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The Pink House Outside Paris

It’s been a challenge to find time to write a proper post since we’ve been back from our Fall trip to Italy. Today is a good day to break my silence. After seeing this home online at Architectural Digest I knew I immediately had to share it with you. It is the home of Jason Basmajian, CEO of the esteemed menswear line, Cerruti. Basmajian is a Boston native but now lives in London. This is Basmajian’s country home located outside of Paris that serves as his weekend retreat. I love that he maintained the home’s original antique, rosy hue. Isn’t it beautiful? The interior was remodeled and required the installation of new bathrooms in the attic space since the original home had none. Creature comforts!

I left all the creaks in the floors and wanted to keep the old house’s sensitivity, but with all the modern comforts. –Jason Basmajian

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The Queen Anne sofa is from Basmajian's mother recovered in a Loro Piana linen. The other sofa is from Christian Liagre....

The vintage lamp at left is from Flair in Florence and the ceramic sculpture is by local French artist Nadia Pasquer....

Everyones favorite room in fashion designer Jason Basmajian's house near Paris the Farrow and Ballpainted library. The...

Belgian gray stone floors and the original staircase. Basmajian replaced one of the walls with glass panels to let the...

This room was previously the refectory and is now the central room of the house connecting the terrace to the front...

We play cards and board games out here on summer evenings and have afternoon tea in the autumn Basmajian says. The...

I wanted a soothing calm bedroom and colors that didnt compete with the nature outside he says. The wall paint is Farrow...

Also in the master bedroom the staircase was copied from an original in the house and was added to lead up to the master...

Under the only dormer in the house and with a great view out the little window an extra deep tub with a stone surround....

A pretty window seat located in one of the two upstairs guest rooms. The kilim pillows were brought back from a trip to...

Weather permitting there is lots of outdoor dining. Basmajian created this outdoor area as an extension of the house it...

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STEVEN GAMBREL RESTORES 27 SUFFOLK STREET

I’ve never met an interior designed by Steven Gambrel that I didn’t like. I follow him on Instagram (along with 78,000 other people) and have been enjoying the images of the work he has been doing at 27 Suffolk Street in Sag Harbor, New York. I noticed a couple of days ago that he announced that the home is now officially listed for sale. The home was originally built in 1854 and is officially known as the Captain Osborne Edwards House. Steven Gambrel collaborated with Timeless Homes Ltd. to beautifully restore the 5,200 square foot home from top to bottom with upgraded, modern amenities that anyone would be happy to call home. The price tag? $6.795 million.

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CAFE POUCHKINE: WHAT’S OLD IS NEW IN PARIS

I consider dining out more than just a reason to satisfy my stomach. I consider dining an “experience” because a meal has everything to do with not just great food and drink, but the atmosphere and design of the surroundings and the company of others. If I think back at some of my favorite meals, they’ve incorporated each one of these aspects.

I’m sure restaurants will see a spike in sales volume this week but going out on Valentine’s Day is a ritual that Mr. B and I don’t subscribe to. But if we were in Paris we would be willing to make an exception in order to visit Cafe Pouchkine that just opened a new location near the Place de la Madeleine. It’s everything you would expect from a quintessential Parisian interior: parquet flooring, painted mirrors, carved wood, gold detailing, and beautiful fireplaces. But believe it or not, everything in the cafe is brand new. It took 6 months of work by Russian craftsmen and millions of dollars to transform an old coffee shop into this jewel box of a space. Mr. B owes me a trip back to Paris and after seeing these pictures I’m thinking he needs to make good on that promise very, soon! Talk about the potential for a wonderful dining experience…

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PROVISIONAL KITCHEN, CAFE & MERCANTILE

