October 22, 2016

thanksgiving table sneak peek

I'm working on a collaboration with Oriental Trading Company for a beautiful Thanksgiving table setting. I am starting off with textural burlap chargers, gorgeous pheasant feathers and "Be Thankful" charms. Stay tuned for the rest of the table!

ciao! fabiana

my black and white halloween table

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year, so why not go all out and throw an elegant dinner party for a few of my friends? Setting the table is so fun for me. It’s like playing dress-up! The first thing I wanted were a few foundation pieces for the table. I knew I wanted a black and white color scheme with no scary elements and no orange. From there, I was inspired by a few products from Oriental Trading. Black and white stripes are so elegant, and I found a really nice long cotton Striped Runner set at Oriental Trading, perfect! I also got a set of Spooky Bird Spindles, Feather Place Card Holders, and Black Patterned Wine Glasses to get me started with my table. I was inspired by nature for my table, so spooky birds, white pumpkins and a little greenery set the tone for this tablescape. 
My black and white transferware plates, raffia place mats, and black chalk-painted chargers look great together for each place setting. I used vintage silver and white damask napkins to add another elegant touch. The silver-toned feather place card holders have whimsical bat-shaped place cards. And the black wine glasses pull the whole look together! 
To change things up a little, I set the heads of the table with a fun little white pumpkin and the others get a pretty ivory and gold pumpkin-shaped dish, as an accent. 
For the center of the table, I gathered some subtly colored pumpkins on a glass cake stand, and added votives, greenery from my garden and a baby owl and baby crow.   

I set up a little drink station on my sideboard with the 3 Spooky Birds that I got from Oriental Trading as the anchors of the space and to add a little drama. A feather wreath I usually hang on the front door gets a new home here over the vintage mirror.    
I love this little “Bone Appetit” trinket dish! It fits in nicely with the décor.  
 Close-up of the center-piece, above.
Here are the four anchor pieces I started with. 
It's soooo easy to pull this look together when you start 
with a few foundation pieces and add your own twist to it. 
Source info: 1 | 2 | 3 4. 

For more fun (and free) Halloween fun…

ciao! fabiana

Thank you to Oriental Trading for sending me these products to review. The opinions expressed in this post are my own.

October 17, 2016

posh pumpkins by martha stewart

Martha Stewart is the definitive queen of Halloween décor, and this year she has created a variety of posh and creepy pumpkins.
Snake Infested Pumpkins start with a variety of gray, green or white pumpkins, metallic gold paint and inexpensive plastic snakes.  
To create the look of the Spiderweb Etched Pumpkins, you will need an inexpensive linoleum cutter for carving your pumpkin. That way the orange flesh of the pumpkin shines through, when lit from within. 
Martha updates her Mouse Motel this year by using a beautiful gray pumpkin. Round holes and rubber mice are all you need for this look!
Elegant Copper Leaf Pumpkins and gourds will last all the way through Thanksgiving and look great on your dining room table. 
A group of lumpy Bumpy Mini Pumpkins are highlighted by custom made copper leaf leaves. The candlelight hits them just right!

ciao! fabiana

For more unique pumpkin carving inspo, 
check out Martha’s other fun ideas.

October 16, 2016

spooky black and white party fun

A little more black and white Halloween party fun, this time from Country Living Magazine! This is spooky décor that is simple and has vintage style. Black crows, owls, cobwebs, witch hats and more! All these creepy Halloween props are set off by an equally ghoulish menu!
I love the human and batty silhouettes!
Elegant but spooky desserts!
Here's the whole menu!

ciao! fabiana

via Country Living

October 15, 2016

janet leigh's old-fashioned yellow cake

Another weekend, another fun recipe to try! This one is Janet Leigh’s Gateau Dore or just old-fashioned vanilla cake. The recipe originally comes from the Dinah Shore Celebrity Cookbook, a really fun one to check out! Janet Leigh is best remembered for her performance as Marion Crane in the movie Psycho (1960). She was married actor Tony Curtis, and they had two children together, Jamie Lee Curtis and KellyCurtis. During their high-profile union, the couple starred in five films together, my favorite being Houdini. It’s a great one to watch on halloween! Anyways, this yummy cake can be baked for any occasion and can be dressed up with different frostings and fruits, to suit your mood. Of course, paired with ice cream, it's a classic. Try it out and let me know what you think!

Here’s our cake decorated with a few white pansies and ferns from the garden. Try this easy recipe for vanilla buttercream frosting. Perfect for a simple gathering of friends and family!

ciao! fabiana

rooms that feel like autumn

Indoors or outdoors, we want to feel cozy once the weather starts to cool. Today I am sharing a few seasonal pics that I spotted in different magazines that add a little autumn vibe to mix. Notice the bouquets of colorful fall leaves. These easy to gather leaves bring instant fall flair into your home. Natural wood finishes feel comfy, and a pretty throw hung on a chair will always comes in handy and looks great as an accent!  

ciao! fabiana

photos  1  |  2  | 3  | 4  | 5  | 6  

October 14, 2016

johnny depp's historic l.a. penthouse

Johnny Depp’s historic downtown Los Angeles 
penthouse  is all that you thought it would be and more! 
A little leopard, a little tiger. 
It all fits in with this boho chic, sexy Parisian vibe!
The ultra tall 14 foot ceilings are amazing!

The bistro-style kitchen of the main penthouse loft features gorgeous art deco light fixtures and a very vintage French style in all the décor. Look up, and you discover that industrial loft look floating above your head.

I would lounge here morning noon and night, starting with coffee and ending with dinner!

The colorful master bedroom.

Another one of his penthouse suites (he owns all five!) has a different vibe in the kitchen, a little more modern and edgy, a boulangerie moderne!

How about this for a super creative conference room?
And all these incredible rooms are found at the top of the historic Eastern Columbia Building in downtown Los Angeles. This iconic art deco building was built in 1930 and is easily recognized by its turquoise terra cotta tiles and amazing four sided clock.

via Curbed

ciao! fabiana

p.s. Do you remember the tv series Moonlighting? It was the best show! Anyways, the very first episode featured the Eastern Columbia Building in the finale. Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) and David (Bruce Willis) end up at the top of the building and Maddie somehow winds up dangling from the huge clock!      

You can watch the entire episode here:

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