February 20, 2022

a little corner of the living room

Decorating, collecting, and thrifting are all intertwined with how I put together my rooms here are home.


This little corner of the living room is just a snippet from my adventures with the “thrill of the hunt”.

If you’re a thrift store fan like me, then you’ll get it.


Here are a few notes on how these pieces made their way into my life… happy Sunday!



ciao! fabiana



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February 18, 2022

three of my favorite salads

Today I’m sharing three really yummy salad recipes that I made and photographed for Country Sampler Farmhouse Style magazine.


This first one is a BLT Pasta Salad that's so perfect for making ahead and just noshing on during the week as a quick ready-made lunch.

It’s also great for a potluck or picnic side dish. You can’t go wrong with fresh ingredients and a little bacon. It really does taste like a BLT!



BLT Pasta Salad

Serves 4


12 ounces corkscrew-shaped pasta

12 ounces lean bacon (reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings)

1-pint cherry tomatoes, cut into halves or quarters

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup sour cream

4 tablespoons chopped chives or scallion greens

1 tablespoon lemon juice

 5 cups chopped romaine lettuce


1.   Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Discard all but 2 tablespoons drippings from the pan.

2.   Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water as the label directs. Drain and toss with the bacon drippings in a large bowl; set aside.

3.   Crumble the bacon into bite-size pieces; set aside 1/4 cup for garnish. Toss the remaining bacon and the tomatoes with the pasta.

4.   Mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice and 3 tablespoons chives together in a small bowl and toss with the pasta until evenly combined.

5.   Season with salt and pepper. Chill until ready to serve.

6.   Add the lettuce; toss again to coat. Garnish with the reserved bacon and the remaining 1 tablespoon chives.


A Caesar Salad and Potato Salad combo? Why not?! This one is really delicious, and I love the way the potatoes soak up the creamy Caesar dressing for an added boost of flavor.


This salad is also great for a potluck or just treat yourself and make it as a side dish to a weekday dinner for you and the family.


Caesar Potato Salad 

3 pounds (8 to 10) medium red potatoes, scrubbed 

¼ cup olive oil 

1 minced small garlic clove 

2 tablespoons lemon juice 

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 

½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 

½ teaspoon anchovy paste (optional)  

2 Tbs mayonnaise 

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 

½ cups shredded romaine lettuce hearts  

Salt and pepper


1. In a large pot, bring potatoes to a boil in salted water over high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook until tender when pierced with a knife, 15 to 20 minutes.


2. Drain and let cool completely. Cut potatoes into 1 ½ inch pieces. 


3. In a large bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, anchovy paste, mayonnaise and Parmesan.


4. Add potatoes while still warm and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Add romaine hearts just before serving. To store, cover and refrigerate up to one day.


Coleslaw is a healthy side dish any time of the year, and this one is zazzed up with the addition of apples, bacon and almonds.

Check out the ingredients... it’s so easy to make, and I’ve added a little bit of yogurt in the dressing for a bit of extra freshness.



ciao! fabiana



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February 9, 2022

new plates for valentine's day

In honor of Valentine’s Day as a day to celebrate LOVE, I’ve set a simple little table with a few soft pink accents and my new set of Bordallo Pinheiro plates, chargers and bowls as the starring element of this tablescape.


I recently received these beautiful plates from Bordallo Pinheiro, and I love how the subtle pattern works with this tablecloth.


I kept the whole vibe casual and flirty, with the focus on my new plates. This pattern is called Rua Nova in the color Antique White

You may recognize the name Bordallo Pinheiro because they’re well known for making those gorgeous green cabbage shaped plates and service ware.


I’ve collected those fun plates for years and was impressed to find out they’ve been making those beautiful plates in Portugal since 1884!

Rua Nova Cake Stand in Morning Blue

To accentuate the beauty of the plate, I chose this pink tablecloth from Pacific & Rose. I hand-stenciled these plain white napkins with my own personal “Conversation Hearts.


Three bunches of different fairy roses from Trader Joe's create an informal centerpiece. 


You’ll be seeing a lot more of these Antique White Rua Nova plates at my table. The styling possibilities are endless.



ciao! fabiana



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February 5, 2022

two classic patterns I love

The easiest way to add color to your table is with a favorite tablecloth like this. Inspired by the colors of "Monet’s Kitchen", that just so happens to be the name of this pattern.


What better way to highlight the lovely colors in these Pacific & Rose linens than to add fresh lemons and limes from the garden?

This tablecloth and napkins are among my absolute favorites in my collection and now Pacific & Rose has received a new supply of this pattern, and that includes lots of extras like aprons, kitchen towels and table runners.

With a few yellow daisies from the front yard to liven things up, the table runner and placemats are a more casual look for this gorgeous pattern.


I absolutely LOVE this look in our breakfast room!

Now wait for it… another pattern that is always in the Pacific and Rose collection is “Flower Power”.


With all the bright and happy colors displayed here, one can’t help but feel energized!


Flower Power also comes in a tablecloth, napkins, placemats, runner, apron, kitchen towels and even pillows!


My husband loves this pattern so much, that when he sees it, he says it’s “our Flower Power hour”. 😄 


So fun, right? These red hibiscus flowers are a fun look with this pattern. You definitely need big, bold flowers to work well with all the Flower Power vibes shown here!


I’m so happy it’s Friday, and my big choice is which pattern to use for the weekend. Which one would you choose?

Check out Pacific & Rose for more!

ciao! fabiana



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