May 19, 2022

a favorite new upcycled sideboard


I love a good DIY total transformation project, so today I’m finally sharing this favorite one I completed back in December. Thank goodness for loads and loads of white chalk paint, because this sideboard was covered in red paint from top to bottom.


Every surface including every inch of the drawers, the back of the piece, and even the bottom of this piece was sprayed with the brightest and thickest layers of red paint.


First, I removed the glass doors, because what I was really after for this piece was open shelving to house some of my props and favorite styling pieces.


Found on Craigslist, this sideboard was the exact size I needed for the room, and I could see through all the red paint to visualize what I truly wanted.


I also removed the handles, that were totally the wrong style and replaced them with chunky wooden knobs. A little wood filler patched up the holes in the drawers, and I drilled new ones for the new hardware.

Lastly, of course, I painted it with a soft white "Chalked" Paint. It took me several days to get at least five coats of paint on this piece, but I'm thrilled with the results. 


Now this piece is right at home with the rest of my furnishings and the roomy drawers and shelves hold so much! The top is also a great place to display some of my favorite collectables and acquisitions.


It’s also been pretty enough to be a “homey” background for some of my photo stylings. This is one of my latest shots of the new Seaside Collection from Pacific & Rose.


This sarong and all the other lovely home goods will be available on the website and at Seaside Gallery this weekend.


This Wave Pillow is one of my favorite new products and you saw it here first! It will be available at Seaside Gallery this weekend as well. This new Seaside Collection just arrived from India and is soooo perfect for summer.


Please check back on Monday, and I’ll have the whole collection featured for you to see. In addition to the Anchors and Waves, there’s also a fun Crab print and an elegant Palm print!

Doesn't this pillow look so pretty with the new and improved painted sideboard?

Here’s how this look came together. Everything is so budget friendly in this room. I have a few inherited pieces that I love, and I did splurge just before Christmas on a new white sofa, but even that was found at a consignment store!


Wishing you a lovely weekend, and I’ll look forward to seeing you again on Monday for all the latest on the gorgeous new Seaside Collection!



ciao! fabiana



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May 16, 2022

red, white & blue summer inspiration


Welcome to our “Red, White and Blue Blog Hop”! Today I’m joined by 6 super talented bloggers, and we’re all showcasing our favorite ways to decorate with patriotic colors now that summer is around the corner. 


It’s the middle of May, and that means summer will be here before we know it. I know summer doesn’t officially start until June, but Memorial Day weekend really kicks off the season for me! 


That's the time when red, white and blue really comes into play. So of course, that’s my favorite color combo when setting beautiful summer tables. 


One thing I love have when setting a pretty table is lots of options! So today I’ll show you a few of my favorite ways to create “options” when setting a table.  


First, I’ll be showing you all the details of two totally different looks for a lovely holiday weekend tablescape, with a few options for each. I’ll then turn it over to Brittany, Jessica, Heidi, Stacey, Stephanie and Rebecca. 


This table in my breakfast room starts with an eye-catching tablecloth from Table Top Shop. I used a lot of natural textures here with the use of vintage woven placemats and a few wicker-wrapped bottles from my collection. 


Of course, blue and white transferware plates are the perfect addition for this look, and I mixed two patterns here with different dinner and salad plates. 


Fresh cut flowers from the garden placed in a simple ironstone pitcher anchors the center of the table. A few sea shells scattered around just feels like summer!

Here’s where the subtle options come into play...  


This is the place setting with the simple addition of the napkin on the plates to add color.  


For the next option, I swapped out the salad plate and added this fun French bistro inspired one. I replace the seashells with a little Eiffel tower collection, and now this looks has a definite Parisian twist. 


Option number three is to use this pretty clam shell shaped plate as the salad plate and add white starfish to each table setting. This is such an easy coastal look to pull off.

My final look ended up being the first option with the addition of the white starfish which not only adds a beachy vibe, but also adds a patriotic touch too! 

Now let’s move outdoors... 


This blue and white Palm tablecloth from Pacific & Rose says it all! It’s sooo summery, fun and elegant that I couldn’t wait to show it off alfresco style in my back yard. 


To accentuate the blooming red trumpet vine growing on my shed, I chose to pair this Palm print with a gorgeous red Gayatri napkin, also from Pacific & Rose. 


More than anything, I love to mix and match patterns and textures at a table. I do love the way these two patterns play off each other 


More flowers from the garden are selected for the center of the table, but this time we stayed within the red and white color families. The vases have a fun woven detail on them. 


Fun round raffia placemats have the most beautiful seashell detail, and then I added the traditional bamboo flatware for just another touch of texture. 

I refreshed the lanterns with a bit of cobalt blue spray paint, and I love the results!


All in all, I have my bases covered when it comes to Memorial Day choices in red, white and blue. Whether we entertain indoors or outdoors, I have a few great options when it comes to personalizing each place setting for my guests. 


Which look would you choose? 




Now on to sharing more Red, White and Blue inspiration with my friends here: 

Eleanor Rose Home 

White Wood and Grain 

Green Valley Gable

Itty Bitty Farmhouse 

Returning Grace

Rouse in the House 

ciao! fabiana 



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Info on table accessories: 

Table Number One

Grand Millennial Tablecloth

White Starfish

all other items are vintage

Table Number Two

Palm Tablecloth

Gayatri Napkin

Belita Napkin

Round Seashell Placemats

Blue Goblets

Bamboo Flatware

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