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Red, White, and Blue

Tomorrow is the 4th of July holiday and today on the blog we are celebrating the spirit of summer with designs inspired by patriotic colors. Although I’m generally partial to neutral colors, I’ve always been drawn to a classic New England look that often incorporates red, white, and blue. Mr. B and I be celebrating by the water (one of my “happy places”) and heading to La Jolla. The fact that the holiday falls in the middle of the week this year is a bit of a bummer but it’s still a good excuse to seize the day and enjoy what summer has to offer, even if only for one day. What are your holiday plans?

I wish you a very Happy 4th of July. Stay safe..stay sane…

All the best, V.

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There’s nothing more classic than a good stripe so I created a series of thick stripes executed in watercolor. Most have already sold and very few are still available.

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SOLD. This is another painting I created for a client in Boston. This is one in a series of four different designs but all incorporated the same brighter blue and red tones. The colors seem most appropriate for a New England interior.

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Fourth of July: America’s Holiday

Happy Fourth of July! 

What do you have planned this long holiday weekend? I have been on vacation mode. Mr. B and have been taking a few days off for an easy getaway to La Jolla and San Diego, which is about a two-hour drive from our home. This Fourth of July, aka America’s Holiday, I thought I’d share a handful of my favorite vacation pictures from years past featuring Old Glory. Whatever it is you have planned, be sure to have a happy and safe one!

One flag, one land, one heart, on nation evermore.    — Oliver Wendell Holmes

Carmel, California

In 2015, we spend the holiday in the charming community of Carmel, California. I previously crafted a unique post about the lovely homes of Carmel. This was actually one of my earliest posts on the website so in case you missed it, you can read it here. 

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Above & Below: Carmel, California

In Fall 2015, we spend two weeks back east visiting Massachusetts and Rhode Island. I posted about the Boston Public Library, the Cape Cod hotel we stayed at in this post, and visiting Edith Wharton’s beautiful home, The Mount, in this post. The next couple of pictures are a couple of my favorites from that trip. scuituate lighthoue american flag via Reviving Charm

In an attempt to do something different, last year we spent the holiday in Julian, California. Julian is a small town (population approx. 1,500) tucked away in the mountains of San Diego. If you follow me on Instagram you may remember that I shared this picture last year. I’m not sure what it is about Julian that lures me back. There is absolutely no good shopping in this little town and there is only one real decent place to stay. Their Main Street is a missed opportunity because it is filled with one trinket souvenir shop after another. I did, however, manage to find one great home decor shop in town and some vintage shops in the region. Naturally, I discovered a few things to bring home and I shared my finds with you in this post. Heaven knows why, but for some weird, crazy reason I really like Julian. Maybe it’s their infamous apple pie that draws me back? julian california flag image by Reviving Charm

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY

Happy Fourth of July! Mr. B and I are enjoying a quick getaway For some R&R. Whatever your plans are, be sure to celebrate the day with a Patriotic spirit.   — xoxo, V. 4th of july via reviving charm DO NOT USE WITHOUT PERMISSION 1

I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.”   — Wendell L. Wilkie

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Random tidbit about me: The red and blue brushstroke pattern in the collage above is from an original watercolor I painted. It was part of a series of red and blue watercolors, a few of which made their way to a new home in Boston, Massachusetts.