“A little party never killed anybody”

Baz Luhrmann’s adaption of The Great Gatsby is finally out and I was dying to watch it in 3D last week but had too much going on to find the time.  


From what I can see (have seen/been drooling on for so long), in the trailers, posters, and photographs, it is a fresh, sexy and tasteful adaptation of a timeless love story filled with indulgences and excess. Im in awe of the brilliant set decor and style of the entire movie! Art deco in 2013! What’s not to love? 



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The production is fantastic and the cinematography that makes you long to live in Jay’s house, be part of his fabulous parties, wear lots of jewelry, that convinces you that champagne is all sorts of good for you, wonder why we dont have dance parties everyday, and walk in to a room filled with beautiful orchids, peonies, lilies, tulips, in many beautiful arrangements. 

I cant wait to take a little time out and watch it in 3D soon but until then Im loving these clips of the movie.

The Great Gatsby-inspired Style

The amazing F. Scott Fitzgerald story of decadence and excess of the 1920’s could not have found a better director than Baz Luhrmann, known for his epic films (Moulin Rouge is still my favorite). But the look of the time is a character all its own: the angles of Art Deco design and the sway of beaded fringe dresses are mesmerizing. Today’s mood board is filled with modern vintage looks to inspire you get a little decadent and jazz up your everyday. And of course, we all love to dress up for a glamorous party!


Putting together a color palette for your new home can be so intimidating ( ok, fine, flat out terrifying for the most indecisive of us.)

It can also be empowering to select all of the amazing, gorgeous details of your space. Maximize this beautiful form of self-expression and creativity by being inspired, motivated and decisive. The most brilliant home owners (or renters making it their own!) realize that things can always be changed if and when the spirit moves you.  Most agonize–at least a bit–over the initial choices, especially those doing it for the fist time!
Here are some tips on the best ways to arrive at paint selections you will be happy with:
1. Find a piece of inspiration
Perhaps it’s a unique canvas, a bold fabric; maybe its your bedding or even a lamp or pillow. Find a piece that moves you and it will dictate the feel for the colors of that room.
be influenced by bold

be influenced by bold

2. Do your homework
Scour all of the amazing Internet resources like Pinterest, Houzz and (hello?!) Mochatini for all the ideas you’ll ever need. Start your search with the influence of your inspiration piece and you’ll find tons of color schemes and combinations.
they got it right!

they got it right!

3. Go to the paint store
Believe it. The colors are so much more alive on a swatch. Also, the light boxes help to show you just how the colors will translate inside your bright, new house. (PS-you can also buy samples of your potential paint color to try out if you’re already living where you’re painting.)
oh, the choices!
4. Have FUN!
Mix, match, enjoy! Have fun on the adventure of decorating your home. Think outside the box…accent walls, textures and stenciling are all incredible ways to feature gorgeous paint detail! Although initially it may feel like an overwhelming challenge, you don’t have to be scared of a ‘mistake.’ Paint is not permanent, so take pleasure in the process.
Send us any space that Mochatini helped create!


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Summer Reading: The Little Book of Big Decorating Ideas

The Little Book of Big Decorating Ideas

The Little Book of Big Decorating Ideas

The editors of Country Living magazine have outdone themselves! All the best decorating, storage and DIY advice from the magazine have been compiled into their new book, The Little Book of Big Decorating ideas. It’s almost like a Pinterest page you can carry around with you without the annoying broken links! They even have a simple and concise appendix in the back for the how-to features.

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From afternoon projects – like how to show off souvenirs from last years beach vacay, to weekend warrior overhauls – like using varnished craft paper as wallpaper, the projects inspire endless ideas for your home. There’s also an entire section for turning your lawn and garden into beautiful, easy to manage haven instead of a distracting chore.

This June, when you pick up the book, make sure you have time to swing by the local hardware and craft store as well, because you will definitely want to have supplies ready when the inspiration from these pages hit you!

