June 24, 2017

to étagère with love

An étagère can become
the perfect focal point for a blank wall. 

When it’s beautifully styled,
you can have the option of changing it up
every season, when you feel
like it’s time for a little refresh. 

I love the vintage brass and bamboo
ones I’ve seen.

Both options offer a different timeless look.

They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

Keep your eyes open at flea markets
or antique stores for just the right one.

They even look great in a kitchen,
where extra storage space is always welcomed.

I love all the kitchenware
and dishes that Happy Housie has on this étagère.

All my favorite colors and textures
are all in one place!

And look!

You can use it as the perfect beverage station for a party,
or just for to pamper yourself for everyday use.  

é·ta·gère [French ey-ta-zher] 
a stand with a series of open shelves 
for small objects, bric-a-brac, etc.

ciao! fabiana

photo credit:  My Domaine, I Suwannee, Living Spaces,
The Decorista, My Domaine, Planete-Deco France,
Happy Housie Blog, House Beautiful

June 23, 2017

switch to a summer home

The start of summer brings endless possibilities
for outdoor living options at home.

With the warmer weather,
our attitudes become more relaxed,
the kids are off school,
carpools and pick-ups slow down,
and our lifestyle at home reflects that
laid-back mood.

I love this easy breezy little porch
with the skateboard and sneakers 
waiting at the door.

It's the "kids are home for the summer" look!

This backyard is ready for summer too…
isn’t that giant checker board fabulous? 

Pillow ready at this adorable little
1930’s Spanish-style house in
San Mateo. 

This show house in the Hamptons is
party-ready all summer with my
favorite Serena & Lily chairs and
dramatic black and white striped drapes.

Super fancy outdoor tablescape
blue and white is always a favorite.

I love me a classic picnic table.
Look at how pretty this one
looks all dressed up! 

Here’s a wee little picnic table used as a beverage station.

All you need is some festive flags to complete the look!

ciao! fabiana

photo credits:
Elle Decor
Traditional Home
Country Living

June 22, 2017

nantucket garden inspiration

Cathy Graham is a natural born artist
and in the latest issue of Veranda,
we are invited to catch a glimpse
inside her glorious Nantucket home
and garden.

Oh, that house!

This house is all that you imagine
Nantucket living to be! 

Gorgeous bright white interiors,
amazing old-fashioned porches.
and oodles and oodles of colorful summer blooms.

I love the artistry she
puts into her tablescapes!

Floribunda magnifique!

Cathy also has a fabulous book out called
“Second Bloom: Cathy Graham’s Art of the Table.”

A must read for summer parties!

ciao! fabiana

June 21, 2017

the homes of Ramona and Dorinda

It’s Wednesday,
and for us housewives fans,
that means it's RHONY night!

So for fun,
 I'll be sharing an up-to-date look at
Ramona Singer’s newly updated
Upper Eastside apartment,

and then we'll have 
a little look at Dorinda's amazing
"Blue Stone Manor" set in the beautiful
countryside of the Berkshires.

So, we'll start with Ramona's 
super chic Manhattan apartment...

Since her divorce,
Ramona’s been reinventing herself in
more ways than one.  

Out with the old, and in with the new!
Ramona's place now looks 
sophisticated and super hip.

It's the perfect pad for a single girl. 

Turtle time, anyone?

Doesn’t she look great for being 60?!

I love the updated and fresh white look
which starts as soon as you walk in the door.

It’s such an improvement!

There are some really nice contemporary
accessories and artwork and
they play wonderfully against all the
white and grays.

She started the transformation by
 removing all the overbearing drapes
and painting the walls decorator white.

White marble in the kitchen

is always a good idea!

She calls this apartment her “Sanctuary in the sky”.

Ramona was originally planning on selling this
apartment after the renovation, 
but it turned out so beautifully,
that she’s decided to stay here after all!

Pretty powder room…

And, you can’t beat its location near Central Park!

Here are some before pictures…

Such a HUGE improvement,
don’t you think?

Now moving on to Dorinda Medley’s fabulous
“Blue Stone Manor” in the Berkshires…

She has an apartment in the city,
but this amazing mansion is Dorinda’s true home.

She grew up here in Great Barrington,
and her mother and sister live close by,
so this home is really near and dear to her heart.

was built in 1904,
and the inside was redecorated
by Dorinda a few years back
with the help of the design firm of
Marshall Watson Interiors.

She humorously gave them the basic vibe
she wanted for the house, which was
"Marilyn Monroe meets Frankenstein!"

Of course, most of the original 
character and details of the home were
lovingly maintained. 

Oh, how I wish I was on the east coast because
Dorinda’s home is going to be featured in the
Lenox Garden Club’s
House & Garden Tour on
July 15th!

Wouldn’t it be fabulous to get a chance to
walk through Dorinda’s house and take an
up-close and personal look at all the
amazing details?

Well, for now, I can take you
on a little bit of a virtual tour…

This is her vibrant billiard room.

And here’s the easily
recognizable dining room,
where many a housewife has dined
and taken verbal jabs at each other.

By the way, Dorinda has about 15 sets of china
because she likes to have different options for the
different themed dinner parties she throws.

A girl after my own heart!

Here’s the spacious kitchen,
where Dorinda always whips
up a yummy home cooked meal,

and always makes it nice.

(Sorry I couldn’t resist!)

Details in one of the guest rooms.

And now on to the living room
with the blue lacquered walls. 

This is a very grand space with
great fun accent colors,

and there are plenty of
cozy spots to nestle with a good book
 and a cup of coffee,
or a  martini! 

If you're in this area Massachusetts
and plan to go on the home tour
please let me know! 

Cheers, Dorinda!

ciao! fabiana

photo credit:

Daily Mail UK, Town Vibe Berkshire, Bravo
Dorinda Medley on instagram & twitter


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