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Glorious Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! My weekend is off to a great start with a party that Mr. B and I will be attending tonight. I’m not Irish but every year I make sure to wear something green to commemorate the holiday. This year it will be an emerald green silk blouse. Will you be wearing something green today? 

May the Irish hills caress you. May her lakes and rivers bless you. May the luck of the Irish enfold you. May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.  –Irish Blessing

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve compiled a few images for a quick post featuring the color of the day for your viewing pleasure.

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A Chic Milan Apartment

If you’ve been with me a while then you already know that I have a super sweet spot in my heart for Italy. I have fallen in love with Milan and I even discussed my position on the great debate about the metropolitan city in this prior post. When I came across this regal apartment it took me about two seconds to start a post. I knew I couldn’t keep this stunning Italian interior all to myself and I had to share it with you. Afterall, my motto in life (well, at least one of them) is “sharing is caring”. This incredible chic Italian apartment was designed for a couple and their two children by Studio Peregalli, a design firm based in Milan within short walking distance of The Duomo. The firm has achieved much recognition for their stunning interiors but don’t bother searching for a portfolio of their work on their website because you won’t find one. Thier website only features one small image and contact information reminding me of a modern day calling card. Apparently, you’re already familiar with their work if you need to contact them. Few firms can be so lucky. Studio Peregalli is headed by Roberto Peregalli and Laura Sartori Rimini and were hired to redesign this Milan apartment which hadn’t been touched since it was originally designed in the 1950’s by famed Italian designer Renzo Mon­giar­dino, whom both Peregalli and Rimini once worked under until his death almost 20 years ago. They tackled the project as more of a restoration project as if to pay homage to the original design done by Mon­giar­dino. They salvaged much of the original work including the gorgeous murals and trompe l’oeil paintings that grace the walls to create a beautiful backdrop for the furniture that lies within the rooms. It’s pure Italian chic.

The effect, especially when set against the backdrop of elaborately decorated walls, is one of controlled exuberance and welcoming luxury.  — Elle Decor Magazine

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  • Read more about the project online here or in the April issue of Elle Decor.
  • To learn more about Renzo Mon­giar­dino check this out.
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I am off to see the dentist today for a routine exam and cleaning. I take great pride in taking care of my teeth (you should, too!) but going to the dentist is never on the top of my “to-do” list and I could think of a million and one other things I’d much rather be doing. My dentist is an avid surfer (not surprisingly since I’m by the beach in California) and his office is decorated in a casual, beachy theme with even the latest issues of Surfer Magazine in the waiting room lounge. I give my dentist credit for maintaining an attractive, pristine office but still…it’s a dental office. I thought it was attractive as a dental office could get until I came across the office of Dr. Jennifer Burge Heller (love her website name, designed by the Chicago based firm Summer Thornton Design.

I want our clients to feel like they are coming to my home so that they’re calm and relaxed. –Dr. Jennifer Burge Heller

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I’ve never understood why people in the healthcare industry haven’t caught onto the fact that if they “deinstitutionalize” the look of their environment then maybe people would consider them less scary places to visit. I’m sure you can’t eliminate the fright factor for some altogether, but you can definitely promote a more peaceful environment. Luckily, Dr. Heller is one that “gets it” and I commend her for really going the extra mile (and incurring the extra expense) for trying to put her clients at ease. Hopefully, more medical professionals will follow suit. I can only hope…

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A Beautiful Bath on Sunday Spa Day

I imagine it being a hectic day for Hollywood actors and actresses as they prep and primp for a big night at the Oscars today. I’m sure part of their preparation (starting weeks or even months ago) was making sure that their skin will be in tip-top shape to ensure that it looks the best for the multitude of eyes that will be on them today. But even if you don’t plan on attending any red carpet events you really should take good care of your skin. It’s something I started doing regularly once I hit my 40’s but better late than never. I’ve mentioned before how, if at all possible, I try to reserve a portion of my Sunday evening to create a mini spa day at home. I’m going into a busy, stressful week (not great for skin, by the way!) so I plan to take a few hours for myself to treat my skin and relax this evening. I actually have appointments next week for a professional facial and massage so this is an excellent way to bookend my week. Believe it or not, after my long rant about skincare, this isn’t a post about skin care at all. I really just wanted to show you a couple of beautiful bathrooms. I know…a long segway…

garden court hotel palo alto_reviving charm blogI enjoy taking long soaks in a tub and would really love a bathroom designed like those at the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto, California. A large, deep soaking tub is one of the things I left behind once moving into our seaside ranch home and is something I still miss. Note to self: when the time comes to remodel my bathroom definitely incorporate a luxurious tub that is deeper than the one I have now…oh, and add a rain shower also. What elements of bathroom design do you enjoy the most?garden court hotel palo alto 1_reviving charm blog

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A Bulgari Riad: A Sophisticated Jewel Box of Color

The Bulgari name is synonymous with fine Italian jewelry dating back to the 1800’s and their exquisite pieces have garnered them worldwide brand recognition. Their beautiful jewels have been worn by the rich and famous and I won’t be surprised to see some their gemstone pieces show up on the red carpet tomorrow night for the Oscars (will you be watching?). Even artists took note of the fine jewelry house with Andy Warhol once saying, “For me, calling at Bulgari’s shop is like visiting the best exhibition of contemporary art.” I have oohed and ahhed inside their store so I can’t say I would disagree with that statement.

