A Peek At The Pirelli Calendar 2018

July 27, 2017

By Tab Byrum

 

The Pirelli Company is one of the largest tire manufacturing companies in the world so you may not put tires and high fashion together in your mind but on paper, it works, at least in a calendar. Every year Pirelli puts together their famous Pirelli Calendar, available to the trade only and in limited edition and over the last several years it’s become a high fashion event. The calendar was originally conceived and created in 1963, it was discontinued in 1974 during the energy crisis of the 70’s but brought back a decade later. Today the Pirelli calendar is a much sought after collection of high-end, high fashion photographs with many famous celebrities gracing the pages. This year the theme is an all African-American Alice In Wonderland, Vanity Fair recently shared a behind the scenes look at the putting together of the calendar and I’m sharing those pictures today as well as a few from previous years. Enjoy this timely work of art and let me know if you’re one of the lucky people in the world who receives this coveted gem, Enjoy!!!

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Getting Fenced In

July 26, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Our home is on the corner of a very busy street in Oklahoma City and we’ve always had a privacy fence around our home’s back yard. Several years ago a portion of our fence was blown down during a storm and we installed a new fence and that fence had really started showing wear and tear so we recently replaced it. Last year we came up with a plan of replacing all the fence and started with the shortest side between us and our neighbor, we went with a 6-foot tall cedar plank, board on board fence with metal posts set in concrete. The cedar planks are stained after the fence is installed and need to be re-stained every two years. We really like how the short side turned out so we decided to take the plunge and do the long side, except we decided to go with a combination 8-foot/6-foot tall fence instead of all 6-foot. Living next to a busy street there is a lot of traffic noise of course and that side of the house is on the west side which gets all of the afternoon sun, we can definitely tell a difference as far as the noise level, much less, and the west side of our yard has a nice shade earlier in the day. I wanted to share some photos of our new fence and give you some ideas, I love the board on board look and the flat topper on the fence, it gives it a very finished look and feel. Our fence was built by GM Landscape & Irrigation here in central Oklahoma, this is the second project we’ve done with Gary Melton and his crew and are very pleased with their work and are looking forward to future projects around our home with these guys. Here are the photos and Enjoy!!!

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Charley Harper Collection From West Elm

July 25, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Yesterday we explored the artwork of American artist Charley Harper, I was doing that for two reasons. First, because I enjoy his artwork and second because West Elm just announced a new collection of items in their stores and available online that they’ve created in conjunction with the Charley Harper estate. There are several wonderful pieces available from West Elm, a wonderful chair done in a print we featured yesterday and some wall art. I particularly like the pieces for the kitchen, the white ceramic trays decorated in Charley Harper prints run from $8 to $19. I’ve gathered up some photos today for you to see of some of the items, check them out at West Elm’s website here when you have a chance, for now, Enjoy!!! (above, Tapestry Wall Art)

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Charley Harper ~ Tabulous Tastemaker

July 24, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I haven’t done a Tastemaker post in a while but there was some recent news that made me take a look at the work of artist Charley Harper. Harper was born in West Virginia in 1922 and raised on a farm there, Harper’s life on the farm influenced his artwork his whole life as he became famous for “highly stylized wildlife prints” and other works where he used nature as the focus but rendering it in his own unique style. During Charley’s career, he was known for many things including the illustrations for The Golden Book of Biology which I remember and is still for sale. In addition to book illustrations, Charley Haper did posters, prints, magazine work and often worked with nature conservancy groups like zoos and the Everglades National Park. Charley and his artist wife Edie worked out of their art studios in Cincinnati, Ohio and later formed Harper Studios with their son Brett. Charley Harper died in 2007 after a lengthy battle with pneumonia but his artwork lives on and is still very popular, West Elm has come out with a new collection based on the artwork of Charley Harper that we will focus on tomorrow. Today, join me for a look at the unique and mid century inspired artwork of Tabulous Tastemaker Charley Harper, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Grey Gardens For Sale ~ $20 Million

