'Architecture'

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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LA Dinner & Dessert: Hotel Bel Air & Polo Lounge-Beverly Hills Hotel

March 15, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The last time I went to LA it was on a trip with friends and we stayed at the Hotel Bel Air, while we were there we had dinner one night and breakfast every morning at the Wolfgang Puck restaurant located in the hotel’s courtyard. I wanted Michael to see this beautiful place and experience the wonderful food and atmosphere so I made reservations for us at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air for 6 o’clock. (above image via)

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Los Angeles 2017: Griffith Observatory

March 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

This recent trip to Los Angeles was the fourth time I’ve been there, every time we’ve been I always think we’ll make it up to Griffith Observatory but we never have, until now. We went up into the hills above LA to Mt. Hollywood on Saturday, it’s really pretty up there right now because with all the rain they’ve had this winter everything is very green. We parked along the road to the observatory and walked up to it, it’s all up hill so if you have someone that can’t do hills then leave them at home, Lol, no you can drop them off then park and walk up. The Griffith Observatory was founded on land donated to the city of Los Angeles by Griffith J. Griffith, he donated the land and left funds with the express wish for an observatory to be built and help make astronomy available to the public. The Griffith Observatory opened in 1935 with free admission which remains to this day. The observatory closed in 2002 for a major redesign project, the building was literally lifted up on jacks in one piece and a whole new “building” was built under the original observatory and reopened in 2006. Today that new area houses new exhibits, a cafe, gift shop, and the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater. The theater plays a wonderful 23 minute documentary on the history of the Griffith, as well as information on the recent, remodel and how it was done. I strongly urge you to visit the Griffith Observatory if you’re in LA, it’s well worth the trip to see the wonderful architecture and the view from Mount Hollywood of all of Los Angeles. Enjoy!!! 

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“Comfortable Elegance” & Timothy Corrigan

March 10, 2017

By Tab Byrum

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One of the great things about attending the Design Bloggers Conference are the speakers, people who are experts in their fields of design, blogging, technology, PR, publishing and so much more, of course, some of my favorites are the designers that speak to us about their work and the world of design. One of those designers this year was Timothy Corrigan, Corrigan has design offices both in Los Angeles and Paris and is known for his signature style of “comfortable elegance”. Corrigan has worked for royalty around the world as well as corporate executives, movie stars and some people you may have never heard of. One thing Corrigan does that I love is incorporating antiques into a lot of the designs he does, he showed us some slides of homes he’s worked on and many of them were a combination of current furniture and art as well as antique and more classical pieces. In addition to working for others Timothy Corrigan has been working on a major project of his own, several years ago he purchased Chateau du Grande-Lucé in France’s Loire Valley. The chateau had fallen into great disrepair over the years but today has been restored and decorated and serves Corrigan as a private home. Join me today for a peek into the comfortably elegant world of Timothy Corrigan, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Home From LA

March 9, 2017

By Tab Byrum

HI!!!!! Sorry I’ve been delinquent on posting but we took a vacation/work break part of last week and part of this week and I wanted to check in with you today and give you a sneak peek of some things to come. You may remember that last year I attended the Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta and I decided to attend this year’s conference in Los Angeles. (above image via)

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We hadn’t taken any real vacations since last Summer so Michael decided to go with me and we headed out a few days before the conference started and ran around Los Angeles doing LA things. I’ll be sharing parts of our trip with you over the next few days, right now I’m going through pictures and deciding what I want to share.

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To tide you over, here are a few snaps of places and things we saw, check back with us as we explore the City of Angels and all it has to offer. Enjoy!!!

Welcoming March, Looking At Chartreuse

March 1, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I cannot believe it’s the first day of March, seems impossible that we are almost to Spring and it seems like we just put the Christmas tree back in the attic. The one thing I always associate with the month of March is the color green, I guess that’s because we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this month as well as the first day of Spring in 19 days. I love the color green, it really does go with everything and even more, I love to combine different shades of green in decorating. Today in celebration of the arrival of March we are going to look at Chartreuse, a color that gets its name because of its resemblance in color to a French liqueur. Chartreuse is bright and eye catching, I always like to compare it with the color of sweet potato vines. Join me today for a look at Chartreuse as we welcome March and head into Spring, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Tabulous Tomes ~ Janelle McCulloch’s Paris

February 27, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I recently purchased a few books from one of the popular sale websites and the first one I’ve had a chance to flip through is Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart, and it’s glorious. The book is written and put together by journalist and photographer Janelle McCulloch. McCulloch specializes in design, architecture, and style and has written for numerous design magazines, including Vogue Living and Elle.  McCulloch’s Paris takes you on a tour of the City of Light and is divided up into the different arrondissements or neighborhoods that make up the city. She goes in-depth in each arrondissement telling you what to see, where to stop and rest, where to stop for a bite to eat or a cup of hot chocolate. The first half of the book is all about the 18 arrondissements, the second half is about where to specifically find things, there’s a whole section of the best books stores in Paris and gets specific such as where to buy books for gardeners and cooks. There are sections on where to buy tableware and linens, homewares, decorating stores and on and on. The book is filled with gorgeous photographs taken by Janelle McCulloch and is a wonderful addition to any personal collection for a Francophile or as a gift. Check out Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart, you won’t be sorry. Until you do here are some images from the book, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Oscar Winning Home ~ Jeff Bridges

February 24, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s Oscars weekend and we have a winner’s home on the blog today.  I’ve always enjoyed Jeff Bridges as an actor and this year he’s nominated for an Oscar for his role as the sheriff in the film Hell or High Water, it’s his seventh nomination and his beautiful home with an ocean view is for sale. I recently saw this article about the house he and his wife raised their daughters in and have recently placed on the market. The home is almost 9,600 square feet and has five bedrooms and is meant to resemble a hilltop estate in Tuscany only this one has glorious views of the Pacific Ocean. The home also has an antique stone fireplace in the sunken living room, the kitchen has its own dining terrace and there’s a secluded area that Bridge’s wife refers to as “his fort” where he relaxes in his hammock and sometimes works on pottery. If five bedrooms aren’t enough there are two guest houses and walking trails to a local hot spring, all this can be yours for $29.5 million. Let me know if you decide to take a look, I want to tag along. Here’s some pics, Enjoy!!!

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Presidents Day At Monticello

February 20, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Happy Presidents Day everyone, I hope you had a great weekend and are ready for a new week. Today in celebration of Presidents Day we are going to take a look at Monticello, the home of our nation’s third President, Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson began designing then building Monticello when he was 26 years old, on land he inherited after the death of his father, outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. Originally the land was a 5,000-acre plantation where Jefferson raised tobacco and mixed crops, later dropping the tobacco and raising wheat. Of course, there is controversy about Jefferson and his Virginia home because he used slave labor to build the house as well as farm the land. The house Thomas Jefferson designed and built is one of neoclassical design, inspired by Italian architect Andrea Palladio, the house is built at the top of an 850-foot peak and the name Monticello translates to Little Mount. Today the home is known for the wonderful view, the dome atop the building and being home to several of Jefferson’s own “inventions.” I’ve only been to Monticello once, after I graduated high school my class took our senior trip to Washington D.C. and New York City, Monticello was on our list of sites to see and to this day remains one of my favorites. I definitely want to go back as I know now I would appreciate Monticello more than I did at 18, for now, join me for a look at photos from Monticello as we tour the home of President Thomas Jefferson. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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