Nate Berkus for Target



 Photos from MyDomaine

It’s been about a week now since Target released it’s new fall home collection from Nate Berkus, but I have to say that I am in love with every single piece.  I recently stopped by my local Target store and was happy to see there were still some stock left.  My favorites?  That would be the gold specked table runner, cheeseboard, and bowls and plates sets.  I just love the gilded dining ware and the gold, in combination with black and white, makes each piece versatile from fall into the holidays.

Great inspiration for upcoming group dinners and holiday parties!

Happy Weekend!


It’s Friday – we made it through the week!  How gorgeous is this tabletop arrangement?  It looks so inviting and the perfect setup for a cozy dinner party.  Check out more details here for how to arrange a similar setting for your next get-together.

Pies, pies, pies.  Here’s adding a twist to the mix.  How about sweet potato pie?

I just love the color maroon, or pinot noir, or oxblood, however you want to call it.  This coat is on my wishlist for sure.

I truly love winter whites and the white on white look.  Especially this pretty lace outfit and this chic ensemble.

If you always wanted to know how to do a smokey eye step-by-step, look no further!  For the pros, this is a quick refresher.

Cardigans are making a major comeback.  Loved how Apartment 34 styled hers in this fun and glam photo shoot.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, whether you are flying home, out and about town, or staying in!  xoxo

For the Host & Hostess

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This week the hubby and I went over to our friend’s house for dinner.  It was a fun evening of delicious food, great conversation, and fantastic wine.  As a guest I wanted to add something to the evening but didn’t want to bring the usual bottle of wine.  Here are some ideas that I thought of that night…

For a Foodie Couple:

-Offer to create your signature cocktail for dinner-

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For a Fashionista Couple:

-Summery nail polish for her, leather bracelet for him-

For a Decorista Couple:

-Flowers for the table-



-Decorative Bar Soap-


What would you bring to a dinner party?  Guess which ‘gift’ I brought to my friend’s this week!

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Al Fresco Dining

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We’ve been having amazing weather all week (hit record highs of 90 yesterday!) and all I can think about is the next step in our home decorating process: sprucing up our patio.  While the patio size is not that large (maybe a 10×5 space), we want to make it a cozy spot for different occasions such as relaxed reading, summer bbqs, grilling party, or an afternoon nap.  Summer means many no-frills evenings where we head to a comfortable nook to sit, sip a glass of wine, and enjoy nice weather.

I’ve seen a lot of sales these days for garden lanterns, outdoor furniture, decorative lights, you name it, and I can’t help but gather some inspirational ideas for patio decor.  There are so many decisions to make from color palette to furniture to flowers.  And we can’t forget about the grill – a must have on our patio.  Let me know if you have a favorite item in your patio or any ideas to recommend!

Happy Friday and thanks for reading!

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Happy March! (+ ideas for your weekend)

Can’t believe we’re at the first of March already!  This year has been flying by fast.  With the great weather we’re expecting to get, I’m looking forward to a low-key weekend and enjoying a few favorite activities: morning hike, brunch outdoors, catching up with friends over dinner and drinks.

What are you all up to this weekend?  Here are some fun ideas:


Refresh your mani/pedi (pastels and whites are so in now)



Try a new smoothie recipe (like this yummy banana and kiwi one)


  • banana, peeled and cut into chunks
  • kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • cup low-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • teaspoons maple syrup, optional

Combine all of the banana, kiwi, yogurt, ice, and syrup in a blender and whir together until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.


Buy a new throw pillow and change up your couch decor


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Go on an impromptu day trip (read: roadt trip!) to a new destination


Try a new hairstyle the next time you go out to dinner

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Interior Design: Color Blocking Rooms



















When I first moved into my new house, I decided to paint the walls.  It was a huge change from  the usual white walls I just plainly accepted when I was a renter.  I decided to go for bold colors (think greens, blues, purples and various shades of each color) and while browsing home decor sites I realized that I had utilized color blocking in my living and dining rooms!  Color blocking is another artistic way to vamp up the rooms.  There are almost no rules, as you can see: sometimes bold against bold looks great while other times, using colors within the same family works better.  Do you use any color when decorating at home?  Please share any great tips!

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Happy February! (+ links)

Valentine_cardImage via Pinterest (Colette Stanton)

Happy February!  Wow, can’t believe the month of January is over!  It’s been a super busy week with work-related activities so I’m very happy it’s Friday.  I’ve got a full weekend planned that includes catching up with ‘ole friends over good food and wine (my favorite!).

