June 29, 2013

chinoiserie in the powder room

Using the powder room at Marion's 

can be quite a visual adventure, lol!

It contains a fun collection of chinoiserie 

and other sentimental treasures.

The fleur de lys sconces are from

 her childhood home in Cologne, Germany. 

Marion’s husband proposed to her 
in the living room 
of her parents' home 
where these sconces originally hung. 

 The adventure continues, 

when Marion and I go antiquing next week!
ciao! fabiana 

June 28, 2013

fruits of the garden

Summer in the garden means lots of harvesting.  Easy harvesting!  It's basically just apple and grape picking.  This variety of "Anna" apple grows well here in Newport Beach and produces in June and July. 

Most of these "Flame" seedless grapes will be ripe in July and August.  We love to share these with our friends and neighbors.  We get soooo many!   They are just a great variety of table grape to munch on!

We also have quite a few citrus trees.  This one is a "Valencia" orange.  We also have lemons, limes, tangerines, and kumquats.  They mostly produce in the winter months.

Thanks for stopping by!

ciao! Fabiana

shades of green in this outdoor space

Local Laguna Beach interior designer, Sheldon Harte designed his own cozy backyard in beautiful shades of green, both in the decor and in the plants.  The small size of the yard was a challenge, but unifying the space with tranquil green was just the right choice to connect with elements found naturally outdoors. 

luxurious pillows create an inviting seating area

lushness of the plant material
and a natural color palette create a relaxed vibe 

comfortable chairs are always enticing 

chic hunter green striped chaises
are perfect for lounging around the pool,
  and look like they belong at a posh hotel  

featured in the summer edition of 

Ciao! Fabiana 

easy summer tablescapes

Just a few pretty ideas to make your summer entertaining easy....

use natural materials and seashells

add a fresh element to your theme
be creative with place mats and napkins

pick a color and run with it!

add some fun! 

make your tablecloth the star and accent around it 

a simple flower is so elegant

burlap and yardage from a fabric store are a great base for white plates

simple with a few rustic and charming touches 

a sprig a lavender will sooth all your guests

 keep the theme simple with flowers of the same colors

3 stacked fishbowls with orchids floating in each one, fabulous!

ciao! Fabiana

June 26, 2013

summer bike riding fashion

here are some cute summer fashion choices seen around the city.

Ciao! Fabiana

nancy's fabulous potting shed

Nancy's "gardenhouse" was built over two weekends by her skilled nephew. The gardenhouse is like an heirloom quilt, put together with leftover materials and vintage finds.   French doors and windows were left over from a remodel of the main house, as were the short lengths of wood flooring and exterior shingles.  The antique table that sits under the beautifully arched window was given to Nancy by a friend's grandmother.  Pretty green trim accents the shed and matches the adirondack chairs of the lower-level garden.

a Pennsylvania bluestone path leads to 
the lower level that overlooks Indian Springs

a fountain nestled under the plum tree
provides soothing sounds during the summer months

the gardenhouse is perfect for creating 
beautiful floral arrangements straight from the garden.

this antique table fits perfectly inside the shed 
and provides a great work space 

the opposite wall 
contains supplies and other gardening needs

shelves hold collections 
of vintage pottery, vases and baskets 

the one splurge item is this Cape Cod Lantern
from West Chatham, Massachusetts  

one of my favorite things about this room 
are the views of Nancy's gorgeous garden

for more on Nancy's beautiful home 
visit here,  here and here.

ciao! Fabiana
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