The family of Maite and Paolo Bulgari, the great-grandson of Bulgari’s founder, recently opened up their family home to be featured in the recent issue of Galerie Magazine. It took five years to build the two-story, seven bedroom Marrakech riad that is overflowing with exquisite details and fine quality craftsmanship (oh, those amazing ceilings!). They called upon Pablo Paniagua, a designer from Madrid, Spain, to create a home that “embraces the local culture while avoiding a predictable ye olde Marrakech look.” I’m typically not big on color in my own home but the Bulgari home is a sophisticated jewel box of color that is definitely something I could find myself living in. You can read more about it here.

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For Auction: Property from Villa Massei

I was immediately captivated by the charm of Lucca, a small town in the Tuscany region of Italy when I visited many years ago. It was 2005 to be exact. We were only in town for one day but Mr. B and I vowed to go back. It’s a town that’s typically overlooked by most tourists but is definitely worth a visit – even if for only one day. What makes Lucca unique is that the historic center of town is encircled by huge medieval stone walls that were originally built for defense purposes. Although the massive stone walls remain, they now serve as open space for residents and visitors to enjoy. The top of the wall has been developed into a tree-lined, gravel pathway that provides for the most charming stroll. From the top of the wall you have a view of the historic town on one side and a view of the expansive greenbelt that was once a moat on the other. This is what most tourists to Lucca experience when they visit.

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However, once you leave the old city walls you’ll find several stately homes including the 60-acre estate known as Villa Massei that was once owned by American artist and author Paul Gervais and Gil Cohen. They spent 34 years restoring the 16th century estate with Mr. Garvais even authoring the book A Garden in Lucca about developing the Italian Renaissance style gardens at Villa Massei. Gervais and Cohen sold the property in 2015 and on Tuesday, February 27, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago will be offering Italian furnishings, art, and decorative objects from Villa Massei that Gervais and Cohen had collected over the many years they spent in Italy, including many of the items shown in the photos below. To learn more about Villa Massei and the upcoming auction, click here. Happy bidding!

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Even when you purchase a home that has recently been renovated, chances are that you will be wanting to put your own stamp on it; personalize it, if you will, to make it yours to reflect your personal taste in design. That was definitely the case when a Portland, Oregon couple purchased this 1940’s Georgian style home from a bachelorette who had recently transformed it into her “dream home”. The new owners called upon Holly Freres of JHL Design to help renovate the space. They were seeking less of a feminine “princess” feel, as they described it, in favor of something a tad more modern, masculine, and edgy. The overall result maintains the original roots of the home with its traditional architectural elements that serve as a backdrop for everything modern, masculine and edgy…everything the new owners dreamed of.

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I didn’t want to post back-to-back pieces about modern design but there has been a lot of buzz in Southern California with the start of Modernism Week in Palm Springs. (In fact, I know someone whose weekend home will be on the tour next weekend.) And since I’ve had both mid-century design and Palm Springs on the mind (they almost go hand-in-hand),  I thought it would be a great time to feature the beautiful home of Ralph and Rita Rudin. Ralph is the 3rd generation owner of the L.A. furniture company A.Rudin so naturally many of the furnishings are custom pieces. What I like most about the renovation is that they were able to capture the essence of midcentury modern design but keep it fresh, sophisticated and elegant while maintaining indoor/outdoor living that is quintessential Palm Springs (Indian Wells, to be exact). You can read more about their weekend retreat here. rudin home palm springs_Reviving Charm blog 4

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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 Studio Schicketanz and is located in the upscale Tehama development. Tehama was the brainchild of Clint Eastwood, actor and former Mayor and City Councilperson of Carmel-By-the-Sea, California that is comprised of approximately 2,000 acres of land that he began purchasing over 30 years ago. This gated community consists of only 90 lots and a private golf course with membership “by invitation only”. Luckily, much of the land has been preserved in order to maintain the majestic scenery and vast open space ideally located just a few miles from the ocean. It looks like a peaceful paradise to call home.

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On a side note: One of my first posts was inspired by the homes in Carmel. If you missed it, then you must check it out here. 

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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 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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