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ORC WEEK 5: FOCUS ON LIGHTING

Thursday, April 30, 2015


I’m still playing with accessories for the seaside guest bedroom. I keep moving things around. I live with them in one spot for a few days and live with it. Before you know it I am moving things around again.  I am sure this is something I will be doing until the final reveal next week. Yikes…next week.  However, My main focus this week has been on lighting. This has definitely been the biggest challenge by far.  As you can tell from the picture below, the existing light fixture in the room is outdated and way too small for the space. Plus, I would like to find something that will add a little more charm to the room.  



I have been searching the internet high and low trying to find the right light fixture for this room.  Then one day I realized I had a light fixture brand new in the box sitting in the garage. 


It was purchased for our former home. It was supposed to be installed in the dining room of our old place to help “stage” it while it was for sale. For a variety of reasons that never happened and we ended up moving the light fixture, brand new in the box and unopened, to our new home. It has sat in our garage for over two years. I was in the garage on day and saw the box. I thought to myself “why wouldn’t this light fixture work in the guest bedroom?”  And “Why had I not considered it before?”

So this week the box made its way inside the house (this past Sunday to be exact) but it will sit there until this weekend when it gets installed.  But at least after 2 years we finally opened the box.  The only change I am thinking to make is to add some simple light shades to soften up the look a bit for a bedroom.  I’m glad I will be able to use something I already had. Funny how I had been looking for so long only to realize that what I needed was right under my nose!


***By the way, does anyone know how to format pictures better using Blogger???





I have 1 week left to complete the challenge. This weekend I better get that light fixture hung...and the draperies too....YIKES!!!! So many other participants are so much farther along. I am feeling the pressure! I'll get there.....in the mean while, I better get back to playing with my accessories some more. I think I have all I need. It's just a matter of deciding on the perfect spot for each piece.  Please check back next week for the reveal.

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ORC WEEK 4: ACCESSORIZING

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I have been busy gathering accessories for our guest bedroom. I have an arsenal of goodies to choose from. In fact, way too many to choose from for this small space. And throughout the week I have been moving things around here and there to see what works and what doesn’t. I want the room to feel “finished” but I don't want it to look cluttered. Most importantly, since it is a guest room I want to make sure that there are enough flat surfaces in the room for guests to spread out their things. I want guests to feel like this is their home away from home. I want it to feel like their seaside retreat! 

Here is a sample of the items that I am working with. There are still 2 weeks left until the reveal and a whole lot can change between now and then. I have time to buy a few new things. But I also have time to do some serious editing.  You’ll just have to wait until the reveal in week 6 to see what accessories make the cut.

An original piece of art is always a nice touch.

A collection of some of my favorite design books.

A classic bedside clock.

New lamp finial...can't overlook small details.


Stacked in the corner of the room is a variety of glass;  collection of shells and rocks; boxes and books. What will stay? What will go? Stay tuned! 

A peek at the wicker basket that is definately a keeper!

Unfortunately, I have left the two biggest challenges for me to the very end: hanging drapes and installing a new light fixture. Here is the room in its current state:

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SHOP SPOTLIGHT - A SEASIDE STUDIO

Saturday, April 18, 2015

I am always on the hunt for new things to grace our home. In most instances I prefer vintage over new because I love finding things that are unique and one-of-a-kind. I also enjoy bringing new life to vintage pieces and finding ways to make them fresh and modern for today's way of living. Hence the name of my blog: Reviving Charm. 

A Seaside Studio has a shop in its infancy stage that is growing with vintage finds and remnants of designer fabrics. For those who know how to sew you can pick up some designer fabrics at a mere fraction of their full yardage price. Below are some pictures of a few of my favorites from the shop. Be sure to check it out HERE.

A great vintage painting that would look stunning on a gallery wall.

I have a growing affinity for chinoiserie. The fabric on the left is a unique rare piece from Clarence House. It's such a stunner, I think I would consider framing it! The trim of the right would look great on pillows or outlining the frame of a fabric covered bulletin board.

A cool, hip pattern. Of course, I am drawn to the black and white! 

ORC WEEK 3: A DATE WITH MY BERNINA

Thursday, April 16, 2015


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I admit that I am a self-professed textile junkie. A fabric hoarder. So the hunt for fabric for this project (really any project) was a pure adrenalin rush. This past week I turned my attention to accent pillows. Fabric, trim, sewing, and dying (yes, dying) fabric was on the agenda for this week. It was just me and my Bernina sewing machine teaming up to crank out throw pillows for the daybed going into the seaside guest room that's part of the One Room Challenge Spring 2015 event. 

Where I keep the good stuff....some of my fabric stash hidden away in a closet.

I have searched the internet high and low for inspirational day bed pictures. I found some lovely examples which I highlighted in a previous post. But they all have one thing in common: An amazing headboard, frame, or canopy. My challenge is this: How to make a daybed look wonderful without buying or building a frame or a headboard? 

I fell in love with an antique daybed at an estate sale that I missed. Months later I still dream of it. It haunts me. But my hope is that sometime my true love will find its way to our home and complete the picture. Hopefully, that new love will be an estate sale find with a relatively inexpensive tag price. Is that really too much for a design enthusiast to ask for? In the meantime, I am loading up the bed with a bunch of beautiful pillows. My Bernina sewing machine and I have become quite the couple this week. Luckily, my husband is not the jealous type!

I purchased 2 blue/green and ivory pillows recently and the Schumacher greek key fabric was purchased a few years ago and made into pillows for the bedroom at our former home. Now that we moved, I am glad I found a new spot for the Greek key pillows because years later I still love the fabric.  And that's saying alot because I typically tire of things quickly.


I ordered the floral fabric online and it has been sitting in a closet for months.  I ordered it before I really ever knew what I was going to do with it. Unfortunately, I only have two yards of fabric for 3 large (25"x25") throw pillows so I had to either (1) order more fabric or (2) get creative. I am always up to a challenge so I told myself  "You better find a way to make 2 yards work".


My solution was to use the floral for the face of the pillows and use a solid color for the back. This leads to Challenge No 2....I wanted to use a solid ivory fabric for the back of pillows but I didn't have the perfect color in my fabric stash (remember I said I was a fabric hoarder!?!! And remember I said I was up to a challenge!??).  I have yards of pure white linen so I figured why not dye it with chalk paint? This could put at least some of the left over wayyyyy too yellow chalk paint originally used on the side table to good use.

Dying the linen with chalk paint was so very easy and I am very happy with the results.  I was able to achieve the perfect shade of ivory that I was hoping for. At the far left of the picture below you can see the original white linen I started with in contrast to the dyed linen to the right.  If you want to learn how to dye fabric using chalk paint see my tutorial here.The best part of this whole thing was that I was able to use supplies I had on hand. That is always a great feeling.


I fell in love with the velvet ruffle trim many years ago and purchased what was left on the roll.


Here's a sneak peek at some of the trim used for a small accent pillow that will be placed on the antique windsor chair I inherited.  You also get a glimpse of the new bedding.

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