November 28, 2018

your holiday decor


Happy Wednesday, everyone!

I’m so glad you stopped by today for the latest here at Ciao Newport Beach. I’ve been really looking forward to seeing all of your holiday décor and now I have the perfect place for you to share your favorite holiday vignettes with me and friends of Ciao Newport Beach.

I’d love to see how you’re decorating your home for the season…

It’s also fun to share community photos, like the first snowfall, the Christmas boat parade or the lighting of your town’s Christmas tree.

Or maybe share your favorite cookie recipe!

We’d love to see it!

So click here to share your favorite holiday vignettes 

ciao! fabiana

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November 27, 2018

cozy and romantic for Christmas

Christmas tables are my favorites to decorate, 

and if you happened to pick up the December issue of Romantic Homes magazine, you got an inside view of how this cozy little Christmas tablescape came together. 

Here are a few pics that didn’t make it into the magazine.

And, those Serena & Lily chairs work perfectly with the bold black and white gingham patterns on the table!

For the whole story, 
pick up the December issue of 

ciao! fabiana

November 26, 2018

christmas decor on my mind

Four short weeks and Christmas will be here!

Since Thanksgiving I’ve been decking the halls like there’s no tomorrow. The wreaths are standing guard at the front door to welcome every holiday visitors, and the stockings  are displayed nicely above the hearth, waiting to be filled with cute little stuffers.

I haven’t had time to take photos or share on Instagram, since I’ve just been savoring all the precious moments and memories as we unpack our festive décor.

Now that it’s a new week, and we’ve had a nice long weekend to recharge, our latest Christmas décor will be at the forefront, for sure, over the next few weeks!   

These photos are from last year… just a little collection of my favorite pics. A lot of this year’s décor is similar to what you see here.

A few things have been rearranged, like these snowy white holiday houses. This year they're displayed on our Welsh dresser that is new to the living room.

Do you set your Christmas décor the same every year, or do you change it up a bit?

Tablescapes are always a fun way to express your creative side for the holidays. These are three of my favorites from last year.

I like to keep it simple, but add a touch of whimsy to the table. A fun little accent always livens up a place setting, even if it’s something as simple as a candy cane.

I can’t wait to show you this year’s décor. Little seasonal snippets and holiday vignettes will be making an appearance soon!

Until then… Happy Monday!

ciao! fabiana

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November 21, 2018

classic style from serena & lily

Cove Rattan Lantern & Bedford Tray

This year I’m hosting everyone for Thanksgiving in our dining room, and I’m so happy to have furnishings and accessories from Serena & Lily in my home to offer a casual and chic sense of style.

Mayberry Napkins & Round Raffia Placemats

I’ve had several questions on where to purchase some of this S&L tableware and a few of my pillows, so I thought I’d share the direct links with you today.

Riviera Side Chair

Also, everyone loves the classic French bistro style of these Riviera chairs, and best of all, I’m here to say they’re as comfortable as they are cute! Best of all everything at Serena & Lilly is 20% off right now, so now's the perfect time to get a few!

(with the code GATHER)

I actually bought four Riviera chairs at first. I loved them so much that a few months later, I added four more to my table . They were one of my best purchases ever! 

Montecito Outdoor Pillow Cover & Alsworth Pillow Cover

On my sofa in the family room, all my pillows are by Serena & Lily, and you can just catch a peek at a couple of them here.

Montecito Outdoor Pillow Cover & Mattituck Armchair

And talk about comfort, I have a pair of these Mattituck chairs in my family room, and they’re always the first ones taken. I love their retro, but beachy style!

So the great news is from now until November 25th

Serena & Lily is hosting 
"The Thank You Event” with 20% off everything,

 just use the code GATHER.

They even have some really nice gifting ideas.

Here are some of my favorite gift ideas for the season...

Collage Product Links:

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ciao! fabiana

Disclaimer:  I am a member of an affiliate program and any purchases

will in no way increase the cost to you.

November 20, 2018

thanksgiving prep

I’m so looking forward to Thursday. I spent most of this morning prepping for Thanksgiving and cooking a few things ahead of time.

Turkey, gravy and mashed potatoes

have always been my favorite meal!

In fact in high school, every Thursday, turkey and gravy were on the menu, and I would get really excited about it, like to the point of doing a happy dance! My best friend Lisa still remembers my crazy turkey Thursdays and sometimes teases me about it to this day!

We did have really good cafeteria in high school!

And being the foodie,
that I am,

I was very Thankful!

Do you like to start prepping a few days before Thanksgiving day? I have to start early, otherwise I get super stressed out, and maybe even a little cranky, so I started this morning with the cranberry sauce, which is the easiest thing to make.

I like to put the zest and juice of one orange in the mix as well as some grated ginger. Then all it needs is a little water and about ½ cup of brown sugar.

