San Francisco moments

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.


psst: when I am not able to blog and on the go, I spend my time here and here.



Where in the world?

SO I am back, after what seems like forever. Even though I was MIA, I missed you all. Believe me when I say I’ve been crazy busy. House hunting (don’t ask! I know I know buying a house is never easy!), restructuring at work ( this comes with its challenges as well), web design projects (deadlines), interiors projects (deadlines), green card renewal (hopefully for the last time), travel.

Aah travel. The excitement of traveling has grown with the addition of iPhones to our Apple family (our house looks like Apple threw up in it).

My new travel and daily accessory (more like an extension of my palm) – iPhone promises to help me post on-the-go. The capabilities of the new iPhone have not only made life more efficient, but also I don’t know how I managed without it. The GPS is really helpful, as is dialing out by clicking on the number from a web page feature. I have been testing the WordPress application on it and it looks great. Expect a “posted via Manvi Drona-Hidalgo’s iPhone post soon. 🙂 Have any of you been using it for blogging? Do share!

So with all this going on, I still have time to think about Portugal, Buenos Aires, San Francisco and St. Thomas. Why? These are all the places I hope to travel to before the end of this year 😉

Lisbon Catherdral



kat on flickr





Buenos Aires Design Recoleta

Buenos Aires Design Center

St Thomas

Ritz @ St. Thomas US VI

St. Thomas

Ritz @ St. Thomas US VI

San Francisco

San Francisco

French Laundry

Now back to design.

WINK – Wall Ink.

What if you could change your wall decor as often as you wanted? WINK decals let you change your walls, mirrors, floors, ceilings, and doors as often as you like.

Take a look at these designs and dont forget their work is completely customizable. Now if only I could find a house to WINK my walls with.









With a little imagination, these decals can add an interesting feature to your room. Thanks Surabhi Gupta from San Francisco for sending me their info.