weekday dinner special

An extra-large serving of Fall-inspired tablescapes I’m loving right now.


See anything you like?

On a side note:

Oh, and I’d like you to meet the latest addition to our casa. Meet Dexter. Our ten-week old lab-retriever puppy. Isnt he adorable? I am crazy about him. Any tips for a new dog parent?

images: style me pretty, 100 layer cake, pinterest and emmas design blog. Dexter by me.


how to create a sexy boudoir

Things have a been a little quiet on the blogging front this week. I am working on a few site upgrades + fixes and other technical stuff which I hope to have resolved by next week.

Meanwhile, check out these sensational bedrooms that unabashedly bring SEXY back to boudoirs, making it THAT much harder to get out of bed, and some of my tips to transform your bedroom into a sensual retreat.

I have also been planning a new headboard for our master suite and I think I might have found the perfect fabric to reupholster it with. Perfect, for now anyway. Will share more deets on this shortly. I want to add nail head trim to the headboard, any of you know where I can find the tools for this? Help!

Here are a few of my MUSTS to create a sexy boudoir.

  • The room should be dark and cozy to ensure good rest.
  • Soft Bedding: dont skimp on sheets. Buy the best ones you can find/afford. I am a huge fan of white bedding protected by a patterned bedspread. I got my comforter set from Zicci Bea, sheets from target and bedspread by John Robshaw. Also, ironed sheets make ALL the difference.
  • Foam mattress topper: want the feel of a Tempurpedic but not ready for a new mattress? Try a memory foam topper and contour pillow for similar comfort. Trust me, your body will thank you in the AM.
  • Higher bed and tall headboard make small bedrooms look larger while making this the focal point of the room.
  • Add soft drapes around the bed to make things more intimate and romantic.
  • Dont forget to add rugs, lots of them especially if you have hardwood floors.
  • Lamps: mood lighting and reading lamps
  • Fresh flowers
  • Gild! Add glamorous touches with metallic and mirrored details
  • Plush chair or sofa
  • Layers and textures
  • Soft fabrics, wall coverings, and window treatments
  • Go big but dont forget to edit. Less is def more when it comes to bedrooms
  • Make it feel luxurious and a place you feel like at peace in

What are your musts for a sexy bedroom?

images:  Elle Decor, merchant design

happy friday + weekend links + TAKE ME AWAY

When it comes to interiors few things impress me more than well-curated homes filled with memories of a life well-traveled. Which is why I couldn’t sign-off for the weekend without this healthy dose of eclectic-global spaces.

PS this is little peek of a new series I am starting on mochatini called TAKE ME AWAY. If you are interested in contributing/ participating email me {mochatiniblog at gmail dot com} and I’ll send you all the details.

weekend links


Have a great weekend friends. xoxo

images: 1-3, 4, 5, 6-9

Are you ready for Fall?

As much as I love Summer, I love Fall even more. The weather is much nicer, there are fewer mosquitoes here in DC and I love the bright colors of leaves.

Over at Bright Bazaar I spotted 6 beautiful Fall party themes created by the immensely talented creative team of stylists over at BHLDN. These tablescapes got me instantly excited for Fall entertaining. Each features several quirky, whimsical and pretty party supplies which you can mix and match to create a totally unique look for your party.

While they are all lovely, dreamy and sure to put any guest in good spirits,  I was especially drawn to these three themes.


A real party starter, this look brings out the romantic bookworm in me. Easy to create too. Buy vintage/old hard cover books from thrift stores, I get them as low as 10 cents, and tear pages to create one of a kind placemats, menu cards and more. Add glitter + sparkles and voila!

printed lumire votives | black eyed susan tablecloth



Arent these favors adorable? I do something very similar with my business cards: insert into clear velum sleeves and ink stamp them with pretty designs. Once, for a client I used these sleeves to insert recipe cards as favors.

banded guest diary | champignons favor bags


Dont forget to create a sip station. Guests feel instantly at home when they can help themselves to beverages. How fun are these chalkboard planters? I would love to use these at a sip station to jot down the name of cocktail and fill with herbs (such as mint) that are part of the recipe.

How would you use these?

chalkboard planter | crinkled wheel set

Tell me how are you getting ready for the new season? Or are you sad Summer is almost over?

ps: dont miss the beautiful collage that Will created with all six looks.

images: bhldn