carmel modern_Reviving Charm blog

If you are an architectural enthusiast then the exterior of this modern glass house in Carmel Valley may remind me you of Philip Johnson’s Glass House house in Connecticut, which was actually inspired by the Farnsworth House in Illinois designed by architect Mies van der Rohe. However, this particular glass home in Carmel Valley was designed by […]

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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 […]

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What do you do if you’re trying to unite two families together à la Brady Bunch style? If you’re Julian and Brooke Metcalfe then you buy a 17th-century tudor home in Oxfordshire, England to accommodate a family with 7 children. The Metcalfe’s purchased the estate as a weekend home to serve as a place to unite their two families. They […]

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provisional restaurant pendry san diego Reviving Charm

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Members Only: Inside Chess Club

I have never played a game of chess in my life, nor have I ever had the desire to. I have to remind myself that Kings and Queens aren’t just titles of royalty as they are also 2 of 6 pieces in a game of chess (can you name the other 4?). I’ll admit…I’ve always had […]

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Simple, Yet Refined

As much as I can appreciate pattern in a room, whether it be a great wallpaper or a statement fabric, I actually prefer a more subdued color palette in my own home. I am an executive by trade so for 8+ hours each day I am juggling a multitude of projects in a busy (often noisy) […]

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