November 17, 2017

beautiful christmas kitchens

It’s Fri-yay!!  It’s been a bit of a busy week,
and I’m grateful to be able to take a breather
to pop in and share a few pretty kitchens today.

Do you feel like the holiday madness
has already started over on your end?

Signs of Christmas are appearing everywhere,
and it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet…

Well, that’s nothing new, we can multi-task right?! 

A little turkey here, a little Santa there...
it all works out in the end.

So, the big question is,
do you decorate your kitchen for Christmas?

I like just a subtle touch of holiday magic,
and nothing too cluttered.

A pop of red is perfect!

The light fixtures in this kitchen remind me of snowflakes!

Of course, you can swag to heart’s content…

a touch of greenery on a chandelier is also
one of my favorite ways to add Christmas charm
to a kitchen or dining room
and it's really easy to pull off.   

Pretty wreaths are also a great idea for the kitchen.
Don’t you love how these are displayed on the glass-front cabinets?

So cheery!

Here in Orange County it’s so apropos to
just have simple bowl of fresh oranges sitting in a fabulous bowl.

So many of our citrus trees are starting to fruit right now,
so this look is perfect

buon fine settimana...

ciao!  fabiana

photo credit:  1.Southern Living 2.Traditional Home   3.Traditional Home   4.Architectural Digest  5.House Beautiful  6.Country Living  7.Country Living  8.Country Living  9.Studio McGee

do something amazing today! 

November 15, 2017

sparkling amber for the table

That morning light just captures
the amber glass perfectly!

…so I can’t help sharing a little preview of how
the Thanksgiving table is finally coming together. 

I know I’ve been seesawing
back and forth with different options,
but I’m finally pleased with this look.

Amber glasses, white plates, glittery votives,
green napkins and rustic wood chargers….
all the details coming up later in the week!

ciao! fabiana

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November 13, 2017

more tablescapes & weekend happenings

I’m so looking forward to spending time with family for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I always want everything just right. Planning ahead is the best way for me to stay organized and stress-free, but if things don’t go exactly according to plan, that’s ok too. We always can try plan B, or C.

That’s why I really enjoy planning my holiday tablescapes way ahead of time. I like to set up different options, and then taking certain elements that I like and combining them to create the final table setting.

I came up with a few more options this weekend. Just playing around with a different selection of plates, glasses and napkins…

I really love these Baroque Wood Chargers that are from World Market. They really ground each place setting nicely and adds great contrast between the china and the table. These red stripe linen napkins are also a favorite of mine.

My black and white bistro chairs look nice with this setting too!

These darling black and white transferware Christmas plates are so sweet and remind me of the very snowy Christmases I spent growing up in Upstate New York.

Here’s a more glamorous option with fancy gold writing! I love this look too! By the way, all the greens you see on the table were foraged from a couple of my neighbors who don’t mind me taking a clipping or two! Especially from the huge eucalyptus down the street.

Did you happen to see a few of the tablescapes I set up last week? I also posted them on intagram
The ugly sweater party idea has been 
quite popular on pinterest too! 


My family and I also had a pie tasting day to see what our favorite choices would be for Thanksgiving. Marie Callender's is our favorite go-to pie shop, and we usually get a couple of pies for Thanksgiving. This year’s winners  of the pie tasting contest were Pumpkin (of course) and Dutch Apple.

Marie Callender's has so many choices, and they're all amazing! A few of the other pies we tried were rhubarb (we were all quite curious about this one and were pleasantly surprised at how good the sweet and tart combination was) and blueberry (my youngest son's choice). Sorry  to say Pecan Pie was not one of the contenders this year, but it's always one of my faves.

It’s November, so pie for breakfast is one of our favorite things to look forward to in the morning! 

(btw, you can find the Give Thanks tea towels here.)

On Saturday, a big box arrived at the door from Oriental Trading, full of beautiful (and sparkly) Christmas goodies that I ordered! I can’t wait to integrate them into my holiday décor.

We're talking about copper lanterns and rose gold votives for starters. They'll look great with all the white, cream, green and metallic décor I have in mind for this year. And look! They have really cute sisal bottle brush trees too! In fact, after I saw how pretty these tall ones were, I ordered a few more sets to sprinkle around the house.   

I have about a week and a half until we break out our Christmas tree. It's usually a Black Friday tradition at our house to stay home and decorate the tree and eat yummy turkey leftovers! Here's our tree last year with just the twinkly lights on, pre-trimming. 

When do you put up your Christmas tree?

And if you're looking to start some Christmas shopping,
we're having a Pre-Black Friday sale right now on the Blog Shop.

We've got lots of fun Hostess Gift ideas and more!

20% off everything!

ciao! fabiana

November 11, 2017

a different take on thanksgiving colors

Who says Thanksgiving décor has to be all earth tones?

Those muted fall tones usually are my go to for autumn, but today I thought I’d put together a few more colorful ideas for the Thanksgiving dinner table.

How about a little coastal charm added to Thanksgiving?

quite adaptable, especially if it has a hint of fall pattern to it,
that’s why I chose these blue and white salad plates
with the wonderful fruit harvest design.

When I spotted these pretty Passaro
earthenware plates with the cute little bird on them,
I immediately thought of Thanksgiving.

The bright earthy hues of these Portuguese patterned plates are the perfect inspiration piece for the table, and they work beautifully with other accessories
in green or blue. 

This turned out to be a whimsical table setting idea
 that would be great for whole table or
as an extra special fancy kids’ table setting.  

To add more earthiness to this look,
it’s important to add lots of different textures.
It helps to keep the whole vibe more interesting,
and looks less planned and more “curated”.

Do you remember the light blue toile fabric
I showed you earlier in the week?

