get the look: chic + romantic tablesetting

I designed this tablescape for Rue Magazine’s issue#3 . A stylish, chic and romantic tabletop setting idea for those staying-in or hosting a dinner party this Valentine’s Day. Here are additional pictures and sources to get-the-look.

Get the look: Valentine’s Day Tablesetting

Centerpiece: Park Florist

Tablecloth fabric: Quadrille, Edo black on tint

Alternate choice tablecloth fabric: Ikea

Stemware: Champagne flutes from Tiffanys

Candy diamond tunblers: thrift store

Flatware: Bed, Bath and Beyond

Champagne bucket: Reed and Barton

Dinner plates: Lenox

Salad plates: Bed, Bath and Beyond: Mikasa Platinum Link

Silver glass chargers: Bed, Bath and Beyond

Pear Tart Recipe: Epicurious

Styling: Manvi Drona-Hidalgo

Photography: Lawrence Luk and Manvi Drona-Hidalgo

inspired by; love

Hello dearies. Ready for some more love inspiration? No? Then perhaps a bed of roses and a pretty dress will get you a bit more in the mood.

I love the colors used in the composition as well as the styling of the entire pic. The flirty girly dress has me dreaming of spring time.

emersonmade via alifemorefabulous

And how about this super pretty DIY matchboxes by monika of splendid willow?

her inspiration

and her results!! she made these for her little ones. arent they adorable?

Prefer something a bit more mysterious? check out valentine in a bottle by anthropologie. surprise your hun by write your own heart-felt love notes on tiny scrolls.

and last but not the least. Make your own cookies and let Martha show you how to wrap them in lovely handmade heart-covered paper.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Well, here we are wrapping up another productive week. A long weekend is ahead of us here in DC. Yipee! And how awesome is the fact that Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday? Which gives us a relaxed day of celebrating love with our sweethearts! Another yipee!

Don’t you find the mad dash home after work to make dinner reservations sort of a pain? I certainly do. This year for Valentine’s Day I am so not into the hassle of dealing with restaurant reservations, over-priced prefixed menus and over-crowded restaurants. Yes, yes I know it is a good excuse for a date with your honey and hard to resist the scrumptious menus, being waited on, no clean up…I get it. I did it. Now I’m so over it. And its not like you actually need an occasion to enjoy a Zagat recommendation. With the current economic uncertainty it goes without saying we all need some creative and wallet friendly ways to show our love. And I prefer intimate celebrations of love….cozy, unrestrained and private.

Romantic picnic in a vineyard, candlelight dinner (all courses home made and cooked together of course), rosé champagne, oysters, chocolate desserts, flowers, music, sweet nothings, laughter, lots of love and of course Mr. Mochatini. My perfect Valentine’s day date 🙂 A hopeless romantic – yep that’s me.

What are your plans for V-day?











Happy Valentine’s Day.