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How You Can Tour the County Estate “Patina Farm”

If you’ve never been to the charming town of Ojai, located in Ventura County 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles, then I highly suggest you plan a trip this upcoming weekend. It may be last minute, but wouldn’t life be dull without a little bit of spontaneity once in a while? A trip to Ojai any time of the year is wonderful but this weekend is particularly special – especially for all you design enthusiasts out there. To kick off the holiday season, the annual Ojai Holiday Home Tour & Marketplace will take place November 10 & 11.

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The official website describes the event as follows:

“Each year the Ojai Holiday Home Tour welcomes designers and florists, each of whom are assigned a home and tasked with bringing their own vision of décor and the holidays to life. This year (November 10-11), we have lined up the following designers Bruce Abbott, Angela’s Flowers, Carolyn Bennett of cdb gardens, Laurel Crary, Brooke Giannetti of Giannetti Home, and Ojai Blooms.”

What particularly caught my attention is that the home of Brooke and Steve Giannetti is included in the home tour this year. Inspired by the country homes of Europe, the talented architect and designer/husband and wife duo Brooke and Steve Giannetti designed and built a country house in the Ojai Valley of California. It took them 6 months of planning and  18 months of construction to develop the five-acre site that is now their home and farm. Brooke is also the author of a website that I’ve followed for many years, Velvet & Linen, where she chronicled the project that ultimately led to the publication of a beautiful book that I am happy to have on my bookshelf. I’ll also be preordering their latest book, Patina Living, that provides insight on what they’ve learned while living on the farm. Patina Living is due out in April 2019 and is available for pre-order on Amazon.

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The Ojai Holiday Home Tour is a wonderful opportunity to step inside some of the most beautiful properties in the valley, including Patina Farm. Tickets to the event can be purchased on-site or in advance here, with proceeds benefiting the Ojai Music Festival. I have other commitments this weekend and am very disappointed that I won’t be able to attend to tour Patina Farm. However, I do hope that one day I might be invited as a guest. In the meantime, I will sit back and enjoy Brooke and Steve’s lovely book. You can purchase your own copy here. 

If you happen to attend please send me a note to let me know…I’d love to hear all about it…

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Celebrating A Slice of England

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I immediately wanted to host an event after seeing this beautifully decorated table (and photos below) on the Instagram account of @IndiaHicksStyle. The accompanying comment said “This time last week. Slice of England.” After a bit of digging around online, I came to learn that this lovely table was designed for a dinner held last week in the garden of  “American Farm”, the country English home of India Hicks and her partner David Flint Wood. The event celebrated India’s new book “India Hicks: A Slice of England” released earlier this year. Every guest received a copy of the book. But you don’t have to feel left out…you can purchase your own copy here. 

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A Place to Call Home by Gil Schafer

My last post included a beautiful New York home designed by architect and designer Gil Schafer. Gil Schafer is not only a talented architect and designer but he is also the author of several books including “A Place to Call Home: Tradition, Style, and Memory in the New American House” that was released at the end of September. The images I am sharing today are from the new book via Gil Shafer’s website and Amazon. gil schafer book_a place to call home_Reviving Charm_cover

I design houses to be comfortable, gracious, and understated, and to stand the test of time.” –Gil Schafer

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My home is filling up quickly with books but after seeing these images I am tempted to make room for one more! You can buy your own copy of the book here. Alternatively, pick up a book at one of the remaining book tour events. You check out this page to see if Gil Schafer is coming to a town near you. If you attend, be sure to tell him that Reviving Charm says “hello”.


The Artwork of Jeremiah Goodman on Display

The New York Times recently called Jeremiah Goodman the “Rembrandt of Twentieth Century Homes”. I don’t disagree. In the 1940’s artist Jeremiah Goodman launched his career as a designer of print ads for the department store Lord & Taylor, but by the 1950’s he progressed to creating cover art and illustrations for premier design magazines such as Interior Design, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vogue. He eventually became legendary for his unique dreamy artistic style focusing on the interiors of the elite.

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For the first time ever, the work of New Yorker Jeremiah Goodman is on display in Los Angeles at the West Hollywood Showroom of Dessin Fournier. Here’s a look at the opening reception. 

