dining room + pendant light desires

When I moved into my new apartment, all I thought about was making the best of the high high ceilings witha  lovely chandy or pendant light above a reclaimed wood dining table.

But the pros of having a large sectional couch {which dexter loves to spread out on} outweighed the pros of a large dining table.  A charming 300 year old drop leaf table (below), that folds into a console when Im not entertaining, was a more practical alternative.

Still, I cant help drooling and dreaming of a dining room with marvelous light fixtures like these someday. If it were up to you, would you go for a large comfy couch or a large dining space?

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Monday Moodboard: Navy + Lavender + Honey

Crushing on this navy + lavender + honey color palette.

I created this look for a client’s bridal shower recently and have been smitted by the combo since. The bold navy, giving it a preppy touch, paired with softer lavender hues, and highlighted by golden tones in honey create a sophisticated palette that would work just as well for an outdoor wedding.

Imagine dip dyed lavender invites hand-brushed with glowing honey tones and navy calligraphy inserted in navy envelopes lined with golden foil. And navy striped napkins atop white and lavender plates with gold rimmed stemware sitting neatly on white tablecloth with edges dip dyed in lavender. Octagon shaped menu cards with navy lettering and honey border..oh my mind is spinning with the possibilities…

Have a lovely week, friends.



Nautical Supper: Tablescape 101 Bright.Bazaar

For my latest Tablescape 101 at Bright.Bazaar we are celebrating Summer with a seaside-inspired nautical party look.  Playing up cool blues, natural materials, 3D elements, and handmade touches, this look is easy to pull together and has all the ingredients for a fun BBQ or seafood boil party!

Handmade bunting invites by Fig.2 Design, {gorgeous arent they?}, couldnt get guests more excited for this gathering.

Transform tin buckets by wrapping jute rope around them to make vases. Place Summery herbs in them for a fresh centerpiece.

Place paper boats and a beer bucket (urban outfitters) on the beverage station.

Clear plates play up the graphics of the checkered runner, which was a window panel in its former life. Fish plates, from Anthropologie highlight the blues from the runner and placemats.

These organic deep cobalt tumblers are made using recycled materials.

The striped placemats are actually paper cards from Michaels. For a “wow” factor we stuck dip dyed monogrammed place cards in aqua and cobalt to each and placed a starfish on top.

This fish platter is from West Elm and on sale!

Give white linen napkins a custom look with a simple anchor stamp and fabric paint.

Maritime print matchboxes from Pottery Barn served as favors, reminding guests to fire up their grills!

Happy Summer!!


Styled and photographed by Manvi Drona Hidalgo

feeling fuscia

Totally random and unplanned, I was feeling inspired by fuscia all day. Not intentionally, but one of those things that just randomly happen and then make you wonder. Without really thinking about it and seemingly unrelated, I pulled an oldie-but-goodie fuscia dress from the back of my closet to outfit myself in, grabbed a bunch of fuscia roses from the market while running errands; arranging them in a lovely white vase, and later found myself organizing paperwork in a fuscia box.

Didnt give it much thought until after I opened an email introducing these GORGEOUS fuscia chevron notecards.

And then just like that I saw fuscia everywhere! Party decor, interiors, fashion, nails and lips, book covers, shoes, art..even my local starbucks was giving away drink samplers in fuscia. Bizzarre right? Ever happen to anyone of you?  Do you ever wake up and feel strongly drawn to a color and let it inspire your day?

ps: my latest tablescape for Bright.Bazaar is up. We are going nautical. Jump on board!

pps: a peek at my weekend; relaxing hike in rock creek park with Dexter.

This lil guy takes my breath away and fills my heart with so much love.

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