Once I decide on a hotel I want to stay at, I spend a lot of time trying to find the best possible rate. Who doesn’t want the biggest bang for their buck? And when it comes to booking hotel packages, sometimes they can be a great value and sometimes they can actually cost you more than if you had booked items separately. They key is to make sure the package works for you and that you’ll take full advantage of it or else you might find yourself wasting money. Do your homework and you can definitely save a few bucks…and those few bucks can be used for souvenirs! We booked the Bed & Breakfast package for our stay at The Pendry Hotel in San Diego which turned out to be a tremendous value. The package included valet parking and a $60 daily breakfast credit. We had the choice of using our breakfast credit for room service or dining at Provisional Kitchen, Cafe & Mercantile, just one of several food establishments in the hotel. We opted to dine in the restaurant each morning of our stay and we couldn’t be happier. The food was great, the service was impeccable, and the environment is amazing. Take a look for yourself.provisional restaurant pendry san diego_Reviving Charmprovisional restaurant pendry san diego Reviving Charmprovisional restaurant pendry san diego 1_Reviving Charmprovisional restaurant pendry san diego 5A_Reviving Charmprovisional restaurant pendry san diego 7_Reviving Charmprovisional restaurant pendry san diego 6_Reviving Charmprovisional restaurant pendry san diego 11B_Reviving Charmprovisional restaurant pendry san diego 12_Reviving Charm

The concept of Provisional was designed in partnership with Alchemy Works, an innovative retail concept located in the Downtown L.A. Arts District and Newport Beach. As a result of this unique collaboration, a curated collection of jewelry, books, and housewares are available for sale at Provisional. This gives you a flavor of what they have to offer…provisional restaurant pendry san diego 8_Reviving Charmprovisional restaurant pendry san diego 9_Reviving Charmprovisional restaurant pendry san diego 10_Reviving CharmAll images by Reviving Charm with the exception of no. 2, which is from Pendry Hotels.

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2017

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Greetings from San Diego! Mr. B and I will be enjoying a nice dinner for two tonight and joining my entire family tomorrow for Christmas morning. I hope your days are filled with love, laughter, and moments that create fond memories for the years to come. All the best for a very Merry Christmas.

DECORATING WITH CHRISTMAS WREATHS

How’s your holiday decorating coming along? For me, yesterday was all about decking the halls. I went to my local nursery and picked out a tree, brought it home, and decorated it.  We even finished putting up Christmas lights on the small tree by the front entrance to our seaside ranch house. Needless to say, we were quite busy yesterday.holiday wreath_reviving charm

I also purchased several fresh wreaths for both indoors and out. Every year I put a wreath on the exterior of our home at each window facing the street. This year I opted to use several 28-inch wreaths with one, the largest wreath, measuring 48 inches in diameter. I also hang a wreath indoors over the kitchen window. For me, it doesn’t feel like Christmas until my wreaths are hung with their freshly tied new bows. I could actually forgo putting up a Christmas tree but I could never give up my wreaths! No matter what your design style may be, there are a variety of ways you can incorporate wreaths into your holiday decorating so let me show you a few great examples to get your creativity flowing. christmas wreaths_Reviving Charm 3christmas wreaths in windows_Reviving Charm 1christmas wreaths on gates_reviving charmchristmas wreath on gate_Reviving Charmchristmas wreaths in windows_Reviving Charmfront door christmas wreaths_Reviving Charmchristmas wreaths_Reviving CharmChristmas Wreaths_Reviving Charm 7christmas wreaths_Reviving Charm 2christmas wreaths indoors_Reviving Charmchristmas wreaths_Reviving Charm 1christmas wreaths_Reviving Charm 5wreath in kitchen_reviving charm blogchristmas wreaths on furntiture_reviving charmchristmas wreaths_Reviving Charm 6Christmas wreaths _Reviving Charm 2christmas wreaths in the kitchen_reviving charmwreaths on furniture_Reviving Charmwreaths on bookcases_Reviving Charmindoor christmas wreaths_Reviving Charmwreaths on mirrors_Reviving Charm 1wreaths on mirrors_Reviving Charmdining room christmas wreath_Reviving Charmwreaths on chairs_Reviving Charm 3wreaths on chairs_Reviving Charm 2wreaths on chairs_reviving charm 4wreaths on chairs_reviving charm

 

 

To see more lovely wreaths I’ve previously featured then check out this and this. 

