As the year winds down it’s not uncommon for people, including myself, to start reflecting on the events (good and bad) that took place over the past year. Looking through pictures taken throughout 2016 made me realize that there were several events I intended to post about that never quite made it to the blog. Not too long ago I even solicited input from readers when trying to determine when it’s considered too late to post about something. I came to the conclusion that its never too late as long as it’s relevant.

The home was featured in the movie “Nocturnal Animals” by Tom Ford and I instantly recognized the Malibu home I visited earlier this year as part of the “JK Place Malibu” event. I planned to post more pictures of the event but it never quite happened. It seems that even though the event was months ago, my pictures are still relevant given the timing of the movie and even Heather’s post. Thanks Heather, for inspiring my post today which allows me to revisit an event I had so much fun at. It was a bit hard to take decent pictures because of the sun’s glare both inside and out, but here are a few images that capture the amazing views from the home’s exterior. To see pictures of the home’s interiors be sure to check out my previous posts here and here. 


Mr. B and I pull into valet at the driveway entrance to the home.


Chic Italian men posing for the camera.


Another chic Italian serving up beverages for guests.



At the back of the house there is an expansive area of beautiful green lawn with priceless views of the Pacific Ocean just beyond the infinity pool.


img_4005jk place malibu via REVIVING CHARM



Many people, myself included, spend countless hours selecting just the right paint colors, fabric and furniture for their home. But have you stopped to consider what your home might actually smell like? I have seen home sprays, perfumes and diffusers but really never thought about them until Mr. B and I were guests at J.K. Place Malibu a few months ago. The event was wonderful with no detail overlooked. I was first mesmerized by the stunning architecture and interiors, as well as the multi-million dollar view of the Pacific Ocean. But as I moved throughout the estate I realized that there was a beautiful scent wafting through the air. It was captivating. It turned out that the house was accessorized with the home fragrances of Dr. Vranjes, a chemist and artisan perfumer based in Florence, Italy.

JK Place Malibu by RevivingCharm_Com

Dr. Vranjes was actually a guest at the event and had a small display set up for people to discover and try his various home fragrances (photos above & below). You can see two large home fragrance reed diffusers sitting on the owner’s desk, aka temporary display for Dr. Vranjes’ products.

JK Place Malibu by Reviving Charm_Com

dr vranjes by RevivngCharm_com

Here are a few of the home fragrances I tested at the JK Place event. Aria was a perfect pick.

I mentioned to Dr. Vranges that I “just had to have” the particular fragrance that was wafting throughout the home. Much to my dismay, I was informed that the fragrance “Firenze” was made specifically for JK Place and only available in Italy. Major bummer. Since we didn’t have a trip to Italy planned for the near future my “Plan B” was to work with Dr. Vranjes and his staff to find an alternative that I could readily purchase in the States. I was thrilled when I was told that his home fragrances could be purchased through Gumps in San Francisco because Mr. B and I were actually flying there the following day.

Gumps San Francisco Dr Vranjes by RevivingCharm_Com

Gumps is always on the list of places to visit when in San Francisco. On this trip I made a bee-line to the home fragrance section. They have a wide display of home fragrances to choose from but my mission was to purchase a bottle of Plan B, officially known as “Aria” by Dr. Vranjes. Since I had never used a reed diffuser before I wanted to purchase the smallest bottle they had, which is 3.4 ounces. The beautiful fragrance was purchased for our living room.

Dr Vranjes by RevivingCharm_Com

When we got home from San Francisco I  read through the marketing material provided by Dr. Vranjes. I love how his reed diffusers are styled in the oh so chic and stylish JK Place Hotel in Florence (shown below). I already know that on our next trip to Florence that I will be paying Dr. Vranjes a visit to purchase a souvenir. A stay at JK Place Firenze is also at the top of the list. Dr Vranges home fragrance via Reviving CharmDr Vranges home fragrance via Reviving Charm_COM 1Dr Vranges home fragrance JK place florence via REVIVINGCHARM_COM 1Dr Vranges home fragrance via Reviving Charm_COMDr Vranges home fragrance JK place florence via REVIVINGCHARM_COM


