On Valentine’s Day, consider this: Who knows your secrets and hides your messes? Who welcomes you at the end of a hard day, no matter how long you’ve been gone? And with whom do you always sleep at night? Why, your home, of course. It has all the qualities of the perfect mate. Bring out the best in your beloved with these lovable furnishings, fixtures, and accents.
First things first: Every relationship needs some spark. Commission a stylish radiator cover from Allston’s Sandcastle, like this artful disguise constructed of distressed mahogany and painted wooden strips made to mirror the picture frame on top. Co-owner Sandi Castleman and crew personally measure and design each one to match your decor and use sustainable domestic lumber.
From $250 at Sandcastle, 210 North Harvard St., Allston, 617-783-5100, www.webuildstuff.com
You need a partner who makes a statement — perhaps with the strikingly patterned lamps by Fort Point designer Jill Rosenwald and photographer Gray Malin. One of Rosenwald’s favorites is the black and gold Monaco with a silk shade. Malin’s aerial photographs of beach umbrellas inspired the unusual design. It’s nice to see your loved one in a flattering light, isn’t it?
$595 at Jill Rosenwald Studio, 369 Congress St., second floor, Boston, 617-422-0787, www.jillrosenwald.com
South Boston’s Machine Age is a popular stop for designers prowling for mid-century pieces. Have fun with a custom-made 1950s green vinyl and red Formica bar, three stools, and glass-shelved mirror seemingly straight out of Don Draper’s apartment — perfect for a finished basement or game room. The mirror is wall-mounted, so the blocks shown here are not part of the set.
$1,250 at Machine Age, 645 Summer St., Boston, 617-464-0099, www.machine-age.com
Maybe you can’t give your home a diamond, but you can make it sparkle with Lekker Home’s regal Bubble Chandelier, a modern switch from the garish fixtures of yore. It’s made with delicate mouth-blown-glass globes in a variety of finishes and cords.
$2,700 at Lekker Home, 1313 Washington St., Boston, 617-542-6464, www.lekkerhome.com
You need someone — or something — that will pick you up when you fall. So fasten one of Room & Board’s durable steel Crew multiple wall hooks in your mudroom or entryway, available in 14 neutral or cheery powder-coated colors.
$99 at Room & Board, 375 Newbury St., Boston, 617-351-0020, www.roomandboard.com
Time to dump your drab filing cabinet: The Dedale wall storage unit from Roche Bobois stylizes home office essentials with form and function. These geometric shelves can hold files, books, funky boxes to hide your secrets, whatever your heart desires. Go subtle with white or black or playful with red or orange.
$2,845 at Roche Bobois, 2 Avery St., Boston, 617-742-9611, www.roche-bobois.com
Affable Donald Adamian presides over the 150-foot-long, 10-foot-wide Adams Fireplace Shop near Cambridge’s Fresh Pond. Duck in — really, duck — and browse his labyrinthine displays of rare Victorian fireplace screens, like this solid 1910 English brass antique fan that looks like a peacock and folds.
$3,350 at Adams Fireplace Shop, 505 Concord Ave., Cambridge, 617-547-3100, www.adamsfireplaceshop.com
December Thieves’s lightweight stag’s head wall displays serve as primal statement decor or stylish hooks. Use the antlers to hang coats, scarves, or keys. Choose between black with silver antlers, white on white, jaunty fuchsia with gold or mint with gold.
$140 at December Thieves, 524 Harrison Ave., 617-375-7879, or 88 Charles St., Boston, 617-982-6802,
We all need someone who weathers our moods and brightens our days. Pick up a funky umbrella stand for your foyer, like this vintage Asian-inspired piece in soothing blue and orange, at Twelve Chairs, a South End home decor shop and interior design studio.
$298 at Twelve Chairs, 581 Tremont St., Boston, 617-982-6136, www.twelvechairsboston.com
Dress up a front door with an unusual knocker from Beacon Hill’s Period Furniture Hardware Company, a staple in the neighborhood for generations. Welcome spring with this whimsical brass and bronze butterfly with wings painted a bluish green.
$115 at Period Furniture Hardware Company, 123 Charles St., 617-227-0758, www.periodfurniturehardware.com
Finnish textile company Marimekko’s bright patterns give a jolt of color to the dreariest winter windows. Impassion your panes with curtains made from cotton fabrics like Lumimarja with its Valentine’s Day pink and red berries.
From $53 per yard, Marimekko, 140 Newbury St., Boston, 617-247-2500, or 350 Huron Ave., Cambridge, 617-354-2800, us.marimekko.comKara Baskin is a regular contributor to the Globe. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.