Elvira Halloween Decor

September 25, 2018

By Tab Byrum

There is no shortage of icons associated with Halloween but the most current and definitely most sexy Halloween icon is Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. If you’d like to add some 1980’s humor and “sex appeal” to your Halloween party this year then check out the Elvira Halloween decor available from Beistle. Elvira got her start in Los Angeles in 1981 as the host of a local horror movie program but she soon proved so popular that her show was eventually syndicated and she was touring nationwide. Today Elvira can boast a huge amount of products with her image on them but also lays claim to the biggest selling lady’s Halloween costume of all time. Check out these decorations and maybe up the ante at your Halloween party this year by inviting an icon to show up, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark!!! Enjoy!!!

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Hello Autumn 2018

September 24, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Fall is finally here and I’m SO happy!!!! I love Fall and everything that goes with it. Everyone gets back into a structure and on a schedule, the weather begins to change with cooler winds and the look of things changes with grasses becoming brown and trees changing to reds, yellows, and oranges. Today we are going to look at some beautiful photos of Fall and take in all the glory it brings with it. Check back with us every day as we celebrate everything about Fall and the holidays that go with it. We’ll be looking at decorations, food, home decor and so much more. Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Annie Lennox’s New CA Home

September 21, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I love real estate and one of my favorite singers is Annie Lennox, one of the founders of the 80’s duo extraordinaire the Eurythmics, so it only made sense to look at the recent real estate acquisition Annie made in California in the Nichols Canyon area of Los Angeles. The home was originally built in the 1960’s and sits at the top of a hill. The home shares a long uphill driveway with two other homes and it has recently been expanded. Today the home has 2,700 square feet with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. The home’s color scheme is almost all white and very contemporary with lots of straight sleek lines. The home has exposed posts and beams on the ceiling (which I LOVE) and floor to ceiling windows allow massive amounts of light into the residence. The home has a slim deck and an infinity edged swimming pool, the master bedroom has its own private deck and the view from throughout the home are stunning. Join me for a photo tour of the home and Enjoy!!!

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Halloween At Sharon Bloom Designs

September 20, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Pumpkin Cookie Jar

Sorry, for not posting in several days but you know how it is, had a lot going on here and unfortunately, I didn’t plan well very far ahead. But, I’m back and have lots of fun and wonderful things planned to share with you from the world of design. 

Today we are starting with a look at a wonderful artist I’ve made friends with, Sharon Bloom. Sharon has Sharon Bloom Designs in Winters, California and she simply adores Halloween. Sharon says she has loved the spooky holiday as long as she can remember and she not only creates wonderful Halloween creations but she also collects Halloween folk art which she displays in her home year round. Sharon’s artistic background is in painting and today she expresses that through her amazing ceramics and Halloween paintings. Sharon creates one of a kind holiday figures that are collected by people around the world and she shows her wares every year at the prestigious annual “All Hallows Art Festival” in Petaluma, California coming up on September 29th. If you can’t make it to Petaluma you can visit Sharon’s shop on Etsy here and as a special Halloween treat Sharon Bloom Designs is having a special offering of her Halloween ornaments starting tonight on her Instagram page at #shopsharonbloomdesigns

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Modern Farmhouse In Maine

September 10, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I love reinterpretations of an old theme, you know when something that’s been done for years and looked at with new eyes and made to recall it’s original inspiration but…different. Today we are looking at a timeless design of a home, the farmhouse, done with several modern twists to it. Many times the twist will come from the materials used which we’ll talk about more while looking at the photos or the colors may be totally different than what’s customarily used. Today’s featured home is in Kennebunk, Maine and belongs to a family of four. The family already owned the land that was home to a farmhouse and barn but wished the existing house had more modern features, so they decided to build and turned to Caleb Johnson Studios to help. Taking inspiration from the old house and barn they went with a design that looks like a barn on the outside but more farmhouse on the inside with contemporary touches. To add “old touches” to the new construction they incorporated wood and doors from a farmhouse tear down in neighboring Massachusets and the result is glorious. Join me for a tour today of a Maine Farmhouse and be inspired. Enjoy!!!

