living large in small spaces

It has been a while since I hung out here. Just so much going on and whenever I do have time to blog, a million other urgent priorities/interruptions steal my time. I cant remember the last time I didnt feel guilty about browsing through shelter mags… Well, now I have a reason, and a good one too. My lease is up for renewal soon and I am on the hunt for a more affordable place to call home. I have yet to find a place that I like, is comfortable, has lots of natural light, updated and fits my teeny budget, and I absolutely despise moving, but on the brighter side, I am excited to decorate! Loving these great ideas for living large in small spaces.



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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!


dog ate my homework so im blogging about decor instead

He really did. It was kind of cute and flattering. He looked like he loved it so that made me happy. But this also means you will have to wait until Friday to see what I was working on. I will tell you this, my lil Dexter does have good taste 😉  Until then, I pulled some pretty awesome looking rooms from my Pinterest likes.


Personal tastes aside, could we just agree on how beautifully styled these rooms are? And, the dark oversize accents/furnitures/features in white-rooms trend is making me happy. Darker-toned piece such as a chandelier, rug, window, and table anchor a bright room while adding definition. Bring in patterns and colors using throw pillows and you have a great space to build on.

recent pins


glamour-infused rooms

A dose of glamour-infused luxurious-looking eclectic rooms to energize and get those decorating juices flowing. These rooms are totally delicious! 😉

Details Im absolutely loving: grasscloth/linen wallpapers, branch/antler inspired chandeliers, gold and brass furniture, and art walls.

Which details catch your eye?



ps: just got the pics from our design camp party! yet to sort through the tablescaping pics but we have some up on mochatini facebook page. Check them out!

images via luxesource, decorati and sukio