Do you ever come across an image that stops you in your tracks? This Mountain Brook, Alabama living room of Interior Designer Betsy Brown did just

Shortly after seeing this one image that captivated me, I received my issue of Milieu Magazine where her entire home was featured. Talk about coincidence! Her home is a wonderful mix of classic design with chic, modern flair set in neutral tones. I love homes that can successfully combine these elements while still providing a sense of warmth that makes you feel comfortable within the space. For today, enjoy a tour of Betsey Brown’s home….I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. art-at-the-home-of-betsy-brown-interior-design-revivingcharm_combetsy-brown-interior-design-revivingcharm_com-4bbetsy-brown-interior-design-revivingcharm_com-4abetsy-brown-interior-design-revivingcharm_com-3betsy-brown-interior-design-revivingcharm_combetsy-brown-interior-design-revivingcharm_com-2betsy-brown-interior-design-revivingcharm_com-1



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I have always loved and appreciated beautiful lush gardens but it wasn’t until Mr. B and I moved into our seaside ranch home that I became interested in our own landscaping. This is primarily due to the fact that we bought a fixer and the gardens left little to be desired. At some point we will rework the outdoor spaces. But for now everything is kept neat and tidy since we are currently focusing on the interiors of our home. When the time comes to reevaluate our outdoor spaces I would love to work with someone like Molly Wood. In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy the garden as it is, particularly the when the roses and spring flowers are in bloom. I love when I can cut flowers from the garden and bring them indoors. Simple pleasures.

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Flowers from our garden waiting to be arranged – Spring 2016

Even though the garden isn’t quite where I want it to be I have enjoyed trying out new plants and flowers in various areas of our property to see how well they respond.  Since I am a planner by nature and have a great affinity for stationary supplies, I am not surprised at the fact that I wanted to purchase a gardening journal to document events in our garden. I recently purchased this journal from Color Box Design & Letterpress. I can’t wait to put it to good use.


My new garden journal from Colorbox Design & Letterpress.

It has a sweet letterpress design on the cover and is wire bound with 60 blank pages leaving me to decide exactly how I want to put it to use. I am planning to document planting instructions, including what has been planted and where. I plan to incorporate pictures so I can see progress (growth) through pictures and note at what time of year specific plants and flowers were planted and how long they lasted throughout the season. I know it’s winter and but it is never too early to start planning for Spring. Note to self: need to order spring bulbs soon. 

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Flowers in our garden – Spring 2016

A gardening journal accompanied by a nice pen or pencil (my mechanical pencil shown above is from A.G Spalding & Bros.) would make a great housewarming gift or the perfect gift for the gardener in your life. Heck, they are so affordable why not treat yourself to one also. In addition to Adventures in Gardening, Color Box Design & Letterpress has a few other designs that would make perfect gifts including Adventures in Parenting, Adventures of the World and Adventures in the Kitchen. Journals can be purchased here.

All original photos by Reviving Charm via iPhone.


Yesterday was a darn good mail day. Don’t you love days like that? The sample of the fabric that Interior Designer Miles Redd designed for one of my favorite fabric companies, Schumacher, arrived. I was giddy as I ripped open the envelope containing one perfectly folded sample. I quickly got busy taking inventory of other fabric I have on hand that would coordinate with such a bold pattern. The seaside guest bedroom is 99% complete and I am already thinking of redecorating it.  I wasn’t originally planning to redo this room but this is what happens when you stay home for weeks to recuperate.

be-bold-inspiration-via-revivingcharm_comI usually shy away from bold patterns thinking that if I go with solids or subtle, classic patterns I won’t tire of them so easily. The inspiration fabric is way out of my comfort zone but that’s kinda what I like about it. However, I once had a dress made from a Schumacher linen that coincidently had a large peacock print…I loved that dress knowing it was a one of a kind!


Here are a few tidbits about the fabrics I have selected for the (potential) seaside guest bedroom redo:

  1. The inspiration fabric is known as “Peacock” by Miles Redd for Schumacher. The fabric comes in a few different colors but I chose this one because it best coordinates with things already in the room. I really, really like when I can reuse things I already own.
  2. This is a remnant piece I had stashed away for about twenty years (yes, you read that right…20 years). I have just enough of this black and ivory ticking fabric to make a lumbar pillow. Luckily, I wouldn’t need much of this fabric. I don’t remember the manufacturer so I wouldn’t be able to order more if I needed it. That is assuming it’s not discontinued.
  3. This pattern is known as “Greek Key” from Schumacher. This is such a versatile pattern, particularly in this neutral color. I never tire of it. I made two pillows using this fabric that currently sit on the bed in the guest bedroom. I like being able to reuse them in this room.

