Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fall Mantel and Living Room

Hello sweet friends!

I dedicated this day to decorate the living room's coffee table for Fall and the mantel, which will stay like this until we go to Miami for the birth of our granddaughter, 'Maxima Leonor,' from our dearest daughter Alexandra.

I also decorated the fireplace mantel, which will also stay like this for the Fall season; except for the coffee table in the family room where I placed a little setting for mother, hubby and me for tomorrow Wednesday.

 I have mentioned many times that mother comes to spend every Wednesday with us. Therefore, here we will have a very yummy and very 'low-cal banana cake' I made for our afternoon tea time.
The recipe is at the end of this post too.

Ok, here it is. The last place I will share next week will be the 'Fall kitchen.'

                                             HAPPY AUTUMN 2015

Fall in the fireplace mantel 2015

In each end I placed my big cloches. This one has gold gourds I sprayed painted last year...and vintage books from my Mil.

This tea setting looks kind of familiar but hey, this is where we land in the afternoon for tea time and I know mother will want to watch 'Pope Francis in the USA,' as the TV is directly in front of the yellow couch.

I also baked a 'very low calorie' banana cake for tea time.

Recipe is at the end of this post. Trust me, it's great if you watch your weight.

Dutch Delft hand painted blue and white flower vases with gold gourds, and cloche with white pumpkins, I painted after they dry up.
I also spray painted the gold ones last year.

Cloche with gold gourds and vintage books.

Vintage cook books from my Mil.

This beautiful oil painting was done by hubby's famous Ecuadorian artist, named Luis Crespo O.
I liked the Fall look to it with the basket and yellow calla-lilies, so I borrowed it from another wall...lol

"Banana Cake, 8 week Friendly"

The recipe is at the end of this post, if you wish.
Is very 'low in calories,' with no-fat at all and no sugar, instead honey is used, plus apple sauce. It's delish and moist too. We love it!

The china I'm using for tea time afternoon is the classic Onion pattern and 'Hutschenreuther' pieces.
The teapot is 'Bareuther Indischblau, Bavaria I bought separately, as the set is complete for eight place settings, but didn't have a teapot and was on sale because it had broken in the store. 

The fruit basket in the middle contains fresh little pumpkins and gourds.

I save the ones that dry up from the year before and spray paint them in white or gold...so far.

Faux silk flowers for a change. I mostly love fresh flowers.

My new find is this inexpensive metal, pierced tray that looks vintage, so I styled it for Fall right in the living room's coffee table.

All the dark bronze pieces are antique French.

Mercury glass pumpkin, little silver pumpkin, Bohemian candle holder and vintage Meissen porcelain bowl.

The coffee table is marble Travertino.

I wish you all a very blessed and happy Fall season.

Thanks for your sweet and kind comments, you always make my day!

Thanking the lovelie hostesses for having me at their great parties.


Banana Cake, 8 Week Friendly

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup sugar free apple sauce  (I buy baby food, apple compote)
3/4 cup honey
2 eggs, beaten
3 mashed overripe bananas
1/2 cup crushed walnuts  (optional, but I always add some)

1- Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9x5 loaf pan.

2- In a large bowl combine, flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl mix apple sauce and honey. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended.
Stir banana mixture with flour mixture; stir just to moisten.
Add crushed walnuts if you wish. (optional)

3- Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes. Mine was ready in 55 min.; until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Let cake cool 10 minutes and transfer unto a wire rack.

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  1. Your fall mantle is beautiful with your eye for detail. And what special time with your mom's visit!

  2. Looks so pretty, Fabby! Enjoy!!

  3. Bonjour ma chère Fabby,

    Tout d'abord je voudrais te dire que je suis très heureuse de cette future naissance pour ta fille.

    J'aime beaucoup l'arrangement de ta cheminée. Un très bel hommage à Dame Automne qui vient de s'inscrire sur le calendrier.
    je suis cependant triste de laisser l'été derrière nous.
    Chaque détail est important et l'amour de la peinture bien présente.
    Nul doute que ta maman va passer un délicieux moment, moment gourmand également en votre compagnie.
    Un gâteau qui me semble savoureux accompagné d'une bonne tasse de thé... je m'invite !! sourire !

    Je te fais de gros bisous.

  4. Your home is absolutely lovely, Fabby! I love every detail - so elegant! Congratulations on your new little family member. Your Mother's tea is delightful and thank you for the recipe! Wishing you a lovely week and trip to Miami! xo Karen

  5. Your fall touches look so pretty Fabby! Such a beautiful painting and your recipe sounds yummy!

  6. Dear Fabby, you always surprise me with your beautiful home, with so many exquisite details in decoration!!! I was already missing visiting you and this Fall post has delighted me!
    Enjoy all the special moments with your mum! Thanks for sharing all this beauty!

  7. Everything looks so pretty Fabby. I know that you are excited about the new grandbaby coming! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  8. Your room looks very cozy, Fabby, and I love how the blue pops against all the golden and burnished decor. I'm sure your mom will enjoy your banana cake.Thank you for sharing and Happy Autumn, my friend!


  9. Fabby your tea set is lovely and I like the gold gourds.

  10. This is such a pretty room and your mantel is gorgeous.

  11. Gorgeous, gorgeous, I love all the gold!

  12. Hi Fabby, your fall mantel is so elegant and beautiful.....
    I have been watching the Pope on my television set, I'm so excited that he is coming to the big Apple....I was planning to go see him in the city, but I think it will be crazy....so I'll stay home and watch him on my set.....

