One Table: South of The Border


This week I was inspired by a (much-needed) vacation I’m longing for, and this delicious recipe from William’s & Sonoma.

A cozy and hearty bowl of Mexican Lime Soup made by Yana Frigelis of Nomad Luxuries.

{Recipe, here}

I made the Mexican Lime Soup with Chicken and it was so delicious. Add pieces of ripe avocado and a few slices of queso fresco for the full effect! The heat of the jalapeno and soothing chicken broth instantly transported me to las playas del Mexico and away from this 30 degree roller coaster ride we’ve been having in Chicago. The recipe was simple and you can savor each and every ingredient.

A Mexican Suzani with colorful illustrations of natures elements.

{Would love to get my hands on one of these gorgeous Mexican Suzanis! How amazing would this be as a tablecloth? Photo via, here}

We’re planning to book an escape to the Riviera Maya as soon as things get squared away with the new condo.  We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a nice smile and a big fat check in the next couple of weeks! Until then, I will just have to dream about the sandy beaches, azulejo tiles and delicious tropical food. Papaya, anyone? My favorite healthy snack, papaya with fresh-squeezed lemon (or lime) juice and a dash of sweetener.

Here’s some table scape inspiration for all of you. And if you can’t make it South of the Border any time soon, why not bring the fiesta home?

Start out with a simple invitation…

A fun and festive photo of a DIY invitation with fresh colors of green and cream.

{How cute is that fringe? Super easy DIY! Photo via, here}

Pick a color scheme: I’m really loving aquas, teals, greens and crisp whites right now…

Cacti and succulents surrounded by mangoes and limes for a green theme.

{For a quick and simple tablescape: cacti, succulents, tropical fruit and Bougainville. This calls for a weekly Monday Mexican- Olé! Photo via, here}

Mexicana themed table top for any festive occasion.

{Wood elements and mixing colors and flowers with crisp whites. Photo via, here}

A modern styled kitchen with gold and cream details.

{Love love the colors of this kitchen. All it needs is this beautiful ‘papel picado’ and you’ve got a fiesta! Photos via here, and here}






  1. February 20, 2013 / 1:43 pm

    I love that Suzanis – I might also use it as a summer throw to brighten up the chaise. Tablecloth or throw either way it just makes me smile!

    • Yana
      February 20, 2013 / 4:22 pm

      I agree Cyndi- the colors are infectious and a great way to add a pop without committing! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! 🙂

  2. March 2, 2013 / 9:55 pm

    Love that invite! Soup looks gorgeous too. Discovered your blog through the decor8 course, looking forward to adding it to my reader 🙂

    • Yana
      March 4, 2013 / 9:06 pm

      Hi Nathalie- thanks for stopping by! The soup is sooo delicious and easy to make. You must give it a try! See you in class 🙂

  3. De Ache Paola
    May 15, 2015 / 11:07 am

    Love your love for my México, but Olé is a little bit more from Spain!!
    That tablecloth embroided with “TENANGOS” has it’s origins here in my state, Hidalgo. You’re welcome here anytime!