Saturday, May 28, 2016

the cutest and yummiest strawberry tarts

These are the most amazing tasting strawberry tarts made with a buttery crust that features chopped pistachios.  A zesty cream cheese and lemon filling pairs beautifully with sweet summer strawberries for a dessert everyone will love!  Easy to make for that special weekend gathering.

Southern Living’s Mini Strawberry Tarts

1 cup (4.5 oz.) all-purpose flour
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup chopped pistachios
6 tablespoons (3 oz.) salted butter, cubed
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons lemon zest plus 1 Tbsp. fresh juice (1 lemon)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 8 (3 1/2-inch) round, 1-inch-deep mini fluted tart pans with removable rims, and place on a large rimmed baking sheet. Process the flour, powdered sugar, and pistachios in a food processor until nuts are finely ground, about 1 minute. Add the cubed butter to processor, and pulse 6 to 8 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. Press about 4 1/2 tablespoons of the flour mixture on bottom and up sides of each tart pan.

2. Bake in preheated oven until lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove tart pans to a wire rack, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).

3. Beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and beat until well blended. Gently fold the whipped cream into cream cheese mixture until incorporated. Spoon about 5 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture into each tart shell. Cover tarts with plastic wrap, and chill 4 to 24 hours.

4. Toss together the sliced strawberries and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, and spoon on tarts just before serving.

recipe via Southern Living

ciao! fabiana

red, white and blue tablescape

In honor of the holiday weekend, I’ve put together a few variations of red, white and blue tableware from the blog shop to create a few different looks. I love how these crisp colors contrast with the natural textures of the raffia place mats. As we celebrate Memorial Day, the colors of our flag always bring a touch of patriotism into our hearts. As we gather with friends and family, let us remember those who served for our country and fought for the freedom we enjoy every day. 

plates   1  |  2  |  3  | 4   napkins  1  |  2  |  3  4 

ciao! fabiana

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

my favorite baby shower gifts

I recently had to purchase a few baby gifts, and I wanted something fun and useful (as usual!)  This search led me to a couple of new baby care companies that had just what I was looking for!  Chew Beads makes the most adorable and useful chew toys around, and the best part is Chew Beads are a fashionable jewelry option for mom too!  Just wear and go.  Mom and baby will both be happy. My other love is Boppy.  They make the softest and sweetest baby blankets, toys and accessories.  Boppy is well known for their nursing pillows and prenatal accessories, but the blankets are amazing too.  The Boppy blankets and the Chew Beads are my go-to baby gift choice!  
Chew Beads are chic mom jewelry that is safe for baby to tug, touch, and chew!  And, they are a sensory tool to help babies focus while nursing or anytime.  They are safe, soft, and soothing on babies’ gums and emerging teeth.  For added safety, the necklaces have a breakaway clasp for added safety.  These necklaces and bracelets make great gifts for new moms and even new grandmothers!
So clever and cute!
Even Martha Stewart approves.
Boppy has a great variety of gift choices too.  I love the Boppy Chair.  It's a combination high chair, booster seat, and floor seat.  Look at how it folds up easily to take anywhere. 
I am all about comfortable and cute baby clothes and Boppy has some really great options.
What makes this my favorite baby blanket is the luxurious plush fabric that holds up to lots and lots of washings and still stays soft.  And best of all, the babies approve too!  The last time I gifted this, I was told that it instantly became baby’s favorite blanky!    
So snuggly! 
The Boppy Nursing Pillow is so versatile for mommy and baby.  It will become one of the new mom’s most used items.

Visit Chew Beads & Boppy for more info. 

ciao! fabiana

Saturday, May 14, 2016

kyle's new closet - dressing room

This week on the finale of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, 
we got a peek into Kyle’s new closet!  Wow!  
She actually refers it to as a “dressing room”, 
only because she feels a little guilty about taking up one 
whole bedroom in her home and converting it into a closet, 
and that’s why there’s a pull-out sofa in there. 
That way it still could be considered a bedroom,
 right?  Lucky guests, right?  
Here are a few shots from Kyle's instagram.
I do love the mirrored vanity centered in the window, 
and of course the corner handbag display.
 The mirrored closet doors make the room look twice as 
big and add to the whole glamorous vibe of the room!
This is what the room looked like before! 
I guess her old closet, pictured above, was getting a little cramped!
Meanwhile, Andy asked Kyle if she consulted 
Lisa about her closet makeover.... ummm..,
No... oh yes, she did.  But Faye Resnick designed if for her.
 And here's Lisa's massive closet!
 Stay tuned...
next week I discuss the whole kaftan look
that has taken over Bravo this season.

photos via 1  |  2  |  3  | 4

ciao! fabiana

Friday, May 13, 2016

today's home tour vignettes

a few of my favorite looks from Thursday’s
via Instagram
Here's how I started the day...
sweet little pink room by Kelly Nutt Design
s is for spectacular! via newport harbor home tour
finishing touches are so important! via Kelly Nutt Design
perfectly bright family kitchen by Prairie Home Styling
just the right amount of mid-century chic 
by Prairie Home Styling
different room, same hip vibe by Prairie Home Styling
eclectic style at the Wilkins home, via 503found 
styling and decor by Prairie Home Styling & 503found
hallway to heaven via Graystone Custom Builders
beautiful kitchen and barstools via Kelly Nutt Design
gorgeous counterscape via Kelly Nutt Design
dream kitchen by Patterson Custom Homes 
shelfie wall by Sasha Dudley & Prairie Home Styling
another pretty shelfie by Kelly Nutt Design
fresh seashell wall fountain by Molly Wood Garden
springtime window box vignette by Marena Padden
my favorite backyard oasis by Prairie Home Styling

ciao! fabiana

Sunday, May 8, 2016

happy mother's day

It may be possible to gild pure gold, 
but who can make his mother 
more beautiful? 
--Mahatma Gandhi

ciao! fabiana

design crush: brooklyn decker

Actress and designer Brooklyn Decker’s traditional Texas-style farmhouse in Austin has amazing style!  This ranch-style retreat she shares with her tennis star husband, Andy Roddick is a modern mix of sophisticated industrial and beloved well-worn antiques.  In this month's MY DOMAINE you can take a peek at how she redesigned their sprawling five-bedroom natural wood, stone and light-filled hideaway to accommodate for family entertaining.  Do you may recognize Brooklyn from the show Grace & Frankie shown on Netflix? 
The living room features a lofted, exposed-beam ceiling, limestone fireplace, denim and hardwood floors.  
According to Brooklyn, “When the marble came in, we realized how much it drew the blue and gray out of the stone. I don’t know if it’s a perfect match, but it was a lot of experimenting.”

Decker collected vintage Mexican serape blankets on Etsy to reupholster the full dining room chair set.  The bright colors bring just the right amount of fun into the dining room. “It’s a margarita pink. Everyone loves a margarita pink!” she says. 
Decker’s love of family heirlooms and bespoke creations intertwine into her own personal style. “It’s very all-American,” she says. “A lot of wood, a lot of denim, a lot of natural elements, with a sense of humor.
A few vintage accents in the closet too!

“I think that’s where antiques are so wonderful. No matter how great construction is now, there’s something about an antique that just holds the test of time.”
 Spacious but cozy!
 For more fun style ideas, you can follow Brooklyn on instagram.

via my domaine

ciao! fabiana