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Tuesday Tip

Tuesday Tips are meant to provide inspiration for a particular decorating project that can infuse an easy dose of style into your decor. Tuesday Tip ideas are relatively simple to accomplish so they are perfect projects for those short on time. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a Tuesday Tip but I recently came across an image that I thought would be a perfect little decorating tip to share with you today.

Frame special heirloom pieces of silverware to create one-of-a-kind artwork. Alternatively, look for pieces at flea markets or antique shops, which can usually be found abundantly and often at very affordable prices. Don’t feel like you have to find a match set. Mixing and matching pieces can be just as interesting, if not more interesting, than something too “matchy-matchy”.

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Tuesday Tip: Home Fragrance

I admit that I am somewhat of a skincare junkie. I order a lot of beauty products and with every order, I usually wind up with a few fragrance samples. I rarely ever use them on myself.

A few days ago I received a few more perfume samples, one of them being a Jo Malone fragrance (English Pear & Freesia). What I particularly love about Jo Malone fragrances is that the scent is very long lasting and they can also be layered, which is an easy way to customize a perfume. Instead of using the English Pear & Freesia on myself, I sprayed it onto a fresh bathroom hand towel since my oil diffuser recently ran out. I sprayed it on in the morning and when I got home at 7 pm that night, the lovely scent was still noticeable. I’ve also done this as a way to test out perfume before committing to buy it. If I don’t like how a particular fragrance settles on my towel, I know it’s something I definitely don’t want on my body! You’ll find that the inexpensive brands don’t linger long but they will definitely give your room a quick pick-me-up. After all, it’s a wonderful thing to walk into a room with a lovely scent. And if you missed my previous post about home fragrance, including a couple of my favorites, you can catch up on your reading here. 

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Tuesday Tip No. 7: Decorating with Vintage Hats

I have always been a hat loving gal. My first (and only) trip to Paris was when I was 21 years old. I treated myself to a beautifully constructed straw hat that I still wear whenever the opportunity strikes, which is very rare in California.  It was a wonderful souvenir from the City of Lights. But one of my craziest hats is a large-brimmed hat adorned with oversized black feathers all around. It was custom made by Ruth Garland-Dewson, a well-known milliner formerly in San Francisco (often referred to as the milliner to the stars) for a formal Christmas Party Mr. B and I attended many years ago. Unfortunately, Ruth passed away several years ago and her small shop on Fillmore Street has since closed but her legend lives on!

I adore hats but given that I live in Southern California I don’t have the need to wear one often since the dress code here seems to get more casual by the minute. But you don’t necessarily have to be a hat wearing person to appreciate their construction, style and design. In fact, this picture from Victoria Magazine shows us that a hat collection can be a funky, whimsical decorative element when put on display in mass. In such a large grouping they become artwork for your walls.tuesday tip no 7 via Reviving Charm

“Luxurious, flirty and at times a bit sexy.  We’re out to prove a great hat can change your day.”  – Plaza Suite Hats
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Wearing a hat versus not wearing a hat is the difference between looking adequate and looking your best.  –Martha Sliter

Tuesday Tip No. 6

As I was putting this post together I realized that several of my Tuesday Tips involve the use of fresh flowers. I guess that’s because flowers can create instant impact, often on the cheap and easy. With Spring officially here, I am already starting to see blooms appear on the trees in our front yard. A recent article in Victoria Magazine (that includes the photos highlighted in this post) reminded me that twigs and branches shouldn’t be overlooked as a decorating touch. Those with beautiful blooms can be particularly stunning when brought indoors. With very little effort you can create a stylish arrangement using something readily available right outside your own door. decorating with branches via Reviving Charmtuesday tip no 6 via Reviving Charmdecorating with branchesdecorating with branches via Reviving Charm 4decorating with branches 3decorating with branches via Reviving Charm 2

TUESDAY TIP NO. 5: A UNIQUE CONTAINER FOR FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS

Flowers have been on my mind since my recent visit to the world famous Nuccio’s Nurseries. It’s hard to think about Spring at the moment but it will be here before you know it. Fresh flowers are my favorite part of the season and I can’t wait for all the springtime blooms and freshly cut flowers to bring indoors. I am always looking for creative ways to display flowers and I love the idea of using old cans as a container to display them. tuesday-tip-no-5-floral-arrangement-ideas-via-revivingcharm-1This photo features a vintage oyster can that would be perfect for a seaside home although any metal can will do. Whether the can is vintage or new, be sure to select one that has a particularly unique graphic design. A centerpiece like this is sure to become a fun topic of conversation.
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If you ever decide to use a Tuesday Tip I’ve shared here, be sure to drop me a note and let me know. I’d love to hear how you’ve incorporated these tips into your own lifestyle.

