After 6 hours and 30 minutes inside a minivan for 8 people, we arrived in New York city for three days of non-stop activities. Just like the city, we never stopped. We went from one side of the central park to the other and up the Empire State building. We visited the Metropolitan Museum, the Belvedere Castle, Chelsea Market and Times Square. The subway is always an entertainment when the kids are around. And that little Broadway show called Matilda, was AMAZING. Here is how those three days went by.
We are on full Spring Break mode. Last week’s Spring Break portraits came from Mexico. We have been here for two days, so I have not managed to take lots of pics just yet. We are happily enjoying warm weather, palm trees, white sand, and a couple of sunburns. Ouch!
Happy Friday! Are you getting ready for Easter? We are about to go on a getaway across the border. I can’t wait to melt in the sun, taste the salty water and relax with my family for ONE long week. We hope you have a wonderful Easter with your loved ones this weekend. Xo, Patchi
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Last week Raquel and my parents went furniture hunting at one of our favorite hidden spots, Home Emporium. Think big warehouse type store with lots of one-of-a-kind furniture for half of the price. It’s the ultimate interior decorator paradise. We never know what we are going to find when we go there, or even if we will find anything. But we love to hunt for that one piece that will stand out in the room.
The hunt was a success and we ended up taking two beautiful pieces for my parents’ home. One of them will be used for a TV console, and the other one will be used to store glasses and such. I will post more pictures of these two spaces when we finish decorating them. Do you have a hidden gem like this store around you? Where do you go hunting for your unique pieces?
I love seeing a glimpse of the world through my kids’ eyes. As we got off the cab in New York City, Marcus could not contain his excitement as he watched all the lights in Times Square. His words: “Wow, is this Tokyo?” Here are the portraits for week 11 of 52. All of the New York photos below were taken with my iPhone.
Have you seen our new pillows? We’ve been busy these past weeks creating new and fun pillows for the home collection. The funny thing is that whenever we finish designing a new product exclusively for the home collection, we end it up finding many more uses for that particular product. For the new designs below, I was targeting the modern-looking living room with colorful wall art on the walls. But these three pillows could easily be playful in the playroom, or they could be elegant in the unique nursery, or they could also be very chic in a not-so-chic guest room. The new pillows are modern-looking and oh, so fresh. They can easily be paired together on a couch or they could stand out on their own.
We have another photoshoot scheduled for the end of this week. As soon as we have more product shots we will list these items on the shop. Check back soon. And to see what we already have in store for the home collection, visit here.
My office renovation is finally taking place. Raquel and I spend half of our working hours here at my home studio. The other half is usually spent by the pool while we juggled margaritas. No. No. I AM JUST KIDDING. We prefer mojitos.
This office is very spacious with two great windows. It has lots of cabinets. And the best part is that it is here, right at home. It sounds so perfect, right? So why the need to renovate it? Well, unfortunately, the space has that lawyer firm look, a very dated lawyer firm that is. Think beige carpet, dark cabinets, traditional-looking cabinet hardware, a hideous ceiling fan, and the list just goes on and on. To brighten up this space, I want to bring in different geometric patterns, lots of black and white mixed with pops of bright colors, and a splash of gold. I want to make this a fresh space. One that inspires and gives fuel to my creative brain. Otherwise, we might want to hit the pool way too often.
Did I tell you that I share this room with my kids occasionally? Well yes, this office is also a playroom. Luckily, the abundance of cabinets hide all the toys. So, most of the time, it does feel just like an office. I have already placed some of the items you see here in the room. But the big change will happen only in May, when the cabinets will get painted. Expect the full room reveal in late May. Come back to check it out and tour the new room soon.
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Healthy snacks anyone? The portraits from last week are looking like this. SUN. POOL. PIZZA. AND. DONUT. March has been so good to us this year. After a great weather, we had some rain, but overall the weekend was amazing. I am looking forward to more days like this. I will see you later wintertime.
1:: Marcus with a pizza floaty
2:: Bela with floaties
3:: Victor with donut floaty
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How does caring for a dying fiddle leaf fig plant turned into a DIY graphic basket project? Well, I have been struggling to keep my two fig plants alive for the past 5 months. They used to be so full and so green. But slowly, they are losing lots of leafs. After changing how regularly I water them and adding fertilizer, I decided that I had to find another spot for them in the house. Once I moved them around, I immediately found myself a new house project. Right next to one of the pots, this old brass-colored basket was looking so shy. That big vase was just too much for that old basket. The basket looked naked, or just not charming enough. I have been seeing some gorgeous graphic baskets from Serena and Lily. So I thought that it would be fun to try and mimic the look of these adorable storage baskets. With the project in my mind, I searched the house for materials. I found some tape in the garage and some leftover paint. All I was missing was black spray paint. I quickly stopped by my parents house to steal their black spray paint I had purchased for another project and 10 minutes later, I had all the materials I needed and I could claim this was a cost FREE project.
This was a pretty easy little project. First, I covered the basket with black paint. I left it to dry for two days since I was going to be using tape over the freshly painted black paint. After two days, I taped my design, painted it white (with a hint of silver), and voila! It was all done.
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