April 8, 2022

bringing spring flowers indoors

Springtime can best be described as the time when flowers just explode on to the scene. It’s the start of a new journey into the year, so why not bring the loveliness of flowers inside into your home?


This new sideboard in the living room is large enough to hold lots of my favorite spring blooms. 

These are varieties I found at Trader Joe’s:  Stock, Hyacinths and Lilacs. My own garden is getting ready to pop, but I can’t grow Lilacs here, so this is a real treat.

Pretty soon my garden will have lots of roses, hydrangeas, foxgloves and other cottage flowers for making arrangements. I can't wait!

What do you grow in your garden?



And of course, large pitchers are one of my all-time favorite ways to display flowers. It makes arranging them so effortless. These are all ones I picked up at thrift stores.

This large wall of mirrors is made up entirely of pieces that I either thrifted, found on the curb or inherited. I painted most of them soft neutral shades to harmonize together.


And speaking of paint, and lots of it... please stop by over the weekend when I share how I totally transformed this sideboard that I found on Craig’s List. It's been perfect for holding all my props and flea market treasures.




ciao! fabiana



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April 7, 2022

fresh entertaining ideas for spring

Welcome to our “Spring Brunch and Entertaining Blog Hop”! Today I’m joined by 4 super talented bloggers, and we’re showcasing our favorite ways to prepare and host a Spring Brunch.


First, I’ll be showing you all the details of my tablescape and family room mantel, and then I’ll turn it over to Mary Ann, Cindy, Annie and Michele.


I recently had the opportunity to style the new line of table linens from Pacific & Rose, so I was really inspired to use this Lilibet tablecloth in the Cornflower color as the base of my design.

Each place setting is layered with some of my favorite table wares, including the Serena & Lily Raffia place mats and simple white farmhouse style plates from Home Goods that I use ALL the time. 

They really set off the pretty pattern in the tablecloth.


The breakfast room is bright and sunny, and I love sharing my different table settings in here.


My love for blue and white is evident with the display of vintage transferware plates up above the windows, so I love incorporating that look onto my tables.


Since this is a brunch table for the family, I kept the middle of the table fairly simple. 

Just a big bouquet of stock in the middle with a smaller little crock of white cottage roses to add a touch of the garden is all that’s needed.


This is one of my favorite little bunnies, and here he (or she) is keeping a watchful eye over the breakfast eggs.


Two more larger bunnies on the sideboard are flanking the "extras" that may be needed during brunch. 

All three of these rabbits are lightweight faux cement, so they’re easy to move around if needed.


Over on the mantel, I’ve collected a few of my favorite pitchers, vases and crocks to display more spring flowers. 

The lilacs, stock and pink roses are from Trader Joes, and the white cottage roses and early hydrangeas are from my garden.


These funny little moss bunnies are also from Home Goods from a few years back. I love how they stand out against all the blue and white.

I really love how the Cornflower blue of this Lilibet tablecloth sets off the rest of the table with all of its spring elements. Imagine if this tablecloth were white.


The whole look would be sooooo different. The hand-blocked, unique print of this cloth really makes a world of difference!


Now on to sharing more 
Spring inspiration with my friends here:

After you check out the pretty tables from Mary Ann, Annie, Michele and Cindy, please check back here with me tomorrow for more spring inspiration.

ciao! fabiana

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Info on table accessories:

Dinner Plates: Home Goods
Salad Plates: Home Goods
Green Salad Plates: Bordallo Pinheiro
Tablecloth: Pacific & Rose
Napkins: Fete Home 
Placemats:  Serena & Lily 
Glassware: similar found here
Flatware: Amazon
Egg cups: Amazon
Bunnies: Home Goods
Light fixture: Serena & Lily
All vases and pitchers are vintage
Portrait is a family heirloom


April 6, 2022

how to style vintage tins with flowers


One of my favorite and whimsical ways to style flowers is with colorful cans! These fun tin treasures add a charming “pop art” look to any floral arrangement.


This Amaretti tin is my latest find on Ebay, and I filled it with forget-me-nots from the garden. The scented geraniums are blooming right now in the front yard in a delicious cloud of pink, and I could resist gathering a big bunch to add a little cottage charm to the table.


A vintage Butter Wafer tin make a fun container for this lovely bunch of pink cottage roses from Trader Joe’s. Gather them in a tight bunch, secure with wire or floral tape, trim to desired length and place in the water-filled cookie tin.

Tones of green, yellow, ivory and white flowers harmonize nicely with this collection of flea-market tea tins.


The nasturtium are a variety called Peach Melba that I grow in my garden, and I picked up the daffodils at Whole Foods Market, and they smell divine!


They certainly brighten up this part of the living room, and add a dose of sunshine, even on the cloudiest of days.


This table centerpiece appeared in a 2021 issue of Country Sampler Farmhouse Style. I used only vintage coffee tins, filled with real flowers that I picked up at the market.


The main theme for this look was picking up the color red from the striped napkins and working it in with the lovely yellow blooms of the roses and chamomile.


Keep your eyes open while grocery shopping for graphic designs on cans that instantly grab your attention. White daisies are just the right kind of cottage flower to fill these inexpensive containers for an effortless look.


This is a close up form a photo shoot I styled in Laguna Beach for Cottages and Bungalows magazine



This colorful look is from a Cinco de Mayo gathering I did way back in 2017. Look for cans that have the graphics printed right on them. There are many Mexican foods that have lovely artwork on their tins.


I love this inspiration found on pinterest. The Honey label is so pretty!


Even though the flowers don’t match the colors of this can, I still love this look, also from pinterest.


Flea markets and eBay are great places to find vintage cans. Grocery stores also have wonderful tin options for styling flowers, houseplants and even cactus varieties.


My collection of vintage tins is slowly growing, so you may see a few more flowery scenes like these from me very soon!





ciao! fabiana



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