Thursday, August 11, 2016

inside miranda kerr's malibu home

The recently engaged model and entrepreneur Miranda Kerr opens up the doors to her new, eco-conscious Malibu home for Harper’s BAZAAR’s September issue. The devoted mother of five-year-old son Flynn selected a charming ranch style home near the beach with ocean views and eco-friendly touches that she now happily calls home. Here’s a sneak peek of her gorgeous home and backyard.
“I knew that this house was it at first sight. It needed a lot of work, but it had a great view. It wasn’t right on the water, so it was protected from the wind and very private. I could just see the potential. It felt so right. In some ways it felt like a tree house. That was another thing that I loved. It’s all open, and the view of the ocean makes it feel more spacious.”  --MK
 Swimsuit: Hermès,  Bracelet: Bulgari
 Gown: Carolina Herrera, Earrings: Chloe, Sandals: Jimmy Choo,
Rings: Spinelli Kilcollin and Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry
Swimsuit: La Perla, Bracelet: David Yurman
“When I was a child, I spent a lot of time at my grandma’s house. People were coming in and out. She was always in the kitchen making something. There was always food and snacks. She would play the piano, and we would sing and dance. So those were my two priorities. I wanted to have a piano and a great kitchen, which is always the heart of the home.”  --MK

from the pages of Harper's BAZAAR, on newsstands August 16th

ciao! fabiana

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

mood-boosting herbs and flowers

I love this feature in BHG that highlights some of my favorite garden herbs and plants that can be used to improve our lives by boosting our moods. Rosemary, rose, chamomile, lavender, lemon and eucalyptus are all varieties that grow perfectly in southern California and most other regions.
1.  Rosemary is invigorating and it can improve your memory.
2.  Rose is a classic scent.  My favorite way to enjoy its natural properties is by using rose water on my face and body as a refreshing spritz.
3.  Chamomile tea is my go to in the evening when I want to make sure I’ll get a good night’s sleep. It’s perfect for children as well, and don’t forget it’s a great highlight booster for your hair!
4.  Lavender also provides a natural way to relax. Use a little drop of oil on your pillow and on your pulse points.
5.  Lemon is a no-brainer. It can be used in infinite ways in the kitchen and a little squeeze in your water provides you with extra vitamin C.
6.  Eucalyptus can energize you and its unique scent is perfect for clearing up your nose when you’re under the weather.

ciao! fabiana

Monday, August 8, 2016

alfresco, italian style

There’s nothing quite like it in the world! Summer Italian style means alfresco living. Set up a table in a shady spot, preferably under a pergola. Set out a blue and white tablecloth, simple tableware and then arrange a few garden flowers and summer fruit at the center of the table in an informal way. Another classic option for your table is a bold striped table cloth.  This black and white one creates a dramatic effect against all the lush green plants and surroundings.  

from the pages of veranda

ciao! fabiana

Sunday, August 7, 2016

favorite things: striped ribbon

I love the look of a classic and bold striped ribbon. It has many uses besides wrapping around a gift box. Use it to hang a wreath, in a table setting and to keep collections together! I just ordered my supply of gorgeous ribbon from The Ribbon Resource. They have hundreds of styles to choose from at great prices! My favorite is the 2 inch solid/stripes black and white.  I've used it for so many things around the house and garden, that I think I need to order some more!    

ciao! fabiana

Saturday, August 6, 2016

open house: miraval mesa verde

Model homes are so fun to visit! There’s a new community here in Costa Mesa of 10 spacious homes known as Miraval Mesa Verde. Located on a quaint cul-de-sac in the historic neighborhood of Mesa Verde, these homes are designed for year-round entertaining. I took a tour this week of Miraval and was really impressed by the open layout and what they call the “California Rooms”. In a nutshell, these “California Rooms’ offer indoor/outdoor entertaining space that merge perfectly into one another. The model home is designed by Shannon Wilkins of Prairie Home Styling. She brings in organic and bohemian accents that fit in perfectly with the eclectic mid-century style of the community. Each home centers around the kitchen/great room and is so open that there is tons of natural light throughout the day. 

If you are local, here in Southern California, 
stop by and visit Miraval Mesa Verde soon! 
Located at 
2880 Mesa Verde Drive East
Costa Mesa, California

ciao! fabiana