Christmas Candy From Vermont Country Store

December 13, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Candy plays a HUGE role in my family at Christmas, my mom has always been the candy maker and I shared her easy to make and delicious to eat recipe for Chocolate Peanut Clusters here a couple of years ago. When I was growing up I worked in the grocery store in my hometown from the time I was 14 until I graduated from college and at Christmas, we all looked forward to the candy. Christmas candy of all shapes, sizes, and flavors was ordered in bulk and it was our job to unpack it, weight it, price it and display. Hours were spent filling clear bags full of chocolate drops, gumdrops, candy canes, orange slices and so much more. We set up a big table at the front of the store and filled it with bags of candy, I can smell the chocolate and orange slices now sitting here while I’m typing. Today I want to share the candy choices you can order online and have shipped to you at Vermont Country Store, they have a lot of the old favorites as well as some I’ve never heard of but would love to try. All of these would make great gifts for hard to buy for family and friends, great stocking stuffers or just look and taste great sitting out in dishes in your home during the holidays. It’s still 12 days until Christmas but order soon. Enjoy!!! (remember to click on anything in Orange to visit that items webpage)

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Ultra Violet: Pantone Color of the Year, 2018

December 12, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We’re taking a little break today from coverage of all things Christmas to look at the just-announced Pantone Color of the Year for 2018, Ultra Violet. The first thing I thought of when saw this color was rock star Prince and his love of the color purple, in both his clothing and his songs. Pantone says about Ultra Violet, “Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.” I’ve said before that Purple is not my favorite color but I have to admit it’s growing on me and I do love to mix it with certain other colors, like orange, red, and green. This Ultra Violet hue of purple is gorgeous and would look wonderful as the main color of a room or outfit as well as an accent color. I’ll share a look at some images today of Ultra Violet in the design world and hopefully, you’ll find some inspiration. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Silver & Gold Wreath

December 11, 2017

By Tab Byrum

A couple of years ago I gained a new client when a friend of a friend called me and asked me to help her with the holiday decorations in the new home she and her family had just moved into. I featured the home here on the blog that first Christmas, click here, and told how we decided on a Silver and Gold color scheme for the Christmas decorations. The home is very neutral as far as wall color and cabinetry so we went with Silver and Gold because it works with everything and is also a simple and elegant color scheme. The decoration color choice spilled outside as well where I decorate around the front door, this year my client said she wanted a wreath on the door and part of my job is granting wishes. Instead of searching for a wreath I made her one, using a wreath form from the craft store, silver Christmas tree garland, and shatterproof ornaments. I’ve shared this technique with you before here. I’ll give you a few more details with the photos, try it, it’s really easy. Enjoy!!!

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Tabulous Christmas Flashback

December 8, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s Friday and kind of crazy at our house today so I’m sharing today a house I first decorated last year and is still one of my faves. I called this one Natural and Elegant because there are so many natural elements to the holiday decorations, lots of pinecones, greenery and the Christmas tree is covered in nature. The elegance comes from the white and silver color scheme used throughout the house with pops of red and plaid. Those of you new to reading Tabulous Design, I hope you enjoy this look at a gorgeous home and for my friends who are here every day I hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane. Click here to see the full post on Natural and Elegant, Enjoy!!!

This arrangement of greenery and pinecones was one of my favorite things from this home last year. Click here to see the original post and more photos. 

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday with looks and ideas for the Holiday Season. Enjoy!!!

Red, Green & Gold Welcome

December 7, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I wanted to share one last door with you, it’s a door I’ve decorated for several years. This year I changed it up a little, I didn’t use everything in the tub of decorations but I’m very happy with the outcome. This is another of those doors that I try to do something that will also work with Valentine’s Day once the Christmas holidays are over. I’ll just come back and pull out all the obvious Christmas decorations, like the holly and add hearts and cupids and leave that up until after February 14th. I’ll give you a step by step and some more detail with photos of the door. Enjoy!!!