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TUESDAY TIP #4: A SIMPLE WAY TO CREATE LUXURY WITH FLOWERS

Decorating with fresh flowers is something I try to do as often as I can. The public spaces in our home are decorated in neutral tones and bringing in a little bit of nature is a great way to add a simple splash of color and a bit of extra visual interest. I particularly take great pleasure in using cuttings from our own garden to enjoy indoors.

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Adding flowers to the bathroom shouldn’t be something reserved for only when guests come over. Believe it or not, one of the rooms I enjoy placing flowers in the most actually is the bathroom. I don’t fret over fancy arrangements either. For sake of simplicity and ease, I display a single stem in a bud vase or pretty container most of the time. When flowers aren’t in bloom interesting greenery is displayed instead.  Branches and twigs are also great alternatives.

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Try adding a fresh blossom to your bathroom. It doesn’t take much to create an additional layer of luxury to an often overlooked space. You’ll enjoy something beautiful to look at each morning as you get ready for the day.  It’s a simple pleasure and luxurious touch that everyone deserves to enjoy on a daily basis. Now excuse me while I go cut a beautiful hot pink camellia blossom from our garden that I’ve had my eye on…

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

TUESDAY TIP NO. 2

Welcome to the second post in my new series entitled “Tuesday Tip”, where I will be sharing simple design ideas to help you infuse a quick dose of charm and style into your life on a weekly basis.

If you are like me, your entire focus is getting ready for the holiday weekend. We are down to the wire, my friends! By day I work full-time in an executive position in a very high paced office so my only free time is at night. Needless to say, my evenings this week will be consumed by all things Christmas related. I’ve made my list and will be checking it twice…maybe even three times! The first order of business was buying and decorating our tree last weekend. Since we’ve moved into our seaside ranch home here in Southern California we usually buy and decorate two fresh Christmas trees. We’ve opted to go simple and decided to deal with only one tree this year. This leads me to the Tuesday Tip of the day:

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tuesday-tip-no-2-christmas-quote-ornament-via-reviving-charmIf you are a regular reader of my website then you already know that I enjoy including a phrase or quote into almost every post. I decided to take this concept one step further and add some simple sayings that can be displayed on our Christmas tree. Last year I found a set of mirrored picture frame ornaments and instead of using them for photos, I decided to frame a few greetings for guests. I added a bow made from double faced satin ribbon as a finishing touch. Our tree is outfitted in silver, gold and champagne tones so the “Christmas red”, as I like to call it, is a nice dash of festive color. tuesday-tip-no-2-christmas-quote-ornaments-via-reviving-charm

If you are looking for some last minute tree decor, frame ornaments are relatively easy to find in a variety of shapes and styles to fit almost any decor. If you choose to make your own quote ornaments be sure to keep your phrases simple in order to keep the font size legible.

By the way…I love to hear from my readers and I always welcome feedback. If you have a “Tuesday Tip” that you would like featured on an upcoming post that would benefit readers like you, feel free to send me an email. Happy Holidays!

SERIES DEBUT OF “TUESDAY TIPS”

Welcome to the inaugural post of “Tuesday Tips” here at Reviving Charm! I will be posting an idea (or two) to help infuse a quick dose of charm and style into your life on a weekly basis. Many of us are short on time with our busy lives and busy routines, especially during the holiday season, so the ideas I will be presenting are intended to be things that are relatively simple to accomplish. Anyway, that’s the goal…let’s see how it goes…and let’s roll with it! I hope you enjoy the new series…I’d love to hear your thoughts along the way! Here it goes….

For me, the past few days have been all about “decking the halls” and putting the finishing touches on all our Christmas decorating. I am sure many of you are still busy doing the same so it seemed natural to have this first Tuesday Tip be all about holiday decorating.

Tip No. 1: Fresh wreaths are one of my absolute favorite holiday decorations and I adore this idea of putting them at the center of attention above a mantle. Incorporating wreaths in a variety of different types of greenery introduces various textures that will allow you to leave them in their natural state to enjoy their individual beauty. Be sure to mix a few different sizes in and add a simple bow that coordinates with the rest of your decor to add a dash of color.

Tip No. 2: Fill decorative crystal bowls with fruit, such as oranges or pomegranates, and place them on a mantle or table for a quick way to add an extra element of nature into your holiday decorating.
tuesday-tips-1-christmas-via-revivingcharmSo there you have it…a few quick tips to help you out with your holiday decorating. Enjoy the season!