GOODBYE 2017, SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL LIES AHEAD…

What do you have planned this evening? This post may be full of glitz and glamour but this New Year’s Eve I will actually be spending a quiet evening alone with Mr. B in San Luis Obispo (“SLO”). After our San Diego trip last weekend we stopped home for a couple of days before heading north to the town that even Oprah has called “America’s happiest city”. And earlier this year it also ranked number 5 on National Geographic’s top 25 list of happiest cities in the U.S. I’m glad to see that several other California towns also made the list.

I do hope you are able to look back on 2017 fondly. I can honestly say that it was a good year for us. I must admit that one of the highlights of my year was planning an Italian vacation with Mr. B and actually making it back after a bit of a hiatus. By the way, I still owe you a post about our Italian adventures. I look forward to sharing that with you soon…it’s hard to condense over 5,000 pictures into a couple of posts so if there is something you are particularly interested in, please drop me a note or leave a comment on this post. I love hearing from readers.

I can’t end this post without thanking you for hanging out with me here on Reviving Charm. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope we can continue to inspire each other in the upcoming new year. I am confident that something beautiful lies ahead…

All the best…

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.  –Betsy Farrell

Happy New Years Eve 2017 from Reviving Charm

A SNEAK PEEK: REVIVING CHARM REDECORATES

We had a house guest stay with us recently for several weeks. The furniture in the guest bedroom was rearranged to better suit their needs as a temporary resident. With our house guest now gone, I have begun to rearrange this small bedroom. I had been tinkering with the idea of redecorating this room so this posed the perfect opportunity. Timing is everything, isn’t it?

I will be repurposing a lot of what we already have. I will be maintaining all of the existing furniture (although two pieces will get a makeover with a fresh coat of chalk paint). I purchased new fabric for 4 pillows I will be making for the bed and already have fabric for 3 other accent pillows I still need to make. I am thrilled that existing art that has been stored away will soon be displayed. The room will be simple in design. Not a lot of color, not a lot of fuss. A few details have yet to be worked out but the re-do is officially underway.

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Do you want to learn a little bit about all the pretty little things in this picture?

  • Gold trinket box: Did you know that Goodwill operates a store called Deja Blue Boutique? Yeah, I didn’t either. I went to Las Vegas with a couple of friends a while back. One of my friends took us to Deja Blue, which happens to be where Goodwill sells their higher end items. The box still had its original red velvet lining which I happily swapped out with black linen to suit the space better.
  • Sunburst Brooch & Lady Bust: These are vintage and were purchased from a Hollywood costume designer a few years ago. I think the black linen provides a great backdrop to show them off.
  • Octagonal glass trinket box: This is already existing in the room. It is one of my favorite pieces because it displays various seashells and rocks that Mr. B and I have collected over the years from various beaches we’ve visited while on vacation.
  • Mirrored tray: This is another accessory that is already in the room but it has a tendency of moving around.
  • Books: I rummaged through a box of books we still have packed away and found a few that match the room perfectly.
  • Ivory & chrome tray: This was a Homegoods purchase several years ago and is already being used in the room. I love using trays to corral items together and create a harmonious grouping of things.
  • Wicker basket: The wicker basket was purchased by Mr. B at least 30 years ago at a yard sale. He has a good eye! It currently exists in the room and serves as a table in front of the daybed.

I hope you have enjoyed this sneak peek. I still have a lot to do so I better get to work now…

FAREWELL TO 2016

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Pop. Fizz. Clink….Farewell 2016!

Although I’ve posted lots of festive party pictures today, Mr. B and I have decided to stay home together and ring in the new year rather quietly. I had to work throughout the entire holiday season so a peaceful evening just hanging out with Mr. B is something I am looking forward to. Whatever your plans are for this last day of the year, have fun and stay safe. See ya back here in 2017.

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