April 19, 2015

home tour: best of kitchens and dining

I am so excited to go on the Newport Harbor Home and Garden Tour coming up on May 14th.  It’s always a fun day, and this year, they will be showing seven homes!  The day starts with the morning reception at Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop for a little brunch.  Then we are able to start touring the homes.  I always enjoy the diversity of the homes shown on the tour, and I especially love seeing the kitchens and dining areas all dressed up.   In between viewing all the homes, we stop to enjoy a yummy lunch and browse the boutique with gorgeous views overlooking Newport Harbor.  After lunch, we finish touring the rest of the homes and conclude the day with an afternoon champagne reception hosted at Barclay Butera Interiors.  Their Newport Beach showroom is always a treat to visit, and it’s really a lovely way to end the day!  Will you make it to the home tour this year?  Here is a peek at some of my favorite kitchens and dining areas from past years...      



ciao! Fabiana

April 18, 2015

pretty garden accents for the shade

I just love the look of these tall planters.
Wouldn’t they just add a pop of color to a boring shady spot in the yard?
Here’s what went into them….
via bhg

ciao! Fabiana

April 17, 2015

elements of style

Create a vignette in your home that speaks to your guests when they arrive through your front door.  What style do you want to convey to your friends?  Are you an understated sort or do you feel playful and girly?  Change it up as the seasons change or as your mood changes. The entry or foyer of your home is the perfect spot to put together a few of your favorite things that describe who you are!

photos via rue

ciao! Fabiana

April 16, 2015

a bright spring table top

A bright and cheery table is all set to enjoy an
alfresco gathering for just a few friends.
Don’t you love the idea of using a pashmina as a table runner?
BHG offers great ideas and easy to follow
instructions for making place cards and even
a few yummy recipes that will wow your guests!
Just check out the link below to enjoy the
company of friends while entertaining in style!

for instructions, printables and bonus recipes, visit bhg

ciao! Fabiana

fun ideas for a water-conscious garden

Contemporary Patio by Camille Beehler Landscape Design

April 15, 2015

the dramatic world of timothy oulton

Timothy Oulton’s distinctive style is definitely dramatic.  He is a designer known for over-scaled comfortable pieces.  Maps, flags, stacked books and unique lighting are some of his signature trademarks.  It’s a sort of edgy beatnik style meets cool British mod style that fits into the 21st century perfectly.  For a closer look at these fun furnishings, visit Timothy Oulton at one of his many locations.  Here in OC, we have a showroom in Costa Mesa at HD Buttercup in SoCo.  You'll be inspired!

ciao! Fabiana
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