February 13, 2014

love, let me count the ways

It’s the most wonderful 

four letter word…


ciao! fabiana

February 11, 2014

so in love with leopard right now

I am so in love with leopard right now
that I wanted to bring
 in a realistic and velvety leopard
print into my home.  

We used some of these 
pinterest pics as inspiration.

With the help of my talented friend Marion,
we chose just the perfect fabric. 

I had a ball today selecting fabrics
for my antique day bed.

Marion with European Flair has
the best variety of fabrics around town
and she has a great sense of style!
We’re going with the bold leopard,
tiffany blue, and ivory linen.  

Marion's fabric showroom
This is the day bed.  The cushion and bolsters will be done in the ivory linen.
We'll have to accent pillow in the leopard 

and a tiffany blue pillow in the center.

here are the winners!


February 10, 2014

homemade arnold palmers

make Arnold Palmers!

Winter in Southern California means fresh citrus.

Our lemon tree is going crazy,
and since our weather is pretty mild today,
we’re making Arnold Palmers,
one of my family's favorite drinks!

It's the perfect mix of lemonade and tea.

This recipe is so much more delicious
and economical than buying
the pre-bottled variety at the store.


Fresh Arnold Palmers

1-2 Yorkshire tea bags or other strong black tea
1 tea kettle filled with boiling water
1 cup Simple Syrup, recipe follows
1 cup lemon juice 
2 cups cold water & ice
Simple Syrup:  1 cup sugar & 1 cup water

Tea: Place the tea bags in a large glass pitcher. Pour the hot water into the pitcher. Set aside to steep for 5 minutes.

Simple syrup: Add the sugar and water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool completely.

Lemonade:  Mix the Simple Syrup, lemon juice, 2 cups water and mix. Add ice cubes and lemonade to a large glass and top with the tea.

ciao! fabiana


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