Barndominium Living

August 31, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Barndominium, what you get when you combine the words barn and condominium and also something getting a lot of attention in the world of architecture and design. One definition I found for Barndominium is simply, “a Metal Building with inside living quarters.” There are a lot of great companies that build metal buildings and barns, here in Oklahoma metal barns are everywhere and used for storage, welding shops, and homes. One friend of mine built a barndominium outside my hometown of Hydro on the edge of a canyon, they have a beautiful home that’s very quiet and peaceful with an awesome view. Barndominiums can have all the luxuries of a regular home but the construction is less expensive, of course, you can increase the cost depending what you do with the building and what features you want in your home. I thought today we would take a look at this trend and exactly what people are doing to turn once plain metal buildings into homes, and just for the record, I would LOVE to have a barndominium. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Pantone Fall 2016~ Sharkskin

August 31, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Pantone says their third color, Sharkskin, is “pair-able with almost any fall color bright or muted”. As we all know and have discussed a lot here on the blog gray is being looked at more and more as a neutral color, a color that can be¬†paired or grouped with other colors and still shine through on its own strength. I LOVE gray so much and Sharkskin may very well be the perfect gray. Sharkskin is a great complimentary color, a gray that depending what you put it with it goes a little lighter or a little darker. I think gray is a great color to use in the home and I’m¬†looking at it more and more as a base color for floor color, trim color, rugs, and wood stain color and of course gray is a beautiful fashion color with more and more designers creating beautiful statement pieces in gray like leather jackets and shoes. Today we have a small sampling of what’s available in Sharkskin, hopefully, this gives you some inspiration, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Pantone Fall 2016~ Airy Blue

August 30, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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“Airy Blue’s lofty nature evokes feelings of lightness and freedom,” that’s the description of today’s Pantone color focus, Airy Blue, this is the second shade of blue in the Pantone forecast for Fall and Winter 2015-2016 and it’s beautiful. Airy Blue definitely evokes feelings of sky, ice, cool, water, and winter for me. I think it’s a beautiful color and will look beautiful with browns, white, navy blue, and Pantone recommends pairing it with Lush Meadow, Taupe and Dusty Cedar from their own color wheel. Join me today for a look at Airy Blue and how we can use it in our homes and our closets, Enjoy!!!

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New Dominique Corbasson At Tiger Flower Studio

August 30, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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I was very excited the other day when I received an email from Tiger Flower Studio announcing new works by French Artist Dominique Corbasson. The 10 new works are cityscapes and many of them focus on certain streets in places like New York, Paris, and London. I love her use of color, especially the blues in the painting of the Place Vendome in Paris but I also LOVE how she uses white so beautifully in all of her paintings, the juxtaposition of white against all the other strong colors could be overwhelming but in the works of Dominique Corbasson it’s not. Join me for a look at these 10 new works, I hope you like them as much as I do, Enjoy!!! (above image Rue Caulaincourt)

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Pantone Fall 2016 ~ Riverside

August 29, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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It’s 24 days until the first day of Fall and I wish it was today, I get over Summer very quickly and am totally ready for cooler days and nights, pumpkins, jeans, and soup. I thought over the next several days we would look at the color forecast from Pantone for Fall/Winter 2015-2016 and see what ten colors they are forecasting to be seen in our homes and on our backs, today we are starting with Riverside. I really like this color, basically because it reminds me of denim and to me that is the best blue there is. Riverside goes with so much and pairs nicely with so many of the other colors from Pantone. I think Riverside will look beautiful with black, yellow, of course white, orange, and gray. Check back with us every day this week and next as we focus on each of the ten colors a little more in-depth, in the mean time dive into Riverside and Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Fall Decor From At Home

August 26, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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For my August post for At Home, I chose to do Fall Decor, it’s one of my favorite seasons with all the fun bright colors and I know cooler weather is just around the corner. I try to keep these posts fairly simple, where you can just walk into an At Home store pick out what you like and put it together. I came up with four different vignettes: Front Door, Breakfast Table, Coffee Table, and Bookcases. Here’s a look at what I created in the home of a friend, Enjoy!!!

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Collage Art Of Alex Zeng

August 25, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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I was shopping this week for a client and I was in one of the local design centers and kept noticing these really cool collage art pieces throughout the center, I inspected a little closer and found out they are all by the same artist, Alex Zeng. Zeng is a Chinese artist who is taking pages from magazines and art books, cutting them into the shapes he needs, layering them and creating these wonderful pieces of Collage Art. Viewing these Zeng creations comes in two parts, first, you stand back and enjoy the created image as a whole then you get closer and begin to notice the details of the paper used to create the art, the more you look the more detail you see and the more amazed you’ll be. Zeng is represented by Empire Art Direct which is a wholesale only company but you can contact them through their website and find out the closest retailer in your area selling Zeng collages. For now, here are some images to give you a better idea of what Alex Zeng does. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Sueded Cork Wallpaper

August 24, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Yesterday I shared some bedside wall sconces that I’m thinking about doing in our Master Bedroom and I mentioned doing some wallpaper as well. I’ve always had a soft spot for wallpaper, even though it seems to come and go as far as being in style I always like that you can get a whole new look with color and sometimes texture from installing wallpaper. I think I’ve decided on a wallpaper from York Wallcoverings that has the look of cork and the feel of suede, thus Sueded Cork Wallpaper. The paper has the colors I’m using in the room of mostly gray with accents of brown and some metallics and will look great with our tall brown leather headboard in front of it and gray and brown bedding, I also like the natural look of cork. I’ve gathered a few pics of cork wallpaper as well as an example of what I’ve picked out. I’m looking forward to sharing the completed project with you, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Bedside Sconces

August 23, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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We are currently working on our bedroom in our home, rearranging the furniture, painting the room, maybe some wallpaper, new bedding and curtains, and lighting. Michael and I are both readers and we like to read in bed before calling it a night but I’m not always crazy about using lamps on the bedside tables. For one thing, the light never is where I want it to be for reading and the lamps take up space on top of the bedside table that I would rather have for something else, so I’m seriously considering some wall mounted sconces beside the bed. I like how the sconces look, I like how they have swing-arms allowing you to move them to best illuminate what you’re reading and I like how you can push them out of the way. I began looking at Swing Arm Wall Lamps and found some wonderful and well-priced designs at Lampsplus.com, so today I’m sharing a few images of what I’m talking about and of what I’ve found and what I’m leaning towards. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Neutral And Sparkling Mercury Glass

August 22, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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I had a meeting with a client the other day and she was showing me how she had changed out the industrial looking pendants lights over her kitchen island to Mercury Glass pendants and they look amazing, we both discovered that we have a mutual admiration for Mercury Glass and want to bring in more of the sparkly glass in the way of accessories in her living room/kitchen area. I was out a little while shopping over the weekend and found several wonderful pieces of Mercury Glass in vases of varying sizes as well as a few lamps, so I thought today we would take a look at Mercury Glass and how to use it all year long, not just around the holidays. The look of Mercury Glass is achieved by having glass that is blown double walled then adding a liquid silvering solution between the layers of glass that set up and create the look of silver, today you can find Mercury Glass used in Christmas decorations and ornaments, vases, lamps, and panels on some furniture. I love how it adds some sparkle to a room and often has an antique look to it, here’s a look at Mercury Glass and hopefully some inspiration for using it in your homes. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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