea of what content you can expect each month

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February 2014
Valentine's Day
Pocket Decorator                               By Casa Vilora Interiors
 Welcome to this month’s issue of Pocket Decorator. In this issue we will focus on Valentine’s Day – the day of love and romance. We will be exploring some wonderful ideas and tips for a romantic day and creating a romantic space. We will feature clever and creative crafts and gift ideas. And I hope you’re hungry, because we will be showcasing a wonderful cupcake recipe. And in recognition of Black History Month, we will be honoring African American Interior Designers who helped pave the way for us.So sit back and relax and enjoy this month’s issue of Pocket Decorator. Hopefully you will find inspirationIdeas For Valentine’s Romance and Creating A Romantic SpaceCreating romance should not be reserved for just a designated holiday, but Valentine’s Day is definitely time to go all out. We lead very busy lives, and romance often gets pushed to the back burner, but with these great tips a romantic space can be yours all year round.-Use plush fabrics as much as possible throughout the room-Incorporate lots of candles-Create a romantic mood with ambient lighting, and using dimmers

-If you have a large bedroom, use a large bed or try using a canopy bed with sheer draping panels

-Incorporate a small seating area

-Use warm colors

With these simple tips, you can have a romantic space all year round.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

For Her


The usual flowers and chocolate are always great V-day gifts for her. But here are a few more ideas to delight her this Valentine’s Day-A romantic get-away to a bed and breakfast

-Hiring a maid service for a year or taking on most of the chores for a while

-A gift certificate for an interior design consultation or one day makeover and organizing

-A romantic evening out on the town (minus the kids). A horse drawn carriage ride is always a nice treat

-Creating a romantic  master bedroom retreat (get professional help if needed)

-Upgrade her wedding ring or give her a nice piece of jewelry. Diamonds are always nice

For Him

Guys are usually not very picky, but they need love too on Valentine’s Day. Here are some gift ideas for the man in your life

-Concert tickets to his favorite band

-A romantic get-away to a swanky hotel

-A trip to a beer brewery

-Upgrade his man cave or study (Get professional help if needed)

-A trip to Vegas

Hopefully this list will provide you with some great ideas for Valentine’s Day, and knock the socks off your sweetie

Read my recent blog post that pokes a bit of fun at Valentine’s Day gifting. Click here to read “Your Guide To Getting Exactly What You Want For Valentine’s Day”

Raw Vegan CupcakesAbout 8 months ago, I decided to fully embrace the “almost” raw vegan lifestyle. With this drastic change in my eating habits, it is often very difficult to find delicious treats like cupcakes that will be healthy and of course, as raw as possible. So I took to Pinterest to find some inspiration for delicious cupcake treats for Valentine’s Day. I was pleasantly surprised at what I found. There were tons of beautiful photos and definitely great inspiration. Some of my favorite recipes were from the Rawdorable Blog. These wonderful cupcake treats are pictured above, and if your mouth is watering like mine was…you can click here for the recipes  Let me know how they turn out.
Valentine’s Glitter LettersIf you love glitter, then this Valentine craft idea found on Crazy Little Projects Blog is perfect for you! It is simple to make and great for kids as well. Click here for the step by step instructions. These can be any letters…example the initials or first name of your sweetie, or the word LOVE or KISS….anything Valentine related really. Decorate with them above your mantel, or as part of a vignette on a console table. Why not give this one a try!Decorating Tips For Valentine’s Day As an Interior Decorator, I love to decorate seasonally and for holidays. Valentine’s Day is no exception. Here are a few ideas for decorating for Valentine’s Day without going overboard or breaking the bank -It’s great to decorate with hand made crafts-Add a wreath to your front door or above the fireplace-Arrange a collage of plates on the wall that are decorated with Valentine’s Day graphics

-Add throw pillows and a throw using Valentine colors

-Bring in real flowers in reds and pinks – tulips, roses and hydrangeas are great options

-Add details to upholstered dining room chairs using ribbons

-Create a table top vignette including flowers, picture frames, candles

-Lots of candles, preferably wickless candles

This photo from Positively Splendid Blog is a great example of a Valentine Mantel. Click here for article

Color CueI have been so inspired this month by tons of colors that I have helped my clients choose for their homes. One color that is my absolute favorite is Benjamin Moore Silver Lake (1598). Here it is in a room setting. What do you think? This is a great color for any room really. It works great in a bedroom for a serene and calm mood.
 Honoring African American Interior Designers Who Paved The WayThese days we sometimes take for granted some of the struggles that occurred in the past that has helped to make our futures brighter. As an Interior Decorator, I am so blessed to be able to do what I love everyday. It is very rewarding when a client’s home is transformed into their dream home and the look of gratitude that they always seem to have. From 1954 when the late Norma Merrick, who was the first African American woman to receive an Architecture license, to Designers like Sheila Bridges, Cecil Hayes and Preston Bailey – all very accomplished Interior Designers whose contribution to the industry cannot go unrecognized. Read article from The Examiner honoring these three Designers’ contributions to Interior DesignThe good news is that there has been a sharp uptick of African Americans enrolled in an Architecture or Interior Design program in college. The prospect of minorities in The Design Trade looks brighterIt is truly an honor to be a member of this great professionFebruary PromotionsChoose between FREE shipping on any order of $250 or more OR receive $50 off your purchase of $500 or more!Use coupon code VDAYLUV to receive free shipping and coupon code VDAYLUV50 to receive $50 off

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Please call 281-751-7552 to schedule a design consultation for your next projectHappy Valentine’s Day!




So let me know your thoughts on our Valentine’s issue of Pocket Decorator by leaving a comment below and please feel free to share . Be sure to click to the actual article for the proper layout.

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Have a marvelous Monday!

Be Inspired!

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Veronica Solomon, Casa Vilora Interiors

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