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From the Archives of Reviving Charm

With 2018 now behind us I thought there would be no better time to introduce you to a new feature here on the website. New year, new feature. The top menu bar and sidebar now have links to an “archives” section so you can easily find your favorite posts or discover some new ones that you may have missed along the way. The archive currently features all posts over the last year but will eventually include all posts going back to 2015 – the year I started the site. What prompted the change? I visit a lot of websites  and blogs and realized that when I find one I like I generally want to dig deep and read many of the older posts. Lots of websites don’t make this very easy to do and, at best, they may include a way for you to filter all posts by a particular year. This is a good start but I still find myself still having to scroll through an endless number of posts and wading through those I want (or don’t want) to read. As a result of trying to figure out the best way to approach my archive, I decided on a format that reads more like a “table of contents”, as you can see below.

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For me, the exercise of putting together an archive was particularly enlightening; it revealed how much or how little (sorry!) I posted in a particular month. It was also interesting to see how the look and feel of the website has evolved. I hope you find the archives useful, easy to navigate, and a great resource to share with friends (I love new readers!).  Be sure to checkout the 2018 archives HERE. Happy reading!

Another Sneak Peek at the Seaside Guest Bedroom

I previously wrote about the current updates to the room I affectionately call the Seaside Guest Bedroom and provided you with the little teaser picture you see below. The room wasn’t 100% “done” before deciding to redecorate it. Has that ever happened to you? There were aspects of the room that never really felt quite right to me. I realized that it wasn’t a pure reflection of my style and I was trying to force the overall design to work. I felt like I was trying to put a square peg into a round hole. That never works. So…I decided to redecorate and be true to my style of decorating with neutral fabrics, for the most part, and adding texture through furniture and accessories. Luckily, most of what needs to be done involves swapping out accessories. The existing furniture stays although there are two existing pieces that will be painted to better suit the space.

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The existing daybed cover and matching bed skirt is ivory in color. I will be making new throw pillows for the bed in the same ivory color to match. The only pop of color on the bed will be a single throw pillow that I’ll be making from the blue/green silk fabric in the picture below. The print is one of six purchased from an antique shop near Boston over ten years ago. When I brought them home I had them framed in the black and gold frames you see here. They once adorned our bedroom at our previous home. They now now get to call the Seaside Guest Bedroom their permanent residence.

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The room will be graced with a pair of chipped paint wood frames that once belonged to Mr. B’s grandmother. We have never used them and they have been stored away for over 25 years. I finally get to dust them off (literally) and incorporate them into this space. I love that we finally get to use them and they will be hung as-is. No restoration will be done. reviving charm at home 8

I will be making two small throw pillows using the black and ivory striped fabrics shown a couple of pictures above. I think they will accentuate the tufted linen covered chair nicely. The wooden legs of the chair are currently a light oak color but will be refinished. Yet, another project on my do-to list. reviving charm at home 5Since the room isn’t large I knew I wanted to incorporate a daybed in order to maximize space. When I stumbled upon this spindle designed daybed at a local garage sale I knew it was perfect for the space. The person that sold it to me said “This would look great once you sand it down and put on a fresh coat of new paint”. I remember telling her that other than the spindle design one of the reasons I liked the bed is because of its very well-worn look. Plus, the paint color matches the room perfectly. As they say, one man’s trash is another’s treasure.
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The Seaside Guest Bedroom would not be complete without incorporating a few books, including this book of poems. I’ll admit to buying it just for the cover. poems of the sea Reviving Charm

The rocks were collected from various beaches we’ve visited while on vacation. They are corraled in a small brass container purchased from one of my favorite thrift shops. seaside guest bedroomThe draperies and drapery rod were used at our previous home and installed on a window of the same size so we decided to bring them with us to our Seaside Ranch Home. They were purchased off the shelf from Restoration Hardware but I decided to customize them by having the black and ivory fabric border added. The border fabric is from the Windsor Smith Collection for Kravet. guest bedroom design

So there you have it…another look inside the Seaside Guest Bedroom. I can’t wait to complete it and share it with you. I sure hope its sooner rather than later because I have plenty of other Spring projects to start. I better get hustling….

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A DAY IN THE LIFE: REVIVING CHARM ON VACATION

A few weeks ago I starting thinking about surprising Mr. B with a weekend getaway. I wanted a destination that was within easy driving distance to take advantage of and make the most of this past three-day holiday weekend. I ended up booking a suite at the Bacara Resort and Spa located approximately 20 minutes north of Santa Barbara, California. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen a few images from our trip taken in real time.

Today I am sharing a “day in the life” of Reviving Charm while on vacation this past Sunday, January 15.  Other than a morning massage, nothing else was scheduled. Sometimes the best days are those you don’t plan! We took advantage of the mild California weather by driving through the beautiful neighborhoods of Montecito and Santa Barbara to admire the lush landscaping, Spanish architecture, and gorgeous estates. Stay tuned for a future post featuring more of the resort and our spacious hotel suite.

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7:00 am. Rise and shine. This is the bedroom of our hotel suite.

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7:20 am. I headed out the door and down the path that leads directly from the resort to the beach. Being up early allowed me to take advantage of seeing the sunrise over the water and enjoy a nice peaceful walk along the rocks and sand. I felt like I had the entire beach to myself.

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8:45 am. I checked into the spa for a 9:00 am massage appointment. I indulged myself with an 80-minute aromatherapy massage and enjoyed the other spa amenities offered, such as the eucalyptus steam shower and sauna.

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12:45 pm. After driving around Montecito we stopped for an impromptu lunch at Tydes Restaurant located directly across the street from The Biltmore Four Seasons Hotel in Santa Barbara. The restaurant is waterfront overlooking the beautiful Butterfly Beach, inside the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club.

1:45 pm. We explored the grounds of The Biltmore Four Seasons Hotel. We stayed here many years ago and is hotel I highly recommend.

1:45 pm. We explored the grounds of The Biltmore Four Seasons Hotel. We stayed here many years ago over New Year’s weekend and were asking ourselves why we haven’t been back. I highly recommend this hotel for a romantic getaway. If you are looking for a Valentine’s Day getaway, I definitely recommend a stay here.

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2:30 pm. After lunch Mr. B and I strolled the neighborhood surrounding The Biltmore Four Seasons Hotel. The neighborhood is filled with beautiful multi-million dollar estates.

Another beautiful Santa Barbara estate.

Another beautiful Santa Barbara estate.

3:30 pm. Mr. B and I sat on a bench overlooking Butterfly Beach to enjoy the outdoors before heading back to our hotel.

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4:00 pm. Shortly after arriving back at our hotel, we enjoyed a scoop of ice cream while having a fireside conversation in the lobby.

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4:50 pm. After an ice cream break I headed to the spa gift shop to pick up a few skin care items.

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7:00 pm. Staying in for the evening allowed me to relax and catch up on reading material.

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10:00 pm. Sweet dreams…buona notte…good night!