April 4, 2015

an easy moss centerpiece for Easter

I just finished a simple moss and fern centerpiece for my Easter table.  My Italian fruit dessert plates were my starting point for the table, and I knew the look I was after was relaxed, and a little fun.  

Yesterday I ran into Home Depot to get a few things for the house, and I decided to check out the garden department for a little inspiration.  

I ended up buying 3 six packs of Scotch Moss and a pretty fern to use pieces of.  I like the woodland Spring feel of all the greenery.

I started with the Scotch Moss 

and an inexpensive 12" plastic pot liner.

I simply placed all the moss around the perimeter and then filled the middle.

All eighteen little plants fit perfectly!

I had some wide burlap ribbon, which I just wrapped around the piece to conceal the plastic.  A few branches of the fern I bought were added to soften the look of the burlap. 

Pretty yellow nasturtium from my garden add a little color, along with a vintage bunny and some Cadbury eggs, of course! 

happy easter! 


April 3, 2015

my new custom bulletin board

I just got my new Custom bulletin board for my
work space from LG Designs and I love how it turned out!

I got to choose the frame style, size, fabric,

The rich black bamboo frame and oyster burlap look great
with my great room décor where my desk space is.
Now this, hopefully, will keep me organized! 

x o  fabiana

oh, peacock chair !

Seeing this chair took my breath away.
It reminds me of a modern peacock day chair,
But I would describe it more as a cocoon chair.
It looks like the perfect spot for hiding away,
cuddling up
for a quick nap or with a good book. 

Don’t you love how décor can create moods in you?
A few years ago,
I was visiting my favorite local thrift store
and stopped dead in my tracks when I saw two
lovely and huge peacock chairs in the far end of the shop.

I quickly assessed the situation in my head.
Where can I put these????
I have my four boys in the house, plus my hubby
so space was limited in bedrooms and living areas.
I passed them up.
Well, I am still thinking about those chairs today!
They were a steal, but I consoled myself thinking 
well someone will make a good home for them

Never again will I pass up a peacock chair!

My ode to my future peacock chair, 
tongue in cheek, of course......

Peacock chair. 
My love for you never dies. 
Someday I will find you and create a special space for you.
You will be the focal point of the room. 
And I will be quite comfortable there, 
cuddled up with a cup of tea and my cat. 

So great for a portrait too!

photos  1  |  2  |  3  | 4  |  5  |  6  |  7  | 8

ciao! fabiana

April 2, 2015

new outdoor zebra pillows

You never know what you might find at Home Depot.
I couldn’t pass up a couple of these for my front porch.

ciao! fabiana

April 1, 2015

Easter table inspiration

Let's start with my latest Easter tablescape 
that's so perfect for the kids!

Edible wheat grass is set in little clay pots
and then planted with a chocolate bunny pop!

 Here's a little more Easter table inspiration from Pinterest.

jeweled bunnies

 bunnies at Pottery Barn

 vibrant napkins and tablecloths from Hen House Linens

 an Easter pouch from Hen House Linens

I love the look of  fresh veggies used in unique ways

 a simple mint and pansy posy tied up with twine and a fun name card

elegance is displayed in showcasing the beauty of a radish plant 

a collection of white bunnies

real Easter grass dressed up with flowers and dyed eggs
from Women's Day magazine

one gorgeous orchid per guest animates this basic table setting

cheery gingham and lots of pink!

 silk butterflies dress up wine glasses

a chocolate bunny becomes the guardian of dipped strawberries

Simple Easter setting in turquoise.

 Here is a little something I came up with this year for fun!
I was inspired by the vibrant kelly green linens and bunny dish.

Easter of 2013 I used different colored paper circles with each
 guest's name printed from the computer under glass plates.

This Easter was inspired by coastal 
accessories and shades of turquoise and
I love how the white chocolate bunnies look at the table. 

How are you going to set your table?
I'd love to see your tablescapes too.

Post them on my facebook page.


ciao! fabiana


While I’m here today, I wanted to share some of my "Tablescaping Essentials" with you. I have a whole page on the Amazon website with my favorite picks for setting a beautiful table.

Quite often time is of the essence, and I have last minute projects or events to work on, so I turn to Amazon for one or two day delivery. You’d be surprised at how many amazing items they have to offer! And I'm constantly updating this page with my new favorites. 

You can check it out here, at Tablescaping Essentials.

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.



A precious golden egg.

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'm motivated to add accessories
and furnishings that reflect a bit of California style,
incorprated with a  little European vibe.

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. 

ciao! fabiana


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