The exhibit showcases 55 original gouache paintings from Goodman’s 70-year career as an illustrator and includes the homes of fashion designers James Galanos and Carolina Herrera, actress Greta Garbo, the Duchess of Windsor, and Diana Vreeland, to name a few. The exhibit is already taking place and continues through Friday, June 9, 2017. To make things even more exciting is the fact that many of the paintings on display have never been seen in public before.

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The Reagan home in Beverly Hills.

Home of Academy Award winning fashion & costume designer, Edith Head.

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The Park Avenue home of Diana Vreeland, noted fashion columnist and editor.


Home of fashion designer Carolina Herrera.


Home of artist and designer Tony Duquette.

Don’t worry, if you are unable to check out the exhibit in person then how about grabbing a copy of his book. It’s an oversized book that has graced my library since it was originally released several years ago. If you are interested in the work of Goodman, this book does not disappoint! I’m sure these ladies would agree…it looks like they’re oohing and ahhing over each page! 

Images courtesy of Dessin Fournir and the Instagram of Jeremiah Goodman. 


I have had a very busy, stressful last couple of weeks. Plus I have an overwhelming urge to head out-of-town but really can’t fit in a true vacation at the moment. This past Thursday night I told Mr. B “We should go somewhere this weekend.” And the next morning as I left to work Mr. B and I agreed that we would head out-of-town later that evening. It was up to Mr. B to make plans and with a couple of quick texts back and forth between us our vacation was set. We decided to drive north to San Luis Obispo, a charming college town commonly referred to as “SLO”, located in California’s central valley.

When I got home Friday evening my suitcase was all laid out (Thanks, Mr. B) and I literally threw clothes into it. Seriously, I ripped things off hangers, grabbed my toiletry bag (it’s always packed and ready to go) and threw things into my suitcase. Nothing was folded. Nothing was organized. It took me about all of 5 minutes to pack. I then wolfed down a slice of pizza as we were walking out the door that evening. Off we went. Our spontaneous adventure awaited us.

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Our trip was short. We pulled into our hotel at approximately 11 pm on Friday night and left Sunday morning. One full day in SLO was great. Sometimes a change of scenery is all that’s needed to recharge the batteries. And speaking of scenery, here are a few things we spotted during our time away.

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  1. We stayed at the San Luis Creek Lodge. The hotel is situated in close proximity to the city’s historic downtown shopping area so it is a very convenient location. Our room was a decent size, clean, comfortable and reasonably priced. We had a late check in while all office staff were already gone for the evening (they leave at 10 pm) but they made it very easy and convenient for us to gather the keys to our room. A complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning but my advice is to skip their breakfast. The breakfast room is quite cramped and food not all that good. As an alternative, visit one of the town’s many restaurants as there is no lack of dining options.
  2. Beautiful piles of bread at our favorite Italian restaurant in SLO, Palazzo Giuseppe.
  3. Shopping in one of the home decor shops in SLO’s Downtown Historic District.
  4. Signage clearly identifies the historic center of the city.

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  1. Vignette in one of the clothing consignment shops.
  2. A decorative way to mark the entrance to a dressing room in the clothing consignment shop.
  3. This is one of my favorite buildings in the downtown. It has such a welcoming courtyard that leads to the entrance of a fine jewelry shop.
  4. I took this picture because this is such an easy hack. Invert a decorative wall bracket to use as a creative way to store and display bracelets. I actually saw an identical bracket at Homegoods (minus the “chipping” which gives it a vintage quality).

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  1. Along the wall in a courtyard of shops is this mural that is conveniently located across the way from an art gallery. You can’t tell from the picture but the mural measures about ten feet tall.
  2. A rare sighting of a vintage Ferrari parked in the lot of our hotel.
  3. Vintage books line a shelf at Phoenix Books.
  4. Beautiful fuchsia in the Downtown.
  5. I love the look of this red and white striped umbrella in a public seating area.

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A trip to SLO is not complete without a visit to Phoenix Books. I can’t go on vacation without bringing back a souvenir and luckily I found a few books to add to the collection. Check ’em out…decorating books via RevivingCharm_comnew england decorating book via RevivingCharm_comcooking books via RevivinCharm_com

So there you have it. A quick recap of our spontaneous weekend in pictures.

