Simple Valentine's Day table setting

Feb 10, 2017

Simple Valentine's Day table setting

Welcome to this "Valentine's blog hop". Hope you've enjoyed Joan's style on her blog 2 Ladies & A Chair. Always so sensational!
For me, neutrals have been my main focus for some time now when it comes to décor. Natural elements that might include plants or accessory pieces like marble or quartz, often help in bringing life into the space that has been decorated with a neutral palette. This approach to interiors has been like a blank canvas from where I can start adding (color) and build from that.

Simple Valentine's Day table setting

So while Valentine’s Day normally calls for pops of red and pink, this year I’ve opted for a more subtle look. To keep things simple (taking into account 3 daughters, a dog and a husband), I chose to decorate the dinner table with something that will last a bit longer than a heart shaped chocolate.

Simple Valentine's Day table setting
Simple Valentine's Day table setting

To make a bold statement over this table, I made a flower arrangement with some big foliage pieces (eucalyptus, sprayed roses, olive branches, etc) and used some of the leftover branches to create little heart shapes that will decorate each plate. I thought that after Valentine’s Day these pieces could be reused in the form of a banner with a cute ribbon. Also that flower arrangement will adorn my table for a couple of more weeks.

Simple Valentine's Day table setting
Simple Valentine's Day table setting

To keep with my “simple” theme, I personalized some fabric napkins with the word “LOVE” written with chalk… yes, CHALK! Afterwards I can just throw these on the washing machine without any harm done to them.

Simple Valentine's Day table setting

Flowers... check! Cute décor… check! Mix-and-match dinnerware… check! Simplicity at its best! Now, how are you planning your Valentine’s Day décor? Are you going all out, or will you keep things simple?
For more ideas don't forget to visit Sheila from Maison de Cinq where I'm pretty sure she'll delight you with her amazing style. Also check out the lineup of bloggers that will be sharing their love and creativity as well:
 Amy from Crazy Chic Designs
Kathleen from Lindsay Hill Interiors
Janine from Happy Happy Nester
Lizbeth from Home and Fabulous
Amie from Meme Hill Interiors 
Kim and Lacey from Styled with Lace

Simple Valentine's Day table setting

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Spring ready outdoor area

Feb 8, 2017

Spring ready outdoor area

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Are you ready for Spring? I sure am! And although we don't have drastic changes of seasons here in Miami, just having a chance to go out and enjoy a cool day is simply priceless. Lately temperatures around here have been in the low 70s degree (F), which for me is the perfect weather for gardening and spending more time outside without being bothered by mosquitoes.

Spring ready outdoor area

Last year we created a pergola in our patio where we placed our Carterhill Conversation set from BHG at Walmart. But now I wanted to find an outdoor dinner table that will allow us to enjoy this short but amazing weather. BHG at Walmart has a new patio furniture collection with the added convenience of a mix-and-match system; now your outdoor space can be personalized! I chose the Camrose Farmhouse steel dining table and mix it up with four Camrose Farmhouse stacking chairs and a set of two galvanized chairs I already owned (you can find a similar set here).
The Camrose Farmhouse steel dining table faux wood finish and its rust-resistant treatment makes it perfect for this area; but the idea of adding my personal touch with the chairs was a game changer.

Spring ready outdoor area
Spring ready outdoor area

Now all I needed to get this area ready for Spring were some plates and accessories. I love this season's trending navy and blue tones; to my surprise I found some teal medallion bowls also from BHG at Walmart with an intricate design in the border. I paired these with some pieces of my Ashmoor dinnerware set over sea grass placemats.

Spring ready outdoor area
Spring ready outdoor area

Another important piece over this table was this teal ceramic planter I found at Walmart. I love how its texture plays along perfectly with the rest of the accessories. The fern I planted was the final touch this setting needed.

Spring ready outdoor area
Spring ready outdoor area
Spring ready outdoor area

Now that this outdoor area is Spring ready and refreshed, I can't wait for the weekends to come. Spending quality family time in the patio is one of our top priorities. What have you planned for this upcoming Spring/outdoor season?

Spring ready outdoor area
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Fresh start your bedroom with indigo blue

Jan 31, 2017


Indigo blue is my color of preference after all the festivities and Holiday decorations have been put to rest. This color feels refreshing, welcoming and brings in a calming sensation throughout any room. Sometimes I tend to go a bit crazy about using it in my decor, so this year in order to restraint myself from going overboard, I opted for using blue in my bedroom only.


While I like to keep my walls light and neutral, strong colors and textures will always go around as accessory pieces. Bedding is one of the most important aspects when updating the look of a bedroom. Here the soft blue of the comforter from HomeGoods was my starting point. It allowed  me to add pillows with more intricate patterns and darker tones. I chose two large bohemian inspired pillows because they added such a rich texture to the bed and were great statement pieces (all the pillows used are from HomeGoods).


On both sides of the bed, I kept the same side tables but decided personalized each of its decor. On "his" side, things were kept quite and simple, with the use of a large mirror, big lamp and a geometrical bookend. On "her" side, special moments were displayed on the wall in the form of a gallery that created balance with the glass vases over the table.


Window curtain panels with a distinctive indigo Greek key design (from HomeGoods) were also another great opportunity to incorporate more of this "blue fever".


Gold and amber accents were added to wrapped up this room and to create an interesting contrast with the indigo blue.


Now that this room is all set, lets wait and see how long it will take for me to use this color in another area. Are you a "one color fits all" kind of person, or "the more, the better"?



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Festive table setting in a snap

Dec 14, 2016


This year we're celebrating New Year's Eve with our daughters and my father who's visiting us for the Holidays. Since this is not going to be a big event, we're planning on doing a nice dinner and afterwards let the girls stay up late to see the fireworks. Nothing fancy or unusual for many of us, right!
But one thing that I wanted to make special was my dinner table setting. And today I will be sharing my top tips for making a simple and festive dinner table in a snap.


Flowers: For that added natural and fresh look, I love placing an arrangement as a centerpiece. This time they will represent the idea of starting a new and fresh year full of hope (flowers are from Trader Joes).


Gold accessories: I love the sparkle and glamour they add to the setting. But above all, this color represents prosperity and I know it doesn't hurt wishing  a bit of this upon all of us.


Sweets: I found these delicious chocolates at +HomeGoods and boy where they cute as well! They added a pinch of sweetness to the setting while reminding us how sweet life can be.



Initials: I found these Sugar Paper® Metal Monogram Gift Topper at +Target  and fell in love with them. Initially they were going on my tree, but then I thought of placing them as ornaments to identify each sitting place. Talk about multi-purpose!


Mixing textures will add interest in your setting. I found a beautiful muted velvet runner at HomeGoods and it was the perfect canvas to make my mix of dinner plates standout. 

Textures and patterns: I love textures! And just a quick glimpse into my Instagram account will show you how I've made my own mission to mix them with patterns around my decor. For this festive setting I mixed the salad plate with an interesting gold texture around the rim (from +HomeGoods), with a simple white dinner plate. To complete this setting, I placed both over a golden plastic charger also from HomeGoods (which I previously spray painted). To enhance the gold even more, I used a small bowl on top with two different patterns, alternating them around the table.


I'm sure these small details will make our small celebration extra special. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!



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