Below are the existing Belgian linen drapes that will remain. I love them! They are from Restoration Hardware and were purchased when we lived at our previous home. They fit the guest room windows at our seaside ranch home perfect so they moved with us. The fabric border is another Schumacher fabric that I had added to the drapes to give them a more custom, finished look. This is a great trick to “upgrade” off the shelf draperies.


So there  you have it….I am thinking of starting fresh with a bold pattern. What do you think? Any suggestions? Should I pull the trigger? 


I am a beauty product junkie and my favorite lipsticks are by YSL. My current favorite shade is a beautiful wine color (No. 54 – Prune Avenue-Dark Maroon). The little gold tubes make me very happy and are definitely a guilty pleasure of mine. Speaking of the French designer Yves Saint Laurent….

YSL lipstick watercolor via RevivingCharm blog

Original photo via Reviving Charm using Waterlogue

Did you know that tickets are now on sale for the special exhibit entitled “Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style” at the Seattle Art Museum, affectionately known as SAM. The exhibit will run from October 11, 2016 through January 8, 2017 and will showcase highlights from the designer’s 44 year career which will include items that have never been seen by the public before. In 2008 Mr. B and I were fortunate to see the YSL Style exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the SAM exhibit is something I don’t want to miss. These special fashion exhibits are always fun and informative. Trust me, you definitely walk away with a greater appreciation for the world of fashion.

YSL in his Paris studio, 1965.

YSL in his Paris studio, 1965. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Art Museum.

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AW 1965. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Art Museum.

1961 or 1962. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Art Museum.

The upcoming exhibit does not cover the personal life of YSL but I thought I would take advantage of this post to include a few pictures from one of the homes he once inhabited with his partner, Pierre Bergé. Villa Mabrouka, which means “House of Luck”, is located in Morocco situated on the terraced cliffs overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar above downtown Tangier. The home measures 9,688 square feet and is situated on two acres. The home has since been sold since Laurent’s death in 2008 but you can read more about his history with Villa Mabrouka Mabrouka here. 



Alternatively, you can also purchase the book “The Private World of Yves St. Laurent and Pierre Bergé” by Robert Murphy for an indepth look at their stylish lives. Although the book has been around for a bit (published in 2009), it is a must for anyone who loves the world of fashion and interior design. I just love when these two worlds collide, don’t you?



My Sunday television line-up includes watching the show Shameless airing on Showtime. Have you seen it? The show is in its 7th season and I was thrilled that the season premiere aired this past weekend. I was even happier that Elle Decor posted pictures on their website yesterday of actress Emmy Rossum’s real life renovated New York apartment. Emmy’s character on Shameless is Fiona Gallagher, the oldest of six children, who takes on the responsibility of raising her siblings due to an absent mother and druggie/alcoholic father. They live in a dump that is a far cry from her real life New York apartment, which is a gorgeous 800 square foot space in a building originally constructed in 1928.


Emmy Rossum is shown gazing out the windows of her New York apartment that was renovated from top to bottom. Although it would have been more cost effective to replace the windows, Emmy chose to restore and retain the original iron framed windows. A wise choice.


The beautiful living room fireplace was purchased by Rossum on a trip to Paris with her mother at the Marché aux Puces flea market. I laughed when I learned that she had it sent home via FedEx since Mr. B and I have been known to do that on our travels…. although not with anything that large, heavy or as fragile.


The picture above is the dining area before the renovation. With the exception of the floors and windows, everything in this one bedroom apartment is new including the molding details throughout. The beautiful original herringbone floors remained in place but were stained a much darker color. Another wise choice.



Emmy wanted a dark kitchen and the design was perfectly executed with all appliances hidden out of sight blending in as cabinetry.





The closet is beautiful and efficient for a small space but I would like to know where the rest of her clothes are really kept.


What I failed to mention early on in this post is that the Actress called upon Elle Decor for guidance on her renovations. They steered her in the direction of a few designers before selecting designer Antonino Buzzetta. What I found intriguing is that the magazine also arranged for several home decor businesses to sponsor bits of the renovation. I only wish I had that kind of influence! For a list of resources used on this project, check this out.