EASY STYLING - DECOR WITH YOUR TV


Living in a small apartment requieres finding smart solutions for every single space. Our living room is connected to the dining area and the kitchen bar. And, it is where we normally entertain, watch a movie and/or just relax. Obviously, the TV and all its accessories had to be there too (the black box, speakers, surround system, xbox, and ALL the remote controls) and so the challenge begins... how to make it all part of the decor? how to keep it organized?

Here are some basic steps I took on my way to conquer de oh-so difficult TV station.

This basic IKEA piece was in our old apartment. I changed the look of it adding legs and placing a glass surface like this one. It makes such a difference! The good thing about it is that because of the material we could punch holes on the back for cables. 

While this is not my ideal choice it works perfect for now, especially having the TV mounted on the same wall. It hides the cable box, the xbox, a router, some games and cables. I placed a cascade side table and a plant next to it to create some flow; and added some favorite accessories to make it look pretty. That long black bar on the back is the speaker and will be hang on the wall soon too!

For extra storage, I brought this gold swan which serves as a bowl to drop keys, matches and other small items; and my magical box that hides all remote controls including the xbox one! It looks pretty on top of the coffee table and can be moved anywhere in the room.

TIP: Pretty boxes are the ultimate organization tool. I'm constantly looking for them. Don't hesitate buying one just because you like how it looks. They are always useful!

Also on my list of basics for coffee tables decor are: books (obviously), coasters (I recently got these white stone ones in Lima and just love them!), and candles (I'm a big fan).

Our living room needs so much work still, but I'm pretty happy with this basic version of it. I haven't done any major changes except for rearranging furniture. Even the walls are empty. Bringing furniture from other apartment is always tricky, as well as an opportunity to discover new potential in a new home. Hopefully I can start transforming this space soon too!

What do you think of it? Do you have any TIPS for camouflaging remote controls and cables? Share them with us! Would love to hear from you. xoxo.

FAB HOSTESS - DINNER FOR TWO


HAPPY NEW YEAR (again) GUYS!

I wanted to start the year with our new FAB HOSTESS series (Yei!) In here we will share easy TIPS and ideas for party styling and entertaining at home. You know we like small gatherings. They are special, intimate and unique. And for me personally, there's nothing more meaningful than enjoying my own home and share it with the ones I love.

The hubby and I decided to stay home for NYE - for the first time ever. It was a last-minute decision which demanded last-minute planning and preparation. What to do? Dinner for two, champagne and candles. 

I run to the grocery store to grab some fresh flowers and sweets to welcome the new year and beautify our space. Set up the table for two with our nice china and holiday napkins. I created a runner placing two placemats next to each other. For extra sparkle and a celebratory mood I added silver ribbon and used my fab ribbon printer (yes, that's a thing!) to add a personal touch with a personalized message.

TIP: Personalized messages for your guests are the cutest. If you don't have a ribbon printer, you can write them down on a small card and place them on their plates.

To expand the party, I styled the top of our bar with a pair of champagne flutes, more ribbon - obviously - and our favorite sweets! Macaroons, almond cookies and chocolates. Used again my "Cheers" picture frame and added a pair of noise makers to use at midnight :) 

We absolutely enjoyed avoiding the cold and staying at ours. champagne and chocolates is actually one of the best combos ever. Seriously. Try it!

So, here's to many more celebrations and happy moments. I believe everyday and every occasion is special and should be celebrated in your own style. Hope you like this series! And if you have any request, idea or question LET ME KNOW! I would love to know more about your next at-home special event.

Thanks again for passing by. Cheers!