1 Here I am with yacht designer, Espen Oeino, owner of Espen Oeino International, and his wife, Sabrina, who owns an interior design business, Sabrina Monte-Carlo. They invited me to their new home during my visit to Europe last month. http://www.espenoeino.com http://www.sabrinamontecarlo.com
2 This was the driveway leading to the home of Espen Oeino and his wife, Sabrina. The views overlooking the Mediterranean were breathtaking.
3 Here is a look at their infinity pool. It is very long, and its shape is very similar to that of a boat. In fact, a lot of the design elements in the home are very much like those on a yacht.
4 In the distance, you can see France and Monaco. To the left is the Island of Corsica. All the white structures in the foreground are greenhouses filled with flowers. Greenhouses are very common in the area.
5 Walking down from the driveway is one of the terraces at the house, decorated with beautiful plantings. The cacti and climbing bougainvillea were particularly eye-catching.
6 The nopal, or prickly pear cactus, Opuntia cacti, is one of the plants native to the Sonora Desert. The plant is a common ingredient in many Mexican dishes. The nopal pads can be eaten raw or cooked, used in marmalades, soups, stews and salads. Nopales are excellent sources of minerals and vitamin-C.
7 This is Sabrina's car - what a fun vehicle to use during summer. I love the colors, especially the blue steering wheel!
8 Beautiful, large David Austin roses. David Austin roses are bred by crossing old garden roses with more modern varieties to achieve a certain fragrance, delicacy and charm of old style blooms.
9 Beautiful white David Austin roses - all the roses were in perfect bloom on this day.
10 A David Austin rose in bright pink - look how big this bloom is!
11 David Austin rose 'New Dawn'.
12 This David Austin rose is bold red with orange, closer toward the center. It's also quite large - as big as my open hand.
13 A wall of bold pink bougainvillea. Bougainvillea is one of the showiest of vines. This plant smothers itself in clusters of papery bracts, which appear in shades of pink, lavender, red, gold or orange. This is Bougainvillea spectabilis.
14 Lemon trees are very common in Italian gardens. Loved for their culinary and medicinal uses, lemons are also popularly used for decoration as part of table settings.
15 Sabrina and I in our very trendy blue shoes. It is among the popular colors in Italy right now.
16 Espen and my friend, Kira Faiman.
17 A fun pink garden hose - this home was full of whimsy and character.
18 There was a lot of color in many of the decorations, such as this set of outdoor chairs. A lot of the furniture was from Sabrina's store, Sabrina Monte Carlo. The crowned fish in the cage was also festive. On the right is a wall of jasmine, Trachelospermum jasminoides. The fragrant flowers are white, with tube-like corolla opening out into five petal-like lobes.
19 Inside the home, there was a lot of artwork, such as this bright yellow painting, and the globe made out of stainless steel.
20 There was so much wonderful light throughout the entire space, as well as gorgeous cut flowers everywhere.
21 The yellow painting in this room added a dramatic touch to the white walls and furniture. Again, certain characteristics found on yachts can be seen here, such as the narrow windows.
22 A bowl of fresh lemons with some foliage still attached - a nice way to present home grown fruits.
23 This outdoor space is right outside Espen's and Sabrina's bedroom. On the left is an outdoor shower.
24 A fun photo of Kevin and Espen.
25 Here I am with distinguished landscape architect, Jean Mus. For more than 30-years, he has created many of the parks and gardens along the Mediterranean shores and throughout the world. He also oversaw the landscape design for this home. http://www.jeanmus.fr/index.php?lang=en
26 Here, I am joined by Espen and Sabrina Oeino, and Jean Mus.
27 Another charming outdoor space - here, Sabrina created her own private beach oasis, with sand, rocks, and even a sign that says, "Sabrina's Beach".
28 Before dinner, everyone enjoyed time by the pool - the weather was perfect.
29 Both sides of the pool had glass walls, and stunning views of the Mediterranean could be seen from every angle.
30 This view looks over the infinity feature of the pool and out onto the Mediterranean. It does appear as if the water just goes over the side, through those homes and into the sea.
31 There were many quaint places to entertain and gather. Here, the animal print cushions with the colored pillows looked very inviting.
32 Sabrina loves this color turquoise. It was a common color throughout the house.
33 This is the back of the house leading down to the pool and the entertaining space.
34 A quick photo in front of the David Austin roses 'New Dawn'. These medium sized blush pink roses deepen in color toward the center, and have a fruity fragrance - so beautiful.
35 In 1997, 'New Dawn' was voted the most popular rose in the world at the 11th World Convention of Rose Societies. These are three-inch double flowers with 15-petals each.
36 Jean and I just before sitting down to dinner. We all had such a lovely evening.
37 Look at this beautiful table setting. The table is one piece of teak wood from Bali.
38 The calla lily, Zantedeschia aethiopica, is is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant - evergreen where rainfall is adequate, and deciduous in places that have dry seasons.
39 The dinner was prepared in this outdoor kitchen. Espen's housekeepers cooked a delicious pasta meal.
40 There were delicious fruits and drinks available throughout the evening.
41 Delicious, fresh cherries.
42 A scrumptious bowl of fresh "fragole" - that's Italian for strawberries. One strawberry is "fragola".
43 After dinner, we enjoyed these delicious pastries.
44 And, some chocolate truffles.
45 My friend, Kira Faiman, and my makeup artist, Daisy Schwartzberg, were busy taking "snaps" with their smartphones and putting them on social media.
46 Kevin and I posed for this nice photo in front of a wall of David Austin roses.
47 Even at night, this pool looked majestic.
48 These are Italian cypress trees, Cupressus sempervirens. It's also known as the Mediterranean cypress, Tuscan cypress, graveyard cypress or pencil pine. The foliage grows in dense, dark green sprays, and has a very tall, columnar form. They add dramatic flair to this landscape.
49 I thought the sconces in this room were very interesting. The base appeared to have some kind of faux bois design.
50 Sabrina's favorite color, turquoise, is evident in this bedroom. It looks very cheerful with the white walls and bedding.
51 Here is another bedroom - this one with a beige and cream color scheme. The geometric headboard added a nice focal point to the room.
52 This is a petrified wood pedestal sink. Petrified wood is the name given to a tree that has transitioned to stone by a process called permineralization.
53 Another bedroom decorated in white and blue. What caught my eye was the crocheted white headboard cover.
55 Here is another petrified wood sink. It adds a very natural element to any modern design.
56 Espen had a lot of fun - here, he posed under his outdoor shower head.
57 This is the master bath - I thought the differing heights of there sinks was very interesting.
58 This was a very large piece of artwork - can you tell what it is made of?
59 If you guessed plastic forks, you are correct.