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  As you can tell from the picture below, the existing light fixture in the room is outdated and way too small for the space.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 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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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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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! 


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.

Dreamy Daybeds

Saturday, April 11, 2015

I have a daybed design hero is Autumn Clemons. She stole my heart with the reveal of a room she designed as a participant of the One Room Challenge.  I recently discovered her blog while searching for images of daybed treatments for my very own seaside guest room that is currently part of the One Room Challenge, Spring 2015!   Enjoy her heart is still fluttering! 

Here are a few other charming daybeds to enjoy. Most of these have been floating around on the internet for a while but I still enjoy them. I guess that's the mark of a good design!   

 By Chandos Interiors


Vincent Wolfe via Elle Decor


Susan Nelson

Betsy Burnham


Thursday, April 9, 2015

I purchased a bedside table. TABLE. Singular not plural. Only one. No matchy-matchy here. There is absolutely nothing wrong with matching nightstands but I thought I would step out of the (design) box and use two different tables to put on each side of bed. SAFE and conservative is my norm. I decided that I need to live on the edge...just trying to mix it up with round and square table tops.  

In my last ORC post I mentioned how I was using many pieces that my husband and I already own and repurposing them for our seaside guest bedroom. We purchased the side table shown below at a local flea market over 10 years ago.  I love the graceful lines of the legs and the height is perfect for use as a bedside table.  The original finish was a dark oak.  The natural wood isn't really appropriate for the space so a few months ago I figured “why not paint it!”.  After all, can’t we all use a makeover from time to time?!!  Unfortunately I was in a hurry to "get it done" and painted it with paint I already on hand.  Bad decision. It did not take long to realize I painted it the wrong color (it turned out wayyyyyyy too yellow).  You live and learn.  Luckily for me I used chalk paint so it will be very easy to repaint.  I am hoping to bring new life into this sweet beauty and use it opposite the new round table I purchased.

In the picture above did you notice the sneak peek at the new wall color, bedding, and finish samples I am testing out? Did I select one of these finishes or go with another? You will have to wait for the reveal!  

To accompany this post today I also added a new "Tutorial" section to the sidebar. For my first tutorial, I document how to apply Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Waxes as well as gold gilding wax.  With Annie Sloan products a little goes a long way, the paint goes on easy, dries quick and has the wonderful finish I was hoping for.  I love Annie Sloan products...and that's my unsolicited opinion! You can see my step-by-step tutorial on chalk paint and waxes HERE. The tutorial shows how I created the finish sample shown in the pictures above and below. Creating a finish sample is a great way to test a color before committing to it. 

The art piece below was found at a local thrift shop for only $18.00. I thought it looked like a nice peaceful scene fitting for a guest room.  The frame is just too dark so it also will be getting a nice makeover. 

I am continuing to hunt for an overhead light fixture. I think I have one nailed down but I'm not 100% sure yet. I'm hoping to get that squared away by the time I have to post about next week's progress. That's about it for today! Thanks for stopping by. And don't be shy...leave a quick note and say "hello"! 

Click HERE to see my first One Room Challenge post..the post that started it all! You can view view Week 2 of the other linking participants HERE.


Sunday, April 5, 2015

I am enjoying a variety of lovely rose blooms picked from our garden today which I placed in a small white pitcher. I love how God handed us a charming bouquet of flowers today! Enjoy your Easter Sunday.


It's been a bit of a frustrating week. If you follow me on instagram you may have realized a moment of panic when this popped up on my computer screen yesterday:

This is a Rated PG site so I can't tell you the first words that came out of my mouth. But my second ones were "I can't bail on ORC just after the first week!" I, like fellow ORC participant Made by Jess, raced to get my blog up so I can participate this time around. I had been on the fence about participating. I even asked Linda if there was another ORC later in the year. With a blog to build, an on-line shop to re-vamp, thinking of a guest room to pull together, plus life in general I definitely thought maybe the timing wasn't right. I mentioned my reservation to Linda in an instagram post and her soothing words of "Don't be nervous. It's only a room. Have fun and make new friends" propelled me to throw my hat into the ring. So I managed to put a blog together within a week, albeit still very much in the works. But you can only imagine how unhappy I was after devoting so much time to a new site only to find that it had disappeared.  #NotHappyWithThis.  Luckily, I was able to restore everything (kinda) and I'm now back on-line. You bet I am already planning my next ORC post! Stay tuned....


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Talk about being nervous...
I have had a lot on my plate. I have been in the process of designing (and redesigning) a website for my shop. I have also been working (and reworking) on the design of a personal blog to document renovations to the Southern California seaside ranch style home that my husband and I purchased two years ago. Indeed, we are restoring charm to a classic ranch! The shop is still in progress. And so is the blog. But I figured what better way than to jump right in and join those participating in the One Room Challenge to help motivate me get my blog up while updating a room in our home. As the saying goes "killing two birds with one stone".... And so the adventure begins. I am nervous about hitting the "publish" button and letting my first post go live. YIKES! 