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Commercial Decor: Meat Market Refectory In Oklahoma City

December 6, 2017

By Tab Byrum

This year I had the privilege of helping a client decorate their restaurant here in Oklahoma City for the holiday season. The restaurant is called the Meat Market Refectory or MMR Prime Steakhouse and is owned by my clients Cindy and Lance Ruffel. The building that now houses MMR used to be a Chinese Buffet but today it has been transformed into a beautiful dining spot that could easily be located in New York City or Los Angeles. The decor of MMR is done in dark wood tones with lots of gray and silver brought in to add sparkle and elegance. There are sections of wall that house mirrors that reflect the light and additional light to the restaurant. The bar is in the center of the restaurant and over it hangs a gorgeous cobalt blue chandelier and we took our color cues from that chandelier for the Christmas decorations, bringing in mercury glass and cobalt blue ornaments I tied the Christmas decorations back to the decor of MMR. I’ll go into more detail with the photos, I hope you enjoy the tour and if you’re in the need of a beautiful dining experience check out MMR Prime Steakhouse at 63rd and May in OKC. Enjoy!!!

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Red, White & Retro Christmas Door

December 5, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I’ve shared the door to this home with you before on the blog but these are new decorations, I’m lucky that I get to change out this door three or four times a year and always with a new theme. I’ve been sticking with red and white in some fashion on this entry because right after Christmas is over I come and take the overtly Christmas items out of it and put in hearts and cupids and we leave that up until after Valentine’s Day, then I change it out to Spring. This time I used Red and White Mesh Ribbon as the base of my decoration, to that I added red berry garlands to the center and large red berry picks to the ends of the decoration. My favorite part of this year’s decoration is the large red and white striped poinsettias, to me, they are totally retro and remind of so many holiday decorations from the 1950’s and 60’s. On top, I added some fun white garlands that a big touch of whimsy and I worked in white lights that add great sparkle. I’ll go into more detail below in the photos, I hope you like this as much as I do. Enjoy!!!

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Homes For The Holiday: Bright & Beautiful

December 4, 2017

By Tab Byrum

HELLO!!! Sorry for the “radio silence” last week but I decided to bear down and get as much done as possible in my decorating for clients.  This year I had 18 places to decorate, most of them were private homes and there are also a few businesses on the list. This week I’m going to share a home with you that I’ve done for several years and a restaurant that I did for the first time this year. I’ll also share a couple of doors I did that we changed up since the last time we featured them on the blog. 

First off we have a home that I’ve decorated for Christmas since the owners moved into it which was probably about 8 years ago. The home is a traditional European designed home with a cream stone exterior and on the inside, there is a lot of beautiful woodwork. The rooms in the house are large and open with lots of windows that let in the natural light.  In the past we’ve done two trees downstairs, one in the formal living room and another in the Family Room/Kitchen area, but this year we added a third tree and moved the more bright and colorful tree to the Entry of the home. I’ll go into more detail with you on the decorations as I share the photos of the home with you. I’ve gotten to be great friends with this homeowner and it’s always a joy to help her and her family celebrate all their holidays and know that I played a part in making their time in this home enjoyable and a little more beautiful. Enjoy!!!

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Happy Thanksgiving 2017

November 23, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Happy Thanksgiving

May your stuffing be tasty, 
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes & gravy
have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
and your pies take the prize,
and may your
Thanksgiving dinner stay
off your thighs.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, that you are surrounded by the people you love and all are healthy and happy. I’ll see you back here tomorrow as we kick off the Christmas Holiday Season. Enjoy!!!!

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Poem by anonymous.

Winter Wonderland Front Door

November 21, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I know we still need to celebrate Thanksgiving later this week but I have to be honest and tell you I’ve been decorating for some of my clients for Christmas. Many people that don’t host Thanksgiving in their homes or travel for Thanksgiving have me go ahead and decorate so they are ready to kick off the Christmas season as soon as the dishes are put away and the leftovers have been wrapped up in the refrigerator. One of my Christmas clients asked me to change their front door decorations to something that they could leave up for the next several months until we get to Spring, so she asked me to do a Winter theme, I gave a sneak peek on my Instagram account here. The client and I are both happy with how this turned out, they are gone this week for Thanksgiving and I texted her photos after I finished. I stuck with a white and silver color theme, I’ll go into more detail below with the photos. I hope this puts you in the mood, Enjoy!!!

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