happy tree trimming weekend + call for holiday gift guide submissions

I have been meaning to go tree shopping all week but between back-to-back styling projects and meetings I just haven’t found the time. After attending the West Elm and Etsy handmade holiday workshop last night {such a fun + creative bunch} I simply cannot wait any longer. I really wanted to get a live one that I could plant in my yard after but it wont get here in time; will have to order in advance next year. So this weekend I am clearing my schedule and am going to bring home a 8′ fraser, get a few friends together and have a tree trimming party. With lots of bubbly and one of my favorite holiday movies, Love Actually in the back, of course. Plan to make things extra special this year, after all it IS Dexter’s first Christmas.


I will also be putting together holiday gift guides and thought why not ask you stylistas for your favorite picks. Especially from your local go-to boutiques and stores. Would be great if we could get a good mix of picks from around the globe. Send me 5-7 gifts that you would either love to get or gift. A simple collage with links to my email: mochatiniblog (at) gmail (dot) com. Each guide will link back to your blog/Etsy store or website. Cant wait to see your selections so send them to me asap.

What are you looking forward to this weekend? Have you been braving the malls or doing most of your shopping online? Have a splendid weekend and dont forget to send me your holiday gift guides.


images: 79ideas, michelemademe and my pinterest board 



Home for the Holidays

What are you dreaming of this holiday season?

My to-do list is almost as long as my wish list to Santa. I am so behind on my holiday gift shopping, cards and even further behind on updating you with some more ideas for gift giving this season. (Post on Holiday gifts under $25 to follow this one)

We have been busy bees with holiday parties and home improvement projects to spice up our home for the holidays. Our kitchen desperately needs more functional space. Whoever planned it back in the 40s, probably never used it to actually cook much less plan a holiday feast. We have plans to gut it out completely to turn it into a chef’s kitchen sometime in the future, but for now we are making some minor changes to the layout.

We also are finally getting around to painting some of the rooms- living, dining, kitchen and guestroom. And because of all the decorating projects, we have to wait until they are almost done before we can get holiday stuff up. Never the less, I am truly enjoying this experience. Mr. Mochatini, aka Paul is really a good sport with all my experiments. I picked a silver tin gray paint for the wall with the fireplace. After I saw the first coat of paint, I thought I made a big mistake, but Mr. Mochatini’s assurance and looking at the finished product got me right back on track. “Trust your instincts you must” he says.

We are what you might call “nesting” and totally loving it. Updates on these projects soon. Here is a glimpse of work in progress.

How are you getting your home prepped for the holidays? Comment comment and share! I want to know.

Come back later for holiday gifts under $25 and reader contest results.