HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

If you have followed me for a while then you already know that Mr. B and I are usually away on vacation during this time of year. Our anniversary and my birthday are a week apart so we use these special events as a great excuse to pack our bags and get away. Last year we spent our time in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. Part of our stay included time on Cape Cod where we stayed at a lovely inn. You can read about the inn here. I am just realizing that we have taken a few trips since then and never got around to posting about them. Which begs the question..when is it too late to post something?

Unfortunately, with my recent surgery we made no real plans for either occasion since we had no idea what kind of shape I would be in post surgery. I will admit that this really kicked my butt and I thought my recovery would come along much quicker. I’m still recuperating so we are staying close to home to enjoy a nice quiet dinner at a local restaurant. If I am up to it, I might spend a part of the day to do some online shopping and buy myself some birthday gifts. I think deserve it!

To celebrate my birthday let’s enjoy some cake and ice cream today! happy-birthday-to-reviving-charm-2016

PERFECTLY IMPERFECT

For more than 6o years this Italian convent, located in the Tuscany region of Italy, remained vacant. The convent was designed by Antonio da Sagallo the Younger, who was also the creator of the Palazzo Farnese and Villa Madama in Rome.
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Holly Lueders and Venetia Sacret Young, a mother and daughter duo, purchased the former convent and converted into their home. They immediately moved right into two of the livable rooms of the 6,500 square foot property. The only heat was from a fireplace and a generator powered four light bulbs and a refrigerator. They were committed to doing much of the renovation work themselves. Talk about dedication!

Here you see the mother/daughter duo on the steps they designed for the space.

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I love how the mother/daughter duo hung 20th century Franciscan monk prints on the wall, which appropriately pay homage to the spiritual history of the building. The prints are secured to the wall via simple metal pins. This provides such a unique (and cost effective) alternative to custom framing. Plus, the extensive use of prints across one wall provides a graphic, modern touch to the space.

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The fireplace, with its 16th century mantle takes  center stage in this room.

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The bathroom was formerly a chapel but is not outfitted with a 19th century ceramic tub and antique plates that are artfully arranged on the wall.
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The bedroom was once a kitchen and the walls were treated to give it a “stained” look. The mother/daughter duo took painstaking efforts to achieve just the right mixture of perfectly imperfect stains and finishes throughout their home.

We found out about this abandoned factory in Mount Amiata…and we found all this yellow ochre powder just left there unattended. We took several sacks full of it back to the convent and mixed it with turpentine and linseed oil, and worked it in by hand.   –Holly Lueders

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The garden area is planted with roses, jasmine and fragrant herbs. It looks like such a serene space so it’s no surprise that this area once served as the cloister for the prior convent.

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Be sure to read the entire article about their home featured in the New York Times. It is fascinating reading.

A VISIT TO THE BAUER POTTERY SHOWROOM

I really have a great love for many different styles of design. And one of the many styles that Mr. B and I have a shared appreciation for is midcentury modern. In fact, we enjoyed it well before it ever became cool and well…mainstream. And when it comes to midcentury pottery, one of the most prolific pottery manufacturers from the era (stemming from the 1880’s) is Bauer Pottery. Simple shapes and vibrant hues are some of the hallmarks of their designs.

A few weeks ago Mr. B informed me that the Bauer Pottery showroom (actually an outlet) located in Los Angeles, California (actually near Burbank) is open to the public only a few days a month. Looking for something to do one particular Saturday afternoon, we decided to pay the shop a visit. The showroom is located in a dilapidated corrugated metal warehouse building at the end of a short cul-de-sac. If you like Bauer Pottery then it is definitely well worth the visit.

BAUER POTTERY FACORRY

The original Bauer Pottery company closed in 1962. However, in 1998 the current owner Mr. Janek Boniecki purchased the rights to reproduce Bauer Pottery designs. Existing vintage pieces were used an molds and now the company manufactures replicas of many of the original Bauer designs in new and original colors. The actual factory is off limits to the public but if that ever changes (or if they feel like hosting a private tour) I hope they let me know!

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The Bauer Pottery showroom is actually an outlet of sorts where you will find their samples, discontinued items and factory seconds. Don’t let imperfect deter you. I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality and amount of inventory. Plus, pieces are priced at 30% less than the price of first-quality product, which is always a perk. However, you can also purchase first quality pieces in their online shop.

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I like how each of the colors offered by Bauer Pottery are highlighted on the showroom wall. I typically don’t gravitate toward brighter colors for use in our own home but I was happy to see that pieces are also available in white.
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Love the crocks…they also come in a variety of colors and sizes.

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Mr. B and I had the pleasure of speaking with the owner while browsing the showroom. Mr. Boniecki provided us with a wonderful history of Bauer Pottery and also tipped us off on an event that he is planning next month that isn’t even on their website yet. Bauer Pottery is hosting the Dog Days of Fall on October 8 & 9 from 10 am to 5 pm. If  you visit on either day and allow the staff to photograph your dog with one of their dog bowls you get to select a dog bowl to take home with you. When we were at the showroom I was particularly admiring the large white bowl (shown below right). Now only if we had a dog…bauer-pottery-dog-and-cat-bowls-via-revivingcharm

Bauer Pottery – Los Angeles Showroom

3051 Rosslyn Street
Los Angeles, California 90065
Phone: (818) 500-0666

**Be sure to call or check the website for store hours since the showroom is only open a few select days per month. Happy shopping! bauer-pottery-via-revivingcharm-2Original iphone images via Reviving Charm.

TEAL ON TUESDAY

I mentioned in this post that I have a short bob haircut. A couple of weeks ago I received a fresh-cut with additional layers in the back. This time I decided to mix things up dramatically and have the layers dyed teal. Yes, TEAL. It’s not something most people would expect of me (I actually surprised myself) and seeing their reaction has been fun. In honor of my new hair color let’s have some design fun with teal, turquoise and peacock. teal-turquoise-peacock-via-revivingcharm_com-17about-revivingcharm_comteal-turquoise-peacock-via-revivingcharm_comteal-turquoise-peacock-via-revivingcharm_com-12teal-and-peacock-via-revivingcharm_comteal-turquoise-peacock-via-revivingcharm_com-13teal-turquoise-peacock-via-revivingcharm_com-5teal-turquoise-peacock-via-revivingcharm_com-14teal-turquoise-peacock-doors-via-revivingcharm_comteal-turquoise-peacockteal-turquoise-peacock-via-revivingcharm_com-11teal-turquoise-peacock-via-revivingcharm_com-1teal-turquoise-peacock-via-revivingcharm_com-3

CHARMING DETAILS: DUTCH DOORS

dutch-doors-via-revivingcharm_com-4You would never know that it is officially Fall in Southern California. The temperatures are still sky high and our air conditioner is still getting good use. It’s days like this that make me realize how a charming Dutch Door can provide natural ventilation while having a portion of the door secured. And because of this design it is the perfect door to have if you own pets.

I’ve actually contemplated installing a Dutch Door on our seaside ranch home. Dutch Doors can be a versatile design element that can fit in with almost any architectural style. Plus, it is a door style that can be used as a front door or secondary door, off a mudroom or laundry room for example. While you browse the pictures in this post, don’t forget to also take notice of the door hardware where visible in the pictures. Below is one of my favorites.

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