May 22, 2017

memorial day table

We’re having a few friends over for Memorial day,
so I’m all ready to break out the red, white and blue.

We'll be firing up the barbecue and grilling up some
gourmet burgers and hotdogs.

My favorite burgers right now are the
Chili Lime Chicken burgers from Trader Joe's.
They're really good served with 
a big scoop of guacamole on top!

And I think a strawberry and blueberry fruit salad 
would really be refreshing and look great!

For the table, this is the vibe I’m going for…
a little bit casual,
but with cloth napkins, glass stemware and
actual ceramic plates... 
 no paper plates,
for the adults, at least!

I have some fun paper and plastic plate 
options ready for the kiddos!

This is a table I set a few weeks ago,
so I want to do something similar,
but this time it'll be outside.

 What a great opening weekend to summer!

We'll be red, white and blue ready by Friday!
I have some fresh bunting to hang on the front porch, 
and of course we'll proudly fly our flag!

I love having different color transferware plates
to play with.
I mostly use red, blue, or black.
And mixing different dinner and salad plates
keeps it interesting.

These are the patterns I used for this tablescape.

These ivory Wedgwood dishes are so versatile.
They’re a little oversized so they really
look great as a base to the whole look.

Here are a few of my
blue and white salad plates that I love to
mix with other china patterns.

My favorite patterns are by Spode and Johnson Brother's.
English transferware is absolutely my fave,
but I have found some fun patterns at
Sur la Table, Pier One and Ralph Lauren.

I'll share the Memorial Day decor soon...

until then, have a fantastic week!

ciao! fabiana

May 21, 2017

home tour house # 2

This gorgeous farmhouse in Costa Mesa
was our second stop on the
Newport Harbor Home & Garden Tour.

The outside just drew me in with its
classic curb appeal and
its sleek updated traditional style. 

As I was walking up to the porch,
what first got my attention was
the beautiful blue dutch door.
It's the perfect color!

Lots of colorful drought-tolerant
and native plants surround this corner lot. 

These fun porch chairs 
were just outside the guest room 
and were styled by
The Wonder Room.

Garden Studio Design
used lots of plates, platters and bowls
filled with grapes, kumquats and honeydew
in the kitchen and outdoor spaces,
as part of their floral design.
I loved that idea! 

Super cute lounge area
styled by The Wonder Room with
a little help from Serena & Lily.

Here’s the amazing kitchen
snapped before any staging was done. 

Done to perfection!

The backyard lounging space is roomy and 
is seamlessly connect to the indoor spaces. 

So zen!

Perfectly blended neutral materials are
a mix of modern and traditional elements.
These floors are oak with a
beautiful beachy driftwood-like finish.

White and gray marry perfectly.

What do you think of the floating nightstands?

You know how much I love a Peacock Chair!

This bedroom is perfectly serene for this modern farmhouse.

The homeowner and interior designer
spent lots of time picking out all
the pretty light fixtures in the home.

And they look perfect in each space!

Everything flows beautifully.

The upstairs landing has a few subtle graphic moments,
yet it's light, bright and airy.  

I hope you enjoyed this little outing through this home!

I’ll have more on the

ciao! fabiana

photos credits:
Mindy Gayer Design
Garden Studio Design
The Wonder Room
Susan Rinek
Ciao Newport Beach
Pinnacle Residential
Avery Wagner, Serena & Lily

house info:
Architect: Mark Gross & Associates
Building Consultant: Collective Housing Supply Co.
Landscape: BGB Landscape Architects
Floral Design:  Garden Studio Design
Staging: The Wonder Room

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

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