Since attending the JK Place event, I will never look at home fragrance the same and love the beauty and ease of a reed fragrance diffuser. Most recently I had been looking for one to place in my bathroom and mentioned in a previous post that I purchased Voluspa’s “Laguna” scent. It has a light, sophisticated beach fragrance that works well for a bathroom and I love the scent each time I walk into the room. Confession: sometimes I walk into the room for no reason other than to take a whiff of the lovely scent! Don’t laugh, we all do silly things…home fragrance via RevivingCharm_com 1


An added bonus of using a reed diffuser is its ease of use. Just insert the reeds into the fragrance oil, set it out on display and forget about it. As desired, flip the reeds over to refresh the scent. Easy-peasy.

Some people don’t like using home fragrance and in their skepticism wonder “what odors are you trying to cover up?”Scent has more of a profound influence on us than we think. I believe that home fragrance can be a wonderful way to enhance the overall ambience and add to the warmth and experience of your home. Personally, I don’t like using room sprays or perfumes but a reed diffuser looks and acts like a home accessory while providing a wonderful fragrance. Who doesn’t like walking into a space that not only looks nice but smells wonderful also?

Additional decorating tip: If you don’t like the container of a particular home diffuser, pour the oil into the non-porous container of your choice. Personally, I like the look of glass so you can actually see the oil. Just make sure to select a vessel that has a narrow opening so the reeds can remain upright and not flop around. That’s my tip of day…

All photos via Reviving Charm/iphone 6 except JK Place interior shots.


I will admit to being an Italophile, someone who favors Italian art, style and culture. I have also been a long time admirer of the beautifully designed J.K. Place chain of luxury boutique hotels in Italy. Last month when I learned that J.K. Malibu was going to establish itself for one week only I knew this was one event I would not want to miss! Their website is beautifully designed but provides almost no information about the event other than this:

Please join us in celebrating our passion
for the Italian lifestyle against this extraordinary backdrop,
for a week of culinary indulgence and California dreaming…

jk place malibu reviving charm

J.K. Place Malibu will be held from March 12 through March 19 at the exclusive Malibu, California estate owned by real-estate entrepreneur Kurt Rappaport. The estate is sprawled out over approximately six acres on a beautiful bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and was featured the May 2014 issue of Architectural Digest.

Mr. B and I be will in attendance later in the week. My Italian is a bit rusty so I better brush up on it so I can put it to good use with those from Italy that will be in attendance. For Mr. B and I, this event will kick off a wonderful extended vacation for us before traveling to San Francisco the following day…more on that later.  For now… Ciao! xoxo, V. 

reviving charm jk place malibu

jk place malibu reviving charm at the beachreviving charm italy jk place malibuk place malibu reviving charm 1jk place malibu reviving charm 2jk place malibu reviving charm 3jk place malibu reviving charm 4jk place malibu reviving charm 7jk place malibu reviving charm 6jk place malibu reviving charm jk place malibu reviving charm


“Harmony, coherence and irony are the keys”  — Michele Bönan

Michele Bönan at the Marquis Hotel in Paris.

I first became aware of the acclaimed Italian architect and designer Michele Bönan many years ago when I first laid eyes on JK Place Hotel in Florence and JK Capri in Italy. The exquisite design of these hotels continue to remain so popular that years later they still garner attention as the subject of various websites and blog posts. While Bönan is perhaps most notable for his hotel designs, he has also designed yacht interiors, private estates and various commercial projects.

The architect and interior designer is the subject of a new book entitled “Michele Bönan: The Gentleman of Style” published through Assouline and is due out later this month. This is definitely one book I will be adding to my Christmas wish list!

“My concept of architecture dates back more than a century ago, when the various arts, sculpture, painting and architecture, were fused together creating a “harmonious whole” , thus the decoration of the building was an integral part of the project “ –Michele Bönan

The Italian translation in the photo below reads: “Make order and coordinate the various details, in order to obtain the ideal harmony.” The lamp is a Bönan design available through Estro, a lighting manufacturer based in Florence, Italy.