October 31, 2016

happy halloween!

A little vintage fun for Halloween, brought to you by Pinterest!

ciao! fabiana

October 30, 2016

the witch's house in beverly hills

When I was in 8th grade,
I would walk past this house everyday
on my way to school.

It’s always been known as the
“Witch’s House” in Beverly Hills,
and on Halloween night,
this was the first house my friends and I
wanted to trick-or-treat at!

The crowds gathered on the corner,
and a thick fog enveloped the house.
Such memories! 

Today, this iconic house has been
lovingly preserved to maintain its historic charm
and quirky curb appeal.
It’s now actually owned by
a guy I went to high school with,
Michael Libow.

Originally known as the Spadena house,
it was moved to this location on Walden Drive
in 1924 from the Willat Studios lot in Culver City,
where it had previously  been used as
an office and dressing room.

Michael has updated the home
but maintained its storybook quality.

If you’re ever in the neighborhood, be sure to drive by,
especially on Halloween night!  

ciao! fabiana

photo credits:

 LA Magazine | Vintage Los Angeles | LA Times  

October 25, 2016

today's corona del mar home tour

Instagram favorites from today’s Corona del Mar Home Tour!

Love the black drippy pumpkins. 
Photo Credit: Garden Studio Design

Bright and timeless dining room space.
Photo Credit: Ryan Garvin 

Warm and homey kitchen accents.
 Photo Credit: Prairie Home Styling

Concrete wall, steel lights and a white oak table.
Photo Credit: Raili Clasen

Coastal decor.
 Photo Credit: McKee & Co.

Traditional look with beach house style.
Photo Credit: McKee & Co.

Neutral tones with a hint of denim.
 Photo Credit: Perla Portillo

Cozy and modern bedroom.
Photo Credit: Anabel Bostedt

Vintage lockers for a boys' bathroom.
Photo Credit: Raili Clasen

ciao! fabiana

October 22, 2016

my black and white halloween table

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year, so why not go all out and throw an elegant dinner party for a few of my friends? Setting the table is so fun for me. It’s like playing dress-up! 

The first thing I wanted were a few foundation pieces for the table. I knew I wanted a black and white color scheme with no scary elements and no orange. 

From there, I was inspired by a few products from Oriental Trading. Black and white stripes are so elegant, and I found a really nice long cotton Striped Runner set at Oriental Trading, perfect! I also got a set of Spooky Bird SpindlesFeather Place Card Holders, and Black Patterned Wine Glasses to get me started with my table. 

I was inspired by nature for my table, so spooky birds, white pumpkins and a little greenery set the tone for this tablescape

My black and white transferware plates, raffia place mats, and black chalk-painted chargers look great together for each place setting. I used vintage silver and white damask napkins to add another elegant touch

The silver-toned feather place card holders have whimsical bat-shaped place cards. And the black wine glasses pull the whole look together! 

To change things up a little, I set the heads of the table with a fun little white pumpkin and the others get a pretty ivory and gold pumpkin-shaped dish, as an accent.

For the center of the table, I gathered some subtly colored pumpkins on a glass cake stand, and added votives, greenery from my garden and a baby owl and baby crow. 

I set up a little drink station on my sideboard with the 3 Spooky Birds that I got from Oriental Trading as the anchors of the space and to add a little drama. A feather wreath I usually hang on the front door gets a new home here over the vintage mirror. 

I love this little “Bone Appetit” trinket dish
It fits in nicely with the décor.  

 Close-up of the center-piece, above.
Here are the four anchor pieces I started with. 
It's soooo easy to pull this look together when you start 
with a few foundation pieces and add your own twist to it. 

For more fun (and free) Halloween fun…

ciao! fabiana

Thank you to Oriental Trading for sending me these products to review. The opinions expressed in this post are my own.

October 17, 2016

posh pumpkins by martha stewart

Martha Stewart is the definitive queen of Halloween décor, and this year she has created a variety of posh and creepy pumpkins.

Snake Infested Pumpkins start with a variety of gray, green or white pumpkins, metallic gold paint and inexpensive plastic snakes.  

To create the look of the Spiderweb Etched Pumpkins, you will need an inexpensive linoleum cutter for carving your pumpkin. That way the orange flesh of the pumpkin shines through, when lit from within. 

Martha updates her Mouse Motel this year by using a beautiful gray pumpkin. Round holes and rubber mice are all you need for this look!

Elegant Copper Leaf Pumpkins and gourds will last all the way through Thanksgiving and look great on your dining room table. 

A group of lumpy Bumpy Mini Pumpkins are highlighted by custom made copper leaf leaves. The candlelight hits them just right!

ciao! fabiana

Photos and inspo by Martha Stewart 

October 16, 2016

spooky black and white party fun

A little more black and white Halloween party fun, this time from Country Living Magazine! This is spooky décor that is simple and has vintage style. Black crows, owls, cobwebs, witch hats and more! All these creepy Halloween props are set off by an equally ghoulish menu!

I love the human and batty silhouettes!

Elegant but spooky desserts!

Here's the whole menu!

Recipes for this party food in this month's Country Living Magazine: Tart Cherry Eyeball Punch, Baby Back Ribs with Goulish BBQ Sauce, Batty Chicken Wings, Breadstick Rattlers, Help Me Cake, Raven Feather Cupcakes, and Silhouette Sugar Cookies. 

ciao! fabiana

October 15, 2016

janet leigh's old-fashioned yellow cake

Another weekend, another fun recipe to try! This one is Janet Leigh’s Gateau Dore or just old-fashioned vanilla cake. The recipe originally comes from the Dinah Shore Celebrity Cookbook, a really fun one to check out! Janet Leigh is best remembered for her performance as Marion Crane in the movie Psycho (1960). 

She was married actor Tony Curtis, and they had two children together, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kelly Curtis. During their high-profile union, the couple starred in five films together, my favorite being Houdini. It’s a great one to watch on Halloween

Anyways, this yummy cake can be baked for any occasion and can be dressed up with different frostings and fruits, to suit your mood. 

Of course, paired with ice cream, it's a classic. Try it out and let me know what you think!

Here’s our cake decorated with a few white pansies and ferns from my garden. I just used an easy recipe for vanilla buttercream frosting. This is so perfect for a simple gathering of friends and family!

ciao! fabiana

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