Sharing is Caring: Save with The Key Rewards Program

Last week I received an email introducing a new rewards program. I’ll be honest…when I first read about it, I thought to myself, “great…another program to keep track of” since it seems like there are reward programs for so many things these days. But this new program really sets itself apart. If you are here then you share my passion for design and home decor and the new reward program called “The Key” can help you save on purchases for the home and office. By signing up, you are entitled to earn 3% back in certificate “rewards dollars” for purchases made at Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Teen, Pottery Barn Kids, William Sonoma Home, William Sonoma, Mark & Graham, and West Elm. This is actually a limited time program and here is how it works: register your email and shop at these stores (in-person or online) during the months of September and October 2017 and in November you will receive your reward certificate in November. It’s that simple! Check out the website for more details and to sign up. the key rewards program pottery barn william sonoma west elm reviving charmThis post wasn’t really intended to be a shopping guide but it’s never too early to get in the spirit of entertaining for the upcoming holiday season before the good stuff is gone. To help get a jump start on things, I thought I’d share a select number of items from some of the stores participating in The Key rewards program.

I have always loved the idea of having monogrammed dinnerware. The Poinsettia china dinner plates, salad plates, and serving platter from Mark and Graham are a wonderful way to dress up a table during the holidays. mark and graham custom monogrammed poinsettia dinner plate large platter Reviving Charm

I think the Vintage Etched Glassware collection from Williams Sonoma is so pretty and can instantly add a hint of vintage styling to your home. Mr. B and I have been talking about buying new glassware and this might do the trick.

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These custom embroidered dinner napkins from Mark and Graham can actually be used all year long. I am partial to the script font but I love that a variety of other font styles are also offered.mark and graham custom emboidered linen napkins_RevivingCharm

Add a dash of color and a touch of warmth by placing a cashmere throw on the back of a sofa, chair, or to place in a guest bedroom. I’ve chosen to show red, but a variety of colors and patterns are available through William Sonoma Home. They can also be monogrammed, which would make for a lovely gift. cashmere throw william sonoma Reviving Charm

The pineapple is the universal symbol representing hospitality. The Pineapple Soap and Towel gift set is perfect for gift giving or to display in your own home. 

Slice and serve your favorite cheeses with this set of 3 marble and copper cheese knives from West Elm.
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To get 3% back on these, or other items, from the participating stores be sure to sign up for The Key. It’s free to join. Happy Shopping.

Shop Highlight: Studio Veneto Provides Luxury Italian Decor

Every now and then you stumble across a shop that is truly a unique find. Studio Veneto located in The Village neighborhood of La Jolla, California is one such gem. I came across Studio Veneto several years ago but it wasn’t until last summer that I had a wonderful chat with the owner, Linda McCormick, who allowed me to take pictures of the shop (Thank you, Linda!). I paid a visit to the shop again last weekend and took a few new pictures.
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The exterior of the shop has an elegant quality to it with an old world Italian feel. When you walk up to the space you immediately realize that this shop is truly something special.  studio veneto fortuny reviving charm

Studio Veneto is no ordinary antique shop. It is well known for specializing in Italian antiques and textiles sourced directly from Italy. However, you don’t need to be decorating an Italian villa to shop here. Studio Veneto is a great shop visit even if you just need to find a one-of-a-kind item that will make a statement in a room. The shop is not large but there is an abundance of inventory to choose from.

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As you walk into the shop you are immediately greeted with a treasure trove of items. The photo above was from my trip last year, with the photo below from last weekend. The shop is hard to photograph as it is fairly dark with lots of tight spaces and is packed with treasures tucked away in every corner. studio veneto la jolla Reviving Charm 1

Linda is a woman after my own heart. She has quite the affinity for textiles, particularly being a longtime fan of the prestigious Italian textile maker Fortuny. She sources her textiles directly from Italy and uses them to create pillows, tissue box covers, lampshades and her signature nightlights (shown below). While $175 may sound steep for a nightlight, remember that each shade is made by hand using antique Fortuny fabric. No two are identical. These would look stunning in a powder room although I have contemplated about putting one in the living room.

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Custom lampshades in a variety of shapes and sizes are a particular specialty of Studio Veneto. Tucked away in a small area at the back of the shop you can see a plethora of small shades ready to purchase off the shelf. However, if you are interested in having a custom lampshade crafted for you, there are a number of finials and other lamp parts to choose from (shown below along the right-hand side of the picture). No detail is overlooked. studio veneto fortuny reviving charm

Don’t forget to look up! Above the owner’s desk toward the back of the shop, you can see the wire lamp frames just waiting to be turned into a beautifully handcrafted lamp. The wire frames are custom made specifically for Studio Veneto. studio veneto fortuny reviving charm studio veneto fortuny reviving charm

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If you are looking to incorporate a bit of Italy into your decor, be sure to pay a visit to Studio Veneto or check out the website.studio veneto la jolla Reviving Charm 5

 

Kalabasa Elevates Dessert into an Artform

I have never had a desire to learn to cook primarily because I think it’s too stressful. For some reason, the responsibility of prepping and timing an entire meal gives me pure and utter anxiety. However, that doesn’t automatically mean that I’ve always wanted to stay out of the kitchen because I would actually love to spend more time baking. Focusing on just one item is something I can handle and making that one thing beautiful, unique and delicious is something I would strive for.
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I’ve seen and heard about the latest craze of “brushstroke cakes”, particularly those seen here from the Russian bakery, “Kalabasa”. The bakery creates chocolate “brushstrokes” by airbrushing on color to create a more artistic look. If you feel like attempting this yourself you can try using colored chocolate. It’s inexpensive but very poor quality chocolate. However, if all you care about is capturing the look and feel of the Kalabasa cake then the cheap stuff should get the job done. Just note that you won’t get the same depth of colors as the airbrush technique. With the airbrush technique, you can tell that color is layered on and blended subtly, as real painting often is. kalabasa bakery feather brushstroke case

I first learned of Kalabasa after stumbling onto their Instagram account and I would describe Kalabasa as a bakery that has elevated dessert into an artform. Their cakes are so creatively distinctive and look just too amazing to eat. I think I would feel guilty taking that first bite!
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I never got into the whole cupcake craze that was going on a while back, but if I ever do need to make cupcakes then this is something I would try myself. Kalabasa via Reviving Charm 1

While the brushstroke cake has elevated Kalabasa in the baking world, we can’t overlook their other beautifully executed baked goods. Maybe they will inspire you to put your baker’s cap on. I know they have definitely inspired me. Their use of florals, sugar coating, airbrush techniques and use of gold dust are baking techniques worth testing out in my own kitchen.

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