Tuesday, October 28, 2014

same house, two different Fall looks

This is an iconic house here in the neighborhood.  It stands out on it’s own as a beautifully designed home, but during the holidays, it really comes to life!  I took photo number one for my blog a few years ago and photo number two is in a recent issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine .    
It’s fun to see the evolution of this home, inside and out.  Home owner Jeanne Carmack has amazing style and eye-catching ideas, like these straw wreaths used indoors and outdoors for a gorgeous Autumn display.  Check out her home’s own pinterest board here.      

ciao! Fabiana

Sunday, October 26, 2014

favorite October mantels

There are only a few days left to enjoy what's left of October, and I wanted to share with you some  fun mantel décor that caught my eye this week.    This first one is playful, yet elegant too.  A few simple black paper bats add height and charm to this traditional white mantelpiece.  Add to it some black and white accessories to complete the look.  
A variety of pumpkins and pine cones set 
the mood in this French Country Cottage .
Spooky artwork and black ivy accent the "Boo" lettering. 
 Black cheesecloth, bare branches and vintage touches 
add mystery to this otherwise all white backdrop. 
Isn't the masquerade mask a fun accent? 
Mid-century style with just a touch of orange. 
Brown paper flowers remind us of Autumn 
and are so pretty in this neutral vignette.
Why not create your own display using natural elements like 
gourds and branches that will last right through Thanksgiving?

ciao! Fabiana

Thursday, October 23, 2014

host the perfect Halloween dinner party

a great menu is a must! 
make sure you have a signature cocktail
and a pretty table setting with  place cards
make the appetizers and food fun!
create an interesting backdrop 
an inverted fish bowl can add drama
wouldn't you love to enter a party like this?
the more candles the better!
a little glitter never hurt anyone... 
and how about a unique costume?  
For photo sources, visit Halloween Dinner.

ciao! Fabiana

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

decor : Rachel Zoe style

An inside look at fashion stylist Rachel Zoe's L.A. home.
love the bright white walls and accents!
everything is so polished and glossy
wood paneled walls add warmth in the den 
more white, with just a hint of black 
Skyler's stylish and cozy bedroom
and he already is quite a collector!
our favorite part of Rachel's home, her closet...
and take a look at Skyler's closet!   

via  inStyle

ciao! Fabiana

Saturday, October 18, 2014

have a relaxing weekend

Wishing you a relaxing weekend.  We are off to Alisal Ranch for a couple of days to celebrate my upcoming birthday. 

Today is a perfect day to try one of our family favorite tomato soups, Pappa al Pomodoro.  You must serve this with gilled cheddar cheese sandwiches.

A few other interesting things…

Downton Abbey Season 5 premier is 12 weeks away, but here is a sneak peek.

Cool plates for your next get together.

How to cook an (almost) wood-fired pizza in your oven.

My best friend is heading to Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro!

ciao! Fabiana
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