Friday, March 11, 2016

project design: spring mantel two ways

The latest "Project Design" theme is “How To Style Your Spring Mantel Two Ways”. Mary Ann and Cindy asked ten design bloggers to style a spring mantel two ways, and pictured above is my interpretation. In the green vignette, I wanted to bring out the fresh colors of spring, just using a touch of soft green with flowers and my favorite little cement bunny. With the blue-themed vignette, I was going for an "over-the-top" look with layers of my favorite blue and white porcelain. I switched out the mirrors to create different moods for the mantel and gathered some of my favorite things to create two distinctive looks.

Here are other fabulous bloggers that will also be sharing their amazing spring mantel décor.  Please stop by and visit their blogs as well.

Here are each of my my two spring mantels:

White hydrangeas, lime green mums, a cement bunny and a butterfly painting bring together my favorite spring memories.  I wanted to keep the rest of accessories white and neutral.  I layered a couple of vintage rectangular mirrors to open up the space.  The "picnic hamper", the andirons and the turquoise garden seat are also heirlooms from my husband's family.  The white ginger jar was found at Home Goods.  Iron candle holders add much needed height to the look.
The color green reminds me of Spring!
This vintage green bottle is gift from my mother-in-law...   
and my talented sister-in-law painted this beautiful blue butterfly. 
This little bunny caries a useful basket on 
his back that's perfect for holding flowers. 
For my second look, I selected several of my favorite blue and white porcelain pieces as a base for the blue-themed mantelscape and anchored it with a starburst mirror that I love. In fact, I love how it looks so much that it is now permanently above the mantel.    
This little lady wearing beads is at the center of the action, and  I 
included some of my favorite vintage books to surround her in blue.
Little hints of brass and gold were also added.
I have a pair of these cloisonne dragon vases that were a 
gift from my mom.  {I was born in the year of the dragon!} 
Fresh kumquat branches from the garden take the place of 
flowers, and is an easy way to add a little more color to the mantel.

Be sure to check out the other wonderful bloggers’ spring mantels today, and thank you so much to Mary Ann and Cindy for asking me to join in on the fun!

ciao! fabiana

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

the springtime in Paris collection

New in the blog shop, the Springtime in Paris collection.
 Fun appetizer plates, coffee cups and more! 

ciao! fabiana

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

mapping it out...

Maps, especially of your home turf, are especially endearing.  They are a great reminder of where we come from, where we’ve been and where we are going.  Such is life, so why not make it fun?  Here are a few of my favorite mappy things.  They first gorgeous item are these prints by CardelucciJessica Cardelucci is a self-taught photographer who creates beautiful photographic art pieces of her beautiful coastal surroundings here in Orange County.  These are two of my favorite images {and destinations} by Jessica taken at Balboa and Crystal Cove. Check out the rest of her collection here
I also love these natural-edge state slates by The Uncommon Green.  They are a great way to add a little personal touch when you entertain.  They work wonderfully as a small cheese platter, and come with little cork feet for style and stability.  View it here.  
Have you ever watched the show “Jersey Belle” on Bravo?  The show features Jaime who was born and raised in New Jersey, but is currently living the life of a southern belle {or at least trying to} in Alabama.  To keep her connection with Jersey close to her heart, Jaime has created a beautiful line of crystal state pendants like the one seen here.  I have my own “State of Style” California pendant, and I LOVE it!  View it here
Better than a post card and most souvenirs, these beautifully etched bar glasses will remind you of your last glorious vacation or endearing home town. The UncommonGreen makes different barware {wine glasses too} that have intricately detailed maps of city streets and island coastlines. They are so elegant!  My favorite island coastline glass in the collection is Hilton Head, where my family has vacationed for over 25 years! View them here

Dilemma Posters makes these fabulous state posters that are so fun!  They offer most states and they are so affordable as an instant digital download.  All you need is a simple frame and you’re all set. View them here.   
Create a wall collage of your favorite states for personal homage to yourself and your heritage.  For a wall collage, I would personally choose California {which I already have}, New York {where I was raised}, Illinois {hubby’s home state} and of course South Carolina where we vacation. Here are some other fun examples of Dilemma's states...  

ciao! fabiana

Monday, March 7, 2016

mantel Monday

I am so excited to be participating in the latest “Project Design” coming up this Friday.  The theme is “How To Design Your Spring Mantel Two Ways!” Pictured above is a sneak peek of my two Spring mantels. Here is the list of fabulous bloggers that will be sharing their amazing mantel décor.

Check out #ProjectDesignNow on Instagram 
for sneak peeks all week!!

I found a little Spring mantel inspiration from BHG and House Beautiful that gave me a little direction with my own mantel.  A fabulous mirror is a great way to start decorating a mantel, any time of year.  Fresh flowers are especially  nice for Spring. Go on from  there with candles, books, and layers of your favorite things.

