October 30, 2017

this year's halloween tablescape

Why do I love Halloween so much?

I think it’s because I have the happiest of memories from my childhood filled with creating costumes, carving jack o’lanterns and heading out on cold nights to trick-or-treat to our hearts content.

I still can’t resist all the fun of decorating for Halloween

It’s fun setting a themed table for my family… this year’s tablescape features my favorite black and white transferware plates. 

They both feature birds with a floral motif, so why not add a few black birds to the centerpiece?

Elegant with just a touch of spooky is always my m.o. so this vintage looking bird cage was the perfect focal point for the center of the table. 

I just pulled some of my favorite pieces out and reimagined them in a new light. You may remember some of these accessories like the black wine glasses from last year’s Halloween table.  

To add a touch more drama, I connected all the elements with twigs, green moss and spooky cheese cloth, also from Oriental Trading. I like the cheese cloth better than spider webbing because you get a neater overall appearance.

A little bit of orange was added with napkins and glass votives. Black and white all over is lovely, but this year I felt like the table needed a pop of color.

The little crow looks quite comfortable in his mossy nest. 

Transferware plates are my favorite table top accent and these black and white patterns offer the perfect juxtaposition with all the rustic and slightly eerie holiday décor. 

Candlelight is essential for Halloween and these cheery votives evoke thoughts of orange pumpkins and jack o’lanterns.

Another feathered friend stands guard over the stash of white and glittery gold pumpkins.

These glittered pumpkin votives will make a perfect transition into my Thanksgiving décor.

It’s just a casual setting for four, and now I have to work on my menu…

A little roast chicken would be perfect for the night and maybe some roasted butternut squash soup. 

My favorite recipe is from Michael Chiarello, and includes cinnamon, coriander, molasses, sage and balsamic vinegar. I’ve made it several times and it’s amazing!!  

Halloween dinner will be tonight because 
tomorrow is reserved for lots and candy and pizza! 

ciao! fabiana

Click on each item to see how it all came together:
Dinner Plates
Bread Plates:  vintage Wedgwood
All Pumpkins: Roger’s Gardens
Riviera Side Chairs:  Serena & Lily


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.

October 29, 2017

witchy storybook style

A little Disneyland vibe
and a little touch of Grimm’s Fairy Tales
just about sums up this whimsical
type of architecture called Storybook Style.

You may recognize this iconic Witch’s House
from the corner of Walden and Carmelita in Beverly Hills,

It's the crème de la crème of Storybook architecture!

For decades, the Beverly Hills Witch’s House,
aka the Spadena House has provided amazing
memories for all the children trick-or-treating
in the neighborhood.

Who can resist this quirky style,
especially on the spookiest night of the year?!

This fun style of architecture is sprinkled
throughout Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and
even Laguna Beach.  

Here are a few fun details
of my favorite storybook homes
 in Laguna Beach.

Notice the old-fashioned doors
and charming diamond pane windows.

This little cottage has recently been lovingly restored.

Don't you love the pop of cobalt blue 
and all the pretty purple blooms?

This home is surrounded by fanciful
butterfly bush, deep purple sage and lavender.

Here’s Orange County’s version of a witch’s house.

It's not as prominent as the the one in Beverly Hills,

Built in the 1920's, this home has eerily
tall gables, crooked stone steps and even had 
a large boiling cauldron that originally hung over the
huge stone fireplace. 

You can see the influence of this style
in the quaint details of the homes 
surrounding the Laguna witch’s house.

And, if you want to explore this more,
 here's a fun book that has lots of storybook design inspiration, 
including my favorite, the Spadena House!

ciao! fabiana

Spadena House photos are from Yelp

October 28, 2017

a little peek at the latest tablescape

That spooky time of the year has arrived…

and, I had to do it. I had to bring in a little bit of orange to my Halloween table this year. Usually, I like to keep it black and white with a hint of green, but this go around, my vintage black and white transferware plates just needed a little bit of a boost.

Do you have any themed Halloween
plans for the weekend?

If so, tell me all about it…

ciao! fabiana

October 25, 2017

pumpkin lovin' by garden studio design

Isn’t this entryway so elegant?

My design crush this week is
who styled these pretty vignettes.

She’s always a fixture on the
she really knocked it out of the park
with these copper dipped pumpkins!

Not one hint of orange here,
just white, copper and that
 pretty grey-green pumpkin color!

These colors look pretty amazing with
the pretty landscaping Chris
designed for this gorgeous farmhouse.

Peace and harmony in the garden,
for sure!

ciao! fabiana

photo credit: Garden Studio Design on Instagram

October 24, 2017

cdm home tour today !

It was a HOT one today!

The Santa Ana winds are blowin’, 
it's so sunny and
 the air is super dry...

It reminds me of one of my favorite movies, The Holiday,
starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet.

Have you seen it?  J

Well, that didn’t put a damper on the

Here’s another peek at some of the homes
from some of my favorite designers on Instagram…

ciao! fabiana

photo credit:
1. Studio McGee
2. Tru Studio
3 .Adrienne Brandes
4. Brooke Wagner Design
5. Brandon Architects
6. Adrienne Brandes
7. Adrienne Brandes
8. Barclay Butera
9. KRS Development
10. Brandon Architects
11. Brooke Wagner Design
12. Pottery Barn South Coast Plaza
13. The Homely

October 23, 2017

more halloween porches

Oh, how I love my neighborhood!

It’s quite eclectic. 

I live in a community where each house
is pretty unique, built in different decades
by different builders and it gives it that
quirky, unique quality that I love.

it’s always fun to see how my neighbors express
themselves through décor.

There are lots of spooky front yards around,
but I’ve chosen the more simple and elegant ones
to share with you all today!

Yes, all these homes are quite traditional,
but they all have their own style as well,
don’t they?

You may recognize a couple of these homes,
because I kind of have a little “crush” on them!

There's nothing wrong with that, right?

My love for architecture and design 
runs deep, lol.

There’s always a house or two
that really stand out and
set the tone for the neighborhood,

don’t you think? 

ciao! fabiana


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