I found a bolt of about 3 yards at my favorite
local thrift store and thought it would be perfect to use

These little twig wreaths compliment
the brown in the fabric perfectly.

All I did to make these little embellished wreaths
was to add two tiny sprigs of rosemary, from the garden of course,

Which one do you like best?

ciao! fabiana

Blue and white Tablescape details:
Blue and white Italian plates: vintage
White Plates: Home Goods
Blue Gingham Napkins: Target
Shell Embellished Placemats: Tuvalu Home
Raffia Table Runner: Pottery Barn
Bamboo Silverware: World Market
Blue Glasses: vintage Avon found on Ebay

Green Tablescape details:
Passaro Bird Plates: World Market
Amber Portuguese Plates: World Market
Wood Baroque Charger: World Market
Lanai Placemat: Crate & Barrel
Hammered Silverware: World Market
Amber Glass: vintage
Squirrel Place Card Holders: Crate & Barrel
Linen Napkins: World Market
Unfinished Wood Slice: Home Goods

Be Thankful Tablescape details:
Gold-Trimmed Salad Plate: vintage Wedgwood
Dinner Plate: vintage Wedgwood
Wood Baroque Charger: World Market
Wood Flatware: World Market
Small Twig Wreaths: Oriental Trading
Pheasant Feathers: Oriental Trading
Be Thankful Charms: Oriental Trading
Wine Glass: Home Goods
Mini White Pumpkins: Roger’s Gardens

November 10, 2017

planning ahead for christmas

I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet,
but I just started working on some
Christmas Tablescape stylings today. 

I have a few themes in mind, oh, how I love a good theme! 
Anyways, I have a couple for you to preview...

The first one is for an Ugly Sweater Party!

I couldn’t resist these adorable little knit sweaters
when I saw them at Cost Plus|WorldMarket.

They some in several different colors and are soooo
cute as little party favors at each place setting
don’t you think?

They’re actually ornaments that
 you can later adorn your tree with.

I love how the red knit edging on the napkins
compliments the tiny red sweaters!
(The napkins are also from World Market).

The inspiration for my second
themed holiday dinner
were these gorgeous black and white
"Joyeaux Noel" transferware plates.

I got a set of these last year at Home Goods,
and my secret is I only get a set of salad plates,
that way I can mix and match with my white
dinner plates that are so versatile. 

And why not add gold accents to this look?
It helps play up the Parisian glamour for the night.

This look wouldn’t be the same without the bold black & white
buffalo plaid dinner plates, also found at Home Goods last year. 

ciao! fabiana

And it all came together like this…

 the Ugly Sweater Party:
Red Polka Dot Plate: Home Goods
Red Kate Spade Plate: Home Goods
Red & White Chintz Plate: vintage
Burlap Chargers: Oriental Trading
Raffia Place Mat: Ikea
Mini Sweater Ornaments: World Market
Chambray Napkins with Chenille Trim: World Market
Wood Handle Flatware: World Market
Scrabble Tiles: vintage

and the Parisian Holiday Dinner:
Joyeaux Noel Plates: Home Goods
Black and White Buffalo Check Plates: Home Goods
White Charger Plate: Wedgwood
Rattan Charger: World Market
Raffia Place Mat: vintage
Wine Glass: Home Goods
 Linen Napkins: World Market
Gold Flatware: Ebay
Brass Eiffel Tower: Ebay
Unfinished Wood Slice: Home Goods

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November 8, 2017

thanksgiving planning

I found this adorable pillow at Home Goods this week and it's perfect on our backyard swing. Funny how just a little thing like this can bring a smile to my face, because I've got a perfect view of it from my desk during the day.  And now each time we go out back, we have a cute and cozy place to sit, swing and contemplate J

This pretty plaid throw is from Pottery Barn. I love how versatile these lightweight throws are. It’ll probably make its way back into the house and make an appearance at my Thanksgiving table!

And speaking of my Thanksgiving table, some of my favorite items have already made their way into the dining room as inspiration. Some will make the cut, and some won’t!! I'm starting to play with a few different ideas, and these turkey salad plates are always so festive, but I may go whole other direction...

One thing for sure, little accents are so important! Something like a stalk of wheat can finish off the look for each place setting, and I like the organic element it brings to the whole tablescape.

One of my favorite rustic elements for the table is the burlap charger plates. I used them last year for Thanksgiving and a couple of other holidays, and they always add great dimension and texture to the whole look. 

This year, I paired them with my favorite seashell embellished raffia place mats, and they really compliment each other nicely.

I have a couple of different options for glassware. Don't you love how these vintage amber glasses add so much vibrancy to the table?

A pretty border on the plates features acorns, so I thought a few real ones would be fun scattered on the table to repeat this decorative element.

Here’s my other option for glassware. I love the subtle amber color and the gold detail of this set, and the way the light just sparkles on them. These were also a score from Home Goods, and are made in Italy. (I also have them in amethyst). They're much more elegant and totally a different look than the other choice. Which ones do you think would work better for the table?

Glittery gold votives are the easiest way to add sparkle to the table. These are from Oriental Trading and you get a whole dozen for about $15. I've used these so much over the past year!

The little white pumpkins that I bought in early October will fit in perfectly with this whole rustic and glittery autumn look!

A few more of my favorite fall accessories were pulled for inspiration, like these adorable squirrel place card holders and a few pheasant feathers from last year's table. They might work nicely with the wheat and the little acorns.  

Another score was this small bolt of robin’s egg blue floral fabric found at my favorite thrift store. The colors are perfect for my Thanksgiving table and dining room. I’m not sure yet if I’ll create napkins, a runner or table cloth with this material.  

LMK what you think I should make with this fabric...   

Well that's my inspiration so far... 

We'll have to see how the final table turns out soon! 
Two weeks until Turkey Day...

ciao! fabiana

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