We will all be sharing our two “Project Design” mantel designs this Friday, March 11th, so make sure you check back and see the whole group’s mantel décor!  I am looking forward to pinning all the beautiful mantels by these talented design bloggers on Friday! 

 and now we segue on to Downton...
Downton's mantel}

a few of my favorite Downton quotes from last night.
"Don't be mysterious. It's the last resort of people with no secrets." — Violet
"We're sisters and sisters have secrets." — Lady Mary
"We didn't always think we'd get a happy ending for Edith,"  -- Lady Rosamonde

ciao! fabiana

Sunday, March 6, 2016

what will you miss about downton abbey?

The absolute last episode of Downton Abbey airs tonight.
If you have never seen the series, 
I highly recommend you start with a season one
on dvd right away.  You won't be sorry!
Here are 
The five things I will miss most about Downton Abbey:
1.    Matthew and Mary’s relationship.  I loved all the twists and turns, but mostly I still miss Matthew.  He was one of my favorite characters.   Their chemistry was fantastic!
2.    The fashion!  The costume designers went to great lengths to recreate the glorious fashions of that era with accuracy and great individual style. The series starts in 1912 with the sinking of the Titanic and ends in the mid to late 1920's. What a change in fashion during that time, from sweet Edwardian style to sexy flapper style!
3.    The relationship between Mrs. Patmore and Daisy. Too many cooks in the kitchen?  Not this one. They both were such real characters and so cute and funny with each other.  The flow of the dialogue and their cooking was flawless. I loved that the kitchen was the hub of the action with the servants downstairs. 
4.    Lady Mary and Anna her lady maid.  Mary and Anna had a great trust between each other and I think it was a great representation of how the upstairs class can get along with the downstairs class.  They confided with each other in matters that no one else knew about.  BTW, I have always wondered why Lady Edith didn’t have a lady maid.  Did she share Anna, did she have one they never showed or does she just not have one because she’s not the eldest in the family?  
5.    The great Dowager Countess Violet!  I think I will miss Maggie Smith’s little smirks and comments the most.  She was the much needed comic relief in the show.  And so believable too!  I enjoyed seeing her friendship with Isobel Crawley evolve as well.  Here are some of the Dowager's best lines. 

Things I won’t miss…
1.   I was never really a fan of the Anna and Bates drama.  In jail, out of jail, in jail… I am happy things have settled down for them now.
2.   Remember O’brien? She was Lady Cora’s lady maid the first few seasons.  She was hard to like, although the scheming between she and Thomas was quite entertaining.  At least Thomas has some redeemable qualities, like his relationship with little Master George.  So sweet!  You know that Thomas will eventually stay on and become head butler for little George when he takes over Downton Abbey. That’s the direction the relationship is headed, I think.
3.   Lavinia. She was so sweet and pretty, but I did not want her to get between Matthew and Mary.  Sad for her demise.
4.   Edith’s bad luck. From being jilted at the altar to having an illegitimate child, I am happy things are ending on a good note for her!
5.  All the grandchildren only have one parent, having the other parent die in a terrible tragedy, but at least the little cousins all have each other. 
So, so sad to see this series end!
What will you miss most?

ciao! fabiana

Friday, March 4, 2016

naomi watts' new york loft

Architectural Digest is featuring the gorgeous loft of actress Naomi Watts this month.  Take a peek her amazing interior.  The mix of new and antique furnishings is stunning.  
I can’t get enough of that ginormous 
antique mirror and glass buffet cabinet.   
These steel cased glass doors will wow any visitor!
A very lofty, but comfy looking family room.
Adorable, but stylish boys' room!
I love the subtle pop of colors in the sexy gray bedroom.
A classic black and white bathroom 
is a favorite look I love.
And the penny tile floor is fun!
Another gorgeous gilded antique mirror, and that tub...
Oh, my!

ciao! fabiana

Thursday, March 3, 2016

CB 2 favorites

I just received the CB2 catalog this week and am crushing on a few of their gorgeous items, especially all the brass and copper accented pieces, and the white marble items.  CB2 is so different and so much hipper than their parent company Crate & Barrel. Look at this amazing marble and brass "Dahlia" desk with that! 
I have had my eye on this coffee table for quite a while! LOVE!
This cane back sofa is pretty but I wonder how comfortable it is.
Simple and luxurious flatware finish options. 
Which one would you choose?
The copper would be an interesting addition to a tablescape.
 A coffee table that can double as a intimate dinner setting.
I love the idea of two stacked square mirrors!
More sleek copper shown in this etagere and these accessories.  
What do you think about the copper accents?

ciao! fabiana