Happy Friday

My wanderlust has got the best of me. I’ve always wanted to “Summer in the Cape”. It seems like a perfect place to retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to get away this summer for any real vacation and daydreaming about life on the Cape for a week in the summer has quickly led way to my new addiction of browsing real estate listings for a tiny Cape Cod cottage to call our own. My needs are simple: something tiny so it is very manageable and easy to decorate. A view of the water would be a major perk. Something very modest would suit me just fine. How do I make this happen? Truly, a first world problem….

I was looking through some of my pictures from our last trip to New England, which included this post about staying several nights at The Chatham Inn at 359 Main in the charming Cape Cod town of Chatham, Massachusetts. Chatham is situated at the “elbow” of Cape Cod where land starts to curve northerly. It is really one of the most charming towns in the Cape and I thought I would share some of the details I found while in Chatham. And because today is National Pink Day (there is a holiday for everything!), today seems like a perfect day to share these particular pictures. Happy Friday, Happy Weekend, Happy National Pink Day!

Life gets just a little bit slower as you cross the bridge and enter Cape Cod.

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Original photos by Reviving Charm.

An Enchanting Creekside Estate in Montecito

I’ve had a major case of wanderlust lately and my daydreams have been all over the map. From a weekend staycation to an extended European holiday, I can’t get the thought of vacation off my mind. I’ve never used Airbnb, VBRO or any other online home rental service (have you?) but my curiosity got the best of me and I soon discovered this beautiful home in Montecito, California available for rent. The headline for the listing reads, “Enchanting Creekside Estate, 2 Minutes to the Beach”.  I was immediately sold and when I went through the pictures I realized that I wouldn’t mind calling this place home away from home for a few days. It looks like a wonderful way to get away from it all. Its beautiful decor and serene landscape look like a perfect respite.

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Upper Garden of Main House

“Situated in Montecito’s Golden Quadrangle, this gated, 1.5 acre estate offers total privacy amidst a lushly landscaped creek side setting. Multi-level gardens surround an authentic hacienda-style 4 bedroom 3.5 bath main house that offers mountain views and landscaped gardens framed by majestic Sycamore, Oak, Magnolia and Bird of Paradise trees and bordered by San Ysidro Creek. Located within a 2-minute drive from Santa Barbara’s world famous beaches, the property also includes a detached one bedroom guest house, 6 fireplaces and several outdoor living areas. Perfect for a family or extended family with staff, this property can accommodate up to 10 people comfortably.”

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Upper Patio

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Upper Courtyard Fountain

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Upper Courtyard

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Upper Garden Outdoor Shower

Entry

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Main House: Living Room

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Library

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Main House: Dining Room

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Main House: Kitchen

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Photos Above & Below: Master Bedroom

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Master Bathroom

Bedroom with balcony

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First Floor Bedroom

Above and Below: View of the Guest House on the Creek

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Guest House Living Room

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Lower Garden Courtyard

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Herb and Vegetable Garden

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Stone Pathway

For more information on this beautiful estate, check out the rental listing here. 

Shopping on Saturday: Sale at Smythson

Call me old fashioned but the art of letter writing and days of journaling are far from over…at least in my book. And when it comes to luxury paper goods, Smythson is one of the leading purveyors of fine stationery products. Known for their quality craftsmanship, the company originated in 1887 by Frank Smythson with their flagship store on New Bond Street in London. Smythson enthusiasts include royal households, Hollywood icons, and other prominent historical figures.

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The address book of legendary actress Katharine Hepburn.

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Sigmund Freud’s Smythson notebook.

In 1994, Princess Diana commissioned Smythson to create personalized stationery that was inspired by royal stationery from the 1920’s.

The tradition of the handcrafted process continues to this day. Their legendary notebooks are hand assembled and include gilt edging and a grosgrain ribbon page marker.smythson notebook via Reviving Charm

A pop of color is added to envelopes with Smythson’s signature tissue paper.  smythson tissue lining via Reviving Charm 1

Smythson’s signature Nile Blue boxes are often used in decorating. Can you spot them neatly stacked on this bookshelf?smythson nile blue Reviving Charm

What I love about Smythson is that a sense of humor is injected into their products. Their notebooks come embossed in gold with clever titles and quit-witted charm.smythson notebook quotes Reviving Charm

If you want to treat yourself to a little luxury, why not update your stationery wardrobe or purchase some of their leather goods? Smythson is currently having a great Summer sale. At 50% off sale on a wide range of products, it’s a great time to stock up or try something new. Here’s a sampling of just a few things I picked up…

It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas. I couldn’t resist buying a few packs of these snowflake gift cards to attach to gifts. They are a steal at $10 for a pack of ten. smythson Christmas Reviving Charm

I bought this new travel journal hoping to use it for my annual fall trip this year. Naturally, I purchased it in black but it also comes in five other colors. smythson travel journal Reviving Charm 1

I always have blank correspondence cards on hand so I can compose a personal note to friends and family. “Just Because” is always a perfect occasion. In an age of technology, I hope the recipient feels extra special receiving something via snail mail. I picked up these correspondence cards in several fun, bright colors. Not all colors are on sale so be sure to check carefully.

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My name means “butterfly” and although I usually always shy away from butterfly themed items, I couldn’t resist these pretty correspondence cards.smythson stationery butterflies

 

If you pick up a few items from the sale, be sure to let me know. I’d love to hear about what you bought. Happy shopping!