Friday, February 27, 2015

open shelving in the kitchen

I am so into this open shelving in the kitchen right now...
thinking about adding a few shelves to a small wall in my kitchen.
What do you think about this look?

ciao! Fabiana

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cape Cod style in California

Take a peek into this fun Cape Cod-style house located on one of Manhattan Beach’s favorite walk streets. The young family that lives here wanted a bit of a glamorous home, but comfort was a must as well!  A beautiful blue library is located on the second floor and is filled with antique books, comfortable furniture and personal treasures.  The open flow of the kitchen and living areas is perfect for entertaining too.  Don’t you just love the front door? 

ciao! Fabiana

via luxe magazine 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

a hint of orange with aqua

Don’t you love how the little hints of orange
complement the pretty aqua blues of this dining area?
via Toby Farley 

ciao! Fabiana

Monday, February 23, 2015

Oscar fun with Reese Witherspoon

Great fun from Reese Witherspoon’s Instagram page.

ciao! Fabiana

my Oscar favorites

I was blown away by Lady Gaga last night on the Oscars.  I really have not been a Gaga fan or even a Sound of Music fan, but her performance of a few classic Sound of Music songs took my breath away and gave me goose bumps!  And how fun when Julia Andrews came out!  Just in time to wake everyone up from an otherwise dull show.   

Here is Gaga arriving at the Vanity Fair party.  I do have to admit, the other enjoyable performance was of the Lego movie song, haha. It was fun and upbeat.  Of course John Legend and Common’s song for the movie Selma was emotional and beautiful.    Graham Moore’s acceptance speech for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game was the most moving and powerful.   
Here are some of my favorite fashion moments....
 Black and white on Patricia Arquette and Reese Witherspoon.
 Margot Robbie and Cate Blanchett in dramatic black gowns.
Rosamund Pike is stunning in red 
and America Ferrara looks ethereal in an airy teal gown
Lupita in  a gorgeous gown with over 6,000 hand-sewn pearls
Jewelry details on Margot Robbie
  Cate in an impressive Tiffany & Co 
turquoise statement necklace.

photos via popsugar

ciao! Fabiana

Sunday, February 22, 2015

your pick for the Oscars...

Who are your favorites in these Oscar categories?
I haven't seen all the movies,
but my picks are Julianne and Patricia.
For all the details, visit Academy Awards.

ciao! Fabiana

Saturday, February 21, 2015

entertaining for the Oscars

The Oscars are tomorrow night, and hosting a red carpet watching party is so much fun!  I love getting together with a few girlfriends and noshing on a few fun hors d’oeuvres while watching the fashion parade of celebrities unfold on tv.   I want to share with you some fun and simple decorating ideas for hosting an academy awards party. One idea is to sprinkle around some framed photos of your favorite movie stars.  You can just fill small silver frames with photos cut from magazines or ones printed from your computer.    
Add a dazzle of gold to some plain white helium balloons.
Wrap some glass votives with some old 35mm negatives.
I love this one!
Cut out a few sparkly Oscar statuettes 
and highlight them with candle light. 
Create some specific Oscar wine charms.
This one is creative,
make your own Oscars with old Ken dolls!
Offer your guests a popcorn bar with a variety of flavors. 
Movie props are always fun.
Party stores usually have some available.
Buy or make a few starry garlands. 
A red napkin represents the red carpet,
then all you need is a white folded napkin with a gold sticker and a touch of red ribbon for this table setting.
Here's how to fold a napkin like an envelope.
Enjoy your night at the Oscars!

ciao! Fabiana

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cooking with herbs from the garden

I just got the perfect book for myself.  You all may know how much I love to cook and to grow herbs, fruits and veggies in my garden.  Well, my latest acquisition is Homegrown Herb Garden.  The name may be deceiving.  It's actually mostly a cookbook with fabulous recipes. The first section of this book gives great tips on growing herbs and it also provides interesting facts and nutritional info about each herb.  In my garden, I grow basil, chives, oregano, thyme, rosemary, bay laurel, mint, sage, and lavender, so the second part and most lengthy  part of the book is to die for!  The book is filled with gorgeous photos of delicious recipes using all my backyard herbs.  My favorite recipe is for the Nutty, Chocolaty Rosemary Cookies.  The taste of chocolate and rosemary together is amazing!
Here are some of my herbs that I grow in containers,
but most of my herbs are grown in the ground.
Herbs are not fussy and so easy to grow!
I always have fresh herbs on hand, 
no matter what I am cooking.
Here are some of the gorgeous photos from this book.
Fines Herbes Quiche with Flowers
Nutty, Chocolaty Rosemary Cookies
Spaghetti with Chunky Tomato, Olive and Mint Sauce
Heirloom Tomato and Peach Summer Salad
Vietnamese Pho 
Springtime Vegetable Stir-Fry
Skirt Steak with Chimichurri

Chimichurri is a sauce that 
Argentinian's use on their grilled steak.  
I grew up on this stuff, 
and not only is it delcious,
it's also so good for you!
The addition of cilantro and marjoram
make this specific recipe so good. 
All the recipes in this book are straight forward 
and not difficult to prepare.
From sweet to savory, 
this book covers a variety of culinary cultures too!

Homegrown Herb Garden is a brand new book, available here.  
It really is one of the best books of the year!  

ciao! Fabiana