June 16, 2019

favorite new book: contemporary cottages

Contemportary Cottages has got to be the best decorating book of the year! It intertwines so many of my favorite aspects of design and takes it to the next level!

This is modern cottage décor done right, and this book includes homes decorated by some of my favorite local designers, Mindy Laven, Raili Clasen, Ashley Clark and Shannon Wilkins. Many of whom were highlighted in my ongoing "Featured Designer" blog series.

Not only that, but a couple of these homes have even been featured on the Newport Harbor Home Tour!

Many of these cottages also have a hip coastal vibe going on since several of them are located in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.

Written by Molly Hyde English and photographed by Ryan Garvin, this book is quite a page turner with beautifully detailed descriptions and gorgeous photos! I’m not exaggerating when I say every page has something beautiful on it.

Ashley Clark's home featured on the Newport Harbor Home Tour

If you missed Ashley Clark’s own residence on the home tour last year, you’ll be able to view every corner of it now on the 14 pages that are included in this book.

A family friendly coastal cottage designed by Mindy Laven

This beach house was lovingly updated by Mindy Laven, and while it fits perfectly in the twenty-first century, it still has so much character left from its original mid-century design.

Shannon Wilkin's home that was featured on the Newport Harbor Home Tour

Shannon’s former residence has SO MUCH to talk about! This home was also featured on the Newport Harbor Home Tour a few years ago, and I’ve also spotted it in several “Living Spaces” furniture TV commercials.

It’s literally around the corner from my own house, but now it's better known as the home of Christina Antstead of “Flip or Flop” fame, and will be featured on the series finale of her new show “Christina on the Coast”.

 And guess who bought the house last year?! Christina of "Flip or Flop"

Word has it that Raili Clasen, who designed the Peninsula Point home in this book, collaborated with Christina on Christina’s new home and show!

I love how this book takes an in depth look at each home.

I featured another darling cottage, the “East Meets West Cottage”, on my blog in 2017 when it was on the market. It has been redecorated and gorgeously photographed for this book by Ryan.

From kitchens to backyards, this book covers it all!

The cutest back cover ever!

All in all, this book is definitely a keeper and has now earned a permanent place on my desk for me to refer to for inspiration. If you're interested in a copy, it's available on Amazon and is on sale right now! 

ciao! fabiana

photos by Ryan Garvin

June 14, 2019

a coastal inspired magazine photo shoot

with  Cottages  and  Bungalows      

Backyard seating area near the shed.

Happy friday, y’all!

I wanted to make sure I checked back in with you guys to share some behind-the-scenes pics from Monday’s photo shoot with Cottages and Bungalows.

Beverage station which also doubles as my garden work station.

The theme of the day was Coastal Style, as this is earmarked for next year’s Cottages & Bungalows Coastal issue, which is technically the August/September issue, but comes out in June!

In fact the 2019 issue is due out next week, but our photos are for next summer’s issue.  

Close-up of the beverage station.

Vintage glasses, napkins, lemons, limes, pineapple, juices and even a pot of basil are on hand to get the party started. 

The coastal-inspired tablescape in the breakfast room.

Here’s the blue and white table I set using some of my favorite plates and linens. Those fun vintage placemats are probably my favorites that I’ve collected over the years!

And, I added a little pop of green to the table at the last minute for a little something different. 

Jickie and Brett checking out the shot.

It takes a lot of patience to get the shot just right!

The outdoor table under the olive tree and next to the fire pit. 

We set up a little charcuterie board here at the outdoor table and also added beverages to the fun South Seas Cart. Lemons always add that desired shot of color!

Sammie doing a little modeling on the front porch.

The afternoon heatwave on Monday inspired us to set up a little table on the front porch that included cool watermelon and a pitcher of iced tea.

We gave Dugan a try first, but he didn't look too happy

After Dugan turned out to be a mediocre model, we gave Sammie a chance and she did great!

The "Ciao" hat from Lisa!

My friend Lisa had this “Ciao” hat custom made for me a few years ago, and I just love it! It's so perfect for a hot day! 

Jickie loved my matilija poppies that tower over our heads! 

Both Jickie and Kelly were enthralled by these huge matilija poppies. You can see them growing behind the black gate, and we thought they'd look cute with the watermelon on the table.

The cute way Kelly styled the poppies when she got home.

The garden gate brightened up with my favorite blue hydrangeas.

The last shot of the day was the gate, decorated by more of my favorite blue hydrangeas that were sitting in this fun hanging basket I found at World Market. These kinds of baskets just look so adorable on a front door or gate!

So it'll be a whole year until we get to see the official photos in print, and I hope you enjoyed this little preview! If you have any questions on the tableware, linens or other accessories, just leave me a comment. 

Happy weekend!😃

ciao! fabiana

For shopping info on this cute front door basket

click here. 

Door Basket from World Market

For shopping info on this fun pennant,

click here

C'est la Vie Pennant from McGee & Co. 

June 13, 2019

my favorite addition to the backyard...

the south seas side cart         

When school’s out for summer, I love spending most of my time in the backyard barbecuing with the family, entertaining friends, and enjoying quiet dinners in the cool shade of our outdoor dining area.  

With all those warm-weather requirements, my Serena & Lily South Seas Side Cart and I are ready to handle all my outdoor entertaining needs!

