Sunday, October 23, 2016

thanksgiving table sneak peek

I'm working on a collaboration with Oriental Trading Company for a beautiful Thanksgiving table setting. I am starting off with textural burlap chargers, gorgeous pheasant feathers and "Be Thankful" charms. Stay tuned for the rest of the table!

ciao! fabiana

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.

Monday, October 3, 2016

sophia loren's stuffed mushrooms

Sophia Loren, the icon of Italian beauty and culture, can cook too! There are lots of Sophia cookbooks out there, but this recipe (found from an old newspaper clipping) caught my attention this weekend. This is an elegant recipe for mushrooms stuffed with chopped shrimp and other fresh ingredients. I use freshly made bread crumbs, the way the Italians do, and it makes a huge difference! I remember helping my Nonna make stuffed artichokes and stuffed peppers, and we always crumbled our own bread crumbs from fresh Italian bread. Slice the bread, trim off crust, and crumble with your hands. I was her sous chef when we were together, and I learned a lot from her. The stuffing turns out crispy, but not dry. Once you add all the ingredients together for the stuffing mixture, use your hands to gently incorporate the filling. (I couldn’t help adding a drizzle of olive oil to the mixture.) When filling the mushrooms do not pack them tightly. Keep it light. Bake and enjoy and let me know if you try the recipe! It’s perfect for the family, or a gathering with friends.          

Here’s how I prepared them:

Sophia Loren’s Stuffed Mushrooms

1 lb.      mushrooms , stems removed
½ cup   fresh breadcrumbs (2-3 slices Italian bread)
½ lb.     chopped raw shrimp (cleaned & deveined)
2 tbsp.  chopped green onions
3 tbsp.  chopped  pimientos (or fresh red pepper)
3 tbsp.  minced celery
1                     clove minced garlic (or 2)
2 tbsp   chopped parsley (plus a little extra for topping)
1 dash   Worchestershire sauce (1 dash or two)
add        salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash and prepare mushroom caps. I used medium – large cremini mushrooms. When you remove stems scoop out enough room to hold the filling. To make fresh bread crumbs, like my grandmother used to, use fresh Italian bread. Use a few slices, remove crusts and crumble in a bowl. Rub between hands to get a fine texture. Mix all ingredients, except mushrooms, in a bowl. Fill caps with mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, until tops are crispy. Top with fresh chopped parsley.
Serves 4-6.

Next time, I will share Sophia’s recipe for Pizza all Napoletana!       

ciao! fabiana

Sunday, September 25, 2016

halloween dinner sneak peek

I am so excited to be collaborating with Oriental Trading for a really fun black and white Halloween themed dinner party tablescape. Here’s a sneak peek. I’ll have the finished table to show you later this week!

ciao! fabiana

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beachy keen, anthropologie style

Designer Colleen Bashaw transformed this vintage Tudor beach house on the Jersey Shore with stunning and quirky décor for one of the founders of Anthropologie. Fun colors mixed with natural elements are the key to this coastal style.  
Brass accents dominate the kitchen, but it’s nicely balanced by the gorgeous color of the island, Benjamin Moore’s Turquoise Haze.
More turquoise in the breakfast room. And what about those chairs?  Purchased at Serena & Lily they add just the right amount of color and texture. 
The sisal rug installed on the wall of the front entry complements the pattern of the cement tile floor beautifully. Pendant light by Arteriors. 
Designer Colleen Bashaw started working on this home for her clients right after Hurricane Sandy had destroyed most of the interiors with flooding. This wiped the slate clean and enabled her to design this Bay Head, New Jersey home with no preexisting elements to distract her.   
This magical Peonies wallpaper is by Brett Designs, and the mirror is one of the few items in the home from Anthropologie. 
Colleen wanted to give the master bedroom the effect of a cocoon, and I think she succeeds! 
In the daughter’s bedroom, the approach was texture on texture on texture for an anthro-type vibe.   
This lace-front armoire is a one-of-a-kind find from Anthropologie, with patterns inside and out, and all-around!   
Palm Leaves wallpaper by Cole & Sons compliments the swirled tile pattern on the floor of this guest bathroom. 

ciao! fabiana

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Monday, September 12, 2016

fall tea towels just in

Spruce up your kitchen with a new set of fun fall inspired tea towels. I don’t know about you, but autumn always put me in a good mood, that’s why I’m so excited about this fun variety of tea towels! Visit our blog shop for more gift ideas.

ciao! fabiana

Thursday, August 11, 2016

inside miranda kerr's malibu home

The recently engaged model and entrepreneur Miranda Kerr opens up the doors to her new, eco-conscious Malibu home for Harper’s BAZAAR’s September issue. The devoted mother of five-year-old son Flynn selected a charming ranch style home near the beach with ocean views and eco-friendly touches that she now happily calls home. Here’s a sneak peek of her gorgeous home and backyard.
“I knew that this house was it at first sight. It needed a lot of work, but it had a great view. It wasn’t right on the water, so it was protected from the wind and very private. I could just see the potential. It felt so right. In some ways it felt like a tree house. That was another thing that I loved. It’s all open, and the view of the ocean makes it feel more spacious.”  --MK
 Swimsuit: Hermès,  Bracelet: Bulgari
 Gown: Carolina Herrera, Earrings: Chloe, Sandals: Jimmy Choo,
Rings: Spinelli Kilcollin and Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry
Swimsuit: La Perla, Bracelet: David Yurman
“When I was a child, I spent a lot of time at my grandma’s house. People were coming in and out. She was always in the kitchen making something. There was always food and snacks. She would play the piano, and we would sing and dance. So those were my two priorities. I wanted to have a piano and a great kitchen, which is always the heart of the home.”  --MK

from the pages of Harper's BAZAAR, on newsstands August 16th

ciao! fabiana