September 26, 2013

seventh tea bar and the OC Mix

My new favorite lunch spot is the 
Seventh Tea Bar in Costa Mesa.  
The hip and cozy decor really drew me in, 
and the tea and sandwiches are amazing. 

They actually have tea "on tap", 
which for a tea lover like me is to-die-for! 
They also offer a "tea service"
which includes all kinds of petite sandwiches and treats. 

It's conveniently located right next to 
the Portola Coffee Lab which is known to 
offer some of the best coffee in Orange County.  
The location is best described as a pseudo-food court, but a lot more fun!  

 The Seventh Tea Bar is on the right of the courtyard, above.

 While you are at the OC Mix Mart
, explore some of these other great shops.

Rolling Greens Nursery

Rolling Greens Nursery

Rolling Greens

ciao! fabiana

September 19, 2013

inspiring coastal decor

This amazing home is stylishly decorated 
with classic and sophisticated 
California beach house style.  

As you enter the front door, 
you're instantly greeted 
by a fun but soothing color palette 
and effortless style. 

Gorgeous hardwood floors and crisp white walls are 
a key feature in bringing together this timeless look.

Subtle blue accents and coastal decor 
are perfect for this Balboa Peninsula home.

The master bedroom is 
a true sanctuary for the mind and body, 
with breathtaking views of the bay.

The feeling of relaxation and peace 
continues in 
the master bath suite.

A sense of spaciousness draws 
you into 
the rest of this home. 

And in the backyard 
are a private dock and beach. 

Paradise for sure, 
right here in Newport Beach!

ciao! fabiana

September 7, 2013

5 gorgeous homes in Newport Beach

A vintage 1912 beachfront cottage 
that offers the best of this century and last, 
with priceless views of the Pacific.

With school starting this week, a few of us moms that are on the Newport Harbor Home andGarden Tour committee are already at work scouting out new homes for the next home tour in May. 

Don't think it's all hard work and no play, this group is creative, hard-working and fun! And even though we are all volunteers, we take our roles seriously. 

If you haven't been on the tour, check out our website here for all the details. Here are five of our gorgeous homes from last year.

A traditional seaside inspired home influenced by the style of Nantucket.

A modern, industrial style home

 with the feel of a mountain resort.


A blend of custom contemporary and “timeless” French provincial.

An eastern seaboard-style home 

with an elegant California beach vibe.

Which one’s your favorite?

ciao!  fabiana

For more Newport Harbor Home Tour inspiration,
check out this brand new book:

September 2, 2013

all veggie chopped salad for Labor Day

I am off to buy all the fresh veggies for
this chopped salad recipe that I’ll be making
for our Labor Day block party.

It’s so yummy, healthy and refreshing!

This recipe is originally from Martha Stewart.
I found it years ago, and make it
very often for various summer parties.

It's perfect for a picnic or beach party too!

Recipe found here.

ciao! fabiana


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