Royal Wedding Venue ~ St. George’s Chapel

April 20, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Everyone enjoyed the post I did last week on the florist who has been chosen to do the flowers for the upcoming wedding between Britains’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle so I thought we would continue on to look at different aspects of the upcoming nuptials from a design perspective and for fun on Fridays. The wedding ceremony itself will be held in St. George’s Chapel within the walls of Windsor Castle, the longest occupied castle in Europe. Windsor, of course, is one of the homes of Britain’s monarch Queen Elizabeth who mainly uses it on the weekends. Windsor is in the Birkhall region of England and is a little over 20 miles outside of London. Michael and I visited the Castle on our first trip to England in February of 2014 and I have to say it’s still one of my favorite places we have visited. The chapel itself was established in the 1300’s by Edward III and has been the scene of many weddings and christenings and is the burial place for many former English Kings and Queens. The Queen’s parents, George VI & Queen Elizabeth, are buried in the chapel as well as her grandparents, great grandparents, and King Henry VIII. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will walk down the main aisle of the chapel on Saturday, May 19th to tie the royal knot, join me today for a look at the chapel as well as some recent weddings that took place there. Have a wonderful weekend and Enjoy!!! (image via)

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Spalted Wood In Design

April 19, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I was recently reading an article on Interior Design and the use of wood and they talked about Spalted Wood which I was unfamiliar with. Spalted Wood occurs when black lines and swirls show up in the grain of the wood and it’s caused by fungi growing in the wood, it mainly occurs in hardwoods like Maple, Birch, and Beech. The black lines in the wood are called zone lines and are where competing fungi meet. Now we’re done with the science let’s get to the beauty, I LOVE Spalted Wood and I didn’t even know it. The dark random lines in what is already beautiful wood are kind of hypnotizing as you follow their progression and try to make out a pattern. Spalted Wood is used in everything from furniture and guitars to vases and earrings. Today I’m going to share a look at several beautiful home pieces made from Spalted Wood, let me know what you think and as always, Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Keds & Rifle Paper Co.

April 18, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I love a great collaboration when two creative entities come together and make each other better. Today we are looking at the current collaboration between the Keds Shoe Company and the Rifle Paper Co. and the awesome shoes that came out of these two companies working together. I’ve talked about The Rifle Paper Co. several times on the blog before, whether it’s about their beautiful stationery, Christmas Cards, and wrapping paper or the amazing wallpapers they are now making. Keds has been making tennis shoes since 1916 and are a leader when it comes to women’s and children’s fun and stylish footwear. Join me today for a look at these fun, beautiful, and whimsical shoe creations that will be awesome gifts for Mother’s Day, Graduation, Birthdays or maybe just to treat yourself, and remember they also come in kids sizes. Enjoy!!!

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Tabulous Finds At Tulu

April 12, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I was looking at a recent issue of House Beautiful magazine and there was a bathroom with upholstered walls in a beautiful blue fabric and the explanation of the photo said the fabric is from Tulu. I was unfamiliar with the name Tulu and immediately checked it out and am oh so glad I did. Tulu is a purveyor of many things, including bedding, pillows, shawls, pajamas, and some things created using vintage fabrics. Elizabeth Hewitt is Tulu’s owner and designer and finds her inspiration for Tulu designs in travel, whether it’s India, Burma, or Spain Hewitt is always on the lookout for inspiration. Today we are going to look at some of the amazing pillows available from Tulu done up in amazing patterns and beautiful colors. Visit the Tulu website here when you have a chance and we’ll be back in the near future to see what other beautiful things catch our eye. Enjoy!!!

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Purple & Flowers From Le Creuset

April 11, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Last week I told you about the Le Creuset Mickey Mouse tribute collection and while researching that I also saw their new Purple Provence Collection and the Flower Collection, both perfect for Spring. The Provence Collection is inspired by the lavender fields of Southern France and the calmness lavender is supposed to bring to our lives. The Flower Collection is of course inspired by all things floral, with flower shaped cookware or flowers being the handles on top of the lids. If you are looking for a fun whimsical piece for your kitchen or as a gift for a special bride or birthday then check out these two newest looks from Le Creuset. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Royal Wedding Florist ~ Phillipa Craddock