July 21, 2017

By Tab Byrum

If you’re not familiar with Grey Gardens you should be. Grey Gardens is a home made famous in the 1975 documentary of the same name. What made the home and documentary so famous was that Grey Gardens was inhabited by two women, Edith Bouvier Beale, known as Big Edie and her daughter also named Edith Bouvier Beale and known as Little Edie. In 1972 an eviction notice was issued for Grey Gardens saying the Beales had to vacate the premises immediately because the home had fallen into such great disrepair and was deemed “uninhabitable”. Mrs. Beale was Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ aunt and Jackie and her sister Lee stepped in and paid for repairs to be made to the house so the two women could keep living there. Big Edie died in 1977 and Little Edie sold the house to Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee and his wife Sally Quinn. The Bradlees restored the house to its former glory, all 14 rooms, as well as the beautiful gardens. Ms. Quinn has talked about when they bought the house, they found the skulls and skeletons of raccoons in the home as well as waste from more than 50 feral cats. Earlier this year Sally Quinn put the home up for sale for almost $20 million dollars and today we are going to take a look at this beautiful home in all its restored glory. If you haven’t seen the documentary Grey Gardens I strongly urge you to do so and also the 2009 HBO film of the same name. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Adding Drama: Hallways

July 20, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Hallways for most of us are areas in our homes that we simply pass through going from one room or area to others several times a day, but I think we should take full advantage of hallways. Our home is not an open concept home, it was built in 1962 and all the rooms are separated by walls except for the current kitchen and living area. We have a hallway from the living room that leads back to the bedrooms and bathroom, but the hall is across the front of our home and passes by the front door so when you enter through the front door the hall acts as an entry way also. I think hallways are the perfect place to have some fun, whether it’s with the artwork you hang, light fixtures you choose, family photos you display, or the colors, patterns, and textures you put on the walls. Our hallway is home to some vintage posters we’ve collected over the years and had framed, I would love to raise the ceiling in the hallway and install a couple of beautiful pendant lights as well as some track or recessed lighting that can be used to light artwork. Today we are going to look at Dramatic Hallways and get some ideas on what you can do to liven up one of the most traveled areas in your home. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Adding Drama: Bedrooms

July 19, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Your bedroom is the room in your home that not a lot of people will see if they do that’s a whole different blog, so it’s a great room to let yourself go and indulge. Decide what kind of bedroom you want, do you want it to be dark and cool or perhaps you want a room done in bright colors that will be invigorating every morning, maybe there’s a wallpaper or wall treatment you’ve been wanting to have done, now’s your chance. Does your bedroom have a great view? If so you need to take that into account and incorporate the windows into the design and decoration. Today we are going to continue our look at adding drama to rooms, especially the bedroom. The bedroom is a great place to indulge in your favorite color, or if you have a favorite fabric with a lot of patterns use it to your heart’s content. Let’s take a look at some beautiful and dramatic bedroom, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Best of Tabulous: No More White, Decorated Ceilings

July 18, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Lionel Richie is known for dancing on the ceiling and today we are looking back at a popular post we did in 2014 about decorating the ceiling. In this post, we look at painted, wallpaper, and custom painted ceilings. Click here to look back at this fun post. Enjoy!!!

Adding Drama: Powder Bathrooms

July 18, 2017

By Tab Byrum

On Tabulous Design you’ll often see me say that a certain paint color, wall covering, or light fixture would be great in a Powder Bathroom and that’s because a Powder Bath is a room that doesn’t necessarily get a lot of use and it’s also the bathroom most of your guest will use when visiting you in your home. A Powder Bath is much like an entry way, it’s a great place to make an awesome first impression. Usually, a Powder Bath consists of a toilet and a sink, although I’ve been in some powder baths that do have a small shower in them, for most parts they are home to facilities to do your business, wash your hands and that’s it. Today we are going to look at some Powder Baths that have an added extra flair from wallpapers to mirrors, lighting and paint you can get a lot of drama and panache in a small room. I hope you get inspired, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Best of Tabulous: To The Moon and Back

July 17, 2017

By Tab Byrum

During the first year that I started the blog, I wrote about the trend of “I love you to the moon and back” and how it’s influenced design from home decorating to fashion and jewelry. You can look at this post here and see the great ideas we featured then and find some moonish inspiration for today. Enjoy!!!


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