If you haven’t done anything spontaneous lately, I highly recommend it!

xoxo, V.


Confession: one of my personal quirks is that I can never leave a vacation, no matter how quick it may be, without buying a souvenir of some sort. I’m not talking the touristy travel mug or refrigerator magnet type of souvenirs. I’m talking stylish jewelry or trinkets to grace our home, for example. It is a nice feeling to put on a piece of jewelry or look at a piece of art picked up during our travels and be able to think back upon fond memories. Not actually a bad character trait to have, if I do say so myself!

When Mr. B and I were vacationing in La Jolla a few months back, we stopped into a bookstore where we spent a considerable amount of time looking through volumes of books in almost every genre. I purchased the book “Peggy Guggenheim” by Laurence Tacou-Rumney published in 2002. It is in excellent condition; it looks like the pages had never been cracked open. The book is one of many that graces our family room coffee table. I’ve been wanting to do a little more reading lately and am learning that I need to incorporate a little bit of “down time” in my life. There’s nothing better than curling up on a comfortable chair and reading an interesting book. I might as well start with a book already in my own collection. What are you reading lately? 

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Peggy Guggenheim on our coffee table.

Peggy had a few quirks of her own. She was quite the eccentric woman. And her style included wearing some of the most outrageous sunglasses, including the pair she wears on the front cover of the book. I’ve read that it was her way of protecting herself from her own insecurities. I am not sure if that is true but they do say the eyes are the windows to the soul. That got me thinking about myself. I never leave home without a pair of sunglasses in hand (a post on that to come). You’ll typically find me in the large black oversized kind. Hmmm, I’m starting to wonder what that says about me….I digress…

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A couple of pages from the book “Peggy Guggenheim” by Laurence Tacou-Rumney.

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Today is officially the first day of summer. Temperatures are starting to heat up here in California. It hit 100 degrees at the beach yesterday. I am not a big fan of hot weather which also got me thinking about cool places to escape. When I say “cool”, I am meaning lower temperatures although someplace interesting wouldn’t hurt! While drafting this post I couldn’t help but think of Venice since it did serve as Peggy Guggenheim’s home which has been turned into a wonderful museum for all to enjoy. The museum is situated along Venice’s famed Grand Canal. It has been several years since my last trip to Venice and recalling the sweeping views from the museum patio are just what I needed for a mental escape from the heat. Why don’t you come along and take a quick escape with me…

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A beautiful blue sky.

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Amazing views of the Grand Canal.

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Beautiful architecture.

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Have you ever seen a beautiful home or hotel with a perfectly curated collection of books and wonder how they’ve all come together so effortlessly to fit in with the decor? How do the stacks of books coordinate so perfectly? Or better yet, how do the make them look so perfectly imperfect?  Well, I have wondered this on occasion and now I know the secret! Apparently, there is an industry for everything and the London based company known as Ultimate Library is one that will curate and assemble an entire library for you, whether it be a residential or commercial project. Today I am highlighting a few of their projects from around the globe.

We are dedicated to building bespoke book collections for hotels, resorts, private residences and retail spaces around the world by providing them with titles that reflect their local neighbourhood.   –Ultimate Library


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The collection of ocean inspired travel books are a perfect fit for this tropical location. I recognize a couple of the titles because they are part of our own collection of books that are on display in the guest bedroom.

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Happy reading!  –xoxo, V.


Since 1958 the American Library Association has sponsored National Library Week and this year’s theme is “Libraries Transform“. With the wealth of information available at our fingertips these days, I feel that supporting our libraries is more important now than ever before.

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Even when I am on vacation I will make a pitstop into a the local library. One of favorite libraries to visit is the Boston Public Library and I make sure to pay a visit each time I am in town. It is the second largest library in the United States with over 19 million volumes held in their collection. The Library of Congress holds the title for most volumes in their collection, with over 34.5 million volumes held. I can get lost in the stacks of books for hours glancing at the intriguing titles and wandering the halls, particularly since the building has some amazing architectural features. The Boston Public Library system consists of several neighborhood branch locations but the Central Library in Copley Plaza (highlighted in this post) is a landmark. For more information on its art and architecture click here

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Library Images 1, 3, 9: Courtesy of the Boston Public Library; Video and all other images by Reviving Charm (via iPhone)