What is the "One Room Challenge"?
After stalking the last few One Room Challenge go-arounds I am happy to announce that I will be jumping in and will actually participating in one! The event challenges design bloggers to each transform a room of their choice from start to finish and document their weekly progress.  That’s right my friends…I have decided to transform an empty room into a beautiful guest room retreat within a 6 week timeframe. During this time I will show you my progress as well as provide project details and project tutorials along the way.  Tune in each week to see what progress I and the other oh so talented designers make to our spaces. Let the challenge begin! 

Room of Choice: The Guest Bedroom.
The dreaded "before" shots of the space taken during our first walk-through of our house.

First Impressions.
We purchased our home over two years ago.  When I saw the room for the first time my first reaction was "What is that hideous stain on the wall?"  The room was painted pink with stains of what I can only assume are grease marks from where a headboard should have been placed. At least that is what I want to believe. I know, I looks disgusting.  But paint can can hide a multitude of sins and this can easily be transformed into a guest bedroom. It's a nice basic room I could work with. 

I also noticed that the original wood floors were in terrible shape but could be restored. The original baseboard was intact but had been painted over numerous times and the finish was blotchy at best. There was a hideous window air conditioner that definitely needed to go. And then, there was the dreaded popcorn ceiling. But, on the plus side, it was a room with a nice size closet for an older home.  It is perfect for guests to hang their clothes. And I had already envisioned purchasing some fancy luggage rack for guest use. Was I living in a fantasy world?

This turned out to be one of the first rooms in the house that I started working on.  I think I chose this room first because I thought it was the one that needed the least amount of work and would be the quickest one to finish.  We needed a starting point and this would be it. I had great intentions but its 2 years later and the room is still not complete. However, before we moved in we had the floors redone, and popcorn ceiling removed. The walls were re-painted and the window a/c is gone. The hard part is done (or so I think!). Now let the fun begin! 

Above & Below - More "Before" Pictures

Inspiration & Design Direction.
This is a beach community so naturally I gravitate toward the colors of the sand and surf. When I was thinking about the color scheme for this room I knew I wanted to create a sophisticated beach vibe.  Since most of our visitors do not live by the beach I thought it would be a nice way to welcome them to our environment.  However, I do a have short list of self-imposed prerequisites:

1. Create a comfortable retreat for guests. The goal is to incorporate a soothing color palette and create an overall feel that captures the essence of the beach with an aura of sophistication.  How do you create a beach vibe without being too kitchy? Well, stay tuned!

2. Pull together a seaside look without breaking the bank. This is a room that won’t get used much so I don’t want to spend a lot of money on this space.  Afterall, that’s money that can be used in another room….this is particularly important since I still have an entire house to redesign!  Good design doesn’t have to cost much and luckily for me we already own many of the pieces that can be used in this room.  They include things that were used in other areas of our former home, items not used to their full potential, or not used at all. Shop your own home for things that can be moved from one space to another. This proves to be a great way to jump start the design of a room for those looking to save some money (which is always a good thing!). What I didn’t realize, but soon learned, is that a few of our existing pieces actually provided the direction for the overall color scheme for our guest room makeover. Which leads me to my next point….

Make the most of what you have.
When we moved here two years ago, there were a few things I knew I had to incorporate into this room simply because we couldn’t find another place for them in our new home. They include:

 1. Curtains.  In my office at our previous home (photo below) I had linen drapery panels from Restoration Hardware covering the window.  I added a banding of Kravet fabric on the edges and had them professionally hemmed to fit the space perfectly.  We weren't originally planning on taking the drapes with us to our new home until we realized they fit the windows of this room perfectly. And these are the only windows in the house that they fit. The curtains have been sitting in a closet for two years. It's time to get the kraft paper (yes, kraft paper) off the windows and get them hung! 

2. Cowhide Rug. Again, another item used in my office at our previous home. I purchased a new rug for my office so the cowhide has to find a new home. The guest room seems ideal.

3. Twin Bed. A family member offered up a twin bed with frame but no headboard. We said "we'll take it!"

4. Windsor Chair. I inherited a Windsor style chair from my grandmothers estate. I'm not sure how I didn't notice but it wasn't until we moved that I realized that there is a beautiful shade of blue peeking out through the well-loved worn areas of the chair’s black finish.

On their own, these items may seem uninspiring (other than the antique chair) but collectively these are the things that helped define the color scheme of the room before I even knew it. Talk about serendipity!  I will be working with black, blues, and creamy ivory. Here is a sneak peek at the fabric selection in progress.

Fabric selection in progress.

So there it goes. My first post down and first week of ORC documented. So, how did I do!!!???

Be sure to check my progress and that of others participating in the ORC. The linking participants can be viewed HERE.  It’s a very talented group...I am sure they won't disappoint!