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Keds + Rifle Paper Co. For Fall

September 6, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Earlier this year I shared with you the collaboration between the iconic American shoe company, Keds and the Rifle Paper Co. Well, apparently, that collection and collaboration went so well they decided to do it again and even turned up the volume on some of their designs. The shoes come in all sizes for women and kids, they’re bright, colorful, fun and make you smile to look at them. The shoes all feature gorgeous designs previously done on paper at Rifle Paper Co. with some of them being printed on and some of them being done in beautiful embroidery. They will all look great with jeans, blue and white, or khakis or skirts as we go into the cooler months of the year. Check out the collection here at Keds.com or at Rifle Paper Co.com and I have a look at some of the collection here today. Enjoy!!!

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Harry Potter Collection From Pottery Barn

September 4, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s hard to believe but the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, came out twenty-one years ago and this fall we have a new Harry Potter movie with the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Part 2. In celebration of all that we are taking a look today at the fun and beautiful new Harry Potter Collection from Pottery Barn available at Pottery Barn Teen. While this may be on the website aimed at teenagers I know a lot of adults who will be gaga over some of this stuff, especially things like the pieces of furniture and the lamps and lighting, all very high end and chic. Whatever your age there’s something here for you if you are a fan of the Boy Wizard and the world he lives in. If you have an HP fan on your Christmas list there’s bound to be something here that will make extra happy this year. I’ll share some of my favorite things here today but you be sure and visit the PB Teen website here to check out the entire collection. Enjoy!!!

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Happy Labor Day 2018

September 3, 2018

By Tab Byrum

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my
inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men,
living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order 
to give in the same measure as
I have received and
am still receiving. 
~Albert Einstein

HAVE A HAPPY LABOR DAY!!!

Images courtesy of
here & here.

14 Ideas For Above The Kitchen Cabinets

August 24, 2018

By Tab Byrum

If you have upper kitchen cabinets then you may be familiar with the struggle of whether to decorate or not decorate above the upper cabinets and if you do decorate then WHAT TO DO???. I have gone both ways with clients over the years, some we have displayed different things they already own, sometimes we’ve gone out and bought all new stuff for above the cabinets and sometimes we have left them completely blank. Today I want to share an article from House Beautiful on what to do in that pesky area between the tops of your cabinets and the ceiling of your kitchen. You can click here to see the full article in House Beautiful online and I’ll also share a few of their ideas with you. What do you do above the cabinets, I personally like the idea of the wallpaper. Whatever you do, please promise me no artificial greenery. Have a great day a wonderful weekend and Enjoy!!!

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Agatha Christie on Amazon Prime ~ “Ordeal By Innocence”

August 22, 2018

By Tab Byrum

We LOVE to watch TV at our house, at night after everything is done for the day and we’ve had supper and are settled down we love nothing more than watching something recorded on the DVR or finding something new on one of the streaming services. We really love British television and as you may know the British have a special affinity and knack for mysteries. Recently it was announced that the production arm of the Agatha Christie estate is teaming up with Mammoth Screen to produce seven Agatha Christie novels to be shown on television. Here in America Amazon has signed on to be the distributor and the first of the seven is “Ordeal By Innocence” and it was recently released. “OBI” is the story of the wealthy Argyll family in England, unable to have children of their own Leo and Rachel Argyll adopt five children. After the children are grown a member of the family is murdered and one of the kids is accused of the crime, they are found guilty and sent to prison. The story takes a turn when a man shows up who says he was with the accused killer the night of the murder and there is no way they could have committed the murder. There are a lot of twists and turns in the story and of course, eventually, the mystery is solved but not before taking you on a wonderful journey. From a design standpoint, this 3-hour mini-series was wonderful. It’s set in the late 1950’s so the clothes and cars are wonderful and the decoration of the mansion is gorgeous. I love all the colors used throughout the huge house, especially the blue used in the entry and all the way up the three-story entry hall. If you have Amazon streaming definitely check out “Ordeal By Innocence”, just sit back relax and enjoy it, it’s definitely worth it. Enjoy!!!  (above via)

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