January 13, 2017

making a succulent wreath

Here’s a fun little weekend project that will be cheery addition to your home this winter. Enjoy it in your home and then, come Spring, hang it on your door or in the garden. 

If you live in a warm weather area, you can just supplement store-bought succulents with a few cuttings of your favorite garden succulents. 

Most of the plants used are in a pretty rosette shape, with trailing ones used to fill in the gaps. 

do something amazing today! 

ciao,  fabiana 

photos via Rodales Organic Life

January 12, 2017

here's one for the books

A collection of books is like an old friend. Surrounding ourselves with our favorite books can be quite comforting. They take us to faraway lands and distant times and not only that, but they can enrich our lives.

Books are a beautiful thing, whether we’re reading them or just enjoying their beauty artfully displayed in our homes.

“A room without books is like a body without 
a soul.”  Marcus Tullius Cicero

There are many little ways to enlarge your
child's world. Love of books is the best of all.
--Jackie Kennedy

“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn't carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.” 
Stephen King

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” 
Ernest Hemingway

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: 
this is the ideal life.”  Mark Twain

ciao! fabiana

photos via Chatelaine & Woman's Day

January 11, 2017

pretty grays for the home

These days, I’m loving gray more and more. For the home, this “color” is quite versatile, and it always has an elegant vibe. Whether it’s paired with bright pops of color, or neutral tones, gray is always a winner.    

Gray, gray and more gray. With white trim, this whole look is crisp and fresh. Add a fun accent pillow and you're all set!  

Gray is equally perfect in 
fancy rooms and in casual spaces. 

Doesn’t this lavender-gray shade 
look great with bright, shiny  brass? 

Cream, white and gray. 
This color scheme is pretty fabulous too! 

Lots of white and lots of gray.

Gray makes any color looks neat and orderly.
This mud room will always look great 
with gray as a background. 

And so lovely with carrara marble.

With an infinite number of shades,
elegant gray is ultimately the perfect
combination of black and white.

Gray beadboard on the ceiling looks perfect in this all white kitchen, with chrome, carrara marble and natural wood finishes. 

Another gorgeous combination of finishes in this kitchen.

This details in this kitchen are gorgeous, yet amazingly simple! 

Similar, lovely details in this kitchen and this bath.
Carrara marble backsplash and wainscotting,
white floors, gray walls, bright white trim.

The formula works!

The juxtaposition of rustic and 
modern work together 
once again.

do something amazing today! 
ciao,  fabiana

For more home tour inspiration,
check out this brand new book:

photo credits:
Traditional Home
At Home Arkansas
Traditional Home
Home Bunch
Blackband Design
Philip Gorrivan

January 10, 2017

golden globe awards fashion faves

The beginning of the new year signals the start of awards season, and what better way to start than with the star-stunned Golden Globes?! 

The best of TV, movies and music gather in one fancy hotel to mix, mingle and nosh together, while beautiful golden trophies are handed out to favorites! 

The Beverly Hilton plays host to this fancy party and everyone aims to shine! Who were your faves from the red carpet? I didn’t have one absolute breathtaking choice while watching the red carpet, but I did have lots of favorites. Here are a few of them…

Naomie Harris, Emma Stone and Millie Bobby Brown
shine in glittery silver gowns.

Zoe Saldana, Reese Witherspoon and Lily Collins
chose gorgeous gowns in sherberty colors.

Black and white spectacular!
Bold stripes, shimmery black seqins and layered leopard on
Julia Louis Dreyfus, Amy Adams and Keri Russell.

Angela Bassett, Regina King and Brie Larson
in lovely and classic silhouettes.

I love seeing up-close views of jewelry and make-up!

I haven’t seen some of these gals in a while…
Felicity Huffman, Judith Light, Winona Ryder & Gillian Anderson.

Looking great!

 and of course, Kurt and Goldie!

Drew had rings on just about every finger...
I kind of like this look for a special night!

Matt Damon's wife, Luciana, looks stunning 
in this white Grecian gown.

Super cute couple, Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively.

The whimsical stars on Emma's gown are a 
fun touch for a star-studded evening.

Sleek luxurious locks on Amy and Naomi.

Congrats Emma! Such a fabulous movie!

It seems like the commercial breaks were the perfect time for selfies!

So cute! 

La La Land won a record seven awards in major categories.
Congrats Ryan! 

Make sure to check out my other blog posts on the Golden Globes.
One has the entire menu from the night and a yummy recipe!

ciao! fabiana

golden globes up close

Amy Adams

Award show night on the red carpet means hair, make-up, fashion and jewelry need to be flawless. At Monday night’s Golden Globes, perfection was everywhere! Here are a few of my favorites of the night, up-close and personal… 

Carrie Underwood 

Chrissy Teigan 

Drew Barrymore 

 Naomi Campbell 

Natalie Portman 

Nicole Kidman 

Reese Witherspoon 

Emma Stone 

Hailee Steinfeld 

Jessica Biel 

Kerry Washington

Kristen Bell 

Lily Collins 

Sarah Jessica Parker paid tribute to Carrie Fisher 
with a Princess Leia inspired braided up-doo.

ciao! fabiana


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