October 28, 2018

a fresh and pretty thanksgiving table

Setting a beautiful Thanksgiving table is so easy with pretty tableware from Serena & Lily

I'm so in love with these chic Cove Rattan Lanterns! And also among my top picks for my fall inspired tablescape are these classic S&L Papaya Mayberry napkins and raffia placemats which are the perfect additions to this fresh table setting.

Pretty claret colored mums accented with soft peachy spray roses set the tone for this fresh and pretty fall table. 

This arrangement is simply gathered together with some seeded eucalyptus and then nestled into a vintage white pitcher. So easy to pull off!

But seriously, can we talk about those Cove Rattan Lanterns? I chose a set of two of these medium sized pagoda-shaped lanterns, and seriously…
I’m in love!

They'll make a statement any time of year, and I can’t wait to use them on my Christmas table as well.

Besides the flowers, I brought in just a touch of color with these sweet and classic Mayberry napkins in the color Papaya. They offer the perfect hue of orangey-red that I love for fall.

Over the past two years, I’ve invested in a set of eight Serena & Lily Riviera side chairs that I bought four at a time. They’ve proven to be favorites in our household. They’re quite comfortable, clean up nicely and look amazing.

Best of all, they have that classic french bistro look that is so cozy indoors and out!

Petite white pumpkins aka “Baby Boos” add a whimsical touch to this Thanksgiving table and provide the perfect reminder of my favorite holiday.

The round raffia placemats add the ideal amount of texture to this whole look. Their braided pattern works for special occasions as well as everyday family dinners. 

Tablescapes always look their best when there are varying textures to catch the eye, as subtle as it may be.    

Our kitchen nook is large enough to accommodate eight comfortably and you can’t beat the lighting in this room…

it’s perfect!

I brought out our treasured and delicate heirloom crystal glasses to add that vintage touch to the table. These were inherited from my husband’s family, and I think they're almost 100 years old.

This set of silverware was a wedding gift, and I really don’t use it often enough! It’s so classic and works well with the Serena and Lily vibe we have going here.  

Candlelight always adds the perfect amount of ambiance to a gathering, and as the day progresses into evening, this tablescape is only enhanced by the beauty of these flickering flames.

Here are my picks of favorite Serena & Lily tabletop items that I just couldn’t live without. Stay tuned next month as I style these same items for a fanciful and festive Christmas table.

 ciao! fabiana

Disclaimer:  I received some of these Serena & Lily tabletop items for free and all opinions are truly my own.

October 27, 2018

saturday in lido marina village

Cheers and Happy Sunday!

My husband and I spent a fun afternoon in Lido Marina Village, catching up with some dear friends and trying out a new fabulous restaurant called Malibu Farm.

They serve a fabulous and fruity “Frosé” that looked amazing and Sherri and Nancy raved about it, but I opted for a yummy iced mocha instead, since I don’t drink alcohol.

They serve all organic and healthy foods and all that we ate was amazing, including the “grilled chocolate cake” that we all had for dessert… yes grilled… with a side of salted caramel and whipped cream!

And they even had adorable baby goats at Malibu Farm to share with us for petting and photo ops! 

Not only was I really impressed by the food at Malibu Farm, but the location is amazing as well. It’s located on the water in Lido Marina Village near lots of other fun stores and restaurants.

They have a special shop and venue next door that caters to private parties. Look at the amazing set-up they had yesterday. This private birthday party was brimming in peonies, but not just ordinary peonies, extraordinarily large tree peonies.

I got to meet the amazing florist Sussana of French Buckets Florist who created all these magical floral arrangements and gave me the tip on searching for tree peonies.

Yes, these flowers are all real!

Last stop, one of my faves, as you know… Serena and Lily. We stopped in for a quick visit and I did pick up a sweet little gift to myself (it was my birthday this week, afterall) that I’ll share with you all soon!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

xo xo
 ciao! fabiana

And now the official cookbook 
is available from Malibu Farm!

October 19, 2018

home decor: neutral and so lovely

I couldn’t help but notice the simple beauty of this neutral styled home in this month’s Better Homes and Gardens magazine. This stunning Virginia home is just the right mix of antique and vintage pieces with contemporary design.

The crisp white cabinetry and trim stand up nicely with the muted gray walls and dramatic black doors. Textures play a key role in this living room.

In the kitchen, the natural wood beams and chalkboard wall are the fanciful features in this otherwise plain room.

The soft color scheme continues in the dining room with the focus still on beautiful antiques and luxurious textures. The chandelier, mirror and settée provide just the right vintage vibe for this pretty room.

Which room is your favorite?

ciao! fabiana

photo credit: BHG

October 17, 2018

a slightly spooky Halloween tablescape

Having a little fun with this Halloween tablescape. Can you spot the Harry Potter references? It's my latest collaboration with Romantic Homes.

Check out the whole story of how this magical inspired table came to be, floating candles and all! 

Here are a few behind the scenes looks…

This table was REALLY fun to put together!

 ciao! fabiana

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October 13, 2018

pumpkins on display

Walking through Roger’s Gardens 
this time of the year is always a special treat! 

I love checking out all their special 
pumpkin vignettes that are mixed in with 

crusty terracotta pots, 

amazing farmhouse tables, 

baskets of herbs 


interesting statues. 

Here’s a little mini tour of my favorite fall scenes…

 ciao! fabiana

October 11, 2018

just another October day

Meet Dugan... one of our five furry friends who also call this place home. He's been quite the helper today following me around and supervising everything! 

Fall décor is finally making an appearance around here, and this year I’m in love with those soft muted colored pumpkins that are so pretty and seem go with all décor styles.

I found a pretty mini olive topiary yesterday in this gorgeously distressed clay pot. So perfect for the front door, after I added a few tiny white pumpkins and moss around the perimeter of the pot.

Here’s a snapshot of the dining nook from a couple of weeks ago. I just love the copper accents with the gray and white fall colors.

On our family room mantel, I’ve also used a simple grouping of gray, green and cream colored pumpkins which fit in nicely with the existing décor.  

“Hello, Sweater Weather!" I just love this little sign… and yes, after the really hot summer we've had, I’m ready to be sporting some cute sweaters.

This is the only orangy pumpkin that I bought this year because I fell in love with the terracota quality of it. It's one of those "Cinderella" pumpkins that are a little bit flatter on top. Perfect for stacking!

So that's a little bit of the fall touches you'll find around here. I'm not going overboard this year with lots of "stuff"...

As always, sunflowers are hard for me to resist during the fall season. They just really help usher in the whole season, don't they?

What do you think... do you like the sunflowers with the brown centers or the yellow centers? 

Just wondering…. 🌻

ciao! fabiana

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