May 19, 2019

newport harbor home tour 2019

Oh, boy this was a bit of a busy week! As some of you know, Thursday was the Newport Harbor Home Tour, which happens to be my absolute favorite event of the whole year!

I’ve been working on sharing lots of pretty home tour pics on Instagram, here and here, and now I finally have all my ducks in a row, or rather pictures organized, so I can share them with you!

It started off as a very rainy morning here in Newport, but luckily by the time 10 o’clock rolled around, the sun was starting to shine and helped dry things up a bit and also  made the day much more pleasant.

So today I’m sharing the Belvue Lane home. Located in the charming Peninsula Point neighborhood, this home is just darling, and from the front, it looks like the quintessential American dream home!

I’ll be back soon with a peek at the other homes featured on this year’s tour.

If you’d like to see MORE of this home, leave me a comment!      

ciao! fabiana

home info:

Architect: William Belden Guidero
Builder: Legacy CDM
Interior Design: Kim Woods Interior Design
and Bass Interior Design
Landscape Design: Kellie Long Flowers
Some photos provided by: Bass Interior Design

May 12, 2019

happy mother's day!

Happy Mother’s Day 💕

Today, I‘m sharing a few fun snapshots from my recent visit to Roger’s Gardens.

Isn’t this little photo set-up darling?

And this willow chair set really got my attention!

Here’s another darling chair vignette.

And how about a mini herb garden
made out of a vintage metal chair?

This greenhouse gets me every time!

On a slightly different subject,
I’m soooo excited about the

coming up on Thursday.

I just drove by one of the houses yesterday,
 and it looks absolutely ready!

If you haven’t seen this yet,
be sure to check out The Ivy inspired Mother’s Day table

You can read all about it here and here.

ciao! fabiana

For lots of fun extras, follow me on instagram!

May 9, 2019

a fun field trip for mother's day

One of my favorite local field trips is to the gorgeous old Mission San Juan Capistrano. The gardens are  truly magnificent, and my family and I head down there a few times a year to just marvel at the history and beauty of this California landmark.  

There’s an unassuming calmness about this place. Unexpected beauty is everywhere. The koi fountains filled with water lilies are among my favorite things!

The colors are so vibrant here! And I love the contrasting plants like this amazing purple sage set among the rosette shaped succulents.

Mother’s Day weekend is the perfect time to visit the mission and wander around. I love to grab a cup of coffee at the Starbuck’s across the street and have a “Sip ‘n Stroll” around the gardens here.   

Remember the “Super Bloom” we had here in California about a month ago? Well you can still catch all the beauty of our favorite California Poppies and other native plants here at the mission.

The exquisite chapel is open to visitors. It’s also nice to know that prayer candles are available for purchase and you can light one in memory of someone special.

Another one of my favorite spots here at the mission is the potager, or kitchen garden. Look at the beauty of this artichoke! 

The surrounding area in SJC, especially near the train station is lovely to explore, as well. There are several quaint restaurants there with charming cottage gardens that are so fun to check out!  

And speaking of gardens and flowers, here’s my pick for a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift. If mom is interested at all in flowers or having beautiful arrangements of flowers at home, The Posy Book is perfect.

It’s like a recipe book for creating gorgeous flower arrangements at home!

It also includes the meanings of many of our favorite flowers and herbs. I love the idea of creating little floral messages.

Did you know that our favorite flower the hydrangea means devotion to love? Isn’t that sweet?

I also love that they include ideas to incorporate succulents and herbs into these posies.

Such a sweet idea!

The good news is this brand new book is available on Amazon,
my favorite way of shopping these days!

ciao! fabiana

May 8, 2019

looking forward to the home tour!

Happy Wednesday! I can hardly believe that the Newport Harbor Home Tour is a week away! The buzz is already starting here in town.

This once a year event is such a fun day to see friends, have lunch and of course, view a handful of the most gorgeous homes in Orange County!

Here’s a look at some of my favorite homes from the past few years…

The big day is May 16th and I’ll be sure to share more on the home tour very soon!

ciao! fabiana

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May 5, 2019

french country mother's day style

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I wanted to send a little inspiration over to you today…

Inspired by my visit to The Ivy restaurant, I wanted to bring that French country style to my table for a special indoor garden party brunch that’s sure to make mom feel special!

In fact, you can read the whole story here, at Cottages and Bungalows this month.

I was fortunate enough to acquire some beautiful tableware designed by Mark D. Sikes and made by Blue Pheasant.

The plates, napkins, placemats, card holders, flatware, pitcher, and wooden pedestals are all beautiful examples of Blue Pheasant's elegant tableware.

The roses and citrus are the heart and soul of this table, but not without all the fabulous pieces of this tablescape that are the backbone of the design.

Stop by and check out Cottages & Bungalows’ post on Instagram too, and leave me a comment, if you’d like! Just say “Hi Fabiana!

Personally, I like to celebrate Mother’s Day all month!

Why not!?

ciao! fabiana

Here are some easy-to-shop pieces to create a similar look:


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