October 17, 2019

a simple apple wreath for fall




This apple wreath is so easy to put together and makes quite a statement at the front door. I started with a simple circular twig wreath from the craft store, and embellished it with just three simple things. 




You may have seen this fun fall DIY in the Autumn 2019 issue of Country Sampler Farmhouse Style on page 85. 

All I did was secure a layer of Spanish moss to the bottom part of the wreath as a foundation for the apples. I then used 18-gauge wire to attach miniature apples to the wreath.  

You’ll probably need wire snips or pliers to cut the wire. To finish off this look, I tucked leafy stems of Nandina from my garden in between the apples to soften the look. 

You can use any delicate leafy plant from your yard or the flower shop and add your own spin to this look.  




And speaking of apples, my recipe for "Apple Walnut Chocolate Chip Blondies" also made the pages of Country Sampler, but this time in their Autumn Decorating issue. It’s still available in stores until November 18, so you’ll be able to find this yummy recipe in that issue on page 110.

My friend Sharon shared this recipe with me years ago, and gave me permission to share it with Country Sampler. It's a keeper that's been handed down in her family for many years and hails from her home state of Massachusetts.

You won't believe how incredibly moist these these blondies are with the chunks of apples that are interspersed in each bite. And the addition of chocolate chips and walnuts makes this the perfect fall treat!      




A while ago, Country Sampler put together a group of twenty “Around the World” holiday treats on their website. You can check it out here, and don’t miss my entry for Italian Pignoli Cookies. Made with almond paste and pine nuts, these cookies are out of this world! I make them every Christmas for friends and family.






ciao! fabiana 


If you get a chance, check out my "Tablescaping Essentials" page on the Amazon, showcasing my favorite picks for setting a beautiful table. 
  
When time is of the essence, I turn to Amazon for one or two day delivery. They have so many amazing holiday table top items to offer! And I'm constantly updating this page with my new favorites. 

You can check it out here, at Tablescaping Essentials*. 
  



*affiliate links used.

October 15, 2019

fall in the dining room, two ways





Here's a little peek into my dining room and the kitchen beyond... 




I've got a pair of these yellow lamps sitting on the sideboard, and they're one of my favorite pieces handed down to us through the family. 




I shared this festive orange pumpkin table with you at the end of last week... 




and now I’ll show you how I styled this room a bit differently...  




To accentuate the yellow in the lamps, I added this pretty "Monet’s Kitchen" tablecloth that features a bit of yellow, along with blue and green, my favorite colors . 
  



Amber glassware and little white pumpkins add that certain fall ambiance that I just love!  
  



And you can catch a glimpse of my kitchen here, which I don’t show very often, because I’m usually in the middle of cooking something while I’m styling tables and photographing them.

It’s all about multi-tasking!  




You can see another view of this same shot of my dining room in the upcoming issue of Cottages & Bungalows magazine where it’s all decked out for Christmas.  

ciao! fabiana 




I want 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. 



*affiliate links used.


  



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