May 4, 2023

coronation inspiration 2023


The coronation of King Charles is just days away, and I’m so excited to watch it this weekend. I came across this gorgeous little alfresco table on the cover of Country Living UK, and it just spoke to me!


I love everything about it, especially the darling red and white striped tablecloth. In fact, it inspired me to make my own ruffled tablecloth for an outside table I use in my new potager.


Check out my humble little homage to the coronation HERE, set in my new vegetable garden.


Dress up and home make cakes by adding whipped cream and berries between layers!


This looks scrumptious! 

ciao! fabiana


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May 3, 2023

5 favorite new garden books

With the addition of my new potager garden that I designed and installed in January, I have a lovely variety of garden books to share with you. 

These are brand-new books that have proved to be great sources of information and inspiration for me in my own garden.


There are six new raised beds surrounded by gravel and filled with edible delights! I did reserve one of those beds for cut flowers, some of which, like Calendula and Pansies, are also perfect for decorating a salad with their pretty blooms.


Check out my video of the potager garden from last month:

And this NEW VIDEO.

Now here are the books that helped me in a big way while planning and planting my new veg garden…


1. The First-Time Gardener: Raised Bed Gardening

Raised bed gardening has never been more popular, but it can also be intimidating, especially for beginner gardeners. 

The First-Time Gardener: Raised Bed Gardening by CaliKim is the perfect guide for newbie growers, offering advice on everything from selecting the best raised bed for the available space and filling it with healthy soil, to planting plans and plant-care tips.

Why is raised bed gardening booming in popularity? 

The benefits are numerous. No matter your yard size, raised beds are the perfect fit. They allow for a controlled growing environment, filled with fertile soil. 

Raised beds help gardeners with less-than-ideal soils, there’s little to no weeding involved, they’re accessible, and they can be as large or as petite as you’d like. 

This book helps with learning how to select the best raised bed for your space, what to fill it with, and tips for staking and trellising plants to save space and improve yields. 

Also included are  DIY plans for building quick and simple beds, info on soil, mulch, watering and fertilizing, tips to maximize production, and much more.



2. The First-Time Gardener: Container Food Gardening

Container gardens can take up as much or as little room as you’d like. They’re portable, so you can locate them wherever conditions are optimal for plant growth.


And you can grow just about any veggie in pots, as long as you have the right container, the right soil blend, and the right care tips.


In this book, author Pam Farley of lines the path to container food gardening success in clear, simple steps.


Find a dozen fully illustrated planting plans for themed container food gardens, including a Smoothie Greens Garden, a Spring Stir-Fry Garden, a Spaghetti Sauce Garden, a Salad Greens Garden, and many others in this fun book.

No room? No problem. Lousy soil? Nothing to worry about. Not enough time? Think again. Growing food in containers is fun, easy, and perfect for beginners.


3. Sustainable Homestead

If you’re like most homesteaders, the dream is to make the most of your land by working with it, not against it. 

From capturing water and building strong soil to helping your animals live their best lives, The Sustainable Homestead is about making your homestead stronger by achieving synergy between what can seem like different parts.

In this book, new and veteran homesteaders alike can find detailed information to use this year, this month, even this week! 

Angela has spent more than a decade building and strengthening her small acreage homestead and shares the lessons through chapters covering site selection, soil, growing, animals, the role of the homesteader, and much more.


4. The Elegant and Edible Garden

Stylish and celebratory, The Elegant and Edible Garden takes food growing to a higher plane, presenting a vision for creating a garden space where food and flowers grow side by side. 

You’ll flatten the learning curve for designing a beautiful, edible garden by sharing common-sense tips and inspiration and ideas from Linda’s own personal experience of starting a garden from scratch, while still allowing your style and personality to shine. 

“This is a book about capturing the romance, the artistry, and the experiential nature of a garden and garden living." 


5. Tiny +Wild

Meadows don’t have to be big to make a difference and the perks of creating one, even on a small scale, are many. Tiny but mighty meadows help mitigate climate change, foster biodiversity, sequester carbon, and calm the senses. 