    Happy Fall 2 u~

  13. Dearest Fabby,
    Oh my, soon you will all gather for a very happy tiding in Miami; quite a time of joy.
    Your color theme here is so lovely done with the orange and the pumpkins. That orange calla lily painting steals the show!
    Sending you hugs and blessings, especially for your Mama.

  14. Your Fall Mantel is beautiful Fabby, loving all the colours :)

    Thanks for linking up to the Wednesday blog hop..

  15. What a happy time you have to look forward to in Miami!
    Your mother must love coming on Wednesdays. You've set a beautiful tea for her. I love your cloches with the antique books and the white pumpkins, great idea. Happy Fall, Fabby!

  16. Oh my another wonderful recipe to bake - Banana Cake! Yummy and such a pretty room full of fall decorations and that lovely tray all set up with the candle! All wonderful!

  17. Hi Fabby, what a lovely setting for a tea party, and oh how I love the Cloche with gourds and vintage books, it is w wonderful way for displaying, I have never seen books under glass before, your very clever. And the recipe, well I have pinned it for and upcoming baking day.

    Thank you for visiting to share your blog this week on Oh my Heartsie Girl today, I appreciate the visit.

    Have a wonderful week!


  18. Love your arrangement. The room looks wonderful with all the Fall touch. Hope you are enjoying your time. Happy Fall and happy decorating. Thank you for your visit. Hugs Sujatha:)

  19. Just lovely, Fabby! You are inspiring me to get busy! I bought bittersweet yesterday. '-)
    Happy Autumn!

  20. Lovely as always, Fabby! The orange and blue hues complement each other perfectly.

  21. I love how you've decorated your home to celebrate fall... it looks stunning x

  22. Everything is just beautiful, Fabby! The painting taking center stage on your mantel is gorgeous & is the perfect backdrop for all of your lovelies across the mantel. How clever you are to spray paint the dried up pumpkins and gourds.

    I hope your Mother enjoyed seeing the Pope on tv. We certainly did around here. We are hoping and praying that he has a lasting effect on our political leaders.

  23. Fabby, it is beautiful! What a gorgeous display of Fall! xxx Maria


  25. Fabby, it is all just gorgeous! I love the combination of the blue and orange. Smart idea to spray the gourds from the year before. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  26. Fabby, Fabby, Fabby, it's all just absolutely beautiful! Each detail is beyond delightful, love your decorating style! Fall is in your home and I can feel the warmth from here!

    Happy Saturday~

  27. Absolutely beautiful room and so very cozy for afternoon tea! That is such a nice way to spend time with your mother...I'll have to borrow your idea!
    I love the cloches with the painted gourds and especially the very old books. I love vintage books!!! Thank you for sharing the recipe...a must bake soon!

  28. Hi Fabby,
    Congrats to you and your new grandchild!
    Your home is decorated so nice for fall!
    I love every little detail and the pretty gold gourds and pumpkins.
    Thanks for sharing the banana recipe!
    Have a nice time in Miami.
    Hugs Julie

  29. Fabby:
    Your post was one of the ones featured from "Tea In The Garden" Blog Party!

  30. Your home is so beautiful, Fabby, and I love your Fall mantel with all the colors of the season. I notice you have some blue pieces also. Blue in the home is so pretty, and I don't have enough of it. I admire your dark furniture, and I too still have the dark traditional wood.

    I want to thank you for your thoughts on my post today. They were tasteful and honest. I miss many of my old friends too, and don't get a chance to visit as much because we always get new friends coming our way.

    I hope you are enjoying this Autumn season, and it was so good to hear from you again.

    love, ~Sheri

    welcome to the world, little one. :)

  31. Beautiful Fall décor, Fabby. The banana cake looks yummy. You should visit me when you go to Miami. I am only 3 hours drive away....Christine

  32. I love the painting with the Cala-lilies. Nice with the metallic pumpkins, most of all the Mercury glass an silver pumpkins!

  33. Lovely and colorful, and a reminder that I am so far behind in my fall decorating.

  34. Hi Fabby,
    Your room looks so inviting and perfect for tea with your mom. I love the antique books under the cloche and the painting is so pretty.
    The banana bread looks yummy and perfect with a cup of tea.

  35. Awesome fall mantel. Such a gorgeous blue and white tea set!
    Have a great week!

  36. Your room is lovely and that cake really looks amazing! Banana cake sounds delicious with a cup of tea. I love the mercury glass pumpkin! Thank you for sharing and joining me for tea, Fabby.


  37. Hi Fabby,

    How nice of you to treat your mom to a piece of cake. Thanks for playing today.

    Happy Blue Monday!

  38. It all looks fabulous ....know she enjoyed it...and what a sweet, cozy room for that delicious Banana Bread...and now....I'm really hungry for some. :)

  39. Love the autumn oranges and yellows...yet you have nice touches of blue and white that look right at home too! Bread looks wonderful...but what does 8 week friendly mean?

  40. Love it. Very cozy room. Thanks for sharing.
    The Fabulous Fall linky is up come over and link.
    I'd like to do a feature next week for Sleepover Saturday! Save some Banana Bread!
    Come over and Let's Party!

  41. Hi Fabby: You home looks amazing with all the new fall decor. It comes so richly with the dark woods. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  42. Your room looks nice and cozy and I love your tea tray.
    Thank you for sharing the recipe.....it sounds healty.



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