ART: RON CHURCH, ARCHIV-E, AND THE PENDRY

In a previous post, I mentioned that Mr. B and I have checked into The Pendry Hotel in San Diego. But while visiting the hotel back in July, one of the spaces I discovered was the pop-up art gallery showcasing the photography of Ron Church, a photographer from San Diego who is notable for his black and white surf photography from the 1960’s. I am a native SoCal (Southern California) girl who has never surfed but I can appreciate the surf culture that is so richly ingrained in the beach communities that stretch along the Pacific coast.

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There seems to be a growing trend in the hospitality industry with hotels offering up curated works of art for sale to their guests. The Pendry falls into that category. The collaboration between The Pendry and Archiv-E doesn’t stop at just the hotel gallery. The artwork on display in the guest rooms and one of their restaurants, Provisional, was also available for sale.

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If you missed the Ron Church pop-up at The Pendry, don’t despair. His photography is available through Archiv-E who provides affordable, open edition framed art prints from a variety of photographers through their website. 

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If you admire the work of Ron Church as much as I do, you might want to also consider picking up a couple of his books. Surf Contest can be purchased from a third party through Amazon. I’ve purchased books available from a third party through Amazon on a few occasions. Just make sure to buy one that is in the best possible condition from a seller with a good rating. surf contest book by photographer Ron Church_Reviving Charmsurf contest book 1 by photographer Ron Church_Reviving Charmsurf contest book 2 by photographer Ron Church_Reviving Charm

The other book is Ron Church: California to Hawaii 1960 to 1965. Purchase your copy through The Surfers Journal for a numbered copy that also comes in a very cool slipcover. This would look fabulous put on display. 

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ENTERTAINING: Set the Table Neiman Marcus Style

One of my guilty pleasures when traveling to San Francisco is visiting Neiman Marcus in Union Square. I shop the store from top to bottom and last year during the Thanksgiving holiday I fell in love with a particular tabletop store display. The table decorations incorporate old book pages, quotes, and words of wisdom that can easily be recreated. I’ve seen similar book page table runners on Pinterest but I like the idea of incorporating quotes, phrases, definitions, and words of wisdom. Choose wording to fit your particular festivity and you’ve created something really unique.

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There were several mobiles hanging above the dining table displaying additional words of wisdom. If you are somewhat of a DIYer this could actually be fairly easy to make. It would be time-consuming, but easy. inspirational tabletop_Reviving Charm 16

Words to live by…”Integrity…Live in such a way, that if someone spoke badly of you no one would believe it.”

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A Place to Call Home by Gil Schafer

My last post included a beautiful New York home designed by architect and designer Gil Schafer. Gil Schafer is not only a talented architect and designer but he is also the author of several books including “A Place to Call Home: Tradition, Style, and Memory in the New American House” that was released at the end of September. The images I am sharing today are from the new book via Gil Shafer’s website and Amazon. gil schafer book_a place to call home_Reviving Charm_cover

I design houses to be comfortable, gracious, and understated, and to stand the test of time.” –Gil Schafer

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My home is filling up quickly with books but after seeing these images I am tempted to make room for one more! You can buy your own copy of the book here. Alternatively, pick up a book at one of the remaining book tour events. You check out this page to see if Gil Schafer is coming to a town near you. If you attend, be sure to tell him that Reviving Charm says “hello”.