Turkey Platters: Decorative & Useful

November 17, 2017

By Tab Byrum

In my retail days, we sold a ton of turkey platters, many times people were buying them for decoration in their dining rooms and kitchens but a lot of people also used them every year for Turkey Day. I’ve always been very partial to the Woodland Turkey Platter from Spode, it has beautiful colors with a strong rich brown border and all the gorgeous colors used on the turkey itself. Whether you’re looking for Thanksgiving decoration in your home or something to hold the bird, I’ve brought you some classic and fun choices and linked to the websites they’re coming from. Many of these places will still ship them to you before next Thursday and one of them is even available at a lumber yard. Check out these beautiful dishes and see if anything strikes your Thanksgiving fancy, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Thanksgiving Desserts From Williams-Sonoma

November 16, 2017

By Tab Byrum

If you’re not a baker or even much of a cook remember there are lots of beautiful and tasty options you can buy. If you order by today from Williams-Sonoma that gives you enough time to receive your items by Thanksgiving, but there are only 4 days left to order and receive them by the 23rd. WS does allow you to order the entire meal but I’m always amazed by the beautiful and tasty dessert options they offer. Join me today for a look at pies, cakes, bars, and cookies that you can order and impress even the most finicky foodies in your life. Enjoy!!!

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Paper Source Thanksgiving

November 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Paper may not be the first thing we think of when someone says Thanksgiving but the Paper Source website has lots of beautiful and fun things you just might need to make your turkey day even better. Whether it’s a great card to mail to those who you won’t be able to see over Thanksgiving or something to make your home and dining table a little more bright. Check out some of the great items I’ve gathered for you today and see all the Thanksgiving ideas Paper Source has to offer here. Have a great day and Enjoy!!! (above card)

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Pop Chart Lab Creations

November 13, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I LOVE a good chart, I always have. For me to be able to write it out and see how things are related or not related is awesome. I think that’s why I’ve always been fascinated by Family Trees, you can see where or who people came from and why they may be the way they are now. When I taught school I always enjoyed using charts in teaching and I found that the kids usually liked making charts and for people who are visual learners it helps them see the relationships or how the subject evolved. Pop Chart Labs has taken the art of making charts to the next level combining pop culture and art to create both beautiful and fun charts that break down some of our most favorite things. Whether it’s film, TV, fashion, beer, coffee, or dogs there is a chart at Pop Chart Labs for that. At PCL researchers spend a great deal of time researching and learning about particular subjects, then the design team takes that research and turns it into eye-catching art disguised as a chart. All of the charts are made in America, printed on museum-grade paper using environmentally friendly inks. Join me today for a quick look at some of my favorite charts and remember Pop Chart Lab posters would make great holiday gifts this Christmas season. Enjoy!!!

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Thanksgiving Table Runners & Placemats

November 8, 2017

By Tab Byrum

On Monday I shared some beautiful ideas on dining table decorations for Thanksgiving, in that post I talked about having a runner down the center of your table to give a defined area for your centerpiece and decorations. Along with that, you can also use placemats, I love placemats but I know some people don’t care for them, I like that they are a simple way to add a holiday look to your dining room or kitchen table without breaking the bank. Today I’m going to share some great buys from Pier One and Mackenzie-Childs on table runners and placemats that you can use for Thanksgiving and all Fall. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Fall In OKC 2017

November 7, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I’ve been out and about a lot the last several days and have really been enjoying watching the colors change on all the trees around Oklahoma City. A lot of times by this time of year everything is just tan or brown but we were fortunate this past Spring and Summer when we had quite a bit of rain, so all the trees are full of leaves and changing into beautiful shades of yellow, red, and orange. I took my camera with me the last couple of days while I was driving to client’s houses to work and stopped to take photos of some of the more striking trees and their beautiful colors. I hope you enjoy these as much as I am and I’ll be back with more Thanksgiving ideas this week. Have a great day and Enjoy!!!

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Thanksgiving Tablescapes 2017

November 6, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s November 6th and two weeks from this Thursday is Thanksgiving so I thought today we would look at some ideas for decorating your family’s table for this bountiful holiday. You don’t have to do anything too elaborate and with lots of people sitting around a table with plates and glasses it’s probably better to keep it simple. A tablecloth is always a great way to begin but if you have a beautiful table maybe just put a fabric runner down the center, I think it’s nice to have something down the center of the table that kind of gives you a “boundary” of where to keep the decorations. Right now burlap is really a hot look and lots of the craft and decorating stores have pre-cut burlap runners available. I also like to find an inexpensive fabric in a color that works with my decorating scheme and get enough of it that you can bunch it up on the table and “nestle” pumpkins and candles in the folds. A good way to know how much fabric to get is to measure the length of your table and buy one and a half or up to two times as much fabric as your table is long, if your table is six feet long (72 inches) then get 144 inches or 4 yards of fabric. I have some images to share with you today of ideas that won’t break the bank but still give you a lot of bang for your buck. Enjoy!!! (image via)

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Welcome November 2017

November 1, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I’m scratching my head and wondering how we got to November so fast, it seems like I was just delivering flower orders for Valentine’s Day. As we enter the eleventh month of the year I’m making lists of all the things I need to get done including making my schedule for client decorating later this month as we gear up for the Christmas and end of year holidays. I’ll be sharing lots of ideas this month on decorating for Thanksgiving, tablescape ideas and of course thoughts and ideas to help you have wonderful holidays as well as looks and products for everyday interior design. Today I leave you with some images that remind me of November and this rapidly changing time of year. Enjoy!!! (image via)

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Happy Halloween 2017

October 31, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s Halloween!! It’s Halloween!!
The Moon Is Full And Bright
And We Shall See What Can’t 
Be Seen On Any Other Night.
Skeletons And Ghosts And Ghouls,
Grinning Goblins Fighting Duels,
Werewolves Rising From Their Tombs,
Witches Riding On Their Magic Brooms.
In Masks And Gown We Haunt The Street,
And Knock On Doors For Trick Or Treat.
Tonight We Are The King And Queen
For Oh Tonight, It’s Halloween!
                              ~Jack Prelutsky

Happy Halloween 2017 

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Haunted House ~ Winchester Mystery House

October 27, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I remember when I was a teenager reading a story about the reclusive woman, Sarah Winchester, heir to the massive Winchester Rifle fortune and the massive house she built in California outside of San Francisco. Sarah was married to William Winchester and his father Oliver had created the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, when her husband died in 1881 she inherited the company and $20 million dollars, equivalent to $500 million today. Following the death of her husband and their infant daughter Sarah moved to California from the East Coast in 1884, she bought an eight-room farmhouse in what is now San Jose, California. She immediately began renovating and building onto the house, construction on the house continued for the next 38 years, day and night 7 days a week. Today the house is known for the winding hallways and the staircases that go nowhere. Legend says Sarah Winchester was haunted by the ghosts of all the people that had been killed by Winchester guns and she built the house to keep the ghosts confused. Today you can tour the Winchester Mystery House and of course, there are special tours going on right now during Halloween. There’s also a movie coming out about Sarah and her monstrous mansion, starring Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester, the film is called Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built,  the trailer was released yesterday and I’ve added it to the photos below. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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