A few French-inspired moodboards to get you into mood for a fun Bastille Day weekend.
Have a fabulous one! See you next week. xo
2 & 3 via snippet + ink,
A few French-inspired moodboards to get you into mood for a fun Bastille Day weekend.
Have a fabulous one! See you next week. xo
2 & 3 via snippet + ink,
It has been a while since I posted and I feel terrible about this. Before its too late, I wanted to share a few highlights from my visit to San Francisco to see my sister.
Needless to say, it was awesome. Being with family, seeing my sister’s baby pup, the food, Napa Valley and the weather was just what my overworked brain needed.
Dont you just love this art glass display? It was in the caverns at Pine Ridge Winery.
We enjoyed a glorious day in Napa, celebrating my sister’s birthday.
Dinner at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon was the perfect ending!
Stolling through furniture stores in Hayes valley was delightful. These colored glass pendants took my breath away.
Found some lovely treasures at lavish.
Treated myself to melt-in-your mouth chocolates in exotic flavors at Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates. You have to try their coconut-chocolate truffles.
And macarons from Chantal Guillon. YUM!
The best tacos in a while, at Tacolicious.
Another highlight from the trip was getting to meet sweet stylist Amy Atlas in person at her book signing event at William Sonoma. I have been a long term admirer of Amy’s work and left feeling so inspired; she’s so lovely in person. Peeps, if you havent bought her book ( Sweet Designs; Bake it, craft it, style it) you absolutely MUST. Packed with drool-worth desserts, ideas to style tables, and templates, this is one book no hostess should be without.
I heart San Francisco.
Guest post by Daniela Buxton
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the effect our kitchen décor has on our guests when we entertain. We all know that colours can affect the mood, and that a tidy home is said to equal a tidy mind, but what do we need to do to ensure our guests feel as relaxed and comfortable, yet upbeat as we’d like them too?
I think the most important thing is the style and colour scheme of your kitchen, as this forms the base pallet for your furnishings and table settings, and can even influence the food you serve and the type of entertainment you provide. After all, I’m sure you’re less likely to be inspired to serve up a hearty country stew in an uber-modern kitchen than in a room styled like a country farmhouse!
The best way to ignite guests’ interest and imagination is with colour, and the latest way to introduce not just a pop of colour, but a veritable fizzy drink full of so many different pops of colour your kitchen becomes an explosion of rainbow shades, is with tiles. Take inspiration from these images of Moroccan-inspired cement tiles then head to a retailer such as The Tile Depot, where mosaic tiles in all different styles and colours can take your kitchen from drab to fab. Next just pick out certain shades from the collage and echo them in kitchenware and furnishings. As I said before, you might want to coordinate your table dressings, but with a multi-coloured room there are no limits!
Another factor that could influence your guests’ enjoyment of your home is clutter. You want them to feel like you have room for them; not like you’re just cramming them in among the pots and pans! To make the most of your kitchen space, make the dining table as much a central feature as possible and allow a clear space around it. Mount shelves above kitchen units to extend your useable space upwards instead of outwards. It’s OK to have food items on display; just place pasta, flour and rice in attractive jars. With your new vibrant kitchen you don’t need to match colours, but similar styles do give a neat and tidy finish.
Guest blogger Rachel Turner
As a student living in London, most of my accommodation was somewhat on the cosy side. From the one room I had in my halls of residence, to the tiny shoe box flat that housed me, three girlfriends and our various boyfriends, none of them had enough room to swing even the tiniest of kittens.
When I started work and living with my boyfriend, things didn’t get much better. The succession of cramped rented flats we called home taught us to be ruthless about our possessions. Any natural hoarding instincts were cast aside. If an item wasn’t regularly used, it had to go.
Still, the lessons I learned from living in small spaces have stood me in good stead for my current situation.
When we first moved into our house it felt like Buckingham Palace compared to what had gone before. It had a loft for all our rubbish! A garden! Stairs!
But that luxurious feeling of space has been rapidly diminishing ever since the arrival of one dog, two kids and an ever-expanding collection of teddies and large plastic toys.