We experienced a little bit of a heatwave earlier this week and it’s been so nice having this handy dandy cart to transport tableware and food from the kitchen to our alfresco dining area.

Not only is it convenient, but look at how cute it is! The fun coastal style is all you need as an inspiration point for any simmer gathering. It definitely sets the tone for any party!

Paired with some adorable napkins, my favorites are these gingham ones, and brightly colored glassware, it’s definitely easy to create the backyard fiesta of your dreams!

Preview of our Cottages and Bungalows magazine photo shoot

Monday was a super fun day for me because we shot a magazine spread for Cottages and Bungalows magazine’s Coastal issue for 2020, so we of course included the South Seas Side Cart in our styling of my outdoor dining area near the fire pit.    

Preview of our Cottages and Bungalows magazine photo shoot

It’s so handy for holding all those extra essential like drinks, plates and lemons… gotta have lots of lemons!  

Here’s an up-close look at my favorite backyard accessory of the summer. 

BTW, it's not made to withstand the elements outdoors, so I do bring it into the house when I'm not using it.

And you know what? In the house, it’s also so cute as an end table next to a sofa or as a nightstand! It’s sturdy enough to hold a lamp, a few books and more!

Here’s a selection of my Serena & Lily faves that are featured in these photos…

1. The always classic Riviera Side Chair (click here) are perfect indoors or out.

2. My favorite Gingham Napkins (click here) that you’ve seen me style for a Christmas tablescape and also for an unexpected pop of pattern at my Valentine’s Day table.

3. The super cozy Mendocino Linen Throw (click here), also great for indoor- outdoor use.

4. And of course, the South Seas Side Cart (click here). It’s the smallest of the South Seas Carts, and oh so handy!

And now ENJOY 20 % OFF Serena & Lily
 outdoor items with the code BREEZY

ciao! fabiana

I'll have more on our Cottages and Bungalows magazine 
photo shoot on the blog tomorrow!

Disclaimer:  I do receive some Serena & Lily items for free and all opinions are truly my own.

June 12, 2019

rejuvenation: hardware, lighting and more!

Have you ever received the Rejuvenation catalog? It’s one that I’ve loved for quite a few years, especially during times when we were renovating different areas of our home.

I’ve always appreciated their “classic approach to design.” They feature timeless pieces that feel like they’re steeped in history. You're very likely to find the perfect accent light or drawer pulls to capture the essence of your design at Rejuvenation. 

They’re known as a classic American hardware and lighting shop, kind of like a modern day general store, but their roots go back to 1971 when they specialized in restoring gorgeous architectural salvage and antique items.

In fact, when we totally remodeled our kitchen ten years ago, I chose the simple Rose City pendant to go over my sink, and I still love it! I originally chose a frosted and fluted glass shade, but years later when I wanted to update it with clear glass, it was easy to swap out! 

Well the GREAT news is that Rejuvenation has opened a store right here in Costa Mesa at SoCo Design Center

Here’s a little preview of some of my favorite pieces styled by amazing designers and a glimpse into the fabulous new SoCo Rejuvenation showroom.

the SoCo Rejuvenation Showroom

ciao! fabiana

photos by: Rejuvenation on instagram and facebook

p.s.  check back later this week when I share
the behind the scenes view of our Cottages & Bungalows
magazine shoot from Monday!

June 7, 2019

a magazine photo shoot and more...

It’s Friday, and I’m so happy to be back here on the blog. Blogzilla hasn’t quite emerged this time around, as I await a magazine photo shoot of some of my outdoor entertaining areas next week.

I’ve been in my calm “hunting and gathering” mode for the last couple of weeks. Hunting around my favorite shops and thrift stores for just the right coastal-inspired pieces that I may need to incorporate for this photo shoot and gathering some of my favorite things from around the house, that have been stashed away for safe keeping.

My front porch will probably be one of the main areas that’ll be featured. It’s the favorite napping spot of our old grey kitty Amos, and with a little tweaking, I think the porch will look just as I imagine it in my head. 😉

These blue and white ikat pillows with the hot pink trim are a brand new addition to the porch and created by the amazing Brenda Kristine, who knew exactly the look I wanted!

In my gathering phase, I also put together a collection of mismatched little blue and white flower pots that I had stowed away in my shed and planted them with my favorite dainty flower of the summer, Santa Barbara Daisies! 

My larger blue and white pots are planted with hot pink geraniums, which I’m also obsessed with this summer.

By the way, this little faux wicker outdoor table is a new acquisition that I just absolutely love! A fun and inexpensive find from World Market. Check it out on my front porch in the first photo, above.

Do you follow Studio McGee on Instagram? I love their fun coastal style and best of all, their little shop is just down the street from me, so I did pick up a couple of cute things this week… you’ll have to wait and see!

And the most fun local news of all… this Newport Beach Peninsula Point home that was on the Newport Harbor Home Tour a couple of weeks ago was just photographed yesterday for Cottages & Bungalows! Editor-in-chief Jickie Torres shared these pics on her Instagram stories yesterday. Take a peek….  

Molly Wood is offering her monthly table top class today. Look at how cute this green and white look is…

(There is a materials fee for this class.)

And also on Instagram this week are more photos of this black farmhouse from the home tour

Follow homeowner and designer Colette for more inspiration!

I'll share more on this amazing home soon!

ciao! fabiana

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