With February on our doorstep, Valentine’s Day approaching, Chinese New Year in the not-too-distant-future, and a spout of warmer weather, I’ve been thinking about everything spring…spring colors, spring cleaning, spring make-overs, spring collections.  I know we’re not quite there yet as I know some parts of the country are still frigid, but it’s nice to know that spring is tip-toeing near.

As a little inspiration, here’s what I’m loving right now all in festive, spring colors:

Be cheery before you make your morning espresso with this one from DeLonghi:


Keep the winter doldrums at bay with this yellow striped bedding from West Elm


Swap out your make-up greys and browns with a little bit of pink and purple:


Perk up your ‘ole standard iPad carrying case with some hot pink from Clare Vivier


Look forward to reading by the coffee table or eating at the dinner table with some Anthropologie  pastel flower vases

Have a great weekend everyone!  Thanks for stopping by!

A Mid-Winter Dinner Party


Happy Friday!   I’m looking forward to the long weekend since in the US, we have Monday off in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  While a road trip would have been a fun way to celebrate the long weekend, I am actually throwing two dinner parties!  I do love throwing a good party.

My biggest decision now is what to do for the tablescape.  Now that we’re halfway through winter, I wanted to do something that feels ‘cozy and comfy’, but does NOT scream ‘holidays’.  After some research, I found these ideas…

Classic gold – can’t go wrong with pretty winter white and gold color scheme.  This one feels very warm and elegant, perfect for a chilly evening.


Coloful Prints – the ikat print has been a favorite for a while now.  I especially love the combination of bright blue mixed with a touch of orange-tan and ivory.  It feels a little old-world and a little playful all at once.


Woodsy & Rustic – I just love this design.  It’s quintessential California – laid-back and cool.  Although our dinner will be indoors, I wish I had a space on our patio for an outdoors dinner party like this!  I could totally re-create this indoors, yes?


Can’t decide!  This may be one of those last minute game time decisions.  In any case, there will be plenty of food, an abundance of wine, and lots of good conversations going.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Images from Pinterest 1 (Matchbook Magazine) / 2, 3, & 4 (Coco & Kelley)

Interior Design: Statement Rug

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It seems like with the start of the new year, many people I know have moved into new homes and are in the process of decorating their abodes.  Those who did not move are re-decorating or adding the right conversation piece to their current homes.  Whichever group you belong to, one decorating tip that I like (and currently use in my own home) is making a bold statement with a rug.

From the examples above, statement rugs just add the right zing to a room.  Stripes (how about this one from West Elm), geometric patterns (like this one from C&B), repeating lines, a striking color, shapes (such as a round rug from Anthropologie), are all ways that make a statement rug stand out.  The general rule of thumb I follow is if my rug is busy and bold, I try to keep the rest of the room simple and let my furniture and furnishings compliment the rug.

There are many options out there and all in various price ranges.  There are even sites that let you create your own pattern/design.  Some of the best finds are from small local businesses right in your town that would not be available to the masses.  I’d recommend first looking at magazines, online sites, Pinterest, to get ideas.  Maybe talk it over with your interior designer (if you have one).  Once you have an idea of what speaks to you and have some knowledge of fabric options, sizes, and care, you can shop around and make adjustments as needed based on your budget (if you have one).

All images from Pinterest

1 – Ali Carter  2 – Yvette Hardy  3 – The Decorista-Domestic Bliss  4 – Apartment Therapy  5 – Vintage Design  6 – Decorology

Inspector Gadget





How was everyone’s weekend?  I recently bought these Coach Farah booties on sale from their online site and have been waiting for the perfect winter day to wear them.  They are super comfortable, the right shade of chocolate brown, and really keep my toes warm!  I chose the printed shirt as my baseline and worked around it with a simple palette.  Browns, tans, navy blue…all colors that scream late fall/winter.

On another note, my post on “Monogram Everything” was featured on West Elm’s Front & Main Design Blog yesterday!  I’m super excited to have been mentioned as I love shopping everyday items, and all things home decor and tabletop-related from their store.  Here’s a link to the original post and to the one on their site.  Head over and read some of the other great design (and very inspirational) articles!

Fedora (Gap, similar here) / Shirt (old from Zara, similar style here) / Cardigan (old from Zara, similar style here) / Booties / Jeans / Jewelry from Baublebar