The Costa Rican Community of Las Catalinas

I know several people that have vacationed in Costa Rica just to take advantage of the great surf. A couple I know even spent their honeymoon there for the sole purpose of riding the waves. But not everyone in California loves to surf, including me. You won’t get me in the water although I absolutely love being near it or on it. It’s my happy place. While Costa Rica hasn’t particularly been high on my list of places to visit, it did pique my interest after reading the current issue of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle Magazine. It features a new beachside community known as Las Catalinas located on the Guanacaste Coast of Costa Rica. I will admit that the gorgeous pictures are what initially caught my eye. But given that I have a background in urban planning with studies and a strong interest in architecture and design, the article was particularly intriguing. It even led me down a rabbit hole to find out more about this new community and check out the official website for Las Catalinas, which is chock full of information.las catalinas costa rica via reviving charm

The history of Las Catalinas stems back to 2006 when the property was originally purchased. It’s taken over ten years to create this master planned community that is every bit as lush and stylish as one would expect in a vacation destination. However, the community isn’t solely seeking tourists and they continue to solicit for a full-time population. Interested?

Atlanta-based interior designer Beth Webb is intimately familiar with Las Catalinas after designing several homes in the community, including the one highlighted today. Her gorgeous blue and white interiors coupled with the beautiful blue waters make we want to dive into each and every picture. And when my friends head back to Costa Rica for the surf I might have to take them up on their offer to let me tag along. However, I’ll trade a surfboard for a seaside rental in Las Catalinas any day! las catalinas costa rica beth webb 6las catalinas costa rica beth webb 2las catalinas costa rica beth webb 10las catalinas costa rica beth webb 7las catalinas costa rica beth webb 8las catalinas costa rica beth webb 11las catalinas costa rica beth webb 5las catalinas costa rica beth webb 9las catalinas costa rica beth webb 4las catalinas costa rica beth webblas catalinas costa rica beth webb 1las catalinas costa rica beth webb 1a

Setting the Table: Easter Inspiration

This season I’ve noticed that I’ve become more and more partial to the color lavender than I ever have in the past. It is usually a color that I normally don’t gravitate toward. However, I really like this Easter table setting as seen in Victoria Magazine. The combination of lavender and green seems perfect for a springtime holiday celebration.easter entertainingeaster inspiration via reviving charm 4easter inspiration via reviving charm 2

If you don’t have the details of your Easter table ironed out yet, I’ve made it easy for you to recreate the look you see above. Just a few key pieces are all you need to recreate a similar table setting.
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  • China: There are two china patterns used for this table setting and each is by Anna Weatherley. Antique Vegetable is a discontinued pattern but Springtime in Budapest, above, is a current pattern and available here. The pattern is pricey but each piece is delicately hand painted in Hungary. Consider them heirloom pieces.
  • Lavender German crystal glass goblets available here.
  • Linen hemstitch napkins available here.
  • Beaded flatware available here.

If you already have your tablescape all taken care of, I would love to hear about what you have planned…

Designer Bennett Leifer

You’d never know with his boyish looks that designer Bennett Leifer has studied under some of the best names in the architecture and design world, including Robert A. Stern Architects. designer bennett leifer

His training has done him well. Since establishing his own firm in New York in 2013, Bennett Leifer has since made a name for himself in the design world with his work published in numerous magazines, including the current issue of Elle Decor. While there is a timeless quality about much of his work he does allow for throwing a few modern pieces into the mix. I particularly love the sophisticated, casual style of this Connecticut country house featured in his online portfolio. The light colors and neutral decor of this home are a breath of fresh air this time of year. BENNETT LEIFER country home entry via reviving charmBENNETT LEIFER country home via reviving charm 3BENNETT LEIFER country home via reviving charm 4BENNETT LEIFER country home via reviving charm 2BENNETT LEIFER country home via reviving charmBENNETT LEIFER country home via reviving charm 1BENNETT LEIFER via reviving charm