Mochatini + AphroChic + Matchbook Mag = When work is a fun rooftop soiree

Friends! I have some lovely news to share with you. My styling work is in the latest issue of Matchbook Magazine. Pgs 80-88.

You know how much I absolutely enjoy creating tablescapes. So when one of my favorite designer/blogger Jeanine Hays, invited me to style a summer party on her rooftop in Philly, I was beyond thrilled. I mean, I love this gal. She’s talented, kind, one of the most genuine bloggers, a successful entrepreneur, a lovely person….and I simply adore her.. Needless to say I was in like wine in sangria. The thought of working alongside a friend, had me doing cartwheels and making virtual moodboards at the same time…

Would you like to see how our wonderfully collaborated project turned out?



We had SUCH a lovely time. I absolutely love when collaborations like this when everything works so well together. Like magic.  We transformed her outdoor space into an extension of their home by creating a warm and stylish entertaining space. We softened the urban rooftop by playing with a forest green and candy yellow color palette. Moss balls and ornamental oregano added visual interest.

Huge thank you to Jeanine Hays and her husband, AphroChic team, Jane from Matchbook and Rachel and my wonderful hubby. Pleasure working with you all.

Also thanks to Steuben for stemware, Little Bit Heart for lovely invites, menu and placecards, Rosanna for botanical plates, Michael Aram for salt+pepper shakers, Macaron Cafe for macarons as favors. Flatware is by Dvf and polka dot bread plates by Kate Spade.

images: Rachel McGinn

hello monday + waterfront homes

Great things are in the making friends!! Things have been busy busy around here. I can’t believe Summer is nearly over. I still have to make time to go for that bike ride I keep meaning to go on. I did however organize and weed through my closet and (ahem) kinda PACK *shock* for upcoming trip to Vegas! I think the secret is a pre-packed overnight carry-on.

I also need catch up with many of you.

Picked up a boat load of design mags at my local Borders store-closing sale 🙁  this weekend. I may or may not have gone overboard and bought too many. But I am absolutely LOVING all the super gorgeous homes that they are are packed with. Take these two private resort-like homes featured in latest issue of Architectural Digest.

PS: Have you read British shelter mag house and garden? Cant wait to show you the bright bold and global rooms that I am loving!

happy friday

With temperatures soaring in DC all I can think about this weekend is lounging by the pool sporting a brand new bikini and tons of sunscreen. What are your plans?

Have a smashing weekend!



glamour-infused rooms

A dose of glamour-infused luxurious-looking eclectic rooms to energize and get those decorating juices flowing. These rooms are totally delicious! 😉

Details Im absolutely loving: grasscloth/linen wallpapers, branch/antler inspired chandeliers, gold and brass furniture, and art walls.

Which details catch your eye?



ps: just got the pics from our design camp party! yet to sort through the tablescaping pics but we have some up on mochatini facebook page. Check them out!

images via luxesource, decorati and sukio