March 31, 2015

an elegant Easter table in pink


Mixing dish patterns is a great way to set a unique and fun table. This table in Southern Living magazine uses light pink chargers and delicate, gold-edged bone china in two patterns. Then they chose a graphic napkin and tied on a tulip with ribbon for each setting. Teacups are a fun way to anchor the place setting and hold a personalized golden egg for each guest. A bit of moss or Easter grass is nestled under the egg.


Beautiful ribbons are simply woven to add the perfect amount of color. Start with a crisp white table cloth.  Use the length and width measurements of your table cloth and cut about five strips of ribbon for the length of the table and about sixteen, in groups of four, for the width (add a few inches to each piece of ribbon you cut to trim later). Weave them, lattice piecrust style, over your tablecloth. Trim the ribbon even with the hem of the tablecloth.  Make sure the ribbon is pulled taut.
   

gorgeous!


A precious golden egg.


Single flower groupings pack more of a punch.  Hot pink striped tulips are the perfect choice for this table!


Ornamental kale in terracotta pots balance the ends of the table.


A separate bar area is always a good idea.  Here beverages are color coordinated. Guests are offered rosé, pink champagne and pink lemonade. Drink tags are made with more pretty ribbon. Mint garnishes remind us of Spring and delight our senses. 
For the finale, don't forget to impress guests with dessert.
A store bought coconut  cake was
 dressed up with tulips and a trio of Easter eggs.
  
More ribbon laid as a runner on the buffet completes the look. 
I think I might have to  incorporate 
this ribbon look at my Easter Table!


ciao! fabiana

a bright and cheery family room

Here's a unique idea.  A sectional is placed right up to the kitchen island creating a generous family room that ties in with the hub of the home, the kitchen.   The cream colored sofa can easily be updated with a variety of pillows.  The selection here of boldly patterned blue and pink pillows works nicely against the neutral room.  I love the colorful display of books in the dining area too!
Organization is the key in this built-in media center, but they haven’t forgotten to keep it pretty.  Personal photos and vintage items are arranged in a soft display that brings in more of the blue and pink colors.  What do you think of this arrangement?  Read more about this in the April issue of Better Homes and Gardens

ciao! fabiana

chalk paint projects for the garden



We just finished having the whole outside of our house painted.
After years of living in a beigy tan house,
we decided to choose soft white for most of the house,
with “pigeon grey”  and black as accent colors.

I LOVE how it turned out!
The look of a classic white house with
black shutters and trim has always been a style I love.

With such a clean slate, I'm motivated to add accessories
and furnishings that reflect a bit of California style,
incorprated with a  little European vibe.

Today, I updated some of my clay pots 
that I have displayed
in two different wrought iron pot holders.
The one above holds three small  clay pots 
with succulents planted in them.


Annie Sloan "Provence" chalk paint 
livens up these plain clay succulent pots.

I planted Echeveria agaoides ‘Lipstick’ in a couple of the pots.


Here's how it looks from the house.
The wall above is the side of our garden shed
with a pergola and vintage swing next to it.


We definitely needed some color on this wall!


These hot pink geraniums are amazing and so cheerful!


My favorite color "Florence" is perfect for the 
geranium pots in my wire window baskets.

I have two of these wire window baskets on my kitchen 
windows that now hold six pretty vibrant turquoise clay pots.
So easy to update and so fun to look at. 



ciao! fabiana

March 30, 2015

simple easter eggs


With simple household items, you can create gorgeous abstract designs on your Easter eggs this year.  In this month’s Better Homes and Gardens, string, electrical tape and even rubber cement are used to produce pretty and unique patterns on each egg.  For beautiful and organic egg dyes, try these natural recipes here, using different spices and vegetables.


ciao! fabiana


mini Easter cheesecakes




These Mini Easter Cheesecakes are so cute and fun and easy to make!
I love the addition of coconut nests on top filled with wee Cadbury eggs.

For full recipe, click here.

ciao! Fabiana

March 29, 2015

color inspiration : cobalt blue



Cobalt blue  is soothing, peaceful, and can also suggest richness, but not all blues are in the cool color family.  For example, cobalt blue is warm, and ultramarine blue is so warm that it's almost purple.  

Blue represents both the sky and the sea, and is associated with open spaces, freedom, intuition, imagination, expansiveness, inspiration, and sensitivity. 

Blue also represents meanings of depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, stability, faith, heaven, and intelligence.  



Owning an oil painting made with 
expensive blues was once a status symbol. 

