Reviving Charm Goes to Italy 

italy scrapbook Reviving CharmBuon Giorno! I am very happy to announce that Mr. B and I are hopping on a jet plane and flying off to Italy today. I am over the moon excited because we have a deep love affair with Italy. It must have something to do with the fact that it’s in our DNA. We will be staying in a total of five cities but our trip begins and ends in Milan, one of the great cities of the world. It’s a very chic, urban, and cosmopolitan city. And because of these reasons, I happen to actually love Milano. However, I am always intrigued to learn how others feel about this great city. I have found that most people either love it or hate it. There’s usually no middle ground.

Even now I miss Italy dearly, I dream about it every night – Eila Hiltunen

italy scrapbook Reviving Charm 3It’s hard for me to believe it’s been over ten years since I started creating the photo carousel project highlighted in this post. It is filled with nothing but pictures from our numerous trips to Italy dating back to 2004 and is still a work in progress. When Mr. B and I are back, rest assured that I will be adding more pages to it. But for now let’s flip through a few pages together, shall we…italy scrapbook Reviving Charm 2

So you can get a sense of scale, the smallest page is slightly little larger than a standard business card. I used a variety of items (glitter, stickers, ribbon, rubber stamps, rub-ons, etc.) to embellish each page. I pulled out all the stops by using metallic gold thread to sew a zig-zag stitch on one of the pages (see the first picture at the top of this post). italy scrapbook Reviving Charm 5There are pictures of Mr. B and I scattered among the pages, but the project really focuses on details that capture a slice of Italian life. Coins, train tickets, portions of maps, and ticket stubs are also things I managed to include. For example, the linen pocket below holds business cards picked up at just a few of the wonderful places we’ve had an opportunity to visit over the years.  italy scrapbook Reviving Charm 1grand hotel et de milan Reviving Charm

italy scrapbook Reviving Charm 7 gypsiesgelato favorites Reviving Charmlake como reviving charm scrapbookitaly travel ATC Reviving CharmYou may have noticed how I like incorporating inspirational quotes into many of my blog posts. However, it wasn’t until this particular post that I realized that this was something I was already doing some 10 years ago when I started this project. reviving charm in italyI hope you enjoyed this glimpse at of one of my most prized possessions. Every time I flip through the pages it brings back very happy memories of our travels to a place we love dearly. Even though we are away,  I have still have posts planned for the website so don’t forget to check in.  I will also be posting on Instagram so be sure to follow me around. Ciao!  

GLOBAL STYLE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of taking an advanced painting techniques class at Peinture Studios located in Costa Mesa, California. Peinture Studios is a boutique paint studio that sells a full range of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, offers painting workshops and provides inspiration on updating vintage furniture. I was hooked on chalk paint after taking only one class. If you have never used chalk paint, I highly recommend it. Little to no prep is needed, it is very forgiving to use and clean up is a breeze. What can be better than that? I’ve even shared a few of my projects and techniques here, here and here. But if you are located in California, I highly recommend taking a class at Peinture Studios.

The owner of Peinture Studios is Deborah Waltz and I was happy to discover pictures of her home in the current issue of Orange Coast Magazine. The design of her home was inspired by her travels to Morrocco.

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Deborah transformed her Southern California, three-story tract home into something uniquely her own, including stenciled walls featuring chalk paint colors available in her shop. By looking at these pictures you’d never know that Deborah started with a cookie-cutter blank slate. You can read more about her home heredebrorah-waltz-via-reviving-charm-1

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TUESDAY TIP #3: DECORATING WITH VINTAGE JEWELRY

Style and design are passions of mine so I particularly love, love, love when the worlds of fashion and interior design collide. With Christmas behind us, it’s time to starting thinking of the new year. If you plan to host a New Year’s Eve party and are short on decor, here is a quick and easy way to some sparkle and shine to your upcoming festivities.tuesday-tip-no-3-vintage-jewelry-to-decorate-via-revivingcharmfashion-and-interior-design-tuesday-tip-via-revivingcharm-1

I purchased a pair of silk diponi throw pillows from Restoration Hardware several years ago. They’ve moved with us from house to house and have even moved from room to room. They currently reside in the living room of our seaside ranch home. To add a bit of interest to a rather plain pillow, I added a grouping of three vintage brooches to add a touch of whimsy. I love the conversation it sparks when people actually take notice.

Whether you are using heirlooms or purchases found at flea markets and thrift shops, this is a great way to put your beautiful jewels on display to enjoy. It beats having them stored away in a drawer where they will most likely be forgotten. Just be aware that, depending on the fabric, you might be left with pin holes behind when you remove the brooches. Because of this, we opted to leave the brooches in place to adorn a pillow 365 days of the year. fashion-and-interior-design-via-revivingcharm-1