With as little as a few square feet of space, you can create a beautiful, naturalistic planting that supports a diversity of plants, pollinators, and a plethora of other living things, not to mention its visual appeal to human eyes. 

Author and landscape designer Graham Laird Gardner helps you find inspiration in natural spaces so you can successfully site, design, plant, and care for your own small-scale meadow.

Whether you live in the city or in suburbia, perfect places for mini-meadows are everywhere: a small corner of the yard, flanking the front walk, around your mailbox, that little area between the house and driveway, tucked next to the front stoop, in the center of your vegetable garden and so many other places.

The plant lists and charts in Tiny + Wild share the best plants to include in your micro prairie, and Graham offers plenty of practical advice on planting your meadow from seed, transplants, or mature plants, depending on your budget, the site, and your timeline. 

Plus, learn how to care for your wildflower planting, including tips for watering, plant care, and weed management. Discover how small spaces can make a big difference in Tiny & Wild.


"The Elegant and Edible Garden" is a vision of the very best things a garden can offer: food, beauty, connection, and a place to breathe.


It's a book about designing a garden that is distinctly yours, using edibles as ornamentals, with lots of pictures for inspiration and emulation. If I did it, so can you.


ciao! fabiana


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April 26, 2023

gorgeous new table linens and more!


from Pacific and Rose               

I’d like to introduce you to the gorgeous Charlotte Green and Sea Life printsThese two new patterns from Pacific & Rose are quite literally “Hot off the press!” 


These lovelies just arrived last week from India. These are only two of the newest hand-printed patterns to debut this month! 

They’re both proving to be so perfect for springtime and all summer long!

Let’s start with how I styled Sea Life. Just for fun, I added crab accessories and sea life pewter tureen from Vagabond House

The first step is to lay out this fun Sea life tablecloth and then of course use the napkins. It's easy to add a few coastal accessories to make this fanciful pattern shine.

Check out the whole tablescape video HERE.


A few other coastal inspired accessories tie the whole look together. These seashell-trimmed placemats are among my faves for setting a beachy look at any table.


I also have a set of cute scallop shell salad plates that add to the seaside ambiance. That gorgeous tureen* is so perfect for serving clam chowder too. Yum! 

*Check out my links at the end of this post for all of these products shown. 


This trio of Sea Life table runner, placemats and napkins is such an easy way to set a lovely table.


Just add flowers, like these blue hydrangeas, and you get a look reminiscent of Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket.


A beautiful sunny day calls for an impromptu alfresco table. Charlotte Green passes the test for pretty, chic and fun! 

Here you can see the tablecloth and napkins in the loveliest green color, juxtaposed with a pop of blue and yellow in the glassware and freshly picked lemons.


To capture the true essence of spring, I added my new butterfly napkin rings and placemats from Arthur Court Designs.

Check out the whole look of this tablescape in this video HERE.


Here’s the trio again of table runner, placemats and napkins this time in Charlotte Green, and you can see it makes quite a statement with the simple addition of flowers!


This pattern is so easy to style, and the color is literally a year-round delight! This shade of green really works great for every season.


In addition to all these lovely table linens, these two new patterns are also available in the apron and tea towels. Both a sure way to brighten up and kitchen and make cooking a true pleasure.


The cute, quilted Pacific & Rose cosmetic bags also come in these two new patterns. They’re great to fill with all your makeup necessities whether you’re traveling or staying home.


I love that these goodies are all available just in time for Mother’s Day. Any of these new items would be a hit with mom, for sure.


Best of all, there are a few more new items from Pacific & Rose due to hit the shop next week! Check back soon for all those updates and new table settings.

Shopping Links:


Sea LifeCollection

Charlotte Green Collection


VH Marine Life StonewareSoup Tureen

VH Crab Place CardHolders

VH Blue CrabCharcuterie Board

Seashell Placemats

Bamboo Flatware

Blue Goblets

AC ButterflyNapkin Rings

AC ButterflyRaffia Placemats



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