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

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.