July 9, 2022

the newest Cottages and Bungalows

Reading the latest Cottages & Bungalows magazine has got me really inspired for summer. There’s so much included in this little gem, that I have to sit down again this weekend, and take some “me” time to really zero in on every detail to reread this issue again from cover to cover.


So today I thought I'd share with all of you some of the beautiful pictures from the homes in this issue that most caught my attention.

Let's start with the welcome letter from Kelly McMaster that includes some of the lovely features in this August/September issue.

I’m really loving all the waterfront homes and coastal inspired décor in this issue. Flipping through the pages is such a pleasure, as there are very few ads, and so many beautiful pictures and articles filled with design ideas and instructional columns.


The first home that caught my eye is this pretty little cottage in Hilton Head.

This is a typical 1970’s home style in Hilton Head, South Carolina. In fact, our home in Hilton Head has a very similar roof line and architectural style.


I love how they added darling cottage details to the exterior of the house. The charming shutters and the window box really set it apart from the rest of the homes in the neighborhood.


Nicknamed “The Grace Cottage”, the inside of this home is also bright and colorful, and so perfect for a vacation home.


This amazing beach house pictured above is located in Cap Ferret, France and I’m in love with every single detail here, from the mismatched pendants to the painted blue band that runs around the room. 

This is my kind of room and wait ‘til you the rest of this beach cottage!


But wait... as we flip through this issue, we come across another lovely blue and white coastal room. Those painted Chippendale style chairs are so chic. They add that definite “coastal grandmother style” to the whole space.

What catches your attention most about this room?

Cottages & Bungalow’s brand ambassador Kara Williams invites us all to join her very own “Seaside Soiree”, which includes a beautifully set alfresco table, charming coastal décor and the cutest surf and sand cupcakes dressed up with sugared seashells and sand (crumbled graham crackers).

I'm just soaking up every detail of her pretty home and outdoor entertaining area. And who can resist a fun little cupcake like this? I love how she surrounded the cupcake plate with seashells and more crumbled graham cracker sand.

All-in-all, reading this coastal issue of Cottages & Bungalows brings together all the joys of summer décor that I love so much and offers so much inspiration that I can add to my own home.

Seeing these relaxed beach vignettes also allows me to take a deep breath, chill, and take it all in. Isn't this a peaceful view?


I especially love the tranquil feeling of this room. It's the neutral colors, the white slipcovers and the natural textures that really draw me in.


Did you know that Cottages & Bungalows also has an amazing website and Instagram page? 

Here's a fun little surprise...  

My little vintage toolbox filled with cottage flowers is  highlighted on the “Online Exclusives” page in the magazine. 

C&B’s website is always filled with incredible inspiration and lots of fun recipes too!


And if you like to get an early start on planning your Christmas décor, you can’t beat the newest issue of Holiday Décor filled with the festive homes of some of our favorite bloggers and Instagram friends.


Best of all, this issue comes out September 17th, and copies are limited so you can reserve a copy here

We get the best of both worlds with these two gorgeous issues of Cottages & Bungalows, pages and pages of glorious summer and winter inspiration!


ciao! fabiana



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July 3, 2022

hosting a 4th of July brunch


July 4th is almost here! Today’s creative combo is Red, White & True Blue featuring two vintage-inspired patterns: Buffalo Check and Capri Stripe!


Why be all matchy-matchy, when you can create your own unique look?

Here I combined two classics from for a fun nod to patriotic décor  using coordinating blue stripes and red checks by Solino Home.

The tablecloth in the Capri Stripe pattern, coordinates so well with so many different napkin styles from the Solino Home collection, but especially love it with the bold red check.

Texture is brought in with raffia placemats and my new napkin rings. This pretty bamboo flatware is my “go-to” for so many of my tablescapes. It adds an elegant but casual note to any table.

Yummy croissants and ripe, red strawberries are welcome addition to this table and make it an official "brunch" setting!

Singular Shasta Daisies stand watch over the center of the table in individual vintage glass bottles.


What better reason than the 4th of July to go all out with the red, white and blue décor? I get so inspired just by the stars and stripes flying proudly on so many beautiful homes in our neighborhood.


Remember to "Making it nice" for Independence Day! It's so fun to pull out the red, white, and navy and set a beautiful table or two for this long holiday weekend.

Shopping info:

Capri Stripe Tablecloth

Red Check Napkins

Raffia Placemats

White Farmhouse Plates

Rattan Napkin Rings

Bamboo Flatware


One tip is to start with an inspiration piece and then lay the foundation with a pretty runner or tablecloth. It’s as easy as pie! And speaking of pie, I’m off to make our favorite Apple Crumble pie.


ciao! fabiana



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