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


  1. Mon, you are too good to me. Never say never…One of these days i JUST might come over to your side of the country!! Enjoy your time off hun and sip a few glasses for me. you are a wonderful friend. xo

  2. Noe, thanks. truly the right decor makes guest feel welcome and gets them energized for the party!

  3. thank you Miya. Touched that you want to blog about my designs. Do send me a link to the post when its up.

  4. Oh my! What a perfect collaboration! Honestly, could it have turned out any better!!!?? FANTASTIC!

    And yes, Manvi – you are the best. Simply THE best!

    Too bad I can never have you over to my house…! (:

    Love to you,


    P.S Sitting on a deck, looking at the sunset, sipping wine and only making 2 blog comments today!

  5. So thrilled for you! It is amazing how a beautifully designed table sets the tone for the entire party. It simply could not have looked better.

    xx Noe

  6. You are SWEETER Jeanine. I am so honored to call you a friend. YES YES YES lets do it again!! Very soon. ps CONGRATULATIONS on your upcoming book. Proud of you girl!! x

  7. Hi Karen, How nice of you to stop by here. I think I have a pic of us up on mochatini’s facebook page. Have you checked it out yet?
    Thank you for your kind words. Hope you are well?

  8. I thought I recognized you when I took a look at the latest Matchbook Mag issue. We met at the Elle Decor showhouse back in May. 😉 Congrats on the feature of your work! Beautiful work.

  9. Thank you Rachel. The issue is absolutely gorg! and the macarons are melt-in-your-mouth delish!! def give them a try

  10. Thank you Will. Coming from means a lot! I knew the bright runner would catch your eye.

  11. Congratulations on a seriously fantastic shoot, Manvi. I love the sophisticated way you’ve worked brights into the tablescape – very inspiring.

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