March 16, 2016

the springtime in Paris collection

New in the blog shop, the Springtime in Paris collection. 

Fun appetizer plates, coffee cups and more! 

ciao! fabiana

March 14, 2016

project design: spring mantel two ways


The latest "Project Design" theme is “How To Style Your Spring Mantel Two Ways”. Mary Ann and Cindy asked ten design bloggers to style a spring mantel two ways, and pictured above is my interpretation. In the green vignette, I wanted to bring out the fresh colors of spring, just using a touch of soft green with flowers and my favorite little cement bunny. 

With the blue-themed vignette, I was going for an "over-the-top" look with layers of my favorite blue and white porcelain. I switched out the mirrors to create different moods for the mantel and gathered some of my favorite things to create two distinctive looks.

Here are other fabulous bloggers that will also be sharing their amazing spring mantel décor.  Please stop by and visit their blogs as well.

Amber B. Design Studio
classic • casual • home
Dimples and Tangles
Garden Home and Party
Lisa Mende Design
Lucy Williams Interiors
Rough Luxe Lifestyle
The Pink Pagoda
Here are each of my my two spring mantels:

White hydrangeas, lime green mums, a cement bunny and a butterfly painting bring together my favorite spring memories. I wanted to keep the rest of accessories white and neutral. I layered a couple of vintage rectangular mirrors to open up the space. 

The picnic basket, the andirons and the turquoise garden seat are also heirlooms from my husband's family. A white ginger jar was found at Home Goods and iron candle holders add much needed height to the look.

The color green reminds me of Spring!

This vintage green bottle is gift from my mother-in-law...   

and my talented sister-in-law painted this beautiful blue butterfly. 

This little bunny caries a useful basket on 
his back that's perfect for holding flowers. 

For my second look, I selected several of my favorite blue and white porcelain pieces as a base for the blue-themed mantelscape and anchored it with a starburst mirror that I love. 

In fact, I love how it looks so much that it is now permanently above the mantel.    

This little lady wearing beads is at the center of the action, 
and I included some of my favorite vintage books 
to surround her in blue.

Little hints of brass and gold were also added.

I have a pair of these cloisonne dragon vases 
that were a gift from my mom. 

 {I was born in the year of the dragon!} 

Fresh kumquat branches from the garden 
take the place of flowers, 
and is an easy way to add a little more 
color to the mantel.

Be sure to check out the other wonderful bloggers’ spring mantels today, and thank you so much to Mary Ann and Cindy for asking me to join in on the fun!

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.


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