March 16, 2018

kyle richards' new house

If you watched the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills this week, then you saw Kyle fall in love with a gorgeous new house. Well, technically it’s an old house, as it was built in 1912, but recently remodeled.

This stunning home is known as the former Smokey Robinson Estate and is located behind impressive iron gates on one and a half acres, and it’s not in Bel Air or Beverly Hills. It’s in the valley, in beautiful Encino.

To me the Kyle and Mauricio story line seemed a little phony, like they already knew they were going to buy the house, but were pretending not to know if they really wanted to move.

So here's the home, in all its "multiple listing" photo glory. 

They did in fact move in around October,  
so we won't be seeing her well-known Bel Air
home anymore on the show.


she kept talking about all season.

A pretty vintage fireplace and mantel.

The kitchen was recently renovated.

But what’s really spectacular,

I love the vintage charm of this home!

And I can’t wait to see it
next season on the RHOBH.

I’m sure she’ll have one of her

 ciao! fabiana
photo credit:  MLS

March 15, 2018

thursday blues

Yes, you all know I love blues…

I just can’t get away from that color,
as much as I’m liking a crisp white palette,
it seems my accessories are always

a pretty shade of blue.

So when I recently had to have 
all the outdoor cushions from 
my front porch recovered,

I called my talented friend Brenda Kristine.
She’s the expert in  recovering outdoor cushions 
and pillows here in Newport Beach.

Together we chose “Canvas Charcoal” for the cushions,
she said it was the same color they have on the furniture 
at Lido Marina Village.

Yes! I love the look they have going on!

And for a little contrast,
“Canvas Capri” for the throw pillows,
both fabrics by Sunbrella.

BTW, you can reach Brenda here:

Inside the homefront,

I’ve been working on a few Easter tablescapes,
and of course, I can’t steer away from blue!

Aren't these vintage blue and white egg cups cute?

And here’s a little peek at a new tablescape

I’ve always been such a big fan of these!

And in case you missed it,

don't forget to check out my latest 

So we're over the hump and headed in the weekend...

Do you have any St. Patrick’s Day plans?

I'd love to know!

 ciao! fabiana

shop the look here:

March 13, 2018

chocolate mint cupcakes

Here’s an idea for a tasty Irish dessert.

A little St. Patrick’s Day treat that combines
 the amazing flavors of chocolate and mint…

Grasshopper Cupcakes

1 box (15.25-16.5-oz.) vanilla cake mix
¾ cup milk
½ cup butter, melted
4 eggs
¼ cup crème de menthe
¾ cup hot fudge, slightly warmed
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
¼ cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. crème de menthe
1½ cup whipping cream

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 24 baking cups with cupcake liners; set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, milk, butter, eggs and ¼ cup crème de menthe. Divide into muffin cups. Bake 14-16 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Remove from pan; cool completely.

Spread a generous teaspoon of hot fudge on each cupcake. Allow fudge to cool completely before frosting.

Combine cream cheese, sugar and crème de menthe in bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Slowly add whipping cream, beating until stiff peaks form. Frost cupcakes.

 ciao! fabiana

recipe via harris teeter

March 12, 2018

st. patrick's day prep

St. Patrick’s day is coming up on Saturday,
so I’m working on a few different tablescape looks
 and then I'll narrow it down to one,

or a combination of sorts.

Corned beef and root veggies will be on the menu…

the carrots, potatoes and onions will be boiled
and then slathered with Irish butter, chopped parsley 
and garlic…

so yummy! 

I love making irish soda bread  this week too.

I have a recipe that's especially good that’s made with
plain yogurt, caraway seeds and currants…

it’s perfect with coffee and tea  too!

How about a tasty Irish dessert?

What would you make?

Bread pudding, trifle or shortbread?

Maybe strawberry shortcake…

Is that kind of Irish?

Let me know if you celebrate St. Paddy’s day and
what your favorite traditions are… and


which place setting would you choose?

 ciao! fabiana

March 11, 2018

random sunday stuff + new tablescapes

We had a super rainy day yesterday, which we Californians don’t experience that often.

So with the cool, wet weather outside, I spent the day inside cooking up a few goodies and catching up on some reading. The bunnies also came out to play...

There was also a lot of cleaning and organizing going on, but that’s too boring to talk about.

Here's the fun stuff...

I put together a few more blue table settings to keep in my little library of tablescape options. As you know, I’ve been collecting blue and white transferware for a long time.

And I have to admit, on Friday, I had another little adventure in thrifting which turned up a lot of new little gems, like these vintage chinoiserie plates, pictured above. 

They're the perfect hue of blue that I love!

I also found a couple of these Petit Déjeuner plates, originally from Williams-Sonoma… only $1 each! Yay! Theyr'e so perfect for a little table setting à la française.

that I’m really excited about! 

One is on succulents, another one’s about companion gardening with flowers and veggies and the third is all about growing tasty herbs and other healthy goodies. All perfect rainy day reads. And it gets me so motivated to get out and spruce up the garden for spring.

Check back soon for more on these fabulous books.

I must get over there this week and check it out!  

And they also have these super-fabulous

so purty!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, and

Don’t forget we lose an hour today,
and tomorrow will be our hardest hit day...


 ciao! fabiana

March 10, 2018

farmhouse charm à la française

A French farmhouse theme is certainly
a fun option for a dinner party.

And it’s an easy look to put together… 

I love to utilize some of my favorite things
for every table setting,

and starting with a soft blue and white
palette is so easy to pull off.

It's important to bring in a natural texture or two,
as I've done here with the wood flatware and chargers.

A little bundle of lavender at each
place setting is a pretty accent

and of course the scent will naturally
put everyone at ease!

Soft blues, grays and lavender tones
work so well together, 

but white plays the starring role.

Olive branches casually set down the
center of the table instantly brings that Provence
vibe to the room.

And if you don’t have enough of the
same plates to go round...

mixing and matching is even a better option!

And don’t be afraid to mix and match
your glassware too!

It adds so much interest to the table💙

You can recreate this look with these goodies:

 ciao! fabiana

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