Painters who were poor or who didn't live in cosmopolitan areas never used any blue at all. 

 Jan van Eyck used lapis.
 but only at the request of his patrons.  


The color blue has positive effects on the mind and the body. As the color of the spirit, it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming and exude feelings of tranquility. 

Blue helps to slow human metabolism. It cools us down, and helps with balance and self-expression. Blue is the color of truth, serenity and harmony, by helping to soothe the mind.  


In our homes, cobalt blue is stunning and commands attention.  If you want an attention-grabbing color to use as an accent, try cobalt.  

Outdoors, cobalt blue works beautifully with crisp whites and the soothing greens found in nature.  Add a little cobalt to your table setting for real wow factor! 




ciao! fabiana



photo credits:
Southern Living
Pinterest
Schoener-Wohnen
Coco Kelly
The Every Last Detail


March 28, 2015

cousin Lee's pepper jelly appetizers


Our cousin Lee Oakley makes the most delicious pepper jelly from an old treasured Douglas family recipe. She incorporates this yummy pepper jelly with brie cheese and chopped roasted almonds to create a scrumptious filling for little phyllo dough cups. 

These Mini Pepper Jelly appetizers are amazing and the perfect party starter for your guests!  Lee recently added the sweet and hot pepper jelly to her already established line of southern pickles. 

Her company, Oakley's Southern Delights is a true family business. Lee and her son Kerry are the team behind the delicious treats and their recipes are passed down from Lee’s mother Leila and from Leila’s mother. 

This is a real southern recipe handed down by many generations of Douglas’ in Nashville. Oakley’s pepper jelly and pickles area a real homemade treat for us Californians!


In a bind with unexpected guests?
and serve on crackers with cream cheese.
It’s a classic that everyone loves!


MINI PHYLLO PEPPER JELLY PASTERIES

Ingredients:
2 (1.9 oz) packages of frozen mini phyllo pastry shells, thawed
3 oz Brie cheese, rind removed
Oakley's Southern Delights Sweet and Hot Red Pepper Jelly
3 Tablespoons chopped roasted salted almonds


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place mini phyllo pastry shells on a baking sheet. Cut Brie cheese into 30 small pieces and place in pastry shells. Spoon 1/4 teaspoon of OSD's Sweet and Hot Red Pepper Jelly and topped with crushed almonds. Bake pastries for 5 to 6 minutes or until the cheese is soft.


Meet Lee,
 and try one of her yummy recipes! 

do something amazing today! 
ciao,  fabiana

March 27, 2015

spring colors : yellows and greens


Better Homes and Garden magazine’s  April color palette is so pretty and inspiring for Spring!   The variety of greens is pale and fresh and the yellows are bold and tangy.  The colors remind us of being out in the garden with different hints of sunlight. 

We can use these colors as a design incentive in our own homes by adding new accessories and accents in to liven up our rooms as we say goodbye to Winter.  Pillows, lamps, glassware and plants are a great start in revamping our spaces. 

You may even want to think about painting an accent wall or piece of furniture!







ciao! fabiana 


photo credits:
BH&G 
Brooke Wagner Design


March 26, 2015

Roger’s Garden's 3rd annual “day of art"



Doesn't this look like a fun way to spend the day? Roger’s Gardens will be hosting their 3rd Annual “Day of Art.” 50 talented artists will be there to paint and draw in the Gardens for the day. A painting by each of the participating artists will be on display and available to the public for purchase. 

This year they'll be judging the artwork and presenting awards. All visitors will have the opportunity to be an artist for the day with scheduled workshops and demonstrations! For the event schedule, visit the Rogers Gardens Art Gallery page. 
  
Sunday, April 26 from 10 AM – 4 PM







ciao! fabiana

March 25, 2015

black and white for outdoor spaces


  
For the chicest of chic looks for your outdoor living areas,
try a dramatic black and white color scheme.


A solid black wall is brought to life with an eye catching display
of all white plates and black and white Spode transferware plates,
and then grounded by a great zebra-print area rug.


 Keep the design classic and simple. 


Stripes are always a nice choice for a table cloth. 
Color can then be added with gorgeous flowers. 


Create an outdoor retreat with a resort vibe.


Large or small, your space will shine.


A large plain wall can be simply adorned 
with stencils or real bird cages.


A softly draped area is sure to add ambiance. 


Bring out some of your indoor pieces 
for a special gathering.


Mix and match beautiful geometric prints.


Your space will be pretty to look at,
and even better to relax in.


Here are a few picks from Frontgate to get you started.



ciao! fabiana


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