Reviving Charm is nominated for Best Design Inspiration Blog

I received an email a few weeks ago informing me that Reviving Charm has been nominated for an Amara Interior Blog Award as a BEST DESIGN INSPIRATION BLOG. A heartfelt thank you goes out to the reader(s) who nominated my website. I’m flattered that you thought of my site.

One thing I’ve learned about myself is that I generally don’t like to ask for help so asking people to “vote for me” is really outside of my comfort zone. But if there is someone out there that feels inspired by my website enough to nominate it for an award, then I will accept the nomination with great pride and enjoy the ride. There are several categories of nominees, so it’s also a great way for me (and you) to discover some new reading material. Plus, wouldn’t it be fun to attend an awards event like this in London?amara awards IBA17

How can you help? VOTE NOW.  Don’t delay…vote today.

How else can you help?

Spread the word about Reviving Charm and help to gather up a few additional votes. After all, sharing is caring! I must be shortlisted to make it into the final round, so it’s true when they say that every vote counts.

**This is the end of my public service announcement. I will be back to my regular programming shortly.** 

images via and Interior Blog

Fourth of July: America’s Holiday

Happy Fourth of July! 

What do you have planned this long holiday weekend? I have been on vacation mode. Mr. B and have been taking a few days off for an easy getaway to La Jolla and San Diego, which is about a two-hour drive from our home. This Fourth of July, aka America’s Holiday, I thought I’d share a handful of my favorite vacation pictures from years past featuring Old Glory. Whatever it is you have planned, be sure to have a happy and safe one!

One flag, one land, one heart, on nation evermore.    — Oliver Wendell Holmes

Carmel, California

In 2015, we spend the holiday in the charming community of Carmel, California. I previously crafted a unique post about the lovely homes of Carmel. This was actually one of my earliest posts on the website so in case you missed it, you can read it here. 

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Above & Below: Carmel, California

In Fall 2015, we spend two weeks back east visiting Massachusetts and Rhode Island. I posted about the Boston Public Library, the Cape Cod hotel we stayed at in this post, and visiting Edith Wharton’s beautiful home, The Mount, in this post. The next couple of pictures are a couple of my favorites from that trip. scuituate lighthoue american flag via Reviving Charm

In an attempt to do something different, last year we spent the holiday in Julian, California. Julian is a small town (population approx. 1,500) tucked away in the mountains of San Diego. If you follow me on Instagram you may remember that I shared this picture last year. I’m not sure what it is about Julian that lures me back. There is absolutely no good shopping in this little town and there is only one real decent place to stay. Their Main Street is a missed opportunity because it is filled with one trinket souvenir shop after another. I did, however, manage to find one great home decor shop in town and some vintage shops in the region. Naturally, I discovered a few things to bring home and I shared my finds with you in this post. Heaven knows why, but for some weird, crazy reason I really like Julian. Maybe it’s their infamous apple pie that draws me back? julian california flag image by Reviving Charm

The Artwork of Jeremiah Goodman on Display

The New York Times recently called Jeremiah Goodman the “Rembrandt of Twentieth Century Homes”. I don’t disagree. In the 1940’s artist Jeremiah Goodman launched his career as a designer of print ads for the department store Lord & Taylor, but by the 1950’s he progressed to creating cover art and illustrations for premier design magazines such as Interior Design, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vogue. He eventually became legendary for his unique dreamy artistic style focusing on the interiors of the elite.

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For the first time ever, the work of New Yorker Jeremiah Goodman is on display in Los Angeles at the West Hollywood Showroom of Dessin Fournier. Here’s a look at the opening reception. 

The exhibit showcases 55 original gouache paintings from Goodman’s 70-year career as an illustrator and includes the homes of fashion designers James Galanos and Carolina Herrera, actress Greta Garbo, the Duchess of Windsor, and Diana Vreeland, to name a few. The exhibit is already taking place and continues through Friday, June 9, 2017. To make things even more exciting is the fact that many of the paintings on display have never been seen in public before.

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The Reagan home in Beverly Hills.

Home of Academy Award winning fashion & costume designer, Edith Head.

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The Park Avenue home of Diana Vreeland, noted fashion columnist and editor.


Home of fashion designer Carolina Herrera.


Home of artist and designer Tony Duquette.

Don’t worry, if you are unable to check out the exhibit in person then how about grabbing a copy of his book. It’s an oversized book that has graced my library since it was originally released several years ago. If you are interested in the work of Goodman, this book does not disappoint! I’m sure these ladies would agree…it looks like they’re oohing and ahhing over each page! 

Images courtesy of Dessin Fournir and the Instagram of Jeremiah Goodman.