June 28, 2014

5 details I love

great collection of Florentine trays
vibrant flowers in an all white room
a group of vintage bottles simply staged 
oh, how I love leopard and antique gilded mirrors 
a faux bamboo mirror brightened up in turquoise...
more pretty vignettes and source info found here.

ciao! Fabiana

June 27, 2014

vanity fair

glamorous and feminine, just sitting at a vanity table makes you feel pretty
a simple collection of your treasured toiletries is all you need
flowers are always a perfect touch

“A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future
 Coco Chanel

"It's not vanity to feel you have a right to be beautiful."
     Elle Macpherson

ciao! Fabiana

patriotic curb appeal

A cheerful bit of curb appeal in the neighborhood.

ciao! fabiana

June 26, 2014

polished brass for the powder room

love how the golden brass details look in our powder room

ciao! Fabiana

June 25, 2014

weekend visit to Geneva, Illinois

My husband was fortunate enough to have been brought up in the charming little town of Geneva, Illinois.  Last weekend, he had an opportunity to visit his childhood town and friends for a few days.  I have been there several times, but this time I stayed home to be a part of the end-of-the-school-year festivities here in California.  He knows how much I love the architecture, history and curb appeal of Geneva, so he photographed some of his favorite sites for me, and now I get to share them with all of you!  This first home is called Elizabeth Place and was built at the turn of the last century by Henry Bond Fargo, who was a a prominent figure in Geneva, and also served as mayor.  Isn't the Mission Revival style intriguing?   


the coach house 
this creek runs through the property

This Victorian  house is in town and has a colonial style entrance.
It's right next door to the Garrison's home, where they hosted this fun summer party. 
here is a peek at the inside of Mary's eclectic home... 
This is the home where "Mr.Ciao" lived his first five years...
and this is his childhood home, filled with so many fun memories and adventures.  His mother grew up in this same house and then bought it from her parents when she got married! 
here's another gorgeous black and white home...
a nearby place to hike to is this secret grotto in the woods.

Secret Shrine
Thanks for the inspiration, honey.  
I can't wait to visit Geneva again!

ciao! Fabiana

sharing with:    coastal charm

June 24, 2014

as bold as brass

Have you been noticing the reappearance of brass hardware?
  It's so pretty in the kitchen,
especially with white, black or gray
   a classic look
 and I love it with carrara marble

 it's so elegant in the bath too

if you are thinking about changing your hardware, consider BRASS!

ciao! Fabiana

June 17, 2014

how they celebrate 4th of July in London

I love the way these girls entertain!
American transplants, Marissa and Juliet throw a 
fabulous 4th of July party on the Ladies of London.
Sliders, mini lobster rolls and fabulous cocktails were served,
as well as an abundance of stylish cupcakes! 
mounds and mounds of patriotic cupcakes
To emulate this look for your next 4th of July party,
add small American flag toppers to your burgers 
and use fun stars and stripes straws for your drinks!
American Flag Burger Toppers
Patriotic Paper Straws
I don't think anyone liked Juliet's outfit
but Marissa looked great

Marissa's fabulous outfit for the day

ciao! Fabiana
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