Wednesday, August 20, 2014

blue and white : an outdoor focal point

Blue and white pottery and dishes don't have to be
reserved for interiors only.  There are lots of great ways 
to display your beautiful collections outdoors. 
A tiled mural is accented with more blue and white,
 in a symmetrical display using plates and platters.
Here's another version of the symmetrical plate display,
this time they have also added lamps and pillows as well. 
Mary McDonald loves using pots, ginger jars and urns outdoors.
Love this, but these homeowners must be childless and dogless!
Very formal, but somehow the blue and white makes if homey too!
Below is a small bit of blue and white at Casa Ciao.

ciao! Fabiana

Sunday, August 17, 2014

sunday supper Parisian style


I have just cooked this up to serve  with dinner tonight. 
As a follow-up to Friday's post, I really wanted to try this  recipe 
which simply features watercress, potatoes and milk.
A few little tastes of it reveal a silky and surprisingly refreshing flavor!
And, it took only about 20 minutes in all to prepare
(including peeling and boiling potatoes). 
I can't wait to serve it to my family tonight with
salad and some crunchy, toasted french bread.. 

Potage Cressonniere  (Watercress Soup)  6 – 8 Servings 
1 lb potatoes  (I used red potatoes)
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ pints milk
(3 cups, heated)
one bunch of watercress
1 oz butter
(2 teaspoons)
Peel the potatoes, quarter them and boil them in salted water until tender.
 Drain, crush them with a potato-masher, and when free from all lumps add the boiling milk and salt.
 While the potatoes are soaking, wash and pick the leaves off the watercress and chop roughly.
Add to the soup and cook for 5-6 minutes.
Take off the fire and add the butter.

Pour into a hot tureen and serve.
  
"This recipe has been chosen by me as a favorite recipe for the simple, logical reason that I had it for the first time on my first trip to the most beautiful city in the world, Paris. It was a happy time, as it always is in Paris, so I pass this on hoping that a flavor of the city of the chestnut trees will be felt by all who have Potage Cressonniere." -- Lauren Bacall

au revoir! Fabiana

Friday, August 15, 2014

Lauren Bacall, Paris & a favorite recipe

I came across this recipe and  sentiment this week by 
Lauren Bacall for a lovely watercress and potato soup
and wanted to share it as a little part of the amazing 
woman that she was behind the glamour.  
from the Dinah Shore Celebrity Cookbook (1966)

Lauren Bacall and husband Humphrey Bogart enjoy cocktails in Paris on March 23, 1951
  She writes…
"This recipe has been chosen by me as a favorite recipe for the simple, logical reason that I had it for the first time on my first trip to the most beautiful city in the world, Paris. It was a happy time, as it always is in Paris, so I pass this on hoping that a flavor of the city of the chestnut trees will be felt by all who have Potage Cressonniere."

Potage Cressonniere  (Watercress Soup)  Servings 6 – 8
1 lb potatoes
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ pints milk (heated)
one bunch of watercress
1 oz butter
Peel the potatoes, quarter them and boil them in salted water until tender.
 Drain, crush them with a potato-masher, and when free from all lumps add the boiling milk and salt.
 While the potatoes are soaking, wash and pick the leaves off the watercress and chop roughly.
Add to the soup and cook for 5-6 minutes.
Take off the fire and add the butter.
Pour into a hot tureen and serve.

I will be making this tonight.
Maybe with a little champagne to toast Ms. Bacall!

ciao! Fabiana

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

the Newport showroom of Barclay Butera

Blue and white is always a classic,
and I love how Barclay Butera Interiors also 
has thrown Orange into the mix!
 The BBI Newport Beach showroom is 
always full of inspiration and lovely finds!
Coastal elements are naturally great 
accents for our local beach inspired decor.
It's so fun how these vignettes are mixed and matched!
I especially love these huge hurricane 
candle holders trimmed with brass.
Wouldn't they look amazing on any table?
So versatile!   
A bar set-up always is in fashion,
especially with a great art piece as a backdrop.
And don't forget, fresh fruit
 and flowers add an organic and feminine touch

What are some of your favorite finds this week?

ciao! Fabiana

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

vase collection display

  Today's inspiration was spotted at Roger's Gardens.
A pretty collection of milky white and Tiffany blue vases,
with a few select tulips displayed.



So pretty for a dining room!

ciao! Fabiana
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