April 10, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Last week it was announced that Phillipa Craddock will be doing the flowers for the upcoming nuptials between Britain’s Prince Harry and American, Meghan Merkle. Craddock is a well known high-end florist in London, with shops in Selfridge’s Department Store and a stand-alone shop. Craddock is a favorite among the fashion industry crowd in London and says she is thrilled to be working with the couple on their big day. Recently Craddock told House & Garden Magazine, “Working with [the couple] has been an absolute pleasure. The process has been highly collaborative, free-flowing, creative, and fun. The final designs will represent them as a couple, which I always aim to achieve in my work, with local sourcing, seasonality, and sustainability being at the forefront.” Meghan Merkle’s favorite flowers are Peonies, they will be mixed with White Garden Roses, Foxgloves, and Seasonal Beech. All the flowers will be coming from the Crown Estate, Windsor Great Park and Royal Parks, following the wedding the flowers will be donated to charitable organizations. Today I’m sharing photos from Ms. Craddock’s website of some of the amazing arrangements and events she and her staff have worked on, I can’t wait to see what she creates on May 19th at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Pinnochio And Bartolucci In Florence.

April 6, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Once upon a time, we were walking the streets of Florence, Italy when we came upon a charming store, a store focused on the art of wood carving and the timeless Italian story of Pinocchio. The store is Bartolucci and is run by the Bartolucci family who has been in woodworking since 1936. The Bartolucci store in Florence is gorgeous and will be enjoyed by adult and children alike, the store is filled with beautiful creations in wood that are painted in bright colors and have the most wonderful faces. The focus of the store is Pinocchio, the puppet made of wood who wants to be a real boy. Francesco Bartolucci made his first Pinocchio in 1981 when he took a carpenter’s bench outside so tourists could watch him work, it is from that day on that Francesco says he had found his true path. Along with Pinocchio, you will find clocks, growth charts, toys, and even Christmas decorations. I have some photos to share with you today and if you would like to visit the Bartolucci website you can click here and as always Enjoy!!!

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On The Roof Of Milan Cathedral

April 5, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Yesterday I shared with you the interior of the Milan Cathedral and today we are going up to the roof of the Cathedral. The Cathedral offers visitors the extraordinary chance to visit the rooftop, walk on the roof and see all of the amazing architecture that makes this place so special. The Cathedral at its highest point is 356 feet high and while you can’t go that high when you’re up there you are able to get quite a ways up and see amazing views. This was one of my favorite things we did on our vacation in Italy and I would definitely do it again if I ever find myself in Milan. When visiting the Cathedral you buy tickets to go in and you can buy them to visit the Cathedral and add-on visiting the roof as well, I encourage everyone to take this opportunity if you can. Join me now for a tour on high and Enjoy!!!

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The Aerin Collection For Williams Sonoma

April 5, 2018

By Tab Byrum

The color combination of Blue and Green is one of my favorites and it seems to be a favorite of Aerin Lauders from looking at her new collection of dishes and entertaining pieces for Williams Sonoma. Lauder, of course, is the granddaughter of cosmetics legend Estée Lauder and this is the second collection she’s designed for WS. The collection her reflects her love for entertaining, especially outdoor entertaining since she says the blue and green in the collection represent the grass and sea. I’m really looking to get all white dishes then have key pieces like salad plates and serving pieces to mix in with the white and this collection would be perfect for that. One piece that especially stands out for me is the AERIN Glass Pitcher, I love the lines of the pitcher and the added piece of glass that snakes across the surface and that handle is gorgeous. Join me for a peek at the collection and let me know what you think. Enjoy!!!

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Italy: Milan Cathedral

April 4, 2018

By Tab Byrum

The final two days of our time in Italy were spent in Milan, we were spending such a short time here that I booked a hotel room instead of looking for an apartment and we stayed at the Hotel da Vinci in Milan’s business district. The hotel is a large purple structure with great rooms and honestly the largest shower we had experienced our entire time in Italy. I have to be honest and say that we were tired by the time we got to Milan and ready to get home to our house, bed, and dogs so we didn’t hit the streets of Milan as hard as we had the other cities. The one thing we decided to focus on was the Duomo or Milan Cathedral in the center of the city, the Cathedral of Milan is the largest in Italy (remember Vatican City is its own state) and took 600 years to complete. The Cathedral is truly beautiful with multiple spires soaring up from its roof as well as huge columns with saints and apostles standing on top of them. The style of the Cathedral is Gothic and it houses beautiful treasures of stained glass, marble and the relics of Saint Charles Borromeo which are housed in a glass coffin under the altar of the church. Join me today for a tour of the interior or the Milan Cathedral and tomorrow I will take you on a tour of the amazing rooftop, one of my favorite things we did. Enjoy!!!

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