Eating Out In San Miguel de Allende

September 20, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Let’s face it, one of the things we all look forward to when on vacation is what and where we are going to eat. We were not disappointed in the choices we had of places to dine in San Miguel, while we chose pretty much authentic Mexican for all of our meal choices we did branch out, especially at lunch, sometimes you get tired of chips and salsa and are wanting a good salad or maybe some pasta. Today I’m going to share with you a list and look at most of the restaurants we visited on our recent trip to San Miguel and I’ll try to remember what we ate where. I shared a lot of these on my Facebook page, here. For now, pull up a chair and Enjoy!!!

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Home In San Miguel ~ Hacienda del Santuario

September 19, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Part of the fun of a vacation for me is the planning, when are we going, where and what are we eating and of course we are going to stay. For our last several trips I’ve used Booking.com to find places to stay and that’s who I used to find Hacienda del Santuario in San Miguel. I like to go on the Booking.com website and find places in the part of the city I want to stay in as well as any other special things I’m looking for, then I go directly to the website for the hotel and look at the photos they offer and see if there’s more information on their site that’s not on Booking. Hacienda del Santuario is a short walk from the center of town in San Miguel, located in a former convent the design of the hotel is classic Mexican. There’s a large courtyard in the center of the building and there are a lot of beautiful rooms. The rooms are decorated in classic Mexican/Spanish style with lots of wood beams, exposed brick, and stone, neutral colors as far as linens, most color comes from artwork and beautiful pottery located in the rooms. Our room was called Membrillo and was the highest room in the establishment. We had several staircases to climb and descend when coming and going but the room and the view it offered was well worth it. One thing I loved was the decoration of the bathroom, done in traditional Mexican tiles in a green, blue, and white color scheme, the bathroom had a large walk-in shower and a long vanity with a vessel sink sitting on the countertop. Our room was also equipped with its own AC unit that was mounted high on the wall in the room and was controlled by a remote control. I have several pictures to share and will give you more information along the way. Enjoy!!!

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Hola From San Miguel

September 18, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Hola and Buen Dia, we are home from our vacation to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. It was awesome, we saw beautiful sites and architecture, ate wonderful food and enjoyed amazing drinks, and we met wonderfully kind and hospitable people. This week I plan on sharing different parts of our trip with you through photos we took and tell you some stories of our first trip ever to Mexico. San Miguel de Allende is located in the far eastern part of the Mexican state of Guanajuato and is about three hours north of Mexico City. The first written record of San Miguel is from 1551 but it’s known there was a village of indigenous people on this site before then. Local silver mines were discovered after the Spanish colonization of Mexico, this brought many more people and major roads were installed between San Miguel, Mexico City, and other large towns. San Miguel has always been popular with artists of all kinds and still is today, the city is full of wonderful galleries, shops, and boutiques where you can see and buy paintings, sculptures and other works from Mexican artists all over the country. The city itself is filled with wonderful architecture that shows the long history of the town and area and the influence Spain has had, the city is full of color, from the paint on the buildings to the flags that fly across the streets year round. Join me today for a tour of San Miguel de Allende and check back all week as I share specifics on what we did and places we visited. Enjoy!!!

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Best of Tabulous: Mexican Style

September 8, 2017

By Tab Byrum

While we are celebrating all things from Mexico during our Mexican vacation I thought today would be a great time to take a look back at a post I did for Cinco de Mayo a couple of years ago. We looked at some beautiful images of homes with a distinctive Mexican flair in their design and decor. Join me for a look back here at that post and have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy!!!

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Preparing For San Miguel

September 6, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We are getting ready at our house for a vacation in the next several days, we are heading to Mexico to the town of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico’s central highlands. We’ve heard about San Miguel for years and have wanted to visit, we have also been taking adult Spanish language courses all Summer and decided now was as good a time as any to visit San Miguel and put our new found education to use. San Miguel was founded during the colonization of Mexico by Spain and is known for its thriving arts scene and Spanish architecture, the town is a World Heritage Site and has become known for attracting thousands of visitors every year and a large population of Americans, Canadians, and Europeans have moved there where they can get a lot more for their money and enjoy a temperate climate. I wanted to share some images of San Miguel with you while we prepare for our trip in the coming days and I’ll share more photos of our own later. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Labor Day 2017

September 4, 2017

By Tab Byrum

If a task is once begun, 
Never leave it ’til it’s done. 
Be the labor great or small,
Do it well or not at all. 

Happy Labor Day!!!!

Autumn Decor At Pottery Barn

August 31, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I meant to check out Pottery Barn last week when I was doing posts for the Fall Decorating Preview, but I got sidetracked as I’m known to do. As we all know Pottery Barn always has great seasonal merchandise for all of the holidays, their shelves are full of wonderful dishes, pumpkins, lanterns, runners and tablecloths, and candles. Pumpkins are a definite theme this year, with the fun gourds coming in all shapes, sizes, and colors and on a wide array of merchandise. Let’s see what PB has and I’ll go into more detail on the photos. Have a great day and Enjoy!!!

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Southern Living In A Cottage

August 29, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I always enjoy the homes that Southern Living Magazine features every month and in the current issue, I particularly am enjoying the cottage that designer Anna Braund built in her hometown of Roswell, Georgia. Braund worked with local craftspeople to build her home from the ground up after she purchased a ranch style home on the lot and it was discovered that the house had a lot of problems and required a “rebuild”.  Braund worked with local architect Lew Oliver and he designed her a classic cottage, one with high beamed ceilings, french doors leading to the outside, beautiful wood floors and a light and bright color scheme. The home is ideal for entertaining and certain design elements run throughout the home to make it feel thought out and cohesive. You can see and read more about this beautiful home in Southern Living Magazine and on the website here, for now, enjoy the images I’m sharing today and gather some Southern inspiration. Enjoy!!!

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Fall Preview 2017 ~ Grandin Road

August 28, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today we are winding up our Fall Preview of decorations for Autumn with a look at fun and beautiful items from Grandin Road. Grandin Road is a great company that offers all types of merchandises in all sizes, I always love their holiday merchandise, they have everything you could want or need to decorate a charming cottage or a massive mansion. Today we are going to look at some of their Fall items and we’ll check back in a couple of weeks to look at all their fun and wonderful Halloween decorations. I personally like to put out Fall right now as we head into Labor Day then add Halloween to it at the end of September. Join me for a look at Autumnal items you can use inside or outside your home, Enjoy!!!

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Fall Preview 2017 ~ Williams Sonoma

August 25, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I have a big soft spot for anything vintage that has the look of the 1920’s through the 1950’s and Williams Sonoma has a Halloween collection this year called the Grim Tabletop & Decor that I’m really wild about. It calls to mind the antique postcards and posters from those days gone by. The colors of the collection have a definite antique feel to them with lots of orange, black, gold, green and shades of blue. Fun and whimsical Jack-O-Lanterns take center stage in this collection as they take human form and ham it up for lots of Halloween fun. There are plates, platters, glasses, placemats and even an adorable welcome mat. Join me today for a look at the Grim Collection from Williams Sonoma and Enjoy!!!

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