August 25, 2016

carolina on my mind

We just got back from an amazing trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia. That part of the country is gorgeous and so full of history.  I truly love it there, but it’s so nice to be back home!  I'll be sharing some of the highlights of the trip with you in the next few days. 

ciao! fabiana

August 24, 2016

beach house style done right

My favorite elements in a beach house are crisp white walls, exposed natural wood and comfortable casual furniture. Always throw in a few sentimental vintage pieces and keep the palette cool with blues and other ocean hues. Don’t overdo it with “obvious” beach accessories, and keep everything grounded with natural textiles and rugs.   

ciao! fabiana

August 23, 2016

summer tomato tarts

Now is the time to enjoy those last tomatoes of the season before fall brings the summer harvest to an end. Here’s a yummy and elegant way to incorporate those little summer gems into a delicious treat. Serve them in decorative muffin papers to really wow your guests!   

1 (17.3-oz.) pkg. frozen puff pastry sheets, partially thawed
½ cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
10 ounce sharp Cheddar cheese, finely shredded (2 ½  cups)
11 ounces multicolored cherry tomatoes (about 3 cups), halved
2 tablespoons torn fresh basil


1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Gently unfold both pastry sheets. Spread ¼ cup mayonnaise on each pastry sheet; sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper.

2. Cut each pastry sheet into 9 (3-inch) squares. Gently press squares into 2 lightly greased muffin pans. Divide cheese and tomatoes among tarts.

3. Bake in preheated oven until pastry is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool in pans on a wire rack 5 minutes. Top with torn fresh basil. Serve immediately.

ciao! fabiana

August 21, 2016

relax and take time

“Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport.” --Pope Francis

ciao! fabiana

August 20, 2016

succulent saturday

Here’s a little inspiration to get you going this weekend. Succulents are super easy to grow and offer year-round color and beauty. They look great on a kitchen counter or a dining room table for a fuss-free pop of color. Find a fun pot or container with drainage, fill with a cactus-mix garden soil, and bunch in your favorite succulents. My favorite is hen & chicks aka sempervivum. I love the way they just hug each other and fill the pot, as seen in the first photo. Finish off the look with gravel or pebbles to cover any exposed soil. Here are a few of my favorite looks from Roger’s Gardens.

ciao! fabiana

August 18, 2016

indulge in the sweet scent of lavender

A little buzzing bee visiting my garden; 
She’s a lavender lover, just like me!
Lavender has been used for over 2,500 years, starting with the ancient Persians, Greeks, and Romans who added lavender flowers to their bathwater to clean and purify their skin. Even the word "lavender" comes from the Latin word "lavare," which means "to wash". During the Medieval and Renaissance periods, it was scattered all over stone castle floors in Europe as a natural disinfectant and deodorant. Lavender is known for its calming and relaxing properties, which can help with insomnia, anxiety, and stress. Not only that but lavender is so easy to grow in the garden, and you can enjoy its beautiful fragrance outdoors as well. I know when I spend time among the lavender in my garden it instantly calms me and provides an amazing experience while doing chores outside.    
One of my favorite ways to enjoy the scent of lavender at home is this
Four ways to easily indulge in the relaxing scent of lavender:
1. L'Occitane Lavender Hand Cream
2. Trader Joe's Lavender Body Oil
3. Heirloom Variety Linen Spray from World Market
4. Trader Joe's Dish Soap

And, why not serve a little lavender at your next gathering?

Lavender Honey Lemonade
1 cup raw honey
12 cups pure water
1 drop lavender essential oil
6 lemons, peeled and juiced
lavender sprigs for garnish
Directions:  Mix all the ingredients together in a small pan and heat on low until honey dissolves.  Cool it and add more water or honey to taste.

Fresh Lemon and Lavender Ice Cream
Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse
Total Time:  40 min.  Prep:
20 min. Cook: 20 min  Yield:1 quart
3/4 cups granulated sugar
2 lemons, zested
1/2 cup fresh lavender or 1/4 cup dried lavender
2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
8 egg yolks
12 thin slices fresh lemon
12 small sprigs fresh lavender

In a saucepan, combine lemon zest, lavender, milk, and cream. Bring to a boil. Steep for 20 minutes. Strain. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together. Whisk 1 cup of the hot cream into the egg mixture. Mix thoroughly. In a steady stream, slowly add the egg mixture to the hot cream mixture. Continue to cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and cool completely. Strain the mixture. Add the mixture to the electric ice cream maker. Process according to manufacturers' directions.

ciao! fabiana

August 16, 2016

summer hydrangeas

It’s everyone’s favorite summer garden flower.
Hydrangeas are the summer snowball in
the most spectacular color palette!
What's your favorite shade of hydrangea?  

photos  1  |  2  |  3  | 4  | 5  | 6  |  7  | 8  |  9  |  10 

ciao! fabiana

August 14, 2016

watch the clouds

“If you want to relax, watch the clouds pass by if you're laying on the grass, or sit in front of the creek; just doing nothing and having those still moments is what really rejuvenates the body.” --Miranda Kerr

ciao! fabiana

photo via primrose garden

August 13, 2016

lowcountry love

We are headed to the South Carolina
lowcountry soon for a little vacay. 
Here’s a little inspiration for you and me!

via veranda & architectural digest

ciao! fabiana

August 11, 2016

inside ellen pompeo's los angeles home

In the September issue of Good Housekeeping magazine, Grey’s Anatomy star and admitted homebody Ellen Pompeo invites GH into her Los Angeles abode for a sneak peek at how she relaxes at home. 
For Ellen, this home is truly where her heart is. With the help of her friend and interior decorating partner, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, they worked together on every inch of this renovation and design, often drawing inspiration from fashion, a favorite hotel in Morocco  and popular hangouts like Soho House in New York (which gave her the idea to put big velvet sofas in the rooms).
“Every room was sort of inspired by something different. A lot of fashion design inspired a lot of the rooms.” --EP
“The house represents [my family] because it’s hip but also comfortable. The furniture tells a story once it’s been lived in. That’s what makes a house a home. I’m a straight-up homebody. It’s hard to get me out of the house once the sun goes down.” --EP
“The house was like an old relic. It hadn’t been updated since it was built in the 20s. Everything about the house needed to be refreshed; the gardens, especially. There were no gardens. It was just a yard full of dirt. So to build the gardens was so fun, something that I had never done before. I’m still not finished, I’ll keep adding to it. To be able to have all the fruit trees and the chickens and everything, I think it’s so nice for the kids. I think everything I did outside was with the girls in mind.”  --EP
Ellen shares more about the inspiration for her home design, how her happy home and family life is the complete opposite of her childhood, how she’s most like Meredith Grey and her dream guest stars for Grey’s Anatomy! Check out the September issue of Good Housekeeping, on newsstands August 16 for all the rest!

ciao! fabiana

Dress: Michael by Michael Kors
Heels: Jimmy Choo
Jewelry: Jennifer Meyer

Pendant light by Martyn Lawrence Bullard
Red text painting by Claire Fontaine.
Velvet Mina sofa in Chocolate, $2,698,
Hammary Flashback Nesting coffee table, $670,
Pure Rugs Patchwork Cowhide area rug, $912,
Atlantic Reactive Ceramic table lamp in Regatta Blue, $199,
African Mudcloth pillow (center), $62, shoppeonetwenty via
Carmela Woven Tasseled pillows,$139 each,
French Beam Teak bench,
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