February 14, 2015

lovely wishes for you

wishing you a day of love...

ciao! fabiana

x o x o

bhg color palette of the year

inside the next issue of Better Homes and Gardens

I got a sneak peek at Better Homes and Gardens’ March Color Issue, and immediately wanted to share it with all of you! "The collection of six colors highlights the most current trends in home and fashion, in hues that complement each other through multiple combinations."

“For 2015, our approach is all about optimism and a fresh outlook – adding vibrant pops of color in places where you might least expect them,” says Gayle Butler, Editor-in-Chief, Better Homes and Gardens.

The colors for this year are bold, tropical and sophisticated. I think the best way to use them, is to focus on one of these colors or to create a personal combination with just 2-3 colors in your palette. 

Use these as accents in an otherwise neutral room or to update your look with accessories for 2015.

Better Homes and Gardens East Coast Editor, Eddie Ross says, “Modern switches in color can completely change the look and feel of anything from a container garden to a table setting. 

Even the right shade of glassware can elevate the experience of something as simple as enjoying a cup of coffee.”

The issue hits news stands on February 17th.

Below is the 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Color Palette of the Year, illustrated through paint hues from a variety of brands.

·    RAINFOREST GREEN: A show-stopping jewel tone that looks and feels alive.  Try PARADISE 6720 (SHERWIN-WILLIAMS)

·   WARM BLUSH: Romantic in the home and flattering on every skin type. Try  NAÏVE PEACH 6631 (SHERWIN-WILLIAMS)

·    SHAPE-SHIFTING CORAL: Like a chameleon – sassy, yet soft.
     Try SALMON ROSE 2003-3C (VALSPAR)

·   OCEANIC BLUE: Deep and dreamy with a refreshing intensity.

·    FRESH BERRY: The perfect kick of color, bursting with life.
      Try PANAMA ROSE 1181-7 (PPG)

·   SOPHISICATED GRAY: Dripping with drama. Rich, sexy and serene.

ciao! fabiana

February 10, 2015

a visit to Room & Board

I recently got a tour of Room & Board’s new 2015 Collection,
and wanted to share with you some gorgeous things that caught my eye!

I love the  brass finishes they  recently introduced in 
some accessories like the Tri-Plex Floor Lamp. 
It comes with a black shade with a gold interior too.
The gold finishes really warm up a space and add a touch of glamour.

The showroom at South Coast Plaza Village
has so many pretty rooms to look at. 

I love how the staff here styles 
each room with it being geared
towards a casual, yet sophisticated style that
we love here in Orange County.  

The new Stella Sofa is so feminine and pretty,
but still has a modern feel to it.

This is the new Murphy Sofa in Marsala,
the Pantone color of the year.

The Boden Chair in leather is so comfy!

High back and arms and added tufting make the
new Macalester Sofa a highly stylish focal point for your home. 

Highly skilled American craftsmen create most
of the gorgeous furnishings from Room & Board. 

Who doesn’t need an oversized and 
beautiful swivel chair like the Eos?
I love this look! 

This room features a streamlined sectional,
great photo gallery wall, fun rug and amazing pillows.
A great signature look at Room & Board.

The Hale 4-poster bed is a new option for this year.
The posts are gently angled for a unique take on a traditional style.

Beverage carts are so versatile.
The Breck Bar Cart is made out of solid wood and
even comes with  its own cutting board. 
Perfect for entertaining!

The showroom has a great variety of frames and pillows. 

The huge pillow room is amazing!
Pillows are arranged by color on back to back sofas.

Look at this great selection of colors and textures.
I love the mix of patterns too.

I invite you to visit Room and Board for more details,
or if you live in Orange County,
stop by the SoCo Design Center location

Take a look and be inspired! 

ciao! fabiana

{This post is sponsored by Room & Board
however all opinions are genuinely my own.}

February 8, 2015

cate blanchett

a page out of More Magazine

Cate Blanchett is one of my beauty and fashion icons. She always looks stunning on the red carpet, but in real life, she separates herself from Hollywood enough to keep it real.  Here are some of her beauty secrets from this month’s More Magazine.


THE PERKS OF A MORNING MASSAGE “There are so many good foun­dations and blushes, but the best makeup tip I’ve learned is to massage the skin with a moisturizer [before you apply your makeup] to get the blood flowing. The pros do this on set, particularly if I am filming in the morning. This wakes up the face and makes the skin appear fresher.”

LIP COLOR SHE LOVES “I just finished filming a movie with Rooney Mara called Carol, set in the 1950s, and I wore a red lip a lot—a look I’ve always liked.”

SKIN-CARE DEVOTION “I be­lieve the key to good skin is consistency. I do love fashion, but not when it comes to skin care. I’ve been using the same brand, SK-II, for 12 years now, long before I was its ambassa­dor, and I believe that’s made all the difference.”

IN-FLIGHT SKIN SAVERS “I pack an SK-II Eye Mask and a Fa­cial Treatment Mask. They are hydrat­ing and feed the skin. Of course, whether I can actually use them depends on how many of my kids are with me.”

THE LOOK SHE ADORED “I loved playing Bob Dylan [I’m Not There]. I wore no makeup at all because men’s skin is more uneven, and part of looking masculine was to let any imperfec­tion be apparent.”

HAIR HIGH POINT “I liked my hair best when it was short; it was so easy. But one of my favorite styles ever was at last year’s Academy Awards [when my hair was shoulder length]. I felt at ease. The style lasted but it wasn’t stiff.”

HAIR-CARE MUST-HAVES “I use products from Philip Kingsley; one of my favorites is the Elasticizer. Any chance I have in New York or London, I go to his clinic to get a scalp treatment.”

ON OVERTHINKING AGING “People do talk about aging and appear­ance an awful lot. And it’s not just actresses who deal with this. The world is completely obsessed with it. In some ways, it is just as diffi­cult for a mother of two in Milwaukee as it is for an actress. Perhaps [for actresses] there is more scrutinizing—and we get commented on more. But I don’t read those things. What’s the point? If my husband thinks I look good, that is what I care about.”

ciao! fabiana



sunday drive

A cute little cottage spotted in the neighborhood.

Isn’t the window box darling, filled with heart-shaped cyclamen flowers?

ciao! fabiana


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