Space in my home is at a premium once more. Like many, we just can’t afford to move anywhere bigger, so we’re trying to maximise the space we’ve got. Here are some of the things we’re trying. Just remember that whether you’re squeezing into a tiny studio or stretching out in a semi-detached, you need to make sure you have adequate home insurance.
1. Think vertically
In a small home, floor space is at a premium. But look upwards and there’s loads of valuable real estate just waiting to be used. In our home we’ve tried to address this imbalance by using floating shelves right up to the ceiling. We used these to our house our collection of books, colour-coordinated so they don’t add to the visual clutter. In the kitchen we’re thinking of getting a ceiling-mounted rack to hang our utensils and saucepans too, to free up some valuable space in our kitchen cupboards.
2. Edit your possessions
A place for everything and everything in its place’ is our mantra. But there are some that take this even further, saying if it doesn’t have a place, do you really need it at all? To help me decide, I’m using advice from Ryan Mitchell from The Small Living Journal. He says to fill a box with lots of items you’re unsure about. Then, as you need the items take them out of the box. Six weeks later, if you have things in the box, it’s time to evaluate them to see if they’re worth keeping.
3. Think multi-purpose
Every large item in a small space should work extra hard if it’s to earn its place there. So choose a sofa bed for your living room so the space can double as a guest room. In our home, we’ve got dining room chairs on wheels, so we can easily move them to different rooms in the house, to seat extra guests wherever they are.
4. Get clever with your storage solutions
Remember to use the under-bed area to its fullest potential. In our home, all under-bed areas are used, including the baby’s cot! Here we’ve gone for the best we can afford – solid wood storage trays on casters to make taking them in and out a breeze. In them, I store bulky items like out-of-season clothes and bedding. It’s also a good idea to look for furniture that has hidden storage inside. For example, we have a coffee table with a lid that opens up to reveal space for magazines and toys.
Another great idea is to turn storage into a feature by using big wicker baskets, colourful boxes, or retro-looking suitcases to hide your clutter.
How you decorate can have a huge impact on the feeling of space. In our cramped living room we’ve kept light to the maximum by using white on the walls and only the sheerest of blinds to let in every available ray of light.
There are other tricks you can use, although we’ve not been brave enough to try them yet. Horizontal stripes on the wall will make your room seem wider, while vertical stripes can add inches to the height. The Tiny House blog recommends using mirrors, or even glass tables and metal chairs, to reflect the light.
This is a Sponsored Post by Guest Blogger Rachel Turner on behalf of Sainsbury’s Bank.
happy Friday from sunny San Francisco friends
As many of you get ready to entertain this weekend and for July 4th, here are a few style ideas for jazzing up your bar carts/ drink stations.
Vases, trays, bowls keep items neatly displayed while adding to the over all party decor. I also love how easily bar carts can easily be moved outside for an al fresco soiree. If you dont have bar cart, think outside the box and arrange items on a book stand, or console table. For this one (below) that Jeanine and I styled for Matchbook transformed a small outdoor patio and doubled as a self-serve beverage station for guests.
How do you decorate your bar? What are your bar cart essentials?
have a great weekend!
Happy new week friends. Trust you had a fantastic weekend. I spent mine crafting pieces for my next Bright.Bazaar tablescape and an exciting feature for hgtv.com. Cant WAIT to share these looks with you. Despite being busy with work, I did make time for a little fun. Went shopping for tablescapes, enjoyed cocktails on the waterfront and on my rooftop with friends, and caught up on some of my favorite shelter mags.
Loved this display at Anthropologie made with dip-dyed plant grow pots.
As a special treat I took Dexter for frozen-yo. (You know how much I love spoiling my puppy)
Can you tell how excited he was? The look in his eyes is priceless! I DIE!!
To start this week, I wanted to share an interesting stats about decorating behavior of men and women in the UK. I get many emails asking about trends and stats such as this so I am pleased to finally have some good info to share on this.
