Here’s a collection of Valentine’s wishes and inspiration from the DECO team, just for you! First up is editor Laureen Rossouw and her “Hello Darling!” postcard…

Karen Doyle (Copy Editor): “You make me happy when skies are blue…

Maryke Olivier, our Managing Editor, surprised her fiance Gideon with delicious heart-shaped french toast and honey for breakfast…

Rebecca Houston (Editorial Intern): ‘This is a family photograph of my grandparents Diana and Peter with my dad Duncan on our family farm in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.’

Charl Edwards (Online Editor): ‘I collect Penguin paperbacks for their striking orange covers. I especially like collecting ones with the word ‘love’ in the title.

Kyllie Hogg (Marketing Assistant): ‘My boyfriend surprised me with red velvet cupcakes this morning!

Marushka Stipinovich, our Pictures Editor, remembers her dad singing ‘She wore a yellow ribbon’ by George A. Norton to them as children. Here’s the handwritten song he wrote to them…

Handmade hearts from Ingrid Hale (Marketing and Brand Manager).

Mandy Allen (Features Editor): ‘Kiss some frogs today. You might just meet your prince (or princess).

Our stylist Hendrik Coetzee made the team some pink popcorn…

Inge Van der Merwe, DECO Intern, made this origami crane. ‘Japanese culture has treasured the crane as a symbol of honour, loyalty and peace. A person who folds a 1000 cranes before their wedding will have a happy marriage.

And lastly, Anton Sassenberg, our Creative Director, shares this photograph: ‘Taxi Dancers’ by Margaret Bourke-White.

Happy Valentine’s everyone!