February 24, 2017

dutch blue

Would you paint your front door a gorgeous blue color? Most shades of blue have a sense of calm about them, but what can it really say about you?  
A homeowner with a blue front door is quietly saying that they view their home as a place of refuge.
Here’s a door that evokes a beachy, relaxed getaway. 
Those who paint their doors blue enjoy peace from the outside world.
Behind this door is the perfect retreat, calm, serene, and easy-going.
Blue is a color of imagination, freedom, inspiration and calm. Blue is the color of heaven and water, which makes it profound and fluid. Homeowners with blue doors are probably well grounded and true to themselves.

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ciao! fabiana 

February 23, 2017

oscar fashion watch

Amy Adams
Presenter

Who’s tuning in to the Oscars on Sunday? Set your DVR’s early and make sure you record the red carpet arrivals as well! Some of my favorite fashion icons are nominated or presenting an academy award this year. This group of women rarely disappoints on the red carpet. What will they be wearing?
Michelle Williams
Best Supporting Actress Nominee for

 Naomie Harris
Best Supporting Actress Nominee for Moonlight

Nicole Kidman
Best Supporting Actress Nominee for Lion

Charlize Theron
Presenter

Brie Larson
Presenter

Emma Stone
 Best Actress Nominee for La La Land

I’m hoping the gowns will be feminine and gorgeous like the ones pictured here from the Vanity Fair cover shoot. The red carpet coverage starts at 3 pm pacific time. Can't wait!

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ciao! fabiana

February 22, 2017

a moroccan beach house

How about a beach house filled with Moroccan style right in the middle of the Caribbean? Sounds like a fabulous idea! Designer Lien Luu dove right into this task by immersing herself on a two-week buying trip to Marrakesh. Her task was to take this ornate Moorish style and make it work on the light and airy island of Anguilla.
Ocean blue Moroccan patterned pillows and “Extra White” by Sherwin-Williams on the walls help to modernize the whole house.
This lounge area in the pink bedroom is framed by soft linen curtains. The authentic Moroccan tables help define the whole look.
Beautiful floor-to-ceiling stencils are the perfect backdrop.
All white and natural décor diverts our attention to the amazing tropical scenery. Layered textures make this space feel more cozy than cold. In a guest bedroom, an antique bedside table adds to the worldly sense of style. I love the mix of patterns! 



ciao! fabiana

February 21, 2017

a little getaway...

Everyone needs a little getaway now and then! More on this locale in a few days… 

ciao! fabiana



February 20, 2017

kitchens with character

What adds character to a kitchen and personalizes the space most? Well, I think it’s having a few elements that are perfectly imperfect! A rustic wood floor, an unfinished ceiling, 
whimsical lights, mismatched chairs, flowers from the garden, the possibilities are endless! There are so many ways to personalize your kitchen and add character. What's your favorite way?
This kitchen stopped me in my tracks! Amazing barn doors on the pantry and a colorful rug are the first things I notice about this fabulous kitchen. 
Using a variety of textures is a sure way to add layers to your design and create a live-in look. 
Just imagine if this beautiful brick wall was not here. This kitchen would be quite bland. And YES to that lovely light fixture and lucite bar stools!
A small all-white beach house kitchen gets a burst of fun by bringing in patterned cement tiles on the floor and shelf brackets that echo the swirly floor pattern. 
Chairs are an excellent way to bring character into a space. Remember to contrast styles and textures. Mix, match and experiment. xoxo 

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ciao! fabiana


February 19, 2017

the alfresco life

Wow! We’ve had a few days of stormy weather, but today, the sun’s out, and I’m looking forward to the warm spring months ahead. I’m starting to plan for an outdoor dinner party or two, and here’s a little Sunday inspiration...
Alfresco dining under a shady tree is the ultimate way to connect with nature and enjoy a lovely meal with family and friends. 
Pick a sheltered spot. Think of this space as an outdoor dining room. Comfortable chairs and a rustic wood table are the perfect starting point in setting a glorious alfresco table. 
For me, comfort is the operative word. I want to spend quality time in the backyard while entertaining, so having few throw pillows and an umbrella is always useful. I can save myself return trips back to the kitchen by staging a pretty supply table filled with extra water, beverages, napkins, and condiments. And, I'll have a few little throw blankets on hand, in case guest get chilly.  
String lights, lanterns and candles are perfect to transition afternooon into evening. 
Dockside dining is so luxurious and relaxing!
If you’re fortunate enough to have a rooftop deck, take advantage of the situation and invite your friends to share the views!  
Or, save yourself the fuss, and stop in at one of your favorite outdoor cafés. The Ivy is everyone’s favorite choice in Los Angeles! 

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ciao! fabiana

the brontë sisters and the durrells



Juliet, this one’s for you! If you miss Downton Abbey, you may like this news. There’s now a new two–hour Masterpiece movie about the Brontë sisters, called To Walk Invisible, set to air in March on PBS. Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë were sisters and writers whose novels have become classics, most notably Charlotte's Jane Eyre and Emily's Wuthering Heights. Charlotte’s letters fill in details for this story, which follows the sisters during a three-year period. During that time, they rise from ordinary, unmarried women to the secret authors of the world’s most sensational literature. In the meantime, here's a preview:


Another show to watch for right now on PBS is The Durrells on Corfu. Based on the true-life stories of author and naturalist Gerald Durrell, it recounts his life with his widowed mother and three older siblings, after they abruptly leave England to live on the Greek Island of Corfu. Based on their real lives, this slightly eccentric family learns to adapt to living on Corfu during the 1930’s as World War II approaches the rest of the continent. The scenery is amazing and it provides the ultimate escapism for us watching from home!   

And here’s a preview of The Durrells in Corfu: 

                                            


ciao! fabiana


February 18, 2017

the flower chef

My go-to book for arranging flowers is always Carly Cylinder’sThe Flower Chef”. Carly’s easy to use book offers step-by-step instructions and gorgeous photos that make it easy for any beginner like me!
In the book, Carly shows us how to create a variety of arrangements in a “recipe” format. She’ll tell you how many flowers and supplies you’ll need and then offer easy instructions to replicate her gorgeous designs.
This is one of my favorite looks!


Carly is so creative! You can even watch her fun Flower Chef videos on You Tube.
She makes any party look amazing!
Here’s more info on Carly and “The Flower Chef” book.
P.S. This book makes a GREAT gift too!

ciao! fabiana

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