Plaster pink, distressed walls and plenty of antiques with patina are the hallmarks of a romantically pretty scheme, as Selina Lake takes us through some looks to refresh our homes this spring. We also take a look at the history and heritage of sailors’ valentines, Welsh Love Spoons and acrostic jewellery, while Luke Honey, our columnist, talks about Reverse or Vinegar Valentines – a phenomenon that began in the Georgian era and gave the recipient a rather unpleasant shock! This month’s houses are all full of intrigue and enchanting touches, from Annie Sloan’s colourful home to an apartment in Brighton owned by the director of the Pallant House Gallery. And if a new kitchen is on your wishlist this year, we highlight some favourite companies for whom quality craftsmanship is paramount.

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