March 31, 2015

an elegant Easter table in pink

Mixing dish patterns is a great way to set a unique and fun table.  This table in Southern Living magazine uses light pink chargers and delicate, gold-edged bone china in two patterns. Then they chose a graphic napkin and tied on a tulip with ribbon for each setting.  Teacups are a fun way to anchor the place setting and hold a personalized golden egg for each guest.  A bit of moss or Easter grass is nestled under the egg.
Beautiful ribbons are simply woven to add the perfect amount of color.  Start with a crisp white table cloth.  Use the length and width measurements of your table cloth and cut about five strips of ribbon for the length of the table and about sixteen, in groups of four, for the width (add a few inches to each piece of ribbon you cut to trim later).  Weave them, lattice piecrust style, over your tablecloth.  Trim the ribbon even with the hem of the tablecloth.  Make sure the ribbon is pulled taut.   
Visit golden egg  for instructions on how to make these.
Single flower groupings pack more of a punch.  Hot pink striped tulips are the perfect choice for this table!
Ornamental kale in terracotta pots balance the ends of the table.
A separate bar area is always a good idea.  Here beverages are color coordinated.  Guests are offered rosé, pink champagne and pink lemonade.  Drink tags are made with more pretty ribbon.  Mint garnishes remind us of Spring and delight our senses.  
For the finale, don't forget to impress guests with dessert.
A store bought coconut  cake was dressed up with tulips and a trio of Easter eggs .  
More ribbon laid as a runner on the buffet completes the look. 
I think I might have to  incorporate this ribbon look at my Easter Table!

ciao! Fabiana

a bright and cheery family room

Here's a unique idea.  A sectional is placed right up to the kitchen island creating a generous family room that ties in with the hub of the home, the kitchen.   The cream colored sofa can easily be updated with a variety of pillows.  The selection here of boldly patterned blue and pink pillows works nicely against the neutral room.  I love the colorful display of books in the dining area too!
Organization is the key in this built-in media center, but they haven’t forgotten to keep it pretty.  Personal photos and vintage items are arranged in a soft display that brings in more of the blue and pink colors.  What do you think of this arrangement?  Read more about this in the April issue of Better Homes and Gardens

ciao! Fabiana

chalk paint projects for the garden

We just finished having the whole outside of our house painted.
After years of living in a beigy tan house,
we decided to choose soft white for most of the house,
with “pigeon grey”  and black as accent colors.
I LOVE how it turned out!
The look of a classic white house with
black shutters and trim has always been a style I love.
With such a clean slate, I am motivated to add accessories
and furnishings that reflect a bit of California style,
incorprated with a  little European vibe.
{More on the house next week when the shutters are installed.}
Today, I updated some of my clay pots that I have displayed
in two different wrought iron pot holders.
The one above holds three small  clay pots 
with succulents planted in them.
Annie Sloan "Provence" chalk paint livens up these plain clay succulent pots. 
I planted Echeveria agaoides ‘Lipstick’ in a couple of the pots.
Here's how it looks from the house.
The wall above is the side of our garden shed
with a pergola and vintage swing next to it.
We definitely needed some color on this wall!
 These hot pink geraniums are amazing and so cheerful!
My favorite color "Florence" is perfect for the 
geranium pots in my wire window baskets.
I have two of these wire window baskets on my kitchen 
windows that now hold six pretty vibrant turquoise clay pots.
So easy to update and so fun to look at. 
{More on the back yard in a later post!}

ciao! Fabiana

March 30, 2015

simple easter eggs

With simple household items, you can create gorgeous abstract designs on your Easter eggs this year.  In this month’s Better Homes and Gardens, string, electrical tape and even rubber cement are used to produce pretty and unique patterns on each egg.  For beautiful and organic egg dyes, try these natural recipes here, using different spices and vegetables.

ciao! Fabiana

mini Easter cheesecakes

These Mini Easter Cheesecakes are so cute and fun and easy to make!
I love the addition of coconut nests on top filled with wee Cadbury eggs.

For full recipe, click here.

ciao! Fabiana

March 29, 2015

color inspiration : cobalt blue

Cobalt blue  is soothing, peaceful, and can also suggest richness, but not all blues are in the cool color family.  For example, cobalt blue is warm, and ultramarine blue is so warm that it's almost purple.  Blue represents both the sky and the sea, and is associated with open spaces, freedom, intuition, imagination, expansiveness, inspiration, and sensitivity. Blue also represents meanings of depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, stability, faith, heaven, and intelligence.  
Owning an oil painting made with expensive blues was once a status symbol. Painters who were poor or who didn't live in cosmopolitan areas never used any blue at all.  Jan van Eyck used lapis - but only at the request of his patrons.  
The color blue has positive effects on the mind and the body. As the color of the spirit, it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming and exude feelings of tranquility. Blue helps to slow human metabolism. It cools us down, and helps with balance and self-expression. Blue is the color of truth, serenity and harmony, by helping to soothe the mind.  
In our homes, cobalt blue is stunning and commands attention.  If you want an attention-grabbing color to use as an accent, try cobalt.  Outdoors, cobalt blue works beautifully with crisp whites and the soothing greens found in nature.  Add a little cobalt to your table setting for real wow factor!  

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Blue facts 1  |  2  |  3 

ciao! Fabiana

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