A new survey in the UK has revealed that men are more likely to take time off from work to decorate, despite women making the decorating decisions. A nationwide survey conducted by online interior specialist Wayfair has found that over half of those who admitted to taking more than a week off work to decorate their homes were men. Gentlemen in the UK, is this true?
The research, which involved almost 800 respondents from across the UK, also found that 48 per cent of women make home decorating decisions as opposed to only 26 per cent of men.
Further findings include 66 per cent of people are looking online to purchase items for the home, with the majority of these between 18 to 24 years old. The average spend in the first month of moving into a property is between £1,000 and £3,000 while those aged 35 to 44 are more likely to spend up to £5,000 in the first month.Owners of a home are more likely to take time off from work than those who rent.
It also revealed that older age groups not only spent more in the first month but that they prefer new furniture as opposed to second-hand. 63 per cent of people over the age of 55 buy new as opposed to just 36 per cent of those aged 18 to 25.
The priority of rooms was also highlighted in the survey with the kitchen rated as the most important room to decorate while the dining room and hallway are the lowest on the list of priorities.
John Kennedy, managing director at Wayfair UK said ”It’s interesting to note the commitment that people show to improving their homes. When you consider the difficult economic climate we are currently experiencing, I think it just goes to show how much value people place on having a happy and comfortable home from which to have their lives.”
A more detailed info-graphic highlighting these trends can be found here.
I always find it helpful to know this sort of information and hope to continue sharing such stats with you in the future. With two photoshoots and a trip to San Francisco to celebrate my sister’s birthday, this is going to be one packed week for me. I wish you a happy, powerful and productive week ahead.
From a wedding featured on StyleMePretty recently, this tablescape takes the fuscia-gold combo to a completely different level. Utter sophisticated meets graphic patterns at the intersection of cheerfulness. I would LOVE to throw a brunch inspired by this look.
Isnt the graphic runner is STUNNING? So DIY-able too. I love the gold peacocks and urchin.
The plates make me want to run a paint brush all over my white china. The silky dotted napkins and gosh! the gold dipped flatware…major fabulousness!
And then this table setting with simple flowers arranged in various containers reminds me of French farmers market and the Granda Bazaar in Istanbul. The bright hues come together so effortlessly, yet each holds its own. Marvelous!
images: via my pinterest | stylemepretty
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet Martha Stewart in person at the MSLO studios in NYC. Four years ago when I started this little blog, I had no idea that it would lead me to meeting the amazing Martha. She is everything we know her to be and more. I chatted with her about my upcoming design projects and she generously offered some excellent tips that I cant wait to implement.
This event was hosted by one of my fav PR groups, and I love working with Gita’s FAB team.
It’s always fun to see familiar faces at parties like this and I was so happy to bump into Aphrochic’s Jeanine Hays and her hubby.
Just as you would expect, the party was decorated fabulously. Elder flower champagne cocktails, beautiful arrangements and delicious bites.
Happy Friday! Rain and thunderstorms in the forecast here so I plan on indulging in some culinary delights and finalizing a shoot for hgtv.com.
Speaking of hgtv.com, did you see my latest feature on summer entertaining? Clear skies and the stunning scenery at Linganore winery allowed us to really enjoy styling and photograph these party looks.
See the full gallery and tips on recreating these looks for your next outdoor party on hgtv.com.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Styling and design: Manvi Drona-Hidalgo
Photography by Nicole Lubin and Manvi Drona-Hidalgo
Hello dears. I’m BACK. Firstly, thank you for your emails and comments expressing concern about my absence from here. If you like Mochatini on Facebook, you might know that my site had been hacked and it took a long time to clean and fix it back. I truly appreciate your patience and am grateful you didnt give up on me.
In addition to moving to a new location, more on that shortly, Mochatini offices have been busy styling entertaining features and parties.Rising in temperatures gets everyone in the mood for outdoor entertaining. And I have been loving creating outdoor party looks.Such as this one, supper at sundown. For those know missed it over at Will’s Bright.Bazaar, I wanted to create a cozy, modern rustic tablescape on my rooftop.
