September 18, 2020

create florals like the Villa Borghese




I’d like to introduce you to Flavia Bruni, one of the most talented floral designers in Italy. In fact, she’s the only Italian Floral Designer recognized by the American Institute of Floral Design 

Engaged for years as a teacher of floral art at the Daisy Flowers School she founded in 1999, Flavia designs floral arrangements for individuals and companies, and collaborates with companies that organize events and ceremonies. 




Best of all, at the end of this post, you’ll get to see Flavia atop Settimo, the Villa Borghese’s elegant garden-inspired rooftop restaurant as she guides us at home with a step-by-step video on how to create a beautiful floral centerpiece. 




Here are stills from this DIY video... 







and here are some other beautiful florals from Flavia... 











Watch the instructional video here... 





Situated on a quiet street in the epicenter of Rome, Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese is a former 19th century Roman palazzo that lies within walking distance of some of the city’s best-known cultural landmarks and parks, including the Trevi Fountain, Villa Medici and Spanish Steps.  

Evoking the feel of a Roman home, the hotel has a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere that gives a sense of being truly immersed in the essence of this picturesque Italian city.  

Settimo, the hotel’s elegant rooftop lounge and restaurant, is a garden escape offering panoramic views overlooking the picturesque Villa Borghese gardens and St. Peter’s Basilica. 




ciao! fabiana 


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September 17, 2020

my favorite tea cups


image from Pinterest


Over the last few weekends, my husband and I have been taking on the daunting task of cleaning out and organizing our garage. We’re both sentimental about things, so sometimes letting go of things isn’t easy.  

Way in the back of one cabinet was a box of some of my favorite tea cups that my mom and I had collected for years. This box was put away over 15 years ago, and I had forgotten about it and assumed that I had donated these cups and saucers years ago. 

Well, since space is at a premium here in our garage, I’ve listed some of these beauties on EBAY 




These are some of my favorites.




Of course, you can’t go wrong with blue and white! 




Some of the gorgeous hand-painted details are amazing! 

We found this green one years ago in Beverly Hills. 




This one’s also from an estate sale in Beverly Hills, 

and is so pretty for fall! 




As a bonus, they’re on SALE, so if you buy 2, they’re both 15% off. If you buy 3, they’re all 20% off, and if you buy 4, they’re all 25% off! (Discounts will be given at check out.) You can check out all these pretty vintage tea cups and saucers HERE.

I hope you'll check them out. I'll be back in the next few days with two new amazing fall tablescapes and a great DIY video for arranging the most beautiful florals.  



ciao! fabiana 


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