Thursday, May 4, 2017

cinco de mayo fiesta

When I think of Cinco de Mayo décor,
I think color, color, color!
I want festive flowers
and lots of bright accessories for my table.

So, this week I went shopping at
the local Mexican Market,
to grab some of these large
multi-colored cans of tomato sauce.
What’s great about these
El Pato cans is there are
no paper labels.
The cute graphic is
printed right on the can! 

And, the little green cans make the
perfect votive holders
to scatter on the table. 

While I was there, I also picked up
some fruity Mexican sodas called “Jarritos”.
It comes in flavors like
mango, pineapple, lime and mandarin.
Tasty and again so colorful!

For some, 
Cinco de Mayo would not be complete
 without a refreshing margarita.
Here's my favorite recipe from
The Barefoot Contessa.

Authentic Margaritas

• 1 lime, halved
• Kosher salt
• 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (5 limes)
• 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)
• 1 cup Triple Sec
• 1 cup white tequila
• 2 cups ice, plus extra for serving

• If you like margaritas served in a glass with salt, rub the outside rims of 6 glasses with a cut lime and dip each glass lightly into a plate of kosher salt.
• Combine the lime juice, lemon juice, Triple Sec, tequila, and ice in a blender and puree. Place extra ice in a cocktail shaker. Fill with margarita mix, shake well, and strain into glasses.
Serves 4-6.

For fun, I’m setting each place setting with
an individual basket of chips and salsa.
These cute baskets are from the Mexican Market too,
and come in pink, yellow, green and blue. 

I added more brightness with the plates and napkins.
Now we're all set for our friends to drop by.

Do you like to celebrate Cinco de Mayo too? 

If so,
Buen Provecho!

ciao! fabiana

Thursday, April 20, 2017

time for a garden party

We’re having the most perfect weather
for a garden party!

All I know is this is where I want to
spend Mother's Day,
and every weekend leading up to it. 💗

These flowers are just a bunch of ivy geraniums
snipped from the garden. 

Isn't the color divine?

ciao! fabiana

Saturday, April 8, 2017

adorable easter place setting

Well, now that we’re well into April, 
my focus will be on Easter décor.
 In my collaboration with Oriental Trading,
 I’ve put together several fun and easy Easter ideas 
for your table and more. 

This first one in the series is 
a sweet little place setting 
that’s really a cinch to put together. 

There’s not much crafting involved 
and these little guys will last at least a week or more, 
so you can make them early and 
really enjoy them!

I started with a set of these light colored 

These little flower pots are the perfect size 
and can be used in so many different ways too! 

Now for something to put in these pots. 
My favorite health food market, Mother’s Market, 
sells 4 inch pots of wheatgrass, 
and they’re only $2. 

I also picked up a bunch of this 
small purple wax flower. 
Each container of wheatgrass 
will fill 4 of these mini flower pots.
 I just took the wheatgrass out of its pot, 
and using a serrated bread knife, 
divided into 4 little squares that fit 
perfectly in each pot. 

All you have let to do now is decorate 
with small flowers 
and your bunny!   

Make sure to water the wheatgrass 
after a day or two and 
you may even have to trim it a bit, 
because it grows so fast!

Here’s a glimpse of my tablescape 
with a few more elements added. 
This faux farmhouse table was a thrift store find 
at only $12! 

I had so much fun distressing it 
and then finishing it off with some 
fabulous chalk paint. 

And, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for my 
new Serena & Lily French bistro “Riviera” chairs 
to arrive this week. 
I ordered them online, 
and they arrived so quickly! 

I love how they look with my little table and all the Easter goodies surrounding them. 
Now I’m off to look for a few 
of my pretty vintage dishes that have that 
delicate spring look. 

