Wednesday, June 29, 2016

july 4th: lauren conrad style

Lauren Conrad seems to be everywhere these days sharing 
her fun party tips, decorating ideas and fashions. 
I just got this month’s redbook magazine, and just absolutely love
 all her 4th of July party ideas for setting a cute table and serving the 
perfect foods. She also shares some fun tips in Us Magazine this month.     
Lauren anchors her tablescape with a red and white gingham runner, 
uses simple dishes and wraps the utensils in red, blue & turquoise bandanas.  
The turquoise is an unexpected pop of color that I love! 
Tall delphiniums give that wild flower look and finish off the table.
Watermelon is a must for the 4th of July, 
and why not spritz a little lemon on top?  It’s super yummy! 
A variety of fruity cocktails will please guests.
A simple idea like a DIY hot dog bar 
can be taken up a notch when the ingredients
 include a variety of gourmet mustards, relishes and ketchup options.  
Fresh ingredients are delicious too.  
Think heirloom tomatoes, a mix of shallots and scallions, 
chopped avocado and pico de gallo.  
For dessert, cool everyone’s palate 
with homemade Arnold Palmer popsicles!

ciao! fabiana

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

a little red, white and blue

As we start getting ready to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, 
I wanted to share some fun red, white and blue inspiration with you!
Souvenir transferware plates have always been a favorite of mine.
I love what they've done with this tablescape!
A few stars and stripes to liven up a room!
photos  1  |  2  |  3  

ciao! fabiana

Sunday, June 26, 2016

summer party menu

Here are some of the most perfect ingredients to have on hand this summer for spontaneous get-togethers, and look at how pretty this can all look on your table!

ciao! fabiana

via BHG

Saturday, June 25, 2016

beach picnic

                Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.                                                     --Ralph Waldo Emerson

ciao! fabiana

image from coastal living

Friday, June 24, 2016

somewhere in laguna beach

Somewhere in Laguna Beach,
sits this home.
I’m not sure where,
but I’m determined to find out!!

ciao! fabiana

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

pool power

A little something to cool you down until the weekend hits…
this one's on a Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea.
I love the symmetry in this backyard.
A more traditional style home with more great symmetry.

photos taken from the pages of AD

ciao! fabiana

summer beach house inspiration

Summer décor is all about being cool and breezy.
Keep things fresh and light.
Surf boards and woven textures epitomize beach house décor.
Fresh leaves and green tones soothe the soul.
Design with water and sand in mind,
and your home will thank you!

from the pages of  Coastal Living & Traditional Home

ciao! fabiana

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Friday, June 17, 2016

Molly Wood free table top class

You are invited to the Molly Wood Garden Design FREE Summer Tabletop Class on June 25. Prepare to entertain with style this summer, with great tips from Molly Wood at her Costa Mesa Garden Design shop on Saturday, June 25 at 11am and 2pm. Molly will be offering expert advice on setting up gorgeous, sustainable centerpieces, table settings, and more. The class is FREE, and reservations are required. Call 949.548.1611 to reserve your spot, and the class will be held at 1660 Orange Avenue in Costa Mesa.

ciao! fabiana

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

white marble kitchen crushes

There’s something extraordinary about a kitchen features white marble.  It is timeless and modern at the same time.  It is earthy but sleek, cool but glowing at the same time.  This dichotomy must be what draws us into the allure of white marble.

photos  1  |  2  |  3  | 4  | 5  | 6  | 7

ciao! fabiana

Friday, June 10, 2016

yummy iced tea mocktail

Happy National Iced Tea Day! Here's a yummy recipe to try this weekend.

Green Tea Soda

8 bags green tea
4 cups boiling water
3 tablespoons honey or sugar
4 cups assorted fresh fruit, such as white or regular nectarine wedges, lime slices, blueberries, and/or raspberries
1 liter plain or flavored sparkling water, such as raspberry, strawberry, or peach, chilled
2 tablespoons snipped fresh mint or 8 to 10 mint sprigs

Add tea bags to boiling water and let stand for 2 to 3 minutes; remove and discard tea bags. Cover and chill brewed tea.  Before serving, add honey or sugar to chilled tea. Divide tea mixture among eight to ten 12-ounce glasses. Add fruit to each glass and fill with sparkling water. Top with fresh mint. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

via bhg

ciao! fabiana

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

a fire pit styled two ways

Have you seen this fire pit in the pages of Better Homes and Gardens magazine?  It also has been featured on the Newport Harbor Home & Garden Tour.  The top photo is from the home tour, and shows how the home owner Karen Fabian designed the space.  The bottom photo was taken through the creative eyes of the BHG photographers and stylists who added just the right pillows in just the right spots to create this dazzling photo.  See more fun photos of this home here on their pinterest board. 

ciao! fabiana

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

trisha's summer table

Isn’t this the sweetest summer table setting by Trisha Yearwood?
Trisha got her plates at Target and the cute napkins are from Minted.
This is an easy look to achieve...just accent with blue & white tableware,
add raffia place mats, and other natural accessories, 
add some wild flowers, and you're ready for the sweet tea!
Here's Trisha's easy recipe

photos via country living

ciao! fabiana