May 20, 2012

the Newport Harbor Home Tour ~ highlights

This year's Newport Harbor Home and Garden Tour was really fun. We started at this house on Santiago Drive.  It's a large mid-century home that has been recently remodeled. The house was brought back to its original mid-century style, which made it easy to create a seamless indoor-outdoor living space.

The light-filled living room has a soft and beachy color palette. 

The back yard features a large pool, a crushed blue glass fire pit, a new cabana and plenty of seating. Artificial turf and pea gravel make this a beautiful and water-wise yard.

The next house we visited was on Windward Lane.  It's restrained look was very soothing and stylish, and it had a great mix of antiques and contemporary pieces.  The piece-de-resistance was the glass and steel ping pong table located in the library/game room.   


The outdoor area was lovely, but the milk and cookies in the kitchen really got my attention! The cookies must have been 12" round!

One of the guest rooms featured two twin sized beds with faux headboards created by white molding and inset with a fancy Star Wars wallpaper.  


I frequent Castaways a lot, but none of my friends' homes can compare to this next one.  This Cape Andover home is full of vibrancy, details, and collections.  My favorite thing in this house was a collection of 1930's fashion drawings that were hung in the powder room.  I also enjoying seeing my friends Carrie and Susan who were docents at this house. They made it fun!  

The 15th Street house was one of my favorites.  A long tree-lined driveway leads you to this charming little California ranch house. It was so lovely, that I featured it in another post, here.   

12 Balboa Coves

I'm sorry to say, with our late start on the tour, we were unable to visit the two homes in Balboa Coves.  Hopefully there will be another opportunity for me to visit that community soon.  It looks fabulous!

19 Balboa Coves

Our next stop was lunch and shopping!  Stone Fire Grill provided a lovely buffet of salad, pasta, chicken and dessert.  The day was perfect for enjoying the stunning views from our location at the Newport Theater Arts Center 

And now on to the open-air boutique...

Meredith at MerMade designs  always has the most gorgeous beach-inspired accessories for the home.  Aren't these large bottles with coral and starfish toppers incredible?

I got a little treasure for my powder room, one of the shell-encrusted clam shell dishes.  I promised myself I would go back to Meredith's store again soon to see what else I "needed".    

Oh, those hand soaps are so cute!  And who doesn't need cute hand soap?

The Ring Ching Ching gals are always fun to see.  Hi, Jennifer, Amanda and Lynn!  They make darling custom school, college and sorority inspired clothing and accessories.  Go, Sailors! I have to say "Hi" to Claudia too, who is on the right and is so sweet. 

My friend, Lisa fell in love with Diane Cotton's jewelry.  Diane creates unique jewelry with vintage inspired flair. She also has a great eye for collecting one-of-a-kind vintage pieces.  Lisa purchased an incredible stainless steel bracelet from the 1950's, which was the perfect choice - so unique!      

Lovely ivory baubles.

The perfect comfortable walking shoes.

We ended our day with a champagne reception at the Barclay Butera Showroom.  I will save that gathering for another post, but we got to meet Barclay and he signed a book for me.  He was very nice (and so talented). 

And thanks to all the volunteers who put on such a fabulous home tour, lead by Karen Taylor and  Chris Wilkinson.  I can't wait until next year!

ciao! Fabiana


  1. I feel like I was there! I love the outdoor spaces, you have such amazing weather down there, you can actually live outside! Totally jealous:)


  2. Looks like soooooo much fun. I am addicted to houses so I would have been all over this. You had me with the artificial turf though. I thought that was just for the movies. Didn't know anybody really used it. Thanks for sharing this week at BeColorful


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