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Top 3: Lonny Spring Issue

The April issue of Lonny magazine is out and it is filled with spring colors, amazing products, and beautiful homes. Here are my top 3 favorites –

Modular planter for city dwellers with green thumbs (via)

Modular planter for city dwellers with green thumbs (via)

Brittany Asch quick guide to arranging a floral centerpiece (via)

Brittany Asch quick guide to arranging a floral centerpiece (via)

In South Carolina, designer Angie Hranowsky shows how to make a rental home your own (via)

In South Carolina, designer Angie Hranowsky shows how to make a rental home your own (via)



Interview with Kelly Edwards Author of Design Cookbook

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing the amazing Kelly Edwards. She is the co-host and design coordinator of HGTV’s “Design on a Dime” as well as STYLE network’s “Tacky House”. Next month Kelly’s book, Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home will be in bookstores and we have  your first exclusive look! Check out my interview with Kelly after the jump –

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Jada: First off, not really a question, but a shout out because you are from Chicago too and that is always exciting!

Kelly: So great to meet you and so excite to hear your from Chicago.  Love the city.  I’d move back in a second if I wasn’t doing the whole TV thing!

Jada: So how did you come up with the cookbook approach for a design book? It’s so different, but makes total sense!

Kelly: It was actually my dad that came up with the idea.  I told him I was wanting to write a design book and he said, “Why don’t you make one that looks like a cookbook?”  I thought, ” that’s ingenious!”  Truth is… people love cookbooks even if they can’t cook.  It’s such a great approach to design.  If you give someone a photo, a recipe and a list of ingredients it makes it so much easier to complete a room!

Jada: Okay, here’s a design scenario: I want to spruce up my living room in 2013 for less than $200, what should I invest in to really make my home special?

Kelly: An amazing rug, lighting and some great pillows.  An inexpensive sofa can be dressed up with great pillows.  Texture is everything.   Velvet pillows will make any sofa look and feel more expensive. Lighting is the most important thing in any design as well.  The better the lighting, the better the room will look. You MUST invest in great lighting.

Jada: Anyone who’s seen you on television knows you’re amazing at repurposing. How do you approach turning something most people see as trash into some great treasure?

Kelly: Yes, this is definitely my favorite thing to do.  If something has great bones, then it will look even better with a fresh coat of paint on it.  A can of spray paint is every repurposer’s best friend.   I always look at the integrity of the piece first.  If it has character, it will look good in any color.

Jada: We are super stoked for entertaining this summer. What are some of your foolproof design tips for our readers to create an amazing space for their guests?

Kelly: Make it comfortable.  Guests love feeling comfortable in a space.

1. Have great lighting.  Lighting creates and sets the mood.  I like to make sure everything is on a dimmer and there are plenty of candles floating around.

2.  There is ample seating and it looks and feels comfortable.  For instance, all of the chairs in my dining room have a faux sheepskin throw over them.

3. For years the big thing is the indoor/outdoor entertaining. I keep my decor flowing from indoors to outdoor to give my guests the chance to mingle in and out.  I like the open space.

4.  Music can make or break your party.  Consider your guests taste when doing your playlist.  My personal favorite [is] having all our guests pick an album from our collection.  We love to play albums at the end of the night.

5.  Make a self-service bar complete with your best glassware and nice fresh flowers.  Let your guests know to help themselves.  It eases the pressure off the host from having to keep refilling glasses all night.

Jada: What are the 5 things you are most excited about for 2013?

Kelly: 1. Traveling.  I have the travel bug this year!  I want to go everywhere and anywhere!

2. The book.  My first book is out in May.  Couldn’t be happier!

3. Getting married.  We are working out the details now.  Wish me luck!

4.  Starting a business with my friend Jen Porter from Chic Living LA.

5.  Learning to cook more vegan and vegetarian dishes.  I’m kind of obsessed with it right now.  Oh, and to make my own Chicago hot Giardiniera.  I want to jar it and sell it I love it so much!  You can’t find it here in LA.

Best wishes to Kelly on her book launch and upcoming wedding! Make sure to check out the look book for Design Cookbook before it hits stores. If you’re feeling lucky, enter to win a free copy at Goodreads.