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

Monday, October 31, 2016

the witch's house in beverly hills

When I was in 8th grade, I would walk past this house everyday on my way to school. It’s always been known as the “Witch’s House” in Beverly Hills, and on Halloween night, this was the first house my friends and I wanted to trick-or-treat at! The crowds gathered on the corner, and a thick fog enveloped the house. Such memories! Today, this iconic house has been lovingly preserved to maintain its historic charm and quirky curb appeal. It’s now actually owned by a guy I went to high school with, Michael Libow. Originally known as the Spadena house, it was moved to this location on Walden Drive in 1924 from the Willat Studios lot in Culver City, which had previously used it as an office and dressing room. Michael has updated the home but maintained its storybook quality. If you’re ever in the neighborhood, be sure to drive by, especially on Halloween night!    

ciao! fabiana

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

my black and white halloween table

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year, so why not go all out and throw an elegant dinner party for a few of my friends? Setting the table is so fun for me. It’s like playing dress-up! The first thing I wanted were a few foundation pieces for the table. I knew I wanted a black and white color scheme with no scary elements and no orange. From there, I was inspired by a few products from Oriental Trading. Black and white stripes are so elegant, and I found a really nice long cotton Striped Runner set at Oriental Trading, perfect! I also got a set of Spooky Bird SpindlesFeather Place Card Holders, and Black Patterned Wine Glasses to get me started with my table. I was inspired by nature for my table, so spooky birds, white pumpkins and a little greenery set the tone for this tablescape. 
My black and white transferware plates, raffia place mats, and black chalk-painted chargers look great together for each place setting. I used vintage silver and white damask napkins to add another elegant touch. The silver-toned feather place card holders have whimsical bat-shaped place cards. And the black wine glasses pull the whole look together! 
To change things up a little, I set the heads of the table with a fun little white pumpkin and the others get a pretty ivory and gold pumpkin-shaped dish, as an accent. 
For the center of the table, I gathered some subtly colored pumpkins on a glass cake stand, and added votives, greenery from my garden and a baby owl and baby crow.   

I set up a little drink station on my sideboard with the 3 Spooky Birds that I got from Oriental Trading as the anchors of the space and to add a little drama. A feather wreath I usually hang on the front door gets a new home here over the vintage mirror.    

I love this little “Bone Appetit” trinket dish! It fits in nicely with the décor.  
 Close-up of the center-piece, above.
Here are the four anchor pieces I started with. 
It's soooo easy to pull this look together when you start 
with a few foundation pieces and add your own twist to it. 
Source info: 1 | 2 | 3 4. 

More fun is on its way…

planning the menu starts tomorrow!

ciao! fabiana

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

thanksgiving table by candlelight

I'm working on a really fun collaboration with Oriental Trading Company for setting a beautiful Thanksgiving table. My starting point were these textural burlap chargers. Next, I wanted something personal for each guest, so the idea of the gorgeous pheasant feathers and "Be Thankful" charms wrapped up together for each place setting was perfect! A set of Silver Metal Lanterns and a scattering of Orange Votives create a cozy warm glow in the room. Sprays of eucalyptus and olive branches ground the table and sweet little kumquats add a little color. The aroma is amazing! I love how all the textures tie in together, and the fact that this tablescape was so easy to put together!     

ciao! fabiana

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

rustic chic thanksgiving tablescape

My thanksgiving table came together as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5! Five inspiring items created my dream tablescape for this Thanksgiving. It all started when I spotted these Burlap Charger Plates (3) from Oriental Trading. I knew they’d set the perfect tone for a rustic but chic dinner table. And I couldn’t resist the beautiful Thanksgiving Silver Charms (4) that I wrap around each napkin. They read “Be Thankful” and add an elegant touch to the place setting. Gorgeous Pheasant Feathers (5) add an organic look and I love their leopard type pattern! I just slipped those in under the silver charm for a beautiful juxtaposition of textures. A set of Silver Lanterns (1) add height, drama, and ambiance to the table, while the Orange Glass Votives (2) add color and fun to the whole look. To unify the whole tablescape, I nestled a few olive branches around the center of the table. I just clipped those from my yard. I bought a few fragrant round-leafed eucalyptus branches at our local flower store and my neighbor Susan let me take some of her yummy kumquats to finish off the look around all the candlelight. I love how it all turned out and this whole look was very budget friendly
The fragrance of the fresh greens and citrus is amazing!
I used vintage ivory Wedgwood china and heirloom flatware.
Just a hint of orange is perfect!
Two burlap runners laid across the table add more texture. 
The kumquats add a festive touch. 
These "Be Thankful" are my new Thanksgiving
 heirlooms that I will use every year from now on!
The burlap on burlap look works.
A table always needs a little fresh accent or two.
I love the effect when the candles are lit!  

ciao! fabiana

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