January 20, 2019

sunday flea market sale!




Flea market Sunday is always a fun day, so I thought I’d bring a little flea market fun to you, even if you’re just looking!

If you’re a regular reader on the blog, you know I have a deep affection for vintage plates. They’re soooo pretty on a table, but I also love them on a featured wall!

I have some of my favorite blue and white plates displayed on the wall in my family room and it adds color and charm to an otherwise boring little wall.




Over the years I’ve acquired so many pretty plates. It’s so fun collecting them! You may remember this display I created for Romantic Homes. ↑

Well, I’ve been going through my collection and creating unique little groupings of adorable shabby chic plates that are ready to hang on the wall. I have over ten collections that are available right now.


Cottage collection #1


They vary in size and pattern, but I think they coordinate nicely with each other to create one-of-a-kind wall displays.


Cottage collection #2 


All you need are inexpensive plate hangers that are available at most hardware stores. They’re so easy to install too! You get instant gratification in only a few minutes time!


Shabby chic roses collection #4


The plates included in these collections are ones that have been showcased on the blog and a few fun magazines too!


Country cottage collection #4


There are several different collections in slightly different colors, and many of the plates included are French Limoges, fine Bavarian china and pretty English patterns.




This collection is one of my favorites, because if features so many different styles of plates, but they’re all unified by the lovely green tones.




Last Easter I set this cheery little table in blue and white with contrasting yellow flowers like daffodils and tulips.




Some of my favorite little blue and white cream and sugar containers were used to hold the pretty spring flowers. I had a group of them running down the center of the table.




These are now available at flea market prices. I’m starting to also make collections of other blue and white tableware available on the blog shop.




This little pitcher with the swimming fish is adorable. It's perfect for holding beautiful white hydrangeas pretty pink peonies or a collection of cottage flowers.




A darling little heart-shaped box is the perfect gift for a loved one and would be even more special filled with little treats or even some heirloom jewelry!

I'll be listing more little treasures from my collection over the next few weeks on the blog shop, so check back soon!

Happy Sunday!

ciao! fabiana

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January 17, 2019

rainy days and thursdays




It’s been raining nonstop for the past five days here in So Cal, and I’m secretly loving it! In between downpours I’ve been out working in the garden… planting, feeding, rearranging… a fun change of pace. It reminds me of being in England and tending to my cottage garden!

This first picture was taken in Geneva, Illinois this summer and I love all the time-worn textures and cheery flowers in this vignette. I hope to recreate a similar vibe  near my own shed.




Serena &Lily really know how to design lovely casual décor, don’t you think? I have a tiny little secret that I’m excited about, and can’t divulge yet, but there’s a clue in this photo. ↑




With all the work I’ve been doing outdoors, I’m looking forward to those sunny spring days!




The lavender has grown so much over the past year, and I’m also looking forward to harvesting it and creating amazing little fragrant bouquets for the table.




And the lemon tree is packed full right now! I harvested three bushels this week, but there are hundreds of lemons still on this tree!





I’m sharing a few of my very favorite lemon recipes very soon… so please check back with me…


ciao! fabiana


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January 13, 2019

a little something to root for





With the winter blahs affecting some of us, January’s the perfect month to add a little greenery to our homes.

All you need is a something as simple as a beautiful evergreen branch or palm frond cut from your backyard or neighborhood. Set it in an over-sized glass vase and you'll be surprised how this little change can brighten up a  whole room.  











ciao! fabiana

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photo credit: Domino, Country Living and Luxe magazines





January 12, 2019

blue and white gingham finds




This past Thursday, I had a few extra minutes before my hair salon appointment, so I ran into my favorite little thrift store to check out their new arrivals.

I ended up finding one pretty blue and white ginger jar, and as I was paying for it, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a semi-clear storage box filled with blue and white goodies galore!




Long story short, I was unable to open the box until after purchase, but inside I could tell that it was filled with tableware in cobalt blue and white! 

So, when I brought it home, I was pleasantly surprised to find a full set of eight plates, bowls, salad plates, glasses and flatware!




Not only that, but there were lots of fun extras as well. So there’s good news and bad news. The bad news first… 

I’m running out of storage space for all my found treasures, so the good news is, some of my favorite tableware is now for sale on my Blog Shop!




Among the goodies in the box are these adorable “picnicware” plates, as I’m calling them. The plates have that classic picnic gingham pattern on them in my most favorite shade of blue.

In the very first photo above, you can spot the mugs and bowls which are available!




And they feature little fleur de lys in the pattern too!

So now for the FUN stuff...

The four piece service set with the amazing
cobalt acrylic handles is for sale.

This set includes a serving spoon, serving fork, 
pie server and slotted serving spoon.

Check it out here.




A set of four cobalt blue glass tumblers is also available.




Imagine these on your alfresco table this summer set with blue and white plates and fresh yellow lemons strewn across the table as an accent!




I love these adorable salt and pepper shakers. They’re quite large and really are just the prettiest shade of blue.




In addition to all the lovely blue items, I also have some vintage amethyst glassware available from my collection.




And who doesn’t love Eiffel tower collectables? These antiqued iron bottle openers would be perfect in a French Cottage style home or as a gift for someone special.




Here are a few adorable pieces from my collection of vintage china and glassware that’s available. The delicate white and green set was found at an estate sale in Geneva, Illinois and is Haviland & Co. Limoges from France. Check out the other listings here.

This is my little way of bring my favorite thrift stores and estate sales to you. Have fun browsing and maybe shopping!   



ciao! fabiana

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January 11, 2019

mood indigo




It’s Friday! A reason in itself to celebrate! So today I’m sharing with all of you a few little snapshots of pretty blue interiors that I’ve spotted in several different magazines lately.

The common thread that runs through all the décor in my home is a touch of deep indigo blue. Just a touch… that’s all you need to offset the softer tones of blue that we’ve all grown to love. 

And although these aren't photos of my home, they'll hopefully provide us with a bit of inspiration for the weeks ahead!













ciao! fabiana

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photo credit: House Beautiful, House & Home, 
Verandah House and Southern Living 







January 7, 2019

shiplap happens




For the last two weeks I’ve been on a bit of a break from my photography and styling projects and have just been enjoying the last bit of holiday fun. All our Christmas stuff has finally been put away, so that blank canvas in my home has finally got me motivated!

We’ve got a couple of projects in the works at the moment. One is a rebuild of our pool house into a work-out space for my husband, which has been going on for about two years, and is just about finished.

The second project is the refurbishing of our living room, which means reconfiguring a few things and hopefully adding French doors that open up to the sunny back garden.

So with all that going on, I’ve been stalking pinterest for some inspiring ideas, so today from the world of Joanna Gaines, I’m sharing some of my favorite rooms from Fixer Upper that feature that ever-so-popular material – shiplap!


 










Is it technically shoplap if it’s installed vertically? I’m not sure, but I love it anyways!




ciao! fabiana


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photo credit: pinterest, HGTV and Joanna Gaines








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