Feeling Dark and Moody

Hello there! Mr. B and I are back from Italy. My long pause was not intentional but was the result of extreme jet lag (this has never happened to me before!) that rolled into the groove of getting back into day-to-day life, otherwise known as “reality”. Last night it finally dawned on me that the month is already over and Halloween is literally here today. So, speaking of Halloween… there’s no denying that black is the designated color of the day so let’s enjoy a bit of the dark, moody, and dramatic just for the heck of it. Happy Halloween! halloween art Reviving Charmblack walls_reviving charm 3black rooms_Reviving Charmmoody candle_reviving charmblack room walls_reviving charmblack walls bathroom design_reviving charmblack room gothic halloween_reviving charmblack walls_reviving charmblack chair_reviving charmgothic letters_reviving charmdark walls_reviving charm 2Black and white checkered floor_Reviving Charm

Rebuilding.

On the way home from the airport after landing in Los Angeles, our driver said to us at the end of a particular conversation, “Don’t worry, the reality and stress will soon set in”. Although said jokingly, he wasn’t far off base. It’s hard coming home to see news coverage about the devastating wildfires occurring in my state. There are fires burning in both Northern and Southern California with deadly, devastating results. “California is on fire”, is some something I made mention of yesterday to a colleague. While we are not in the path of any of the current fires, I came home to find layers of ash covering our property spread by the heavy Santa Ana winds. I had also being alerted by our city to stay indoors due to poor air quality. Having a home destroyed in a matter of minutes is a frightening thought but is the reality for so many living it in the moment. There are many who will deal with the aftermath of the destruction. Some will be rebuilding lives after the loss of life of friends and family; others will deal with construction efforts of rebuilding physical structures. This all reminded me of a post I did last year about a Santa Barbara home that was rebuilt after a fire. The owner took some extra precautions to design a new home with safety in mind. The results are lovely and in case you missed that post, you can check it out HERE.

When we rebuild a house, we are rebuilding a home. When we recover from disaster, we are rebuilding lives and livelihoods. –Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Economist

If you want to help with disaster relief aid, contact Red Cross.

Micheal Smith at Home in Madrid

When I was in line at Los Angeles International Airport buying a bottle of water I happened to look down at the heap of magazines on the shelf below. What caught my eye was the current issue of Galerie Magazine with its beautiful cover and headline reading “Michael Smith at Home in Madrid”. I’ve been a fan of Michael Smith’s work since meeting him in the early 1990s in L.A. I follow him on Instagram and have previously featured his work, specifically covering his renovation of the White House during the Obama administration (featured here). Michael Smith’s partner, James Costos, served as Obama’s Ambassador to Madrid and Andorra for nearly four years during which time they were able to transform the official Ambassador residence. However, after the change in administration and exiting the diplomatic arena Costos and Smith found themselves wanting to maintain a residence in Spain (in addition to their home in Los Angeles). They moved their belongings to a 5,000 square foot apartment in Madrid which turned out to be a blend of classic, elegant style with bit a of modernity to it. According to Costos “Michael’s work in the apartment is perfection. I think he hit all the right notes. It has modern formality, yet it’s bright and comfortable.”

Villa Astor in Sorrento

Ciao from Italia! Mr. B and I are still traveling around Italy and although we’re actually in northern Italy at the moment (Lake Como, to be exact), I couldn’t help but share the beautiful Villa Astor located in Southern Italy. The property is probably one of the finest in Sorrento perched high above the Bay of Naples looking out toward Mount Vesuvius. The neoclassical structure was originally built by the late William Waldorf Astor, a diplomat (former Ambassador to Rome), developer (including New York’s famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel), and financier. Astor passed away in the early 1900’s and the home was then passed onto the Italian government. In the 1970s the home was purchased by shipping tycoon Mario Pane and his wife Rita. They held onto it for more than three decades before selling it in 2012. The new owners completely renovated the property in 2016 and hired famed French designer Jacques Garcia to renovate the interiors. The property is breathtaking and the renovations were documented in the book “Villa Astor: Paradise Restored on the Amalfi Coast” published earlier this year. The book also contains a foreword by Lord Astor of Hever, William Waldorf Astor’s great-grandson. For today let’s enjoy a bit of the beautiful Villa Astor. The current owners will actually rent it and if money is no object you might consider renting it to call it your own for a few nights. Just remember that if you decide to rent it, you must allow me to tag along!