September 22, 2017

it's pumpkin season

so in my book,
this marks the official start of
 pumpkin season!

Let’s decorate to our hearts delight
with these happy orange gourds.

Place a few on the front porch and
a few small ones on a side table...

dress them up with spanish moss and spooky little owls.

Feature a few on the mantle,
or how about a whole mess of them
 spilling out of the fireplace?

Linus Van Pelt was right,
pumpkins are a sign of sincerity.

They’re the most honest,
natural symbol of Autumn,
and their cheery colors and fun shapes
are sure to bring a smile to your face!

with your favorite succulents
is one of the best ideas yet!

Everything deserves a little 
pumpkin face this time of year!

I will have to get busy making some
jack-o-lantern faced empanandas,
using my mother’s secret recipe of course –

Actually, it’s not so secret,
and I’ll share it one of these days,
if you’re interested  ; )

ciao! fabiana

photo credit:

1. Martha Stewart
2. Roger's Gardens
3. Good Housekeeping
4. Martha Stewart
5. Sunset Magazine
6. Roger's Gardens

September 21, 2017

it's the last day of summer ...

It's officially the last day of Summer
and it happens to be the most un-Summerlike
day around these parts today.

It’s a gloomy and drizzly day,
but that doesn’t stand in my way
for anticipating the beginning
of my favorite season…

You know 
I’ve been a little pumpkin crazy already,
and I’m just imagining what the neighborhood
will be looking like all decked-out
for Fall.

Do you remember the pretty curb appeal
from Barclay Butera’s home last year?

A few simple and elegant pumpkins
are all you need to dress up the
front of your home!

Sunflowers are another one of my favorite ways
to celebrate the season.

They’re like a little bit of sunshine
shining inside your own home…

treat yourself to some pretty sunflowers…

Trader Joe’s is always a safe bet 
for finding something pretty
without breaking the bank.

I’m really looking forward to the
October 24th…

just in time for my birthday.

You can count on the CDM Home Tour
for lots of inspiring décor,
and a full day of FUN!

Isn't this Fall counterscape 
from a few years back gorgeous?!

And what would fall be without
America’s favorite fruit baked with a little sugar
and spice, and yeah, everything nice?

You’ll want to try this easy
recipe for these yummy Apple Tarts.

And yes,
I know I’ve mentioned it before,
but Roger’s Gardens is THE place for
Fall fun and inspiration!

Coming up soon…

a blog post on how to add a little
vintage touch to your Halloween décor
with perfectly spooky antique books!

Wuthering Heights is the ultimate
haunting love story and one of my favorite novels.

And speaking of Emily Bronte,
a sweet little quote to usher in Autumn…

ciao! fabiana

September 19, 2017

tuesday in corona del mar

Just sharing some fun from last Tuesday

My first stop was Roger’s Gardens
and at the top of the list was
to pick up some white pumpkins.

They have a huge selection 
of beautiful pumpkins
in all shapes, sizes and colors.

Herbs and Pumpkins...
two of my favorite things!

And while I was there,
 I got another peek at their

If you’ve never been to Roger’s
during this time of the year,
you definitely need to check it out!

Half their store is converted into
an amazing Halloween fun house.

This year’s theme is Magic & Mayhem…

I’ll share more on that in a few weeks!

Next was a stop for breakfast
and cappuccinos with my friend Nancy
 at Le Pain Quotidien, a super yummy
 and healthy Belgian café.

Nancy and I couldn’t wait to head over to
Anthropolgie to check out their update
showroom and expanded store… it’s huge!

If you’ve ever visited an Anthroplogie store,
you know how amazing their displays are.

And I had no idea that they carried
a full line of wallpaper, did you?

They have books and books of
gorgeous wallpapers and grasscloths.

The one pictured above in this bedroom
vignette is one of my favorites.

Fun and funky décor, for sure.

While I was there, 
I did pick up a few pairs of earrings for myself, 
one with little tassels (see below) 
and a ciao tee-shirt... fabulous!  

I still can't get enough of their styling and merchandising...

so cute!

ciao! fabiana

Just for fun...

photo credit: Anthropologie

September 18, 2017

a tiger sofa and more...

Do you remember Lee Radziwill’s iconic sofa that was upholstered in the most divine Scalamandré tiger-striped velvet? It’s legendary!

It was eventually handed down to her daughter-in-law Carole Radziwill and has been prominently featured on the Real Housewives of New York as the centerpiece of Carole’s SoHo apartment.

Well, this year, the shabby and well-worn 50+ year old sofa got a complete makeover and now lives on as a gorgeous blue sofa.

But the legend of the tiger sofa
lives on in Atlanta…

Enter Taylea Fowler,
whose obvious good taste quickly
caught my attention.

This striking blonde and her husband Robin
recently purchased this historic 1930's home 
in the Buckhead district of Atlanta, and
the starting point of the design
concept for their new home was a
Scalamandré tiger sofa, just like
the one that Lee made so famous!

And look at the rest of the décor!


This looks like my fantasy dream home!

More velvet anyone?

This little pink situation room
is the ladies’ lounge.

Her closet, amazing! 

And the stunning décor continues
outside in the pool pavilion.

Surrounded by nature’s pretty green,
how can anyone say no to sitting out here?

And sneak peek...

here’s the Fowler’s wedding photo
from their 2016 Mexican beach ceremony. 

Have a dreamy day…

ciao! fabiana

photo credit: Veranda
Interior Design by Melanie Turner 

September 17, 2017

fall table for the weekend

I’ve started pulling out a few of 
my favorite cozy accessories
 to add here and there
around the house.

One of my favorites is this soft plaid throw.

It instantly puts me in a fall mood, and 
I love how it looks with these gorgeous pumpkins

I started with setting the
plaid throw on a diagonal,
that way the fringed edge is softly
draping over each side of the table.

The large orange and gray pumpkins
were placed in the center of the table.

They’re a beautiful, soft color
that’s almost chalky in appearance.
I found these and all the smaller
pumpkins at Roger’s Gardens.

Then, I arranged the smaller
yellow-striped and white pumpkins
around the large ones.

The gaps were softened with freshly cut
olive branches from the garden,
 a few elegant pheasant feathers
and some rustic little twigs.

This whole setting looks great with the
that I put together on Friday.

That now sits on the cabinets in front
of the window, and I’m really pleased
with how they look together!

Have you started decorating for Fall
at your home yet?

I want to hear all about it...

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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