Thursday, October 30, 2014

same house, two different Fall looks

This is an iconic house here in the neighborhood.  It stands out on it’s own as a beautifully designed home, but during the holidays, it really comes to life!  I took photo number one for my blog a few years ago and photo number two is in a recent issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine .    
It’s fun to see the evolution of this home, inside and out.  Home owner Jeanne Carmack has amazing style and eye-catching ideas, like these straw wreaths used indoors and outdoors for a gorgeous Autumn display.  Check out her home’s own pinterest board here.      




ciao! Fabiana

Monday, October 27, 2014

favorite October mantels

There are only a few days left to enjoy what's left of October, and I wanted to share with you some  fun mantel d├ęcor that caught my eye this week.    This first one is playful, yet elegant too.  A few simple black paper bats add height and charm to this traditional white mantelpiece.  Add to it some black and white accessories to complete the look.  
A variety of pumpkins and pine cones set 
the mood in this French Country Cottage .
Spooky artwork and black ivy accent the "Boo" lettering. 
 Black cheesecloth, bare branches and vintage touches 
add mystery to this otherwise all white backdrop. 
Isn't the masquerade mask a fun accent? 
Mid-century style with just a touch of orange. 
Brown paper flowers remind us of Autumn 
and are so pretty in this neutral vignette.
Why not create your own display using natural elements like 
gourds and branches that will last right through Thanksgiving?

ciao! Fabiana

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

I love Lucy's persimmon cake

Lucy’s persimmon cake is a recipe that I tasted many years ago, and have often thought about making, especially when autumn rolls around.  It’s a sweet and rich cake, and I was so happy to come across the recipe recently in my vintage Celebrity Cookbook by Dinah Shore.  Luckily, here in southern California, persimmons are just coming into season, and my neighbor has a very fertile tree and always is generous in sharing with us.  This recipe originally comes from Lucy’s mother, Desiree and her Aunt Helen and was always a part of their Christmas tradition.  They usually made this cake for gift giving.  Read the article here about Lucy and her family’s Christmas traditions.  I will be trying this recipe this weekend.  I hope it’s as good as I remember!       

Lucy’s Persimmon Cake

Ingredients

·       2 c. sugar
·       3 T. butter
·       2 c. persimmon pulp
·       1 c. raisins
·       4 c. sifted cake flour
·       grated rind of 1 orange
·       1/2 t. each cloves, allspice, nutmeg
·       4 t. baking soda
·       2 t. vanilla
·       2 c. chopped walnut
·       1 c. dates, finely chopped
·       1 c. milk
·       2 t. cinnamon
·       3 t. baking powder

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar and butter.  Add persimmon pulp, nuts, raisin, dates and orange peel;  mix well.  Sift flour with baking soda, baking powder and spices.  Add flour mixture alternately with milk beginning and ending with flour.  Stir in vanilla.  Turn batter into 2 well-greased loaf pans and bake approx. 1 ½ hours at 300 degrees F.  Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.  Garnish, if you’d like, with glazed fruits and nuts.  
Persimmons  - photo courtesy of Two Peas and their Pod.
Persimmon Cake - photo courtesy of Jessie Monds


ciao! Fabiana

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

corona del mar home tour

Yesterday was the Corona del Mar Home Tour, and here is an inside look at one my favorite homes featured.  Designed by Kelly Nutt, it’s a luxe ranch house in the Big Canyon area of Newport Beach.  The soft color palette really enhances all the beautiful rustic qualities in the home.  The openness of the floor plan is also amazing and keeps this California home easy and breezy!









ciao! Fabiana

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014

a touch of fall in the home

Some of my favorite festive looks for the  September home…





photo credits 1 2 3 4 5

ciao! Fabiana