for the love of stripes

I absolutely love black and white stripes.


Not only are they timeless, work just as well for a modern look as they do in a traditional setting, they are the easiest way to update any look. Accent them with primary colors or add pizzazz to a neutral palette for that wow factor.

Go big or small, use them indoors or outdoors, fashion or tablescape, drapes or rug, they never go out of style. Black and white stripes are the very definition of chic, according to house beautiful. I couldnt agree more. Yes, I love me some black and white stripes.


My friends, what do you think of stripes? Are you ready to welcome stripes into your life?

asos dress (boo that they dont have it my size), kate spade letterpress notecards, dvf napkin rings, style at home, house beautiful, trad home



happy friday + backyard cabanas + video of baby cardinals learning to fly

I’m dreaming of a stylish cabana for our backyard. I’d love one of these modern and chic designs with stripes, trimmings, the works. I would dress it up with sexy poofs, my succulents, lanterns, side tables and comfy loungers…..


I can just image hubby and me relaxing in our garden in one of these, keeping us cool under the shade, playing scrabble, reading our fav books and mags, while sipping a refreshing beverage with bubbles. Oh wouldnt they be insanely fabulous for entertaining friends?  Yes, I am so ready to take our backyard soirees to the next level!



Speaking of backyards. We found Cardinals nesting in our yard recently and then today saw them teaching their newborns to fly.  It was all so cute and really tugged my hearts strings. . I could watch them all day. I see them hopping around the yard as I type this.

We caught some clips of them on video.

Check it out and tell me it is not the most adorable thing you have ever seen.

We have a long weekend here in the US for memorial day, yay!! We’re hosting a little BBQ party and putting the finishing touches on the basement. You guys,  I love what we did with the space!! I cant WAIT to show pics of it.

Have a great {memorial day} weekend.



elle decor modern life concept house

Part of our agenda at Blogfest included visit to show homes such as the Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House. Designed by Elle Decor’s 10 designers to watch here are some of my fav bits from the concept house.

Dont forget to check out the video at the end of Elle Decor Editor in Chief Michael Boodro giving a tour of the concept house.

finally a living room design that includes a telly. I love the driftwood sculpture in the back.

fabulous views and outdoor entertaining area. such a luxury in NYC.

hand painted wallpaper goodness.

pretty wallpaper detail on the ceiling. im SO into ceiling details right now.

This hand-painted door was abs stunning

love this idea of using takeout menus to create a backsplash. so new york.


It was absolutely fantastic to connect and talk design with other bloggers attending blogfest.
If you happen to be in NYC before June 5, take the time to check out the elle decor concept house. The $30 admission fee goes to support housing works, a charity that fights to end homelessness and AIDS.

images manvi drona-hidalgo, lonny blog and video from

picnic with lilly pulitzer + tea with barbara barry + cocktails with traditional home = fab day at blogfest

This is what day two at blogfest was like:

Lilly Pulitzer picnic at Lee Jofa showroom.

Presentation of Indochine, Barbara Barry‘s latest collection for Kravet followed by Tea with Barbara Barry. Barbara’s presentation where she shared her travel through Asia was soo inspiring it left me with goosebumps for like ten minutes. She also introduced her new tea, which is simply delectable.

Traditional Home hosted a cocktail reception and book signing with interior designers at Mayo Studios. Access to inspired design? hellsyeah!

Huge thanks to Beth Greene, Jennifer Powell, the entire team at KRAVET and LEE JOFA for a fantastic lineup of events, sessions and parties.

See more pics on mochatini facebook page.

Stay tuned for elle decor modern life concept house and la cienega highlights

images: manvi drona-hidalgo