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Inspiration for The Seaside Guest Room (Again)

The holiday season is upon us and that means many people will be getting ready for overnight or extended stay guests. The status of our Seaside Guest Bedroom has been on my mind lately and I almost hate to admit that I’ve changed design direction…again. Why is it so much harder to design your own home than the home of someone else? Luckily, the furniture will remain the same but the accessories will be swapped out to provide a completely new look. I’ve always wanted this to be a restful seaside retreat for guests so I will be taking cues from the colors found at the beach. I was looking through my stash of fabric and found a beautiful coral pink silk taffeta from the Silk Trading Company. The color reminds me of the pinkish hue often found during sunset or on the inside of a conch shell. It’s perfect and will be used for throw pillows. I’m also excited about incorporating this beautiful marbled silk ribbon in the space to tie all the colors together. I will be sure to share when the room is complete. I know I’ve said that before but this time I really do mean it…I promise…fabric design styleEven though I finalized my color scheme a while ago, I was still searching for inspiration. I wanted to see how others incorporated shades of grey, salmon, ivory and beige. I never quite found anything that “spoke” to me but the image below was part of an email sent by One Kings Lane this morning. It was the confirmation I needed to make me feel like I was on the right track. I fell in love with the look and feel of this space. It has such a graceful elegance to it but still feels very welcoming. Hopefully I can channel a little bit of that vibe into my own space. Wish me luck!

The Great Table Skirt Debate

I started reading blogs in 2007 when blogging was just in its infancy stage. And when it comes to decor, I’ve found that over the past 17 years there is probably no other design element that creates as much controversy in “blogland” as the table skirt. There seems to be no middle ground; people either love the look of a table skirt or they don’t. I have been a loyal fan that falls into the “love it” camp and I stopped dead in my tracks earlier today when I came across this image in an ad for Soane Britain.

tableskirt_Reviving CharmI have always wanted to incorporate a table skirt into our own home. I am happy to say that when we moved into our seaside ranch home four years ago, it provided a great opportunity to make that happen and we currently have one in progress that covers an octagon entry table in the living room. Table skirts can help soften the look of a piece of furniture and provide added texture and pattern to a room. They have a simple elegance to them. And if you’re short on space, the use of a table skirt can be a great opportunity to provide a bit of extra storage while providing a touch of style to a room. Admittedly, the only thing that mine is hiding at the moment is dust bunnies…

What do you think of a table skirt? Love it or leave it? 

Vogue Living + Schumacher = A Great Collaboration

A couple of great forces came together recently. Vogue Living and Schumacher, my one of my favorite textile companies, debuted the new “Vogue Living” collection earlier this week. The fabric and wallpaper collection was a result of a collaboration between Schumacher, including creative director Dara Caponigro, and Vogue’s International Editor at Large, Hamish Bowles. The collection is full of romantic florals, charming checks, and beautiful trellis and stripe patterns, to name a few! Read more about the inspiration behind the collection on Vogue.vogue living and schumacher 3vogue living and schumacher 4vogue living and schumachervogue living and schumacher 1vogue living schumacher collection 2vogue living schumacher collectionvogue living and schumacher 2schumacher vogue living collectionvogue living collection schumacher 3vogue living and schumacher collaborationvogue living collection schumacherschumacher vogue living collectionvogue living and schumacher 5

All images via Vogue and Schumacher. Graphic collages created by Reviving Charm.


Yesterday was a darn good mail day. Don’t you love days like that? The sample of the fabric that Interior Designer Miles Redd designed for one of my favorite fabric companies, Schumacher, arrived. I was giddy as I ripped open the envelope containing one perfectly folded sample. I quickly got busy taking inventory of other fabric I have on hand that would coordinate with such a bold pattern. The seaside guest bedroom is 99% complete and I am already thinking of redecorating it.  I wasn’t originally planning to redo this room but this is what happens when you stay home for weeks to recuperate.

be-bold-inspiration-via-revivingcharm_comI usually shy away from bold patterns thinking that if I go with solids or subtle, classic patterns I won’t tire of them so easily. The inspiration fabric is way out of my comfort zone but that’s kinda what I like about it. However, I once had a dress made from a Schumacher linen that coincidently had a large peacock print…I loved that dress knowing it was a one of a kind!


Here are a few tidbits about the fabrics I have selected for the (potential) seaside guest bedroom redo:

  1. The inspiration fabric is known as “Peacock” by Miles Redd for Schumacher. The fabric comes in a few different colors but I chose this one because it best coordinates with things already in the room. I really, really like when I can reuse things I already own.
  2. This is a remnant piece I had stashed away for about twenty years (yes, you read that right…20 years). I have just enough of this black and ivory ticking fabric to make a lumbar pillow. Luckily, I wouldn’t need much of this fabric. I don’t remember the manufacturer so I wouldn’t be able to order more if I needed it. That is assuming it’s not discontinued.
  3. This pattern is known as “Greek Key” from Schumacher. This is such a versatile pattern, particularly in this neutral color. I never tire of it. I made two pillows using this fabric that currently sit on the bed in the guest bedroom. I like being able to reuse them in this room.

Below are the existing Belgian linen drapes that will remain. I love them! They are from Restoration Hardware and were purchased when we lived at our previous home. They fit the guest room windows at our seaside ranch home perfect so they moved with us. The fabric border is another Schumacher fabric that I had added to the drapes to give them a more custom, finished look. This is a great trick to “upgrade” off the shelf draperies.


So there  you have it….I am thinking of starting fresh with a bold pattern. What do you think? Any suggestions? Should I pull the trigger? 


There is a “holiday” for everything and today is officially National Handwriting Day.

French script cq3 from Carolyn. Quartermaine: I am particularly fond of work that creatively incorporates the art of penmanship. For many years I have admired the work of artist Carolyn Quartermaine, with a certain design crush on her “Script” fabric pattern. It’s an 18th century French style romantic design that many have tried to (unsuccessfully, in my opinion) replicate since its release many, many years ago. And although it has been around for quite some time, I never tire of it. Today seems like a most appropriate day to celebrate the art of lettering and the textile design of Carolyn Quartermaine. Given the fact that Carolyn has combined text with textiles her Script pattern is one definitely worth revisiting.

The Design Center at The Merchandise Mart | Carolyn Quartermaine:

I am a painter. The fabrics and designs are all distillations of the paintings and marks and explorations I make as an artist.   — Carolyn Quartermaine

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images via Boiserie & Co., Kelly G Design, Trouvais, The Style Salonist