Poolside Perfection

Happy Memorial Day! I sure wish swimming was on the agenda for today. When Mr. B and I were searching for a home a few years ago we contemplated the idea of purchasing a property with a pool. In our case, it wasn’t meant to be as our seaside ranch home is sans pool. But it doesn’t mean that I can’t covet the patriotic pool on the six-acre property in Northern Italy of noted photographer Oberto Gili and his wife Joy Sohn. I finally ordered Oberto’s book, “Domus, A Journey into Italy’s Most Creative Interiors”. With Amazon Prime shipping, my book should arrive today (on a holiday?). Now if I could only read my new book next to a beautiful pool like this one, it would be pure poolside perfection!

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Image via Architectural Digest

What’s Taking Place this Weekend at Villa Erba?

This would be a great weekend to be in Italy. Actually, any weekend would be a great weekend in Italy! My love for Italy and my fascination with cool cars makes me want to jump on a jet plane this very moment to attend the  Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, an event taking place on the grounds of Villa d’Este, one of the world’s most iconic hotels situated on Lake Como to celebrate the mystique of 50 fine vintage and classic cars built between the 1920’s and 1980’s that will be on display for public view. This happens to be a particularly exciting year because every 2 years, Sotheby’s joins the event to host a highly anticipated auction of investment grade cars on the grounds of Villa Erba during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este weekend.villa erba italy Reviving Charm 3Villa Erba is a 19th-century villa in the town of Cernobbio on Lake Como built by Luigi Erba, the brother of a prominent businessman Carlo Erba, to show off his wealth. After the death of Luigi Erba, the villa was inherited by his daughter Carla and was used by members of Carla’s family, including her son Luchino Visconti, and Italian movie director. In 1986, it was bought by a public consortium and is used as a convention center and for various special events. Doesn’t it look the most idyllic venue for really any event? villa erba architecture 2villa erba italy Reviving Charm 1italy villa erba 1villa erba Sothebys Reviving Charm 5villa erba Sothebys Reviving Charm 4villa erba Reviving Charmvilla erba Sothebys Reviving Charm 2villa erba Sothebys Reviving Charm 1villa erba gardenitaly villa erba 3villa erba interior Reviving Charm 4italy villa erba 4villa erba interior Reviving Charm 3villa erba interior Reviving Charm 2villa erba room of luchinovilla erbe interior Reviving Charmvilla erba italy bathroomvilla erba bathroom detailvilla erba interior Reviving Charmitaly villa erba special eventvilla erba interior Reviving Charm 5villa erba wedding

images via Villa ErbaComo In Style

 

Celebrating Vogue

One of my first assignments during my freshman year of high school (circa 1986), was to create a “collage”, now often referred to as a mood board or inspiration board, as a way of to helping students get to know one another. I remember my creation vividly. It was the largest in the class and impressive in size measuring in at 24″ x 36″.  It was a single sheet of white poster board completely plastered with images and headers clipped from the September issue of Vogue magazine. This is my first memory of Vogue although I have been interested in style and fashion from a very early age (as a fourth grader I remember asking Santa for a pair of diamond earrings). I’ve been fond of collage ever since that first assignment and realize that I’ve used this method of presentation and graphic design in a variety of ways in various personal and professional projects throughout the years. When I decided to update my office I intentionally designed and made an oversized white linen covered bulletin board solely for the purpose of pinning inspirational images and to serve as the focal point for one wall in the space. I can’t help but think how those clippings of Vogue used for my high school project many years ago helped establish my love for the creative art of collage. Here’s a close up look at a few of the images currently on my board.reviving charm office inspiration board

Speaking of Vogue…this year actually marks the 125th anniversary of the magazine. That is quite an impressive run for a magazine, especially in today’s digital world. So how does a magazine decide to commemorate such an amazing milestone? Features Director Eve MacSweeney came up with the idea of cultivating the Vouge Anniversary Rose. After a tedious process and years of planning, the new bloom is introduced in an interesting multi-page article in the current issue Vogue. However, don’t fret if you don’t have a subscription since you can read an excerpt from the article on their website.
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The new Vogue Anniversary Rose was a collaboration with Jackson & Perkins and will be available starting next month through their website.  When it comes to flowers, it’s the latest and greatest. I might even have to consider adding it to my very own garden.