July 20, 2017

personalizing my home for summer

Do you restyle and refresh your home for each season? 

Well, summer’s definitely here, and it’s probably the easiest season to incorporate into our d├ęcor. I love to play up the summer motifs in my own home with fun accessories and other things I love. In my foyer, I’ve created a beach-ready look coastal look for summer.

Summer hats are on standby with our favorite beach tote and towels. A rustic sea fan mounted on a distressed wood panel plays nicely with our vintage turquoise hall tree, and an inexpensive Jassa seagrass rug from Ikea brings in another natural element, and can be easily changed out in the fall.

In the family room, I updated one small wall with a few of my favorite blue and white plates mounted in a free-form display. Blue-and-white decor is a one of my favorite ways to brighten up my home for summer. 

The classic combination of white and vibrant blue reminds me of summertime at the Mediterranean and conjures up visions of the iconic white and blue architecture in Santorini, Greece. Nothing says summer like the blue of the ocean, so why not incorporate it where you can? 

I’ve been collecting plates since I was a teenager. I think I have an innate passion for pretty transferware plates and love to use them to set a lovely table or to accent a wall or vignette. Once in a while I do swap out a few so my collection doesn’t get out of hand. The key is to collect what you love. It’s so fun to play with different patterns and tones of blue, especially for a tablescape. 

Collecting plates and dishes is a great start way to start collecting blue and white. You can find them virtually anywhere, from estate sales, to Ebay, to Home Goods, to high-end boutiques and department stores. I'm always on the hunt! 

It's really fun to mix and match elements and create that perfect "summer" look.

For this table setting, the casual stripes and gingham remind me of summer picnics and barbecues. A fun succulent arrangement and seashell accented placemats bring to mind fun times spent at the beach. Remember to decorate with what you love and what makes you smile! 

Blue and white is a tried-and-true combination, and so versatile. It can be styled as super-fancy or casual, and it's really a stunning look all year long!  It’s practically a new neutral, like denim. 

The great thing about blue and white is it pairs beautifully with just about any other color. Sunflowers have just come into season here in Southern California, and pairing them with blue and white is a match made in heaven!

If you’re not sure of your sense of style, it’s ok to copy people you admire. A little bit of this favorite designer and a little of that favorite blogger and you’ll come through with your own personal style. Just remember to follow your heart!

ciao! fabiana

July 19, 2017

one gorgeous pool house

I just spotted this fabulous pool house
in the latest Sunset Magazine.

I love how the 15 foot long pocket doors
bring the outside in, and how about that
kitchen window that doubles as a poolside bar?

Let's take a better look...

Don’t you love how the window just swings upwards?
It reminds me of a beachside food stand.
The outdoor barstools are by Room & Board.

This setup makes entertaining friends
and family so effortless.

And lets take a look at the inside…

It’s the perfect little kitchen,
all done up with shiplap and I love how the
floors and ceilings mirror each other.

The floors may look like wood,
but it’s actually a porcelain
floor tile that easily stands up to
wet swimmers who walk in and out.

Those Serena & Lily pendant lights are
quite popular and look perfect in here!

This pool house also doubles as a guest cottage,
and the living space features a murphy bed
behind what looks like cabinet doors.

I love this fun and airy decor,
punctuated by the black windows and doors.

On the floor, 
the Twisted Abaca rug is also 
by Serena & Lily.

This space definitely needs all those natural 
elements brought in with the accessories,
to add a coastal vibe.

Here’s a great design detail,
the designers created a shower that can
be accessed from the inside and
from the outdoor pool area.

What a great idea!

Light and dark shades of 
gray are married perfectly.

And even better, they're using 
black steel and glass doors,
which is such a chic look.

What do you think about the dark exterior color?

I think it works wonderfully
at this project.

This is such a fun party house!

ciao! fabiana

photo credit: Sunset Magazine

July 17, 2017

july at roger's gardens

Anytime I get the chance, I stop by Roger’s Gardens
for a little stroll through their amazing and
luxurious nursery just for fun
and a little inspiration!

Today was one of those special days,
where I had a few minutes to wander,
before an appointment.

This rain chain made with stones and
chunks of gorgeous turquoise glass
really caught me attention! 

Some of the vignettes they create
are really breathtaking…

They work wonders with 
succulents and cacti.

These spiny happy cacti are a mix
of the most gorgeous colors…

And this regal lion set against
the amazing green wall was
my favorite little
slice of scenery today.

I hope you enjoy these little

and a few of my favorite garden quotes...

“Garden as though
you will live forever.”

--  William Kent

"No occupation is so delightful
to me as the culture of the earth,
and no culture comparable
to that of the garden."

-- Thomas Jefferson

"The best place to find God
is in a garden.
You can dig for him there."

--   George  Bernard  Shaw

"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,
or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses." 

--  Abraham Lincoln

“Gardening is learning, learning, learning.
That’s the fun of it.
You’re always learning.”

--  Helen Mirren

“Flowers always make people better, happier,
and more helpful; they are sunshine,
food and medicine for the soul.”
-- Luther Burbank

I hope your Monday was special!

ciao! fabiana

July 15, 2017

dorinda's blue stone manor

Today was the day of the Lenox Garden Club’s
Home Tour that featured Dorinda Medley’s home
as one of the homes to visit!

Dorinda is a cast member on
Do you watch?

Dorinda’s a fan favorite and she has a
gorgeous home, a mansion really,
in the Berkshires and
since most of couldn’t be
there in person,
here’s a little tour…

And believe, me,

she made it nice!

The house,
that Dorinda dubbed
“Blue Stone Manor” was built in 1904
and sits on 18 acres of lush property.

There are so many gorgeous rooms,
including nine bedrooms in this
11,000 square foot “manor”.

Here’s Dorinda in the spectacular blue room...

with her bedazzled peacock.

Here’s a nice view of the kitchen,
that’s seen its share of drama and laughter.

She usually hosts the cast during the winter holidays,
so it’s fun to see the house in the summer,

with its lush lawns, roses and hydrangeas. 

Oh, how I wish I was in the Berkshires
today for this special event!

Bye for now, Dorinda!

Today’s fan photos from the home tour!

And here's a little tour you can watch 
guided by Dorinda herself...

ciao! fabiana

photo credit:
Dorinda Medley
E News
Lenox Garden Club

July 14, 2017

ocean blue and bright white

Ocean blue and bright white…
the most beautiful combination for summer!

I seem to do a lot of posts on
my love for blue and white,
probably because this
duo is so versatile!

Cool and soothing…

Classic and chic!

Relaxing and tranquil…

Blue can reduce stress and calm you.

So this weekend,
take some time to
relax and look up at the pretty blue sky.
This can actually slow your metabolism…
and remember to breath,
deep long breaths.

Have an amazing weekend...

ciao! fabiana

photo credit:
1. House Beautiful
2. House & Home
3. House & Home
4. House Beautiful
5. Serena & Lily
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