You see, I’m working on another look 
for Easter

Make sure to stop by again soon 
for more on this 

ciao! fabiana

Thank you to Oriental Trading for sending me these products to review.
The opinions expressed in this post are truly my own.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

a tablescape for new years eve

With Christmas only ten days away, that means New Year’s Eve is around the corner! Today I’ve put together my dream New Years’ Eve tablescape by using some of my favorite vintage heirlooms and some new sparkly accents from Oriental Trading. 
I’ve updated my 2012 NYE “clock-themed” tablescape that some of you may remember. All you have to do to recreate this look is have a set of clear glass dinner plates which are really inexpensive and also so versatile! Then print off a set of clock faces so they fit the size of an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. No fancy paper needed! The clock faces will be round, so just cut them out carefully with scissors. Nestle them between your glass plate and a silver or gold charger plate. 
I used "Happy New Year" tiaras, with the headband removed, to accent each place setting with a fun salutation! 
Under each place setting is a round circle of glittered gold mesh fabric that I cut out, as well. The light hits all these sparkly accents and makes the table come to life! 
Winter evergreens layered diagonally down the center of this round table add the perfect foundation for the white roses and gittery gold votives that add a hint of glamour. A garland of dreamy silver stars sways quietly in the background.   
These antique silver goblets hold little arrangements of roses, but they also come in handy for a favorite beverage. 
  Champagne (or sparkling grape juice) is mandatory!
 Here's the view from the top…
 I can’t believe 2017 is almost here!
I love how this layer of glitter fabric detail adds dimension. 
A toast…
 to all of you!
 Thanks for stopping by and visiting this year!
  Cheers and Best Wishes... 
for the new year!  xoxo
  And it all came together like this: 
Glass Dinner Plates: similar ones at Ikea and Crate & Barrel
Paper Clock cut-outs: google
Gold Glitter Fabric: Oriental Trading
Silverware: vintage
Glassware: vintage
Silver-toned Chargers: Home Goods
Silver Glitter Stars Garland: Oriental Trading 
Tablecloth: vintage
White Fringe Boas: Oriental Trading
Gold Glitter Votives: Oriental Trading
Happy New Year Tiaras and Horns: Oriental Trading
Roses and Table Greens: Trader Joe’s

xo xo! fabiana

Thank you to Oriental Trading for sending me these products to review. 
The opinions expressed in this post are truly my own.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

thanksgiving table with hints of amethyst

Here’s the final Thanksgiving tablescape for tomorrow. You know I have been playing around with different elements all month, but I’m really pleased with the results. I happened to run to South Coast Plaza yesterday to see if I could score a new raffia table runner for our bigger table and I found this one, that’s down the center of the table. It comliments the two burlap runners {with the squiggles} that I have running perpendicular. I also couldn’t resist these three preserved boxwood topiaries that I saw at West Elm.  
The star of the table, for me, is this set of vintage amethyst cut-glass tumblers. They catch the light just right! I also added these vintage purple sundae glasses to add a little more amethyst.    
Then, for a little added sparkle I'm using brass candlesticks with simple white tapers and gold glittery votives. White pumpkins finish off the look. 
And it all came together like this:
Burlap Chargers: Oriental Trading
Dinner Plates: Vintage Wedgwood
Amethyst Glassware: Vintage
Water Goblets: Vintage
Tall Brass Candlestick: Pottery Barn
Other Brass Candlesticks: Vintage
White Taper Candles: Trader Joe's
Boxwood Topiaries: West Elm
Pheasant Feathers: Oriental Trading
"Be Thankful" charms: Oriental Trading
Silver Flatware: Vintage

ciao! fabiana

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Lauren Conrad's new home

Lauren Conrad is one of my favorites when it comes to personal style and home décor. In her new 5-bedroom home in Pacific Palisades, she collaborated with interior designer Katherine Carter and designed her home with a California casual meets traditional meets clean, polished look. The home has that California coastal vibe with tons of natural light. Lauren really wanted the home to “feel very calm,” so she stuck to a neutral palette, using a few classic and vintage pieces here and there. Keeping the original bones of this Spanish style home was important to her. When it came to designing an appropriate kitchen for this home, the first thing she did was make her entire kitchen white, which included repainting the cabinets, adding white subway tile, and installing Mystery White marble countertops. “Mystery White is much more stain-resistant stone than Carrera, and I’m a hurricane in the kitchen, so it’s a must,“ she said. Now as you can see, the style of the kitchen flows beautifully with the entire home’s white, bright and airy scheme.

“The thing about a kitchen is everyone always ends up there,” she says. “If you have drinks and food in the kitchen, they’re not going to be anywhere else. It’s kind of funny that way.”

The open shelving extends into the dining room, where Lauren displays her vintage bottles and antique teacup collection.

via my domaine and people

ciao! fabiana