July 26, 2016

some of my favorite home stores

1. Bliss Home and Design This Corona del Mar showroom offers the most amazing coastal inspired accessories for the home.  Shop around for a few fun accents or consult with them for their expert interior design advice and guidance.  

2. Juxtaposition Home Located in the gorgeous Crystal Cove Shopping Center, Juxtaposition is a favorite among locals. They are known for their European industrial meets vintage Americana look. They carry amazing pillows baskets, and acessories too. 

3. Roger’s Garden’s Home Located in Corona del Mar in the well-known Roger’s Gardens is a little labyrinth of vignettes that offer a variety of décor styles. While shopping for plants and succulents, you’ll want to stop by their home department as well! 

4. Babette’s One of my new favorite place to stop and refuel with amazing food is Babette’s. It’s also located in Crystal Cove and their outdoor patio is a perfect little getaway spot to recharge and enjoy the ambiance.  
5. Coastal Cool Boutique While you're out shopping for your home, you've gotta look cute too. This shop has really fun clothes and jewelry, with locations in Crystal Cove and Corona del Mar. Looky what I found here… ciao!

ciao! fabiana

pretty little bar carts

A bar cart does not have to exclusively serve alcoholic beverages. They can be a pretty focal point in your home whether you’re entertaining or not. A few pretty bottles, fresh flowers and a personalized touch or two can elevate any bar cart to superstar status!
 This way, you will always be ready if friends drop by!
A beautiful box can provide extra storage.
Perfect indoors, or out.
Bar carts always look so pretty near a window...
be creative with your set up...
The one below is one I set up a few years ago for a small pool party in my back yard.  I like to serve soft drinks in fun "cocktail" glasses for fun!  It's so much more elegant!

photos  1  |  2  |  3  | 4  | | 6  |  7  

ciao! fabiana

July 25, 2016

seattle: woodland park rose garden

One of our family’s favorite stops in Seattle is the Woodland Park Zoo, and right next door is the gorgeous Rose Garden that was originally opened in 1924. As we entered the stately gates, we were delighted to find a really unique and quaint formal garden with lots of pretty little surprises.    
What first caught my eye, were the really tall topiary trees that are pruned in a really fanciful way.  They really anchor the space and tone down the seriousness of the formal rose garden.  
Little cozy spots to sit and observe the garden are scattered throughout the park.  There is a pretty little gazebo, a shady arbor and a few fountains set perfectly among the hundreds of roses and other flowers and trees.  

These blue hydrangeas were mesmerizing!

Don’t you just love those funny swirly looking trees?

The view from the gazebo is perfect!

Even if you don’t go to the zoo, which is also a treat,
think about a short visit to the Rose Garden.  
The Rose Garden is free to the public
with just a small charge for parking during zoo hours.

ciao! fabiana

July 24, 2016

relax in the garden

“Gardening is how I relax. It's another form of creating and playing with colors.” –-Oscar de la Renta

ciao! fabiana

July 20, 2016

new to the blog shop...

Need a little gift?
We just got in the prettiest journals with
inspiring quotes and your favorite scripture.
Click HERE for the link.

ciao! fabiana

July 19, 2016

visiting seattle

A few weeks ago my family and I traveled to Seattle for a long weekend. I was so happy be reminded that Seattle's a city filled with innovative parks and green space. Some parks are nestled in established neighborhoods, some are built on vacant city lots, and many provide luxurious views from windows of skyscrapers. Rooftop gardens are totally happening in Seattle! I love the way this lush metropolis embraces the beauty of nature, sculpture, art, food and, of course, amazing music at every turn. Right when we got off the plane, we were delighted with all the sculptures that are prominently displayed throughout the airport. We stayed at the Olive 8 Hotel in the heart of the city and just a short walk to the monorail, which takes you right to the  Space Needle.  The Olive 8, pictured above, gets its name from its location at Olive and 8th Streets. Great to remember when you are finding your way back to the hotel!
This is the view from one of our windows. There are probably hundreds of rooftop gardens throughout the city. It really makes the views so pretty!    
Although there were quite a few Starbucks within walking distance to our hotel, the hotel coffee shop, Urbane Market, had great coffee and baked goods and really quick service. It was fun to sit in here and watch the action on the streets.
Here’s the view from the monorail. The boarding area for the monorail is actually in the downtown shopping mall known as Westlake Center Mall. It only has two stops, the mall and the Space Needle Station, but that’s all you need, really! It’s quick affordable and a great way to see the city from a different perspective.
There are so many great restaurant choices!  Every meal we had in Seattle was great.  Dinner at the Cheesecake Factory (above) was a real treat after a long day of exploring. I was craving avocado toast, for some reason, and luckily they had that on their menu.  After a few yummy appetizers, that was plenty for me!
Il Fornaio, the Rissotteria (above) was also walking distance from our hotel and did not disappoint!  Their focaccia bread is amazing and we ordered, Spaghetti ai Frutti di Mare, Salmone Piccata, and a Seafood Risotto. Of course, we had to finish off with Tiramisù and Crème Brûlée. 
I have to include our lunch at the Woodland Park Zoo in my favorites too.  They have an amazing homemade clam chowder they serve there at the Pacific Blue Café, which is located in the middle of the zoo. The chowder really hit the spot on that cool and misty day!    
Around the corner from our hotel, we found the Carlile Room. OMG, we had the most amazing pasta, homemade pappardelle with garden veggies, which we devoured before we could get a shot of it, but here is a photo of the squash blossoms filled with goat cheese and served with fresh herbs and rainier cherries. Wow!! The decor is really fun too. Try their spicy home brewed ginger ale and the amazing churros for dessert! The Carlile Room is right across from the iconic Paramount Theater, which is a great local concert hall.  
I had to take a photo of the funny little gargoyles 
on this building which is right next to the Carlile Room.
I have lots more to share on Seattle! 
Stay tuned! 

ciao! fabiana
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