To celebrate the launch of our new Love Story Collection, we have worked with graphologist Tracey Trussell to reveal what our love notes really mean.
From heart doodles, to handwritten letters and ‘PS I love you’ – what do the intricacies say about the sender and what does it tell the receiver?
A common doodle scribbled on notebooks, cards and letters, speaking to The French Bedroom Company, Tracey explains “The heart is the universal symbol of love, romance and innocence. It tells of an affectionate, sentimental, emotional and romantic person, who may be dreaming of love and marriage. These people tend to wear rose-tinted spectacles.”
When writing in red, Tracey says “Red ink means that the writer is lively, energetic and passionate. Red evokes strong feelings and passion – not just love, but anger, hate and guilt too!”
A treasured and sought-after gesture, a handwritten love note is “unique and special that has been made especially for the recipient – the love interest” explains Tracey.
The beauty of love notes on paper is “that the surface material is fine and allows for the pressure of the pen strokes to be measured by feelings for indentations on the back. Heavy pressure writers are intense and fall hard; their feelings run deep. There will be 100% involvement and commitment.”
A long love letter accompanied by a bunch of flowers is said to be typical of someone who is “an old-fashioned traditionalist” according to Tracey, and “putting pen to paper conveys transparency and true feelings.”
On the window or shower screen
The doodle of a love note on a window or steamy shower screen is described by Tracey as “a less permanent message of love, but no less romantic! Especially as it can only be viewed for a very brief period of time. This is an impulsive act, and because these words are made spontaneously, they may reveal unconscious thoughts, repressed emotions, deep secrets.”
When a love note includes doodles from the admirer, this could reaffirm their commitment. Tracey comments “the flower doodle conveys loyalty and faithfulness; it tells that the doodler cares about relationships and social circles, and the rounded petals are all part of revealing a gentle, romantic nature”.
On the mirror
Not always the sincerest, a love note left on a mirror could be “Because they see themselves in the frame - here, the writer may be egotistical and narcissistic, believing that the world revolves around them. They may be in love with the idea of being in love.”
PS. I love you
Often thought of as a romantic statement to end every letter, Tracey says it is a “throwaway afterthought delivered as a comment at the bottom of the page. Like a whisper, the writer is trying to make light of the matter, but the truth is in the postscript.”
A typed letter
Some prefer a typed letter, something that is more organised and prepared well in advance. For this, which is deemed less personal, Tracey explains that this could be “an attempt to anonymise feelings” and that “perhaps there’s some embarrassment”.
Georgia comments, “It has been fascinating to unravel the meanings of the variety of love notes we receive in celebration of our new Love Story collection.
“It’s never been more important to tell our close ones how much we love them – whether that’s partners, friends or family. Our collection is inspired by romance, and if you’re a traditionalist or love sick doodler, there’s no denying the joy a gesture of love brings and hopefully our discussions with Tracey have given you some ideas as to what they could truly mean.”
With a more natural, classical romance feel, the new Love Story collection features beds and bed side tables hand carved from solid oak with intricate finials and detailing. Discover the Love Story collection here.