We never refuse champagne and we love flowers but Valentine’s Day calls for something special, a little more original… and it doesn’t have to be expensive.
Some good alternatives to the predictable and mass-produced can be found at the Bils & Rye gallery in Nunnington, near York.
The gallery celebrates its first birthday on February 14 and owners Nick and Kate Bentley have marked the occasion with a selection of heart-themed products from British designer makers. Prices start from £4.
“We have some beautiful ceramic hearts by Karen Banks, Brittany Delany and Louise Hall, as well as some amazing heart books by Rosy Hammersley and pewter hearts by Ella McIntosh,” says Kate, an artist, best-known for her paintings of farm animals.
During this month, Bils & Rye is donating commission from the sale of these heart-themed products to the Ryedale Special Families charity.
The ceramic hearts (pictured above) by Louise Hall start from £4.
*Bils & Rye, Nunnington Studios, Low Street, Nunnington, York, wwwbilsandrye.com