At Home With Minnie Driver

March 23, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I love the new ABC family comedy Speechless and the driving force on that show is the mother Maya DiMeo, a mother of three teenagers one of which has cerebral palsy, Maya is played by actress Minnie Driver. I’ve loved Minnie Driver for years, I think she is a hilarious actress and will always remember her stint on Will and Grace with much affection. Recently the design magazine Elle Decor paid a visit to Minnie and her son Henry in their 1940’s Hollywood Hills home and I want to share the pictures with you today from that visit. Her home is a ranch style house that she hired British designer Peter Dunham to help her with. I love the color palette she’s chosen with lots of colors including red, white, and blue in the dining area. Driver says she and Dunham have a lot in common including the style she calls “English Gypsy”, whatever it is it works beautifully and has made for a wonderful home for her and her son to enjoy. Something else I’m happy about is her show, Speechless, has been renewed for a second season. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Dorothy Draper

March 22, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Dorothy Draper

 

Designer Dorothy Draper is our focus today we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month by looking at the lives and careers of women who’ve made history in the world of design. Dorothy Draper is known for her use of color especially in her work renovating and redecorating hotels across America. One of Dorothy Draper’s greatest achievements is the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. You can still purchase materials created in the Draper aesthetic from Carleton Varney, you can learn more about Dorothy Draper here in an in-depth post I did on her life in 2014. Enjoy!!!

Tabulous TV ~ Feud

March 22, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I love TV, I have always loved TV, I was that kid that his mom had to make him go outside sometimes because there was always something on the boob tube that I want to watch. Something that I also love as much or more as good television is backstory, I want to know why things happened and how they happened, so Ryan Murphy’s new show Feud takes care of both these things for me. Feud tells the story of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and everything that happened with them and around them as they were making the awesome psychological horror film, Whatever Happened To Baby Jane in 1962. Baby Jane tells the story of Jane Hudson and her sister Blanche, two aging actresses living in their Hollywood mansion and yearning for the days gone by, Blanche is confined to a wheelchair and Jane is her caregiver and we see how they treat each other and the bitter fighting that goes on between these two grown siblings. Feud not only gives us a look at the making of Baby Jane but also at the feud between these two Hollywood legends who disliked each other for apparently many reasons including jilted lovers, Academy Awards and lost movie roles. (above image via)

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Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Elsie de Wolfe

March 21, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Elsie de Wolfe

 

In celebration of March being Women’s History Month, we are looking at women who have made history in our world in the field of design. Today we are focusing on the life of a great American Interior Designer, Elsie de Wolf. de Wolf is known for eliminating the clutter of Victorian design and leading America into the 20 Century as well as creating the cocktail party. For a more in-depth look at her life and career click here to see the post I did on her birthday in 2014. 

Getting Galvanized

March 21, 2017

By Tab Byrum

One current trend in decorating both inside and outside the doors of our homes is using galvanized metal, which is metal that has been treated with a zinc coating to prevent it from rusting. During my life and growing up among farmers and ranchers, galvanized metal was mainly used for buckets and large horse tanks to hold water for livestock, and chicken feeders, there were many summers we got in the horse tank to cool off in lieu of a swimming pool. Today you can find galvanized metal being used for all manner of home decor and even lighting. Over the next few weeks, we are going to take a look at galvanized metal and just how it’s being used. Today we are going to get an overview of its use and see what great craftsmen and designers are coming up with for this metal that’s usually been deemed usable for “lowly” purposes. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Sister Parish

March 20, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Sister Parish

 

In celebration of March being Women’s History Month, we are looking at women who have made history in our world in the field of design. Today we are focusing on the life of a great American Interior Designer, Sister Parish. Sister Parish is known for her use of color, prints, trim on draperies, hooked rugs, and needlepoint pillows. For a more in-depth look at her life and career click here to see the post I did on her birthday in 2015. 

 

Beautiful Pillows From Pottery Barn

March 20, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today is the first day of Spring and that usually means a lot of our thoughts will turn to warmer days and brighter colors. A quick and easy way to get a fresh jolt of color this time of year is to change out the pillows in our living rooms and bedroom, change out the deep, rich colors of Fall and Winter for bright and lighter colors of Spring and Summer. I recently received the latest Pottery Barn catalog and PB has a ton of new and beautiful pillows, when I was putting this post together I noticed myself continually drawn to the embroidered pillows and those done in crewel stitch. I always love these kinds of pillows because all of the handwork done on them gives another dimension to the pillow as well as fun patterns and colors. Join me today for a peek at some of the beautiful pillows from Pottery Barn and get inspired for Spring, Enjoy!!!

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Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Elsa Schiaparelli

March 17, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Elsa Schiaparelli

 

During the month of March, we will be celebrating Women’s History Month by looking at some of the amazing women who have made their marks in the world of Design. Today we are remembering famed Italian designer       Elsa Schiaparelli, the woman known for her artistic gowns and collaborations with Salvador Dali. Once described as Chanel’s “chief competition” Schiaparelli was the McQueen of her day and continues to have a strong influence on fashion in the 21st Century. Click here to see the more in-depth post I wrote on her birthday in 2014.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day ~ Irish Castles

March 17, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to one and all on this beautiful Friday, and if you’re not Irish join in the fun anyway. Instead of looking at something to do with the holiday I thought we would take a virtual trip across the Atlantic and take a look at some beautiful castles on the Emerald Isle. Castles are very interesting, they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and they usually have wonderfully interesting histories. Ireland is high on our list for places to visit and this small country holds some amazing castles with a wide range of histories. So, join me for a tour as we lower the drawbridge and climb the turret steps to check out these beautiful Irish homes that just happen to be fit for a King or Queen. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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We’re Going To Disneyland!!!

March 16, 2017

By Tab Byrum

So you’re on vacation in California, you’ve done everything you have planned, it’s Friday morning and you’re sitting in a nice little café having breakfast trying to decide what you want to do, your partner looks at you and says “Let’s go to Disneyland” and of course I said OK!!!! I had never been to Disneyland, it’s always been on the list of things to do and Michael hadn’t been since 1975 so it might have changed a little (not much). I’ve been to Disney World and everything that Florida has to offer in the Orlando area so I was excited. Let me say that I’m so glad we went and in the same breath I don’t have to go back for a while, first off Disneyland is SO much smaller than I ever thought it would be, not that being a smaller amusement park is a bad thing but there were a whole lot of people jammed into a small space.

We had an awesome time, we arrived around 2:30 in the afternoon and decided to stay until the park closed at midnight (we made it to 10:30) and that was a great plan. Being there in early March was a good thing, I was told the crowds were much smaller than starting in later March with Spring Break through the rest of Spring and Summer. We rode all the big rides: Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones Adventure, Runaway Mine Train, The Jungle Cruise and loved them all. One of the great things going on right now at Disneyland and Disney World is they are bringing Star Wars into the amusement parks, Space Mountain has already been changed over to a Star Wars themed ride and much of what is Tomorrow Land has been changed over to Star Wars. We ate supper, enjoyed the Main Street Electric Light Parade and saw about half of the fireworks show before they shut it down because of wind. It was a wonderful afternoon and evening in the Magic Kingdom and I know we’ll be back.

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