December 6, 2016

ciao christmas table

Our dining room is small and adjoins our living room, so this month I’ve decided to keep our dining room table set in a pretty way so we can enjoy our Christmas tree all month long. The warm glowing lights on the tree and the sparkle of the glitter of the ornaments is so cozy and is instantly a mood lifter. I love this chunky macrame table runner. It reminds me of a warm fishermans' sweater and adds great texture to the table. 
To continue our winter white theme, I’m just using white ironstone dishes, paired with Gammy's silver and stemware. These glittery gold votives and small brass candlesticks add just the right amount of glitz to the table. I've picked up the candlesticks over the years, here and there, at thrift stores and such.
A few greens on the table can be switched out every few days. I like to clip my italian cypress, olive tree and eucalyptus to keep the table fresh and fragrant. 
And it all came together like this: 
Macramé Table Runner:  (similar one) anthropologie 
Dinner Plates: Home Goods
Salad Plates: vintage
Silverware: our Gammy
Glassware: our Gammy
Gold Glitter Votives: Oriental Trading
Brass Candlesticks: vintage
Candles: Trader Joe’s
Table Greens: Trader Joe’s
Silver Lantern Pair: Oriental Trading
Christmas Tree: King of Christmas 
Remember to enjoy the little things! Get out your wedding china and good silver and set a pretty table for yourself or the guests that may stop over during the holidays. 

ciao! fabiana

December 5, 2016

christmas peonies

Last week, I stopped by the Orange County Flower Mart to get some fresh Christmas greens, and I found the most amazing blush colored peonies with a gorgeous red center. I think it's my most favorite flower ever! They've been in my dining room ever since and look more and more beautiful everyday. I love how the look with my red transferware Johnson Brothers Christmas tree plates.
We are all in the swing of things now with Christmas and Hanukkah less than 3 weeks away. I have to remind myself to stop and appreciate the little things. Breathe, relax, things will get done. A big hug to all of you as we start this week!  

ciao! fabiana

December 4, 2016

a christmas update with chalk paint

Do you have any of those ceramic Christmas houses that are set up in a little village? They are pretty on their own, as most of them have the most fabulous architectural details. I haven’t put out my village in years, and this year I thought a few pretty white ones would look amazing lit up from within. 
My husband and I decided we wanted mostly white holiday decor in the house this year, with accents of silver and gold and natural evergreens and eucalyptus branches. Well, those dated ceramic Christmas houses are easy to transform with chalk paint. I found the perfect color by Dixie Belle Paint Company called "Drop Cloth". It's not a bright white and not a creamy white... it's perfect! It’s actually a mineral chalk paint, and it applied so easily with great coverage on the first coat. I did apply a second coat to cover all the nooks and crannies. It dries super fast, so I could add the houses within an hour to my décor.
The detail on these homes is so cute! It makes me just want to shrink myself and jump into that house. {I’ve always had a thing about old houses, especially Victorians.}  
Well, don’t worry about painting them, because all the architectural style and holiday décor on these houses is highlighted when painted white.
I used a 1 inch wide flat brush and it worked great. It got into all the nooks and the paint was the perfect consistency and so easy to apply. The paint dried quickly to the perfect mat "bisque" finish that's not too flat. 
Here’s the first one I did.
 I had to use a flash. so the photo is not great.
I am soooo happy with the way they turned out! I lit them with the small lights that they originally came with. They are similar to night light bulbs and are sometimes wired together in groups of 3, 5 or 10. When lit, the houses really look amazing!  I set up a few of my favorite white and silver bottle brush trees as a backdrop to my snowy white village. 
This is my first time using Dixie Belle Paint, and I am so pleased.  I have a few of their other colors and can’t wait to paint my next project, but I may be busy painting a few more houses today in this "Drop Cloth" color. The paint goes a long way, and I could probably paint at least three more! Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday.  

ciao! fabiana

December 3, 2016

behind the pink door

Sometimes I feel like a busy little bee, pollinating ideas and inspiration to spread to my friends. I stop here and there, and pick up new finds and share them with you all, and then you put your own spin on it, and the design concept continues and disperses. That’s my M.O., spread the LOVE! All positive and inspirational! So when I came across A Beautiful Mess blogger Elsie Larson’s fabulous pink front door, I had to share! How fun is this color? {Well, I love it, but you won’t see it on my front door, as my husband probably wouldn’t put up with it.}   
As you enter Elsie’s home, the pink theme continues in a low-key way. Subtle touches like that fabulous vintage pink phone in the entry, and the pink lamb skin in the bedroom. But wait! What really caught my attention was....
This amazing collection of glassware in her dining room that’s displayed in rainbow fashion! How fun is that?

