Wednesday, July 16, 2014

knock, knock {a front door makeover }

The door knockers from England finally arrived!  They were the last accessory to put the finishing touch on our front doors.  Lucky for my, my husband is pretty handy, so he was able to install the door knockers and brass kick plates yesterday and the doors are finished!  We started with raw wood double doors, and decided to paint them black and then use the traditional look of brass hardware as a contrast.  
here is the inspiration photo
I love the look of "London doors".  
We reused our original door handles 
because we really liked the curved lines in them.  
They were polished up using a lot of elbow grease 
and these Cape Cod Metal Polishing Cloths.  
They really worked pretty well 
as you can see below.
After searching ebay for a few weeks, 
I finally found a pair of matching lion
 door knockers that we liked and that fit the door.
Including shipping, the set was only about $30!  
Here's how they look on the center panel.

And, I must mention, my husband and boys are fabulous painters!

We love our little lions.

ciao! Fabiana

Monday, July 14, 2014

must-follow interior design pinners

Thank you so much to Carla Aston for including me on your 
"Must-Follow List of Design Pinners Directory".  
It's lovely honor!
Check out the whole list here.

Whether you want more of the best interior design ideas, insights, and inspirations from the most loved pinners of "pretty", or you're wanting to learn how to get more followers on Pinterest, this directory is a must- see!”      --Carla Aston

Saturday, July 12, 2014

vintage bamboo bar cart makeover



A quick little project....
just painted Nana's vintage 1940's bamboo bar cart.
Just a couple of coats of glossy white and... 


we are all set for our next party!


ciao! Fabiana

Thursday, July 10, 2014

a coastal farmhouse

Here's a fun look into another one of the fabulous homes featured in this year's Newport Harbor Home and Garden Tour.  It's located on a unique walking-only street on the Balboa Peninsula and is filled with the homeowner's creative art pieces.  The color palette is perfect for a beach house, and the rooftop deck is another fun space for this young family. For more on the unique artwork, check out M Street Artwork. There's a sneak peek below of Shannon's studio and fun projects throughout her home. 
this great fish is the centerpiece of the kitchen

pretty open shelving
and an open floor plan
great rustic accents make this home cozy
and comfortable
the boys bunk room
chunky glass shade
 a family room is located upstairs
the rooftop deck with bright green turf
Shannon's studio
simple stairway accent wall
  I love the eating nook and starfish flag
 more fun art in the bathroom
another beachy vignette
jellyfishing in the kitchen

ciao! Fabiana

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

"ciao" by stella & dot


"Ciao" and grazie to Cynthia at Stella and Dot
This was personalized just for me! 
How would you inscribe yours?

ciao! Fabiana
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