Showing posts with label spring. Show all posts
Showing posts with label spring. Show all posts

Friday, March 3, 2017

Floral Living Room Refresh & Plate Wall Design

Hello lovelies! I'm so excited to share this post with you because I'm finally finished with my spring living room refresh and it has become my favorite space in the house simply because it puts me in a bright and sunny mood and I am SO looking forward to some warmer weather, I don't know about you. 


Since the last time I posted about my vintage plate collection, I scored a gorgeous original Alfred Meakin plate set for 30€!! Can you believe that? A set like this runs at least 250€.  I found the set online from a lady in Naples that was getting rid of a bunch of items from her previous marriage.  This set was a wedding gift that never even got used and was just sitting in her china cabinet. She was glad to get rid of it and I was glad to take it from her!



So on deciding the placement for the wall decor, I just played around with some different size pieces, mixing up the various styles. I didn't want them all the same style so I used some Blue Willow, some Liberty Blue and some of the Alfred Meakin plates and just laid them out until I found the placement that I was happy with. 



I knew I wanted to switch up my curtains with something lighter and brighter and I found a beautiful cotton fabric that I just fell in love with. I love all things floral and I found that this fabric print was neutral enough to match the rest of the decor without making things seem too busy. 


I made slipcovers for two of my Ikea Henriksdal chairs with the same fabric as the curtains and was debating on covering all six chairs but then I figured it would be too much. The white chairs keeps things neutral and they tie in nicely with the couch since it's an open space. 



Here is the Henriskdal cover pattern I used to make these if anyone is interested (it's not to scale I know... please don't mind my terrible drawing...):




Anyways, then I added frames to the canvases in my living room because I always thought they looked too unfinished for my taste. I love the lightness that a canvas brings to a room but it just looks much more complete by adding a simple frame. This was not the easiest project for me since it was the first time I used a miter saw but I don't think it turned out too shabby! Here is a before and after so you can see the difference. 

Before


During


After




I switched up the art work that I originally had on the plate wall and found these two prints that I think go well with the rest of the room. 



I placed the old frames on the staircase which has a huge empty wall that needed some lovin'...haha


And that pretty much wraps up my spring living room refresh.  Hope you enjoyed the tour. 



Here's a view from the top of the stairs. 


Have a great weekend! 

xoxo, 



Thursday, February 9, 2017

My Vintage Plate Collection

For some time now I've been collecting blue and white vintage china and have got enough pieces finally to decorate the hutch in my living room. I love the look, as I'm sure you know if you've been following me for some time, and have switched things up a bit creating a more romantic feel to the room by adding lots of florals and soft yellow hues as well. 


I love how the blue stands out against the white and the detail that these pieces have. I have never really actually collected anything before so I'm excited about starting this new collection. I plan on finding some larger plates to hang on the wall around the hutch as well. I've seen so much inspiration on the web and they all look so beautiful. 

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Here's a close up of some of my pieces.



I particularly like the gold around this Blue Willow plate that seems to have faded some. 



I bought some vintage tea cups online and unfortunately I received two broken pieces. There was really no way I could have glued the pieces together.. That was quite upsetting. The guy could have done a better job packing.. ugh


How cute are these vintage Sake cups? Love these!

I also found three beautiful Chinese vases.  In this picture you can see my new curtains.  I made two matching slipcovers for the chairs in my living room and will get around to making the other four chairs when I have some time. 



I painted the bookshelf I have in my living room white to brighten up that corner which was looking a little too dark to me lately. That project only took me a day and what a difference it makes.

Before:


After:


Here's another view of my collection so far. I'd like the plate wall decor to be around the cabinet on each side. Not too sure about placement yet though.

I'm not entirely done decorting yet, so it's still a work in progress. 
I will say though that Spring has officially sprung in my living room LOL. I'm done with this cold weather! Adding some fresh flowers to the space really warms things up.. I want to make a habit of always having fresh flowers in the house. Their colors are always so beautiful, don't you think?

