Friday Design Roundup 4/8/16

April 8, 2016

By Tab Byrum

It’s Friday so that means another look at stories from the worlds of Design and Pop Culture. Remember to always click on anything in orange to be taken to websites about the stories or the subjects of the stories. Enjoy!!!

American are wild about their Fixer Upper, the Texas-based design show starring the husband and wife team of Chip and Joanna Gaines of Magnolia Homes in Waco, Texas. What’s it like to be on a design show and work with the Dynamic Duo of Decorating? Elle Decor Magazine went behind the scenes and talked to clients that had gone through the whole design process with Magnolia Homes, some things might surprise you. ( click here for article )



…..and speaking of the Gaines family of Waco, on Thursday afternoon it became public that the Fixer Upper duo recently purchased a historical home in Waco, and this gem is in pretty good shape. The house is 113 years old and is known locally as the Bradshaw Estate, it was built in 1903 by the Bradshaws who were locally known business people in Waco, owning Cogdell’s Department Store. According to Zillow, the home is 4,831 sq. feet, with four bedrooms and four bathrooms. I’m anxious to see what the Chip and Joanna’s plans are for this home, maybe they’ll do some updating on the home and flip it or keep in the family for their “house in town”. Stay tuned!!!


History is always influencing the future and nowhere is that more evident than in fashion. You can see just how much influence the past has on what we wear in the present in a new fashion exhibition titled Fashion Forward: 3 Centuries of Fashion, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The show begins by looking back 300 years in time at fashion during the reign of  the Louis’ (XIV & XV) and takes in all the changes made through the centuries. The show not only spotlights clothing but also takes a look at toys, hairstyles, and even wallpaper. The exhibit will be on display until August 14th of this year. 


As you’ve probably guessed by now I LOVE old movies and also horror/monster movies, with one of my favorites being King Kong. The original King Kong was like nothing anyone had seen and it started a whole new trend in film and the making of “Creature Features”. King Kong was remade in 1976 and starred Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange and it’s been 11 years since Peter Jackson’s remake hit the screens, but was not a big hit. Now we have the first word of the new incarnation of the giant ape in the film Kong: Skull Island starring Tom Hiddleston of Avengers bad guy (Loki) fame. The movie is supposed to take place in a whole new timeline but stays true to King Kong legend, no word yet on a release date.



I’m very excited about the new documentary Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper premiering on HBO this weekend (April 9th). The premiere comes at the same time as the release of the book The Rainbow Comes And Goes written by Gloria Vanderbilt and her son Anderson Cooper. I’m a big fan of both Vanderbilt and Cooper, Vanderbilt at the age of 92 is looking back at her amazing and very eventful life, at both the wonderful and tragic events as well as the husbands and lovers. Cooper says that he didn’t want to not left anything unsaid between himself and his mother. I’ve got my copy of the book and will be watching Saturday night. 



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