August 22, 2014

a peek at Lisa Vanderpump's "Pump"

 
Real Housewife of Beverly Hills' 
Lisa Vanderpump's new restaurant Pump is stunning!
And, surprise, surprise look who collaborated with her on the decor...
Bravo's own Jeff Lewis, talented designer and idiosyncratic reality star.  
 Pump is filled with glamour, drama and sexy details.
You enter the courtyard through a wrought iron gate, 
which is embellished with a golden coat of arms.
So British! 
 Olive trees and candles create a intimate setting.
Here are three different vignettes of that same space.
 
Lighting is the key to a romantic mood
 A group of vintage chandeliers above the bar is stunning
You can always count on Lisa for glamourous details.
{pretty cocktails too}
Vintage finishes and furnishings add to the charm.
  Wouldn't you love to lunch with these two?

Photos via Domaine Home and Pump.

 ciao! Fabiana
sharing with:   say g'day linky party 

August 21, 2014

coastal shingle style homes


For that instant coastal cottage look, 
 I love the look of cedar shingles.  

Their texture and rustic quality 
can be the beginning of great curb appeal.

This fun shingle style has several distinct elements...


Contrast colors and 
finishes to really highlight each feature. 


Black shutters look especially 
fabulous with this look.


You can achieve more of a 
cottage look with charming details.


America meets French country
a muted palette of grays and lavender. 


 Stately lakeside living style has 
handed-down through
 the generations quality. 


With a symmetrical and 
straight-forward design, 
all this home's attention 
is focused on the entry,
very New England!


Add drama with a formal black door 
and beautiful planted urns. 


Welcome friends and family
 with a home that is 
inviting, and more importantly,  
personal to your style.



Do you have a favorite shingle home style?


ciao! fabiana




August 20, 2014

blue and white : an outdoor focal point


Blue and white pottery 
and dishes don't have to be
reserved for interiors only.  

There are lots of great ways 
to display your beautiful collections outdoors. 


A tiled mural is accented with more blue and white,
 in a symmetrical display using plates and platters.


Here's another version of the 
symmetrical plate display,
this time they have also added lamps
 and pillows as well. 


Mary McDonald loves using pots,
 ginger jars and urns outdoors.


Love this, but these homeowners 
must be childless and dogless!


A little corner is all you need for a collection.


Very formal, but somehow 
the blue and white makes if homey too!

Below is a small bit of blue and white at Casa Ciao.


ciao! fabiana

August 17, 2014

sunday supper Parisian style


I have just cooked this up to serve  with dinner tonight. 
As a follow-up to Friday's post, I really wanted to try this  recipe 
which simply features watercress, potatoes and milk.
A few little tastes of it reveal a silky and surprisingly refreshing flavor!
And, it took only about 20 minutes in all to prepare
(including peeling and boiling potatoes). 
I can't wait to serve it to my family tonight with
salad and some crunchy, toasted french bread.. 

Potage Cressonniere  (Watercress Soup)  6 – 8 Servings 
1 lb potatoes  (I used red potatoes)
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ pints milk
(3 cups, heated)
one bunch of watercress
1 oz butter
(2 teaspoons)
Peel the potatoes, quarter them and boil them in salted water until tender.
 Drain, crush them with a potato-masher, and when free from all lumps add the boiling milk and salt.
 While the potatoes are soaking, wash and pick the leaves off the watercress and chop roughly.
Add to the soup and cook for 5-6 minutes.
Take off the fire and add the butter.

Pour into a hot tureen and serve.
  
"This recipe has been chosen by me as a favorite recipe for the simple, logical reason that I had it for the first time on my first trip to the most beautiful city in the world, Paris. It was a happy time, as it always is in Paris, so I pass this on hoping that a flavor of the city of the chestnut trees will be felt by all who have Potage Cressonniere." -- Lauren Bacall

au revoir! Fabiana

August 15, 2014

Lauren Bacall, Paris & a favorite recipe

I came across this recipe and  sentiment this week by 
Lauren Bacall for a lovely watercress and potato soup
and wanted to share it as a little part of the amazing 
woman that she was behind the glamour.  

Lauren Bacall and husband Humphrey Bogart enjoy cocktails in Paris on March 23, 1951
  She writes…
"This recipe has been chosen by me as a favorite recipe for the simple, logical reason that I had it for the first time on my first trip to the most beautiful city in the world, Paris. It was a happy time, as it always is in Paris, so I pass this on hoping that a flavor of the city of the chestnut trees will be felt by all who have Potage Cressonniere."

Potage Cressonniere  (Watercress Soup)  Servings 6 – 8
1 lb potatoes
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ pints milk (heated)
one bunch of watercress
1 oz butter
Peel the potatoes, quarter them and boil them in salted water until tender.
 Drain, crush them with a potato-masher, and when free from all lumps add the boiling milk and salt.
 While the potatoes are soaking, wash and pick the leaves off the watercress and chop roughly.
Add to the soup and cook for 5-6 minutes.
Take off the fire and add the butter.
Pour into a hot tureen and serve.

I will be making this tonight.
Maybe with a little champagne to toast Ms. Bacall!

ciao! Fabiana

August 13, 2014

the Newport showroom of Barclay Butera

Blue and white is always a classic,
and I love how Barclay Butera Interiors also 
has thrown Orange into the mix!


The Butera Newport Beach showroom is 
always full of inspiration and lovely finds!

Coastal elements are naturally great 
accents for our local beach inspired decor.
It's so fun how these vignettes 
are mixed and matched!


I especially love these huge hurricane 
candle holders trimmed with brass.
Wouldn't they look amazing on any table?

So versatile, too!   


A bar cart always is in fashion,
especially with a great art piece
 as a backdrop.

And don't forget, fresh fruit
 and flowers add an 
organic and feminine touch

What are some of your favorite finds this week?

ciao! fabiana

August 12, 2014

vase collection display

  
Today's inspiration was spotted at 
Roger's Gardens.

A pretty collection of 
milky white and Tiffany blue vases,
with a few select tulips displayed.




So pretty for a dining room!


ciao! fabiana

favorite home coffee stations



Wouldn't it be wonderful 
to have a place devoted solely 
to your morning cup of coffee?
  

One of my favorite set-ups 
is this coffee cart created 
by Victoria of the SF Girl by Bay blog. 

I love that she used a four tiered cart, and that 
there's plenty of storage for all her java needs.
Pretty flowers and artwork make it perfect!


I use the same Moka Express
every morning,
& isn't that the cutest sugar bowl?


 This slim coffee cabinet even comes with a 
pot filler to make coffee an effortless affair!


A variety of pretty cups from 
the Inspired Room,
are ready to be filled,
and is a must on the counter!


My Sweet Savannah's 
simple coffee set-up is to die for! 

 The queen of all good things, Martha Stewart,
hasn't left a single thing out in her
coffee station!

How about some
 java on the rocks?

How do you like to start your day?




ciao! fabiana
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