May 20, 2017

pippa gets married!

Kate Middleton’s sister wed James Matthews this morning
in a quaint church near her family home in Bucklebury, England.

I just love a royal wedding,
and this one's definitely the wedding of the year!
And what could be better than having the adorable
Prince George and Princess Charlotte
in the wedding party?

Pippa looked 
absolutely radiant in her custom 
Giles Deacon wedding gown. 

Every detail was planned perfectly!
Prince George and Princess Charlotte
arrived in classic cars,
along with the other pageboys and flower girls.

Pippa and her father arrived in a
vintage Jaguar.

It’s Kate’s turn at being the matron of honor for her sister. 

I hope Kate’s having fun!
It looks like she’s really focused on
having all the little ones behave properly. 

Oh, the royal cuteness!

Doesn’t Princess Charlotte look a lot like Queen Elizabeth?

Just darling!

Here’s Kate and Pippa’s mum
Carole and their brother James arriving at the church,
cheered on by the huge crowd of onlookers.

The big guns arrive…
Prince William and Prince Harry.

Here are a few fun looks from the morning…

This pheasant feathered fascinator and gingham patterned shoes
are a bold statement, but somehow I like it on this gal.

Stunning, up close!

Kate’s wearing a very demure 
and understated Alexander McQueen dress
in blush. 

Best wishes to the new couple!

ciao! fabiana

Photos via:
The Daily Mail
The Telegraph
Associated Press
Getty Images
Samir Hussein

May 19, 2017

first house on home tour day

Yesterday was the day of
the Newport Harbor Home & Garden Tour,
and I wanted to share a little
bit of the day with you.

This year there were six homes featured on the tour.
and this home on Windward Lane was our first stop…

Lisa, my best friend since 8th grade,
comes down every year for the tour
and we go together.
And this year, Leslie,
 another friend from high school,
joined us and we had such a blast!

This is a darling traditional style home
with really fun curb appeal
and an authentic Cape Cod vibe.

That row of red rocking chairs
reminds me of the ones we
see in Harbour Town every year
when we visit Hilton Head.  

Inside, the home has been updated
and brightened up quite a bit with 
white cabinets, sleek finishes and mercury glass accessories.

The tongue and groove ceiling
 in the kitchen helps to define the
beachy, Cape Cod style of the home.

The kitchen island features
two of these long benches for seating
but the focal point of the kitchen is
really this spectacular chandelier.  

The neon cheers sign is a fun accent!

The dining room table was set
with a little help from
Williams-Sonoma and their line of Aerin
blue and white accessories.

You get a great view of the backyard
from the dining room table.

The comfy seating out by the pool is really cute.

This house has a great back yard for entertaining.

The living room was mostly white and muted,
soft colors with just a little brightness
brought in with the plants and succulents.

I love the coastal accessories in these alcoves.

My favorite parts of the master bedroom were the
capiz shelled chandelier and the
neutral grasscloth wallcovering.

I love the sound this light fixture makes
when a slight breeze hits it.

Here’s a cozy little corner in the bedroom.
Who doesn’t love the double “C” monogram of Chanel?

The craft room in this home was amazing.
Every corner was filled
with all kinds of crafty doodads,
and sooo very organized.
The homeowner used lots of 
oversized Anchor jars
and vintage style 
apothecary jars for storage.

Lisa and Leslie both loved this painting in the family room. 

Here's a sneak peek at the next home 
I'm going to share...

Additional info on this home:

Interior Designer: David Riley
Architect: Michael Martin AIA
Backyard Plants and Staging: Molly Wood Garden
Home Staging: Williams-Sonoma Home

ciao! fabiana

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

May 17, 2017

newport harbor home tour preview

Tomorrow is the day
many of us locals get soooo 
excited about... The day of the

Six beautiful homes are featured this year
and they all vary so much in style,
so it'll be so much fun to get
up close and personal and
to check out all the details.

We’ve been seeing a few sneak peeks
all week on Instagram
so I wanted to share a few of my faves
here with you all!

The gorgeous blue dutch door
is at a home designed by
Mindy Gayer Design &
Garden Studio Design.

This little vignette is designed by
Mindy Gayer Design,
photo by ave444
and accessories by Serena & Lily.

Stairway shot from this same home.

Here’s another home
with an amazing backyard
and a stunning view!

Raili Classen of Raili Ca Design
always brings it
with fun pops of color and
a unique way of stying things!

Traditional with a twist…

This light fixture in the kitchen says it all!

A stunning use of
color and texture in this hallway.
The floors!! Love them!

This living room was shot before
all the home tour
zhushing that goes on,
but it’s still a knockout!

Barclay Butera Interiors has hosted
the home tour’s afterparty since day one,
and this year the
Newport Harbor Home & Garden Tour
is celebrating it’s 20th year!

Butera’s is always updating their gorgeous 
showroom and here’s one of the amazing rooms
they just finished putting together…

in classic Barclay Butera style!

ciao! fabiana


While I’m here today, I wanted to share some of my "Tablescaping Essentials" with you. I have a whole page on the Amazon website with my favorite picks for setting a beautiful table.

Quite often time is of the essence, and I have last minute projects or events to work on, so I turn to Amazon for one or two day delivery. You’d be surprised at how many amazing items they have to offer! And I'm constantly updating this page with my new favorites. 

You can check it out here, at Tablescaping Essentials.

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


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