While the cranberry mixture was on the stove, I put about eight sweet potatoes in the oven, skin and all, on a cookie sheet. After they’re fork tender and cooled a bit, I just peel the skin off and mash them in a large bowl. I like to add a little butter, salt, pepper and a splash of maple syrup to my sweet potatoes.

They come out really good and not overly sweet. Then on Thursday, once the turkey is done, I’ll pop the casserole dish of sweet potatoes back in the oven to warm up, and at that time, I usually add a few mini marshmallows around the perimeter for those who need that extra sweet bite.

Everyone seems to like them that way.

After lunch, I decided to tackle the stuffing. This year I’m trying a different approach and making the stuffing more like a savory bread pudding with a milk and egg based custard that gets soaked up my the bread cubes I toasted.

We buy fresh French bread every other day at C’est si Bon bakery, so I use the day old, hard bread for other things like breadcrumbs, and it’s so perfect for stuffing!

I can’t wait to gather around the dinner table with family Even though our group is small this year with only 9 of us, it doesn’t stop us from having a good time.

After dinner we like to play a game like charades or Apples to Apples and if it’s cool enough, I’d love to light the fireplace.

I hope to check in with you again before Thanksgiving…

I have some really fun news to share!

ciao! fabiana

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November 15, 2018

an alfresco Thanksgiving gathering

Dining outdoors in the garden is so delightful, and setting up an alfresco Thanksgiving table is easier than you may think.

I used my favorite table accessories and elegant fall elements to create this unique look last year. The weather was perfect and the timing was just right!  

Our table was moved to the back yard and set up for a small gathering of six, which is the perfect number of guests for dining outdoors.

You may recognize this table from Romantic Homes, and you can read all about the design and inspiration behind the design here.

Today I’m sharing with you where I found all the elements featured at this table…   

The table is one that I’ve had for a long time, and I repainted it a few years ago with “Old White” Annie Sloan chalk paint. It's a great size and has two leaves, which when removed convert this to the perfect round table.  

I also painted these vintage Windsor chairs white, which I found for $10 each at a thrift store in Laguna Beach. We use them everyday, and they're actually quite comfortable.

This table that usually sits in my dining nook, but I moved it outdoors with the chairs, just for fun!

Here are the elements on the table:

Macramé Runner found here
Vintage Wedgwood China from my mother-in-law
Wood Baroque Charger found here
Wood Handle Flatware found here
Thankful Napkins found here (get them in two days!)
Glitter Gold Pumpkin Votives found here
Brass Candlestick Coolection here (get them in two days!)  
Small White Pitchers found here
White and Yellow Roses from Trader Joe’s
Wheat Bouquet found here

This year I’m hosting everyone in our dining room, since we have a larger group coming next Thursday. Here's a little peek at what's happening on the table at the moment...

I’m still playing around with the look, but I’ll share the final reveal soon! 

ciao! fabiana

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November 13, 2018

thanksgiving prep: turkey plates

With less than ten days until the big day, the countdown for Thanksgiving really begins today. While I tend to set several Thanksgiving inspired tables during the month of November, I always hone in on my favorite aspects of each table and use those favorite elements for the final reveal on Thanksgiving day.

Turkey plates are one of my favorite ways to add that special vintage Thanksgiving look to a table, and I collect them all year long. If I spot them for a dollar each at flea market in March, I’m sure to jump at the chance of adding to my collection.

Starting in September or October, Home Goods carries pretty ones for only about $4-5 each. I tend to collect the salad plates which always look pretty layered on a solid white or cream colored dinner plate.    

Here are a few of my favorites…

Turkey Plate by Royal Stafford

Turkey Plate by Maxcera

Turkey Plate by The Victorian English Pottery

Turkey Plate by 222 Fifth

His Majesty by Johnson Bros.

I don’t stop at just collecting turkey plates for Thanksgiving. Brown and white transferware is also pretty this time of year, and layers wonderfully with the little turkeys. I especially love the transferware patterns with hand-colored fruit designs.

And I go gaga for anything Wedgwood.

Drury Lane by Wedgwood

Harvest Time by Johnson Bros.

Beatrice by Wedgwood

Royal Staffordshire Windsong Ironstone by J. & G. Meakin

These brown and white English plates with the swirly floral design was found recently at the Long Beach Flea Market, and yes, these were only a dollar each as well.

You can see I’m playing around with a new Thanksgiving tablescape using those Royal Staffordshire plates and a pretty little thing I picked up in Geneva

an April Cornell table square that looks beautiful when place diagonally across the table, and look at how perfectly these two patterns compliment each other!

I actually found this cute tablecloth at The Little Traveler, and I love that it has adorable brown tassels on each corner. The amber glassware will add just the right touch of sparkle to this look.

ciao! fabiana

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