I'll post more pictures once the room is complete and maybe I'll have enough plates for the wall decor! 


xoxo

Silvana

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Loquat Crumble Pie



These are the loquats that I picked from my tree last weekend. I had no idea what to do with them at first and I knew I had to use them all or else they would go bad since they are completely organic and once picked they tend to go pretty fast.



I thought about making marmalade but again it probably wouldn't keep for that long since I wouldn't be using any preservatives so I kept looking for some ideas and I stumbled upon this...




Ok then! I decided to try making a loquat pie and see just how amazing they really are! 




...Pretty amazing I have to admit. 

Begin by peeling and de-seeding the loquats cutting them into fourths. This takes some time but it's not as bad as it seems. 


I used about 4 cups of loquats. Add to a pot with about 2 cups of water and let cook on medium heat for 15 - 20 minutes. 


Next make a mixture of:

 1 cup of sugar, 
1/2 cup of all purpose flour, 
1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 
1/2 teaspoon of ginger, 
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg, 
1 teaspoon of vanilla 
pinch of salt. 


Once the loquats are cooked through add the flour mixture and continue stirring until it thickens up nicely. 


After about a couple minutes the filling is ready. Set aside and let cool while you make the pie crust. My kitchen was smelling so good at this point and it was at that time I realized that this recipe was a keeper!



I used the pie recipe found here and used half of the ingredients because I only made the bottom portion of the pie crust and for the top I made a crumble crust by mixing 1 stick of room temperature butter, 1 cup of all purpose flour, 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Mix until crumbly and cover the pie. 



Bake in a preheated oven for 350° for 30 minutes. It you see the top start to brown too much cover with aluminum foil. 


I decorated with some powdered sugar and served with vanilla ice cream :-)


and with this I think I might have to agree with Kristen Stewart...loquats make the best pies!


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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Golden Afternoon



I debated on whether to write about the delicious Chicken Marsala I made this past weekend or posting about my garden.  I decided to share with you my outdoor space that unfortunately we haven't gotten around to using much yet because the temperature has dropped again.  



We had a few weeks of really warm - almost summer like - weather and now all of a sudden we're back to cold and rainy blah!  Saturday afternoon though was lovely so I was able to get a few shots of my blooming garden. 


This is my loquat tree and for the first time in the 5 years we've lived in our home it is full of fruits! They are still maturing but I can't wait to taste them. 


Above is another picture of my loquat Tree. 


Here you can see baby pomegranate's sprouting.  Can't wait to make some Pomegranate Martinis as soon as they mature!  It's a little early for that though... 


Above you can see some tart cherries starting to bud. Tart cherries are different than regular cherries in that they are smaller and more acidic. They are called "Amarene" in Italian and are great for making jam or used in baking pies. They are mainly native of Europe and Southwest Asia. They are still really tiny now so I will get a better picture once they mature. 


I also have two lemon trees but I'm having some problems with them... They used to grow so many more fruits but these past two years they haven't really been growing much. Not sure what the problem is.  I might have to call a gardener and see if they have some type of pest or disease. There is however a cement wall behind them so they might not be getting enough sun.  Not too sure what's going on there... 


Lastly I have a little kumquat tree. 

He's just a little guy but usually gives me lots of sweet citrusy goodness :-)  It's still early for him though. 

I also have a grapevine but didn't get any pictures. I'll make sure to get some pictures once it blooms.

Here is the rest of my outdoor space where we like to sit outside and take in the sunshine and just relax. 


My garden is behind the fence you see in the photo below. I know in the pictures above it seems like a big space to have all those trees but it really isn't that big. The trees are just close together. They were there when we moved in and I can't really say that I like them that way. I probably would have done things a bit differently.  I would have loved to add a rose garden. 


Here is a better view of the patio.


I got those front door planters for real cheap and I just love them. I added two hydrangea plants to add some color. I just hope they don't die on me...


Hope you enjoyed the tour of my garden and I'll be back soon with the Chicken Marsala recipe! 

PS - someone else wants to say hello



Hope you're having a great week :-)