Happy Halloween and Birthday Weekend

Do you love or loathe Halloween? Are you dressing up? I am not but I do have a fun outfit for Dexter. If any of you are looking for last-min Halloween party decor ideas, check out this monochromatic bash that I created for Bright Bazaar. I used old record as chargers. For the centerpiece I spray painted pumpkins, artichokes and fabric hydrangeas in a flat black finish.



More details on Bright Bazaar.

Thanks for your visits this week. Have a great weekend.

images styled and photographed by manvi drona-hidalgo



baby its cold outside + mudroom/ entryway essentials

The arrival of Fall and winter means = wet boots, scarves, jackets, coats etc. When its cold, wet and muddy outside, keeping the house clean and free of leaves, dirt and puddles becomes a near impossible task. Gateway to the rest of the house this is when mudroom becomes the hardest working space in the house. This space is also the most practical spot for outerwear, boots, scarves, pet gear and more. For many homes the entryway functions as a mudroom. To get the most out of your mudroom—whether you’re adding a new one or reworking the one you already have—carefully consider these factors.


Mud rooms get messy very quickly, so floors which are easy and quick to clean are essential. I have hardwood floors which tend to be a bit high maintenance. Tiled floors are a good option because they are easy to install, very durable, and come in a host of attractive designs. Paving stones from Topp Tiles are also a great idea for a durable mud room floor. I recommend adding a rug. I prefer one made with natural materials such as jute, for people to first wipe their feet when they walk through the door to prevent wear and tear to floors as well as prevent dirt from traveling into other rooms.


A semi-gloss paint finish for the walls is a good choice for keep them clean. Personally, I am leaning towards wallpaper options or  chalkboard paint. I also spotted some vinyl wallpapers recently that look just as good. They are the easiest to maintain. And with just a simple sponge and water you can clean the most stubborn of stains in a flash.


For me is one of the most important spaces when it comes to storage. Smart planning is key. The space needs to be not only organized well, items need to be neatly stored while being accessible. Since there isnt much square footage, I suggest going vertical. A sturdy coat rack, hooks, and shelves maximize space. Use woven baskets to stow away hats, scarves, gloves, socks etc. A ledge that holds pretty bowls for keys, phones and coins contain the mess of smaller items. A small bench or chair is practical for slipping in and out of boots.


Last but certainly not the least factor to consider is decor. Accessorize stylishly, as this in most homes sets the tone for the rest of your home. Fresh flowers or a plant add character to the space. This is also a great place to hang a mirror for that final check before you the house.

What are some of your entryway/ mudroom musts?

images: pinterest, city sage.

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happy diwali + holiday decor ideas

Today is the festival/holiday of lights, Diwali. Mostly celebrated in Northern India, it is a FUN holiday with candles, twinkling lights and firecrackers. In our casa, Diwali officially marks the start of the holiday season and you know what that means….fairy lights, and holiday decorations are in full swing…

Even if you dont celebrate Diwali why not light a couple of candles in your home tonight? They are supposed to welcome good fortune in your homes and who doesnt love the soft glow of candle lights? Dont have any fancy candle holders at hand? Throw in tea lights in assorted mason jars, water tumblers, tea cups or wine glasses and arrange them on your mantle/dining table/front porch etc.



I love these hanging bubble candle holders (below) from CB2. Arent they festive? I am so getting these for my living room as part of my holiday decor.


How do you decorate for Diwali?


images: once upon a tea time, an indian summer, pinterest

weekend decorating + DIY sphere pendant lamp

This past weekend I decided to re-style my fireplace using a pair of antlers that I purchased last week. The antlers turned out to be poor quality and didnt work for me so I ended up returning them. I got this deer head from West Elm instead.

It is handmade by artists in Haiti using recycled materials. I really love the contrast with the gray wall and also decided to leave the mantel clear of any items, other than a candle for a more dramatic look. I LOVE the new look. Minimal but just what I envisioned. Sometimes less really is more..dont you think?

While at West Elm, I spotted this wooden sphere on sale for $9.99 and decided to buy it. When I got it home, it didnt really look good anywhere so I decided to repurpose it as a pendant lamp shade and I think it really works well. We have to add dimmers but other than that it was super easy to do. You like?

Here’s are a few more things I have on my wish list for the dining room.

The Meurice chandelier by Jonathan Adler has been on this list for far too long. The bench is just what I wanted to complete our dining set and the right length and height too. I want the gold LOVE poster by Jen and the antlers from Pottery Barn for styling the bar cart with. The peacock figurines to adorn my holiday table!

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Have a great week!