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18 design gifts to give to a loved one — or yourself — this Valentine's Day

18 design gifts to give to a loved one — or yourself — this Valentine's Day
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Home is where the heart is, literally.

This Valentine's Day, heart-shaped home goods and matching, whimsical prints are turning up the heat on style, providing a cadre of creative ways to embrace design — and showing up on everything from shower curtains to casserole dishes.

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Although there are several theories concerning how the heart shape as we know it came to be the enduring symbol of love, no one can say for sure. It's a mystery that seems fitting for the instantly recognizable symbol representing the world's most sought after and sometimes confounding emotion.

Luckily, looking for love in all the right places just got a whole lot easier. We shopped some of our favorite stores and found a lineup of gift-worthy goods aimed at celebrating — you guessed it — the joy of … home. (What, you were expecting something else?)

Your style is timeless

(UncommonGoods)

Beating heart clock, $85 at UncommonGoods.com.

My love doesn't waffle

(Kohls.com)

Five-of-hearts waffle maker, $69.99 at Kohls.com.

You shine, my Valentine

(Layla Grayce)

Oliver Gal heart canvas, $160 at LaylaGrayce.com.

You're intoxicating!

(UncommonGoods)

Bottle opener, $21 at UncommonGoods.com. Pair it with a favorite craft beer and you're golden.

Let's turn up the heat

(Crate and Barrel)

Le Crueset 2-quart Cerise red heart casserole dish, $285 at CrateandBarrel.com.

You brighten the stormiest skies

(UncommonGoods)

Heart-shaped umbrella, $32 at UncommonGoods.com.

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Shower you with love

(John Blumenfeld - Deny / Target)

Hello Beautiful shower curtain, $89.99 at Target.com.

I'm pouring my heart out: Will you be my valentine?

(Crate and Barrel)

Heart-shaped bottle stopper, $4.95 at CrateandBarrel.com. Pair it with a beloved vintage.

You keep me in stitches

(UncommonGoods)

Yarn bowl, $50 at UncommonGoods.com.

Valentine, you're ottoman league

(Target)

Oh Joy! heart-shaped ottoman, $59.99 at Target.com.

Doggone it, be my valentine!

(Henri Bendel)

Heart-shaped dog bowl, $38 at HenriBendel.com.

Welcome to my heart

(UncommonGoods)

Rubber heart doormat, $28 at UncommonGoods.com. Valentine's rug, $14.99 at Target.com

I believe in love at first sight

(Target)

Budi Kwan Love Eye Test print, $49 at Target.com.

Write it on your heart

(Target)

RoomMates dry erase peel-and-stick wall decals, $13.99 at Target.com.

You're eggstraordinary!

(Sur La Table)

Pair a dozen farm-fresh eggs with the Gama Go heart egg mold, $10 at SurLaTable.com.

You make my heart race

(DanielDuganArt.com)

A heart-to-heart pillow, from $55 at DanielDuganArt.com.

This bud's for you

Hand-blown heart-shaped bud vases, $25 each at UncommonGoods.com. Add a bloom for bonus points.

(UncommonGoods)

Wanna cuddle?

Be Mine fleece blankets, starting at $75 at DanielDuganArt.com.

Bonnie McCarthy contributes to the Los Angeles Times as a home and lifestyle design writer. She enjoys scouting for directional trends and reporting on what's new and next. Follow her on Twitter @ThsAmericanHome.

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