July 18, 2015

what to love about the Bewitched house

My fascination with Bewitched started when I was a little girl.  It was my absolute favorite show! I wanted to be just like Samantha or Tabitha. They were both so sweet and stylish and, of course, they could wiggle or twitch their noses to get anything in the world!  Or travel anywhere... what fun!  

I loved Darren #1, and later Uncle Arthur and some of the other regulars. The Darrens changed, the decor changed, and even Mrs. Kravitz changed, and I loved picking up on the nuances from season to season. 

When I was in 8th grade, I moved to Beverly Hills, and Elizabeth Montgomery was one of the first celebrities I saw in person because her son Billy went to my school. She was as beautiful and nice as I had imagined. And so, my fascination continues....  

Didn't the Stephens' house have great curb appeal?

The front door was always welcoming, even if
it was Mrs. Kravitz at the door half the time.

Samantha was always updating the entry decor too. 

The living room was filled with mid-century colonial revival charm.

The eat-in kitchen was cozy and just  
a swinging door away from all the commotion...

that usually took place in the living room.   
And how about those state-of-the-art appliances?

...and the sunny window in front of the sink.

 The back door was a great way to sneak out, or let the milk man in.

The yellow cabinets were later switched out 
to a groovier technicolor green during the early 1970's.

The center staircase was a great focal point.

Notice the change in wood finishes from season to season.

The French doors leading to the back yard were fabulous,

even though they were covered with those hour-glass sheer curtains.

The back patio was also perfectly furnished and landscaped.

Samantha's  dining room was always ready for unexpected guests.

Tabatha's room was every little girl's dream.

Things got updated in  Tabatha's room over the years too.

I love that the Stephens' master bedroom looked authentic.

I always thought it was weird
 that other couples on tv slept in twin beds.

All that magic happened at 1164 Morning Glory Circle!

(Which happens to be at the backlot of Warner Brothers Studio.)

For more Bewitched decor check out this page and this page!

ciao! fabiana

molly wood garden design

I'm bringing you a little eye candy today from Molly Wood Garden Design.  Molly has a way of creating amazing outdoor spaces.  Her unique approach to transforming landscapes ultimately comes from her love of the outdoors and her fun sense of style.  

I love the relaxed and comfortable spaces she creates and the interesting focal points that she uses in her designs.  Sit back and enjoy a little visit to the southern California world of Molly Wood.

ciao! fabiana

charming summer lights

A fun chandelier made out of globe lights and free-form twinkle lights
create the ultimate Summer ambiance for your backyard.
Add your own twist with a variety hanging lanterns too!

ciao! fabiana

photo credits:
Target Style & Pinterest

July 17, 2015

tomato tulips filled with cheese

Impress your guests with these gorgeous
tomato tulips that are so easy to make!

           Tomato Tulips Filled with Cheese
Ingredients for 13 tulips:
13 roma tomatoes
14 stalks green onions
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 small cucumber
½ teaspoon chopped fresh basil
Salt & pepper
A beautiful, decorative appetizer.  We use thirteen because the bouquets should have an odd number of flowers.   

PREPARATION: Slice cucumber very finely or grate, and drain on a paper towel. Mix cucumber with cream cheese and basil, season with salt and pepper. Cut the end of the tomatoes in the shape of a cross.  Poke a hole in the other end with a bamboo skewer and place the stem of green onion into tomato in this hole. Fill the tomatoes with cream cheese mixture. Place on plate and tie the bouquet with the last green onion.

ciao! fabiana

recipe courtesy of Biblia Smakow

July 15, 2015

bhg's first ever innovation home

The Better Homes & Garden’s Innovation Home, in Mequon, Wisconsin, brings their readers the latest home technologies and other ideas that stylishly simplify the way we live.  Here's an exclusive look into the newly finished home.
Boasting 3,300 square feet of finished space, BHG’s 2015 Innovation Home represents a light and airy traditional style that is accented with modern farmhouse perks.  Smart design is incorporated into the home’s interiors and shows us how technology can seamlessly blend into beautiful décor.  

Here are some of the great ways technology 
is integrated into this Innovation Home:
·       Multi-point monitoring of doors, windows, shades, thermostats, door locks, and lights through sensors and smart home controls.
·       Low-maintenance building materials found in siding, roofing, garage doors, and decking that contribute to long-lasting beauty and function.
·       Energy and water saving appliances including a clothes dryer that recaptures energy with a heat pump, as well as high-performance fireplaces that reduce gas consumption.
·       Kitchen and bath products with clever and convenient features including hands-free faucets and a tub with hidden speakers for sound you can hear and feel.
·       Cutting-edge electronics including a web-connected, ultra-thin OLED television and a mattress system that monitors your sleep patterns. 

The open floor plan kitchen flows right into the living room.

The living room has an energy efficient fireplace and smart tv.

A lovely palette of blues and sand are used throughout this home.

Here’s a peek into the fun and colorful children’s lounge.

This home is located in the mid-west,
but its style would fit in anywhere, 
especially in a coastal community.

Remote window shades, as pictured here in the master bedroom,
 are a luxe part of the innovative technology. 

The butler’s pantry is the epitome of classic style!

The bathroom mirrors even have built-in televisions!

The laundry room/craft room/mud room/potting room is very exciting!
Its combination of functions works beautifully together. 

And it boasts a ton of beautiful storage options.

This is the back wall with full mud room
organization and electronic locks on all the doors.

The style and technology moves to the outdoor spaces as well.
All in all, this is one fabulous home!

If you live in the Mequon, Wisconsin area, 
this home is open to the public on July 18, 19, 25, and 26.

ciao! fabiana


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