A BREATHTAKING SONOMA, CALIFORNIA HOME

Mr. B and I had a wonderful trip to San Francisco last weekend. We explored many of the wonderful neighborhoods the City has to offer but didn’t have time to visit the prestigious Presidio Heights neighborhood this time around. On our next trip, I plan to spend some time in Presidio Heights and stop by Anyon Atelier, a stylish home design boutique. They also offer full-service interior design services through their firm Anyon Interior Design. In the meantime, I will have to enjoy one of their beautifully designed homes located in Sonoma, California situated north of San Francisco. It looks like a perfect retreat in the heart of Wine Country for one very lucky homeowner.  anyon design sonoma via Reviving Charmanyon design sonoma via Reviving Charm 2anyon design via reviving charm sonoma californiaanyon design sonoma via Reviving Charm 3anyon design sonoma via Reviving Charm 4anyon design sonoma via Reviving Charm 6anyon design sonoma via Reviving Charm 7anyon design sonoma via Reviving Charm 8

Bouquets to Art at the de Young Fine Arts Museum

The de Young Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco is one of my favorite museums in California. I’ll admit that I’m not a big fan of the architecture but the Museum has been host to some wonderful exhibits, including the Oscar de la Renta Retrospective that took place almost exactly one year ago. The museum’s observation deck is also a “must see”, offering a 360-degree panoramic view of the City by the Bay.de Young Museum via Reviving CharmThis year visiting the annual Bouquets to Art exhibit at the de Young Museum was on the list of things to do while in San Francisco these past few days. The week-long art and floral event took place from March 14 – March 19, 2017, and celebrated its 33rd year. This is an event that calls upon some of the most talented floral designers to come up with fanciful arrangements inspired by the artwork and sculpture housed at the Museum. Given that today is the first day of Spring, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to share a few of the floral displays there were exhibited at the Bouquets to Art this year and in years past.bouquets to art de young museum

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MY HEART IS IN SAN FRANCISCO 

If you follow me on Instagram then you were the first to know that Mr. B and I have been vacationing in San Francisco for the last few days. While I’m away from my computer, enjoy a view of one of the most famous bridges in the world. The iconic Golden Gate Bridge first opened in May 1937 and will turn 80 this year. I only hope I can look as fabulous when I turn 80!

The Golden Gate Bridge’s daily strip tease from enveloping stoles of mist to full frontal glory is still the most provocative show in town.   –Mary Moore Mason, Editor of British magazine Essentially America

ROUNDWOOD HOUSE

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! If I can’t stay in a castle when I visit Ireland someday then I sure would love to spend a few nights in a beautiful Irish country house. One place I might be willing to consider is Roundwood, an 18th century home located just over an hour outside of Dublin. The charming interiors and beautiful setting look like it would be a perfect place to call home for a relaxing few nights. Be warned: there are no flat screen TV’s to be found here. I’m not sure I can live without that creature comfort but I would be willing to give it a try and use it as a great excuse to also disconnect for a few days. 

This is such a lovely property…you’d never know that it was abandoned and boarded up during the 1960’s. Thankfully it has been restored and the current owners are willing to share it with us. To learn more about Roundwood House and its history be sure to check out their website. 

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Main entrance

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Main hall and staircase.

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Main staircase.

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Drawing Room.

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Study.

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Dining table set for a wedding party.

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The Green Room.

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The Green Room bath.

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A lovely cut velvet chair in the Green Room.

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The Yellow Room.

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The Blue Room. The artwork in this room are actually photographs of original paintings from the 1700’s. They look amazing against Farrow and Ball’s “Drawing Room Blue” paint.

A former barn has been transformed into a library.

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A corner in the herb garden.

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LUGGALA LODGE ON THE EVE OF ST. PATRICK’S DAY

I’ve never been to Ireland but it’s on the bucket list. If I ever get a chance to visit I would love to spend a night in a historic castle. Wouldn’t that be an incredible experience? Luggala Lodge is one such place that has a very long list of famous guests. But if you want more than just a short visit to a castle and prefer to call one home then how about actually purchasing Luggala for a mere $30 million. It is situated on 5,000 acres of picturesque land that is just 28 miles outside of Dublin. It comes with everything you can imagine from such an esteemed piece of property including a caretaker house, guest quarters, horse stables, boat house, and an indoor pool. The castle was built in 1787 and later purchased by the La Touche family, who were Dublin bankers. The property was then sold in 1937 to Ernest Guinness as a wedding present for his daughter. luggala castle castle grounds 2luggala castle castle grounds 2luggala castle castle interior 4luggala castle castle interiorluggala castle castle interior 2luggala castle castle interior 3luggala castle castle grounds via reviving charmluggala castle castle grounds 6luggala castle castle grounds 4luggala castle guest house groundsuggala castle guest house grounds 7

It isn’t so much an estate as a kingdom, a veritable Middle Earth of heather-covered-mountains, silvery waterfalls and lakes, emerald forests and meadows.  —W Magazine

luggala castle guest house grounds 8luggala castle castle grounds 5luggala castle castle groundsTo whet your appetite about the intriguing history of this property, be sure to check out the property’s website. Alternatively, for a more in-depth insight on the history of Luggala and its prior inhabitants, add a copy of  Luggala Days to your library. The book is authored by Robert O’Byrne and is sure to provide very captivating details on the history of the estate.

O’Byrne treats the house like a three-dimensional novel, mining centuries of gossip, scandal, and tragedy, as well as family albums, guest books, letters, and diaries, to create a 256-page volume that is as satisfying as a pint of the stout that fueled the family of Luggala’s fortune. –Architectural Digest

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