August 7, 2020

it's a Houseplant Party

Houseplants are making a huge comeback this year! With all the time we’re spending at home, a lot of us are putting our efforts into the joys of gardening indoors. 

I know my living room’s plant population had a huge growth spurt in March when all this self-isolation went down. Propagating plants, or growing new plants from existing plants, is pretty fun, and I found a new book to give me even more easy houseplant tips for successfully growing houseplants. 

The book is called “Houseplant Party” and it’s full of great projects and growing tips. This book the perfect guide for a novice or an experienced gardener, and I especially love the first section called “The Best Plants for Your Living Space.” 

This section is a dictionary of sorts with some of the most popular houseplants listed and the best way to grow and care for them. With our growing knowledge of each individual plant comes the fun part... how to successfully make our own plants!

Think of all the money we could save by growing new little plants of our own, especially succulents. You know how expensive they can be! 

This is my favorite part of the book... Houseplant Party goes into full detail on how we can all grow new beautiful succulents simply from leaf cuttings! 

Echeveria, one of my favorite succulents! 

It’s all simply explained in the book. We can literally propagate dozens and dozens of new plants so easily. In fact, a beautiful succulent planted in a pretty pot makes the most wonderful gift for a hostess, new neighbor or just about anyone!  

This book also has so many step-by-step plans for making:  

✔  A knotted plant hanger made from an old t-shirt. 
✔  Macrame projects. 
✔  Instructions for shadow boxes. 
✔  An indoor wooden trellis. 
✔  An aquatic garden with a Japanese moss ball. 
✔  A stress-reducing indoor Zen succulent garden. 
✔  A creative test tube wall planter. 

With my re-found love of houseplants, I can tell you from experience, they create a whole new level of ambiance to any home.  

My sunny living room is now so inviting with the addition of at least 15 new plants ranging from classic houseplants like pothos and spider plants to succulents like jade and aloe. 

Houseplant Party is a brand-new book, and I just love all the easy-to-follow houseplant projects and insight, as well as the crisp bright photos included on every page. You can find a copy here, if you’re interested. With a little helpful advice, it's so easy to decorate our world green!

ciao! fabiana 

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August 6, 2020

my flatware caddy styled for 3 seasons

Here we are happily into August and some of us are already thinking of fall and winter. Yes, that would be me, and maybe a few of you too.

In these uncertain times, it would be nice to look forward to spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with our friends and family. We’ll have to see how that goes, but in the meantime, I have something really special that I want to share with all of you... 

This lovely wooden flatware caddy embellished with a pewter elk’s head and leather handles. If you know Vagabond House, you know they’re known for creating fine-quality pieces that are destined to become treasured heirlooms.

Just for fun, I styled this flatware caddy a few different ways. The first is a casual late summer look where I teamed it up with softly rustic linen napkins and a few wildflowers from the backyard. Simple white cabbage patterned plates complete this laid-back look.  

I love the earthy quality of this caddy with its chic details and roomy cubbies. This essential tableware item makes hosting a dinner party an easy affair for any host or hostess. 

Silverware, napkins and even small plates can be organized beautifully and neatly to make your guests feel at home and ready to take on the buffet table!

Funny story about these little “wildflowers”. They may not be the prettiest little flowers of all, but I did pick them from the backyard. The yellow ones are Dusty Miller blooms and the other ones that sort of look like Queen Anne’s Lace are actually celery flowers! 

They were just starting to bloom and they have the loveliest celery scent. I planted this little clump at the start of the quarantine, and I’m hoping they’ll go to seed and set little plantlets for next year!

For fall I envision a very soft palette of earth tones. The color of end-of-season hydrangeas is just so pretty at that time of year. I combined these items with some of my favorite amber glasses for a look that feels autumn-like. 

Simple white napkins are used to wrap the silverware. I love this idea, because it’s a quick grab-and-go to the table with one neat little bundle. 

For all these looks, I’ve used this unique set of pewter Acorn Flatware by Vagabond house. You can see how I styled last year’s fall table here using this beautiful silverware.  

In honor of December, I created two different looks. The first one is reminiscent of this tablescape with strong antler and deer elements. Black and white details are always in style, and for fun I added a pop of green with these vintage goblets. 

For our final look, we have a little red brought in by two of my favorite looks, transferware plates and tartan napkins. We couldn’t be more Christmas-y than that, and doesn’t this beautiful Elk Head Flatware Caddy fit in perfectly? 

For more beautiful ideas and tableware, check out Vagabond House on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest 

ciao! fabiana 

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