Keeping the focus on stunning views of the city, I kept the table settings simple and uncluttered using elements that soften the harsh concrete rooftop. When deciding on pieces for an outdoor party, chose materials that are easy to transport, are durable and complement the surroundings rather than competing with them.
Succulents in woven baskets make easy and portable centerpieces while adding form to the table.
A make-it-yourself table cover using durable materials such as a painters drop cloth, available at most hardware stores, is ideal for windy rooftops. Create a pattern using painters tape and spray with paint for a unique design.
As a special treat, decorating with color guest post by Polly Vaughan
Distressed-effect shabby chic or high-gloss minimalism – whichever way your home décor inclines, it’d be easy to assume that the default-option colour is white. Flick through any glossy interiors mags, Pinterest boards, style blogs and catalogues, and you’re confronted with shades from swansdown to snowdrop, chalk to cotton wool; it’s a bit like the audience at fashion shows where everyone’s wearing black.
I’m beginning to find this a little boring – but can’t quite bring myself to break open a tin of coloured paint and redecorate.
I’m slowly daring to deviate from mindless monochrome by introducing small and inexpensive splashes of colour – graphic-print cushions, vases, a teapot, a small striped throw – and am debating whether to go a stage further and paint my wooden kitchen chairs in primary shades. Well, I can always slap on another coat of thick acrylic eggshell if it all goes wrong.
If you’re going to get colourful, then you might as well go as bright as you dare – there’s no point in playing around with mimsy pastels. And clear, strong hues are fashionable this summer, apparently; themes at the latest design fairs and interiors trade shows have included acid yellows, grass greens, scarlets and orange (“Tangerine Tango” is the Pantone Colour of the Year 2012.)
Even purple, if you’re brave enough, will really enhance a retro look. If you’re really keen to experiment, think about colour for key items of furniture; cupboard doors, perhaps, or bookshelves – IKEA’s famous best-selling Billy bookshelf is now available in yellow, for example, and made.com is stocking some wonderful upholstered armchairs in lime green, plum purple, poppy red and turquoise.
There’s another advantage, too, to bringing some colour into your home life; keeping an all-white house clean and shiny is a real chore, with every filthy finger mark, footprint or food splodge showing up to stark effect. Don’t even think about trying to keep a white sofa pristine if you’re more of a slummy mummy than a high-maintenance cleaning freak, and if you’re forever wiping up after messy kids, mucky men or muddy dogs, then why make your life difficult with white floorboards? Paint them and your life will instantly become less stressful – honestly.
When you’re overhauling your house, don’t forget the boring stuff. Once you’ve got that paint out from under your fingernails, remember to look through your paperwork and check that you have adequate home insurance.
images: pinterest board
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Hard to believe it has been FOUR years since I started this little bloggity blog. I truly appreciate your friendships, support and encouragement. A HUGE thank you and hug to you all. To celebrate, I have a fantastic giveaway for you!
I truly appreciate your friendships, support and encouragement. A HUGE thank you and hug to you all. To celebrate, I have a fantastic giveaway for you!
DSLR camera owners take note:: I am giving away a brand new copy of Adobe Lightroom 4, $150 value, to one lucky Mochatini reader.
If you arent familiar with it, Lightroom 4 – is a great image management solution for either a professional or passionate enthusiast looking to manage and search photo libraries quickly, edit photos in batches or make localized edits and of courses, sharing with fans, friends and family. Some of the features included in the newest version:
· Easily edit and publish your own photo book in the Book module
· Tweak small areas of photos using local adjustment brushes with white balance, noise reduction, moiré and more effect
· Edit video clips from your dSLR using features pulled from Lightroom’s photo-editing toolbox
· Preview how an image will look once printed (hard or Web browser) with soft proofing options
· Share photos via email, or to Facebook and Flickr
I have been using it for months and simply LOVE it.
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling us how you would use Lightroom to spruce up design/blog or home photos.
Giveaway is open until May 14. So hurry up and enter!!
Happy Happy new Week and heres to another FABULOUS year together.
styled and photographed by manvi drona-hidalgo