Staying Neutral

Hello there! The recent silence has been unintentional but I’m back. The holidays have indeed slipped away and I am ready to rest the eyes and get back to more neutral colors after the overload of red and green during the month of December. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that I’m probably not alone in my thinking. 

Since I feel like I’ve had my fair share of color these last couple of months, I would like to share a few images focusing on creamy, ivory tones. It’s a “color” palette that provides a calming effect and one that also sets the stage for a look of understated elegance and subtle glamour. I also threw in a few products that might help you relax and enjoy this winter season. neutral decorating_reviving charmneutral design_Reviving Charmneutral decor on Reviving Charm 3classic design_Reviving Charmivory coat via Reviving Charmclassic cars_Reviving Charmclassic architecture_Reviving CharI always wear black but last year I bought a very similar pantsuit to the one shown below as a way to try something new and break out of my mold. I hate to admit that I haven’t worn it yet because I’m afraid of it becoming a dirt magnet the moment I walk out the door. Seeing it look so stylish makes me want to put my fear aside. After all, it’s a new year and new beginnings! I also have a very similar Furla tote bag in ivory leather that would work well with it. Hopefully, I can look as chic as her…ivory suit style_Reviving Charmdesigning with neutrals _Reviving Charmivory bedroom_reviving charminspirational quotes_Reviving Charmpeonies on Reviving Charmneutral style on Reviving Charm_5neutral decor on Reviving Charm_3neutral decor on Reviving CharmI just finished telling someone that finding time for yourself is the ultimate luxury. Why not find a cozy corner to sit and read a book. While you’re at it, treat yourself to a cup of Fortnum & Mason’s chamomile tea. They conveniently come in individual tea bags.fortnum mason tea_Reviving CharmAmen……
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If I can’t fit in time for a massage or facial I like to treat myself to spa days at home whenever possible. I like to treat myself and these quiet moments of relaxation are quite a luxury. I’m huge on baths and this winter I plan to try this bubble bath by Antica Farmacista. It’s described as having a “crisp scent celebrating the sparkling effervescence of Prosecco and Champagne”. Doesn’t that sound amazing? It’s currently sold out on their website but available at Nordstrom.

It has actually been a tad warm these last couple of days but I bet many people back East dealing with the insane winter weather probably can’t wait for spring to arrive. I think the orange blossom candle by Aerin Lauder is a good reminder that better weather will come and springtime is on its way. If citrus scents aren’t your thing, don’t worry…it also comes in a variety of other scents such as gardenia, tuberose, as well as a few others.

aerin candle_Reviving CharmI have a feeling that tomorrow I won’t want to get out of bed to head back to work. I’d much rather lounge around in daybed like this and daydream about my next vacation…ivory daybed_on Reviving Charm

Personally, Italy is always on my mind but I will agree with the fact that Paris is always a good idea. This glass tray is perfect to hold small items and is a great reminder to plan your next trip. They say if it’s written down, it’s more likely for you to make it happen. paris is a good idea_Reviving Charm

Green for the Money; Gold for the Honey

I’m more of a neutral kinda gal but when it comes to color, I do love the look of green and gold together. It’s seen in nature (think flowers and trees) and has been incorporated into fashion and interior design. I am not quite bold enough to incorporate this color scheme into my own wardrobe or decor, but it is a color combination that works and is one that I can appreciate. Depending on the look you are after, it can feel traditional or very modern.green and gold color schemeOn another note….let me ask you something….Have you ever heard the phrase, “Green for the Money; Gold for the Honey”? It is the title of an album (yes, an actual record album) of 70’s and 80’s soul classics that was released in 2006. I’m not a fan of that genre of music but when trying to figure out what to title this post, for some strange reason that title came to mind. Go figure…

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COLOR STORY: THE BEAUTY OF BROWN

I am starting this post with a confession: I started a website in 2007 (it’s no longer active, by the way) and one of my favorite posts was what I now like to call “Color Stories”. It’s a feature highlighting a variety of things, such as fashion and design, with a particular color being the unifying element.  It was something not wildly done back then when blogging first started so it was a feature that my readers truly enjoyed. It’s a popular post format these days but frankly, Color Story posts were and are still some of those that I enjoy working on the most. It’s what I like to consider a virtual inspiration board. And I love, love, love a good inspiration board (some call them “mood boards”). I’ve posted a few Color Story features on Reviving Charm but realize that I haven’t done one in a while. Let’s take a look at the color brown…beauty-of-brown-via-reviving-charmbrown-sweater-fashion-via-reviving-charmbrown-eyes-quote-via-revivingcharmvintage-cars-via-reviving-charmbrown-restaurant-bar-interior-via-reviving-charmbrown-flower-close-up-via-revivingcharmbrow-restaurant-interior-via-reviving-charmchocolate-dessert-via-reviving-charmcooking-quotes-via-reviving-charm-blogchair-collection-via-reviving-charmbrown-hat-via-reviving-charmhades-of-brown-via-reviving-charmcolor-story-brown-via-reviving-charmmark-d-sikes-via-reviving-charm-1country-kitchen-via-reviving-charm

By the way, in case you are curious on how I came up with the color brown to focus on today then here is the back story. I recently put on an outfit that was head to toe black. (If you are curious…I wore black riding boots, black skinny jeans, a black sweater with a floppy turtleneck and a black peacoat. An oversized black Ferragamo tote bag adorned my arm). While putting together my outfit, I came across a pair of brown leather shoes I forgot I had. At that moment I realized that my wardrobe really lacks shades of brown. I might need to fix that. But the color stuck in my head and this is how today’s post came to be. Take it for what it’s worth…that’s just how my mind works…