February 28, 2017

first stop in la jolla


Last week my family and I spent a few days in one of my favorite little California cites, La Jolla. (Pronounced "La Hoya") Our first stop for breakfast or lunch when we get into town is the Brockton Villa. It's a charming little cottage restaurant right across from the water and has amazing food!  


As you go up the front steps, you’ll notice the amazing masonry wall that has inset abalone shells at the front of the restaurant. So pretty! 


The seating indoors and out is equally as fabulous. The views are great just about anywhere in the place.

As you can see, the location is right across for the blue Pacific, and just down the hill from the famous La Jolla Cave!


The clam chowder and the ‘Coast Toast’ are two of their most popular menu items. We had both! What makes the chowder so good is a little hint of saffron that turns it a pale yellow. 

Here’s a shot of the ‘Coast Toast’ and the recipe. Please try this at home, if you don’t get a chance to try it at the Brockton Villa! It's crispy on the outside and a little custardy on the inside. A delicious take on traditional french toast... really yummy!


Brockton Villa’s Famous Coast Toast

Ingredients
One loaf of soft French bread (sliced)
One quart of whipping cream
10 eggs
3/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup of sugar
A pinch of salt
2 tbs. vanilla
2 tbs. orange flavoring

Instructions
1.   Combine liquid ingredients and pour over bread slices.
2.   Cover and refrigerate at least one hour.
3.   Remove bread and discard liquid.
4.   Spread butter on flat grill.
5.   Cook bread until golden brown, then bake at 450 degrees for 5-7 minutes or until bread is puffed up like a soufflé.
6.   Dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately.

Serves: 6 people


The inside space is darling, and you can’t miss the amazing abalone shell fireplace. It’s perfect for when there’s a little chill in the air. 


Here’s a little Hollywood fact. Gregory Peck was born and raised in La Jolla and started the renown La Jolla Playhouse. Here he is sitting right near where the Brockton Villa is, in the area known as La Jolla Cove.  


There's so much history in this little town!


Brockton’s location is amazing!


And right across the street you'll find a few of these little guys!


La Jolla is very close to San Diego, 
so if you're in the area, make sure you stop by! 


ciao! fabiana

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.


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


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
Manchester by the Sea

 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!


ciao! fabiana



photo credit:
Vanity Fair
Fashion Gone Rogue
Red online
DuJour
Fashn Berry
Austin Hargrave
Vanity Fair



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! 

via coastal living


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 



ciao! fabiana


photo credits:

House & Home
Leeann Thornton
Traditional Home
Orange Coast Magazine

House Beautiful


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! 



I invite you to stop by my new Ciao Tablescapes page. It’s a collection of my favorite tablescapes that I’ve created since starting my blog in 2011. I'll be constantly updating this page with new favorites, so check back often! If there are any holidays or themes you’d like to see, leave me a comment! You can find the tab at the top of my page or simply click here.


ciao! fabiana


photo credit:
Veranda
Flower Wild
My Inner Landscape
SB Digs
On Love Street
Midwest Living
Deer Pearl Flowers
The Ivy Restaurants

Merriam-Webster

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