Enjoy the weekend, y'all
and get out there and pollinate your creativity!

ciao! fabiana

December 2, 2016

friday blues

I’m always a fan of a little blue in a room, or a combination of that gorgeous tone. From entering a home to spending time in your favorite rooms, blue is a relaxed hue that will sooth your mood and your visual space. Whether you use blue as an accent or part of your full-blown design element, blue is always in style, especially when done in your own special way. Enjoy a little Friday inspiration!

Photos via 1 | 2 | 3

ciao! fabiana

December 1, 2016

easy place setting and ornament

I know it's a bit early, but I just got these out of the way... Christmas table place setting name cards, made with Scrabble tiles, on plain alphabet tiles. After dinner they can be hung on the tree as ornaments! I got mine here. I just glued the letters on to a wide popsicle stick, cut off the bottom portion with a small electric jigsaw, and drilled a small hole at the top. Then the ornament is strung with red and white baker's twine. An easy and quick project, this takes no time at all! Stay tuned for the rest of the this Christmas breakfast tablescape, coming soon!  

ciao! fabiana

November 30, 2016

comfort food, belgian style

I've just discovered lifestyle blogger and home cook Virginie Degryse’s new cookbook that's filled with deliciously healthy Belgian-inspired California cuisine. And the timing couldn't be better, since this book celebrates the autumn and winter seasons with a variety of yummy comfort food recipes like Vegetable Pot Pies, Apple Pie Oatmeal, vegetable soufflés and Turkey and Cranberry Soup. Virginie grew up learning and cooking with her mother and grandmother during the holiday seasons, so her newly released cookbook, Crave and Cook: Home Cooking During the Holidays celebrates the traditions and flavors of her native Belgium. I love how she integrates traditional Belgian recipes with a modern and healthy California twist. My family and I start our day with oatmeal most mornings, and Virginie has a few really good adaptations to this family staple. I’ve selected three of my favorite recipes to share with you. Most of them are pretty easy to make. Be sure and check out her Crave and Cook blog for more fabulous recipes, and let me know if you try any! 

ciao! fabiana

November 26, 2016

a fun christmas table for the kids

Christmas morning is one of the most special times of the year, especially for the kids, so why not treat them to a special little Christmas breakfast after they open their gifts? I've put together a fun little Santa-inspired table that will keep that Christmas feeling going throughout the day. Hot cocoa will be served in these adorable vintage-style Santa mugs. And what pairs perfectly with hot cocoa? Why gingerbread, of course! That’s why our centerpiece for the table is this cute little gingerbread house, easily made from a kit available at Trader Joe’s.
Each place setting also includes a little satin stocking to hold silverware and a keepsake diy ornament that doubles as a place card. Wooden alphabet tiles or extra scrabble tiles can be used to easily spell the names of the holiday guests. Just glue letters on to wide popsicle sticks and then strung with red and white baker’s twine. 
After breakfast, the kids can hang their new ornaments on the tree. I made sure to add the year on the back of the ornament too!
Burlap charger plates are the foundation of the place setting, and then I use my vintage clear glass dinner plates.
A pretty craft paper runner from Oriental Trading was exactly what I needed for cutting out the paper circles that I placed between my charger plates and my glass plates. The snowflake design is perfect for the table! Then each setting is personalized with a cut-out felt Christmas greeting. (I used a salad plate turned upside down as a template for paper circles.) 
Santa is waiting for all the good little boys and girls!
It's such a simple and festive way to set the table. 

A fun tradition for us every year is assembling this little gingerbread chalet from Trader Joe’s. All the extras are included in the kit, so all you have to do is whip up some white frosting for the “glue”. Not only is it adorable, but it’s tasty and totally gets the kids’ taste approval!

And it all came together like this:
Burlap Chargers: Oriental Trading
Glass Dinner Plates: Vintage
Snowflake Craft Paper: Oriental Trading
Red Raffia Place Mat: Home Goods
Santa Mugs: Oriental Trading
Wooden Alphabet Tiles: Oriental Trading
Wooden Popsicle Sticks: Michael’s
Small Satin Stockings: Oriental Trading
Red Felt Christmas Greetings: Dollar Tree
Gingerbread House: Trader Joe’s
Water Goblet: Vintage
Red & Green Glitter Trees: Oriental Trading
Silver Lanterns: Oriental Trading
Red & White Paper Lanterns: Oriental Trading
Red & White Tissue Snowflakes: Oriental Trading
Nutcrackers: Vintage
Tablecloth: Vintage

 ciao! 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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