A few more items I want to share with you from my recent NYC trip. Before when we’ve gone to New York we always end up shopping and eating out and seeing friends and this time I wanted to make it a priority to see some plays and or musicals while we were in town and boy did we ever. I’ve already shared some with you about seeing Glenn Close in the stage version of Sunset Boulevard and on Tuesday I told you about War Paint, today I want to tell you about the play we saw, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes. TLF is a play written by Lillian Hellman in 1939 and the first production on Broadway starred Tallulah Bankhead in the lead role of Regina Giddens, the play is set in a small town in Alabama in 1900 and takes a look at the machinations and relationships of a family who are all trying to get ahead in life and how they step on each other in trying to attain their goals. I had only ever seen the movie version of The Little Foxes that stars Bette Davis as Regina, so when I read that a new stage version was being planned for Broadway I really wanted to see it. This new production is starring actresses, Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon, the two women are trading off playing the role of Regina and another female character, Aunt Birdie. The current production is wonderful and I strongly suggest seeing it, the play takes place entirely in the Giddens home and the scenery for the play is beautiful, a beautiful green covers the wall of the home set and it’s filled with antiques from the early 20th century. The costumes are beautiful and needless to say the acting is extraordinary, in addition to the two actresses I mentioned the play also stars Richard Thomas (The Waltons) as Horace Giddens and Michael McKeon as Uncle Ben Hubbard. I want to share some images from the 1941 movie version of the play plus there’s some pics and a review of our NYC hotel below, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
April 27, 2017
April 26, 2017
I LOVE to eat, I love good food and I think that’s because I was raised by people who love to cook and take great pride in what they create and that was passed on to me in my love for good food and cooking. Part of the fun of a vacation for me is where we are going to eat and on this recent trip I took to New York City we ate at three restaurants that are new to us. I’m going to share some images of each restaurant and tell you a little bit about our dining experience at each place. As much as I love good food I also love a great interior in a restaurant, it doesn’t have to be over the top with everything gilded, but just have a definite direction or theme and do it well, the three restaurants I’m going to talk about today all have a distinct look to go with their menus and the looks are all done beautifully. So, join me as we tour The Monkey Bar, Buddakan and Vaucluse, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
April 19, 2017
Today I’m heading to New York City with my friend Donna for our kind of annual trip on or around her birthday on April 20th. This year we are going to be there from today, Wednesday the 19th, until Sunday the 23rd. New York City, like most cities, is really pretty in the Spring, there are flowers blooming in Central Park and on the High Line, the weather is usually still cool enough to be comfortable and the crowds aren’t too bad since it’s before school lets out. Some of our plans this trip are to see a few Broadway shows, we’re seeing Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close, The Little Foxes with Laura Linney, Cynthia Nixon, Richard Thomas and Michael Mckeon and the new show War Paint starring Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole. Of course, there will be lots of shopping, wonderful lunches at The Monkey Bar and Balthazar and pre-show dinners at Polo Bar, Rooftop Haven, and Buddakan. I’ll try to get lots of pictures and share reviews with you of the shows and food after we get home. During the trip, you can follow me on Facebook at Tabulous Design or on Instagram at tabulousdesign. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week and here’s a few pics of NYC in the Spring. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
April 6, 2017
I love a good showhouse, they’re always a great source for ideas to use in decorating our own homes and they’re also a wonderful way to connect with designers and homebuilders who can help you reach the goals you have for your home. Recently on Facebook, I saw a designer I follow, Scot Meacham Wood, had shared an article from Traditional Home on the recent showhouse in Raleigh, NC. The first thing that caught my attention was the outside of the house, I loved the whole look from the high pitched roof to the black and white color scheme and copper guttering and bright blue door, which you can see above. I checked out the TH article and the showhouse myself and knew I had to share it with you. The house is very colorful and vibrant with a wonderful use of patterns throughout the house in the use of wallpaper, rugs, tile, and fabric and I see several things I would love to do in my own home or incorporate into projects for client’s homes. Join me for a tour of the Raleigh Designer Showhouse, where all the ticket proceeds are going to Boys and Girls Clubs and is open through this coming Sunday, April 9th. Enjoy!!!
April 3, 2017
One thing I love to see is where the rich and famous live, so last year when Carrie Fisher died so unexpectedly I was naturally curious about her home in Los Angeles. Carrie lived in a “hacienda style” home that sits on 2.66 acres in the Coldwater Canyon area of Beverly Hills. Carrie Fisher lived in the home for over twenty years having purchased it in 1992 or ’93, the home was originally built in 1910 and rebuilt in 1919 and over the years has been lived in by other notables like Bette Davis and costume designer Edith Head. Earlier this year we were able to see the documentary Bright Lights, starring Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, and were able to get a good look at the house and all of its contents. Fisher was known as quite the shopper and her home showed it as it’s filled with collectibles including Biedermeier Furniture, Star Wars memorabilia, Indian rugs, artwork and the list goes on and on. The red tile roofed home is 4,210 square feet and has four bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, tennis courts, swimming pool and a guest house. One notable thing about the guest house is there’s an upright piano in one of the bathrooms, it was here that singer/songwriter James Blunt recorded the song Goodbye My Lover. Of course, now there are many rumors surrounding the property, I’ve read her daughter Billie Lourd will live there, it will be turned into a museum or it and its contents will be sold. Don’t forget there’s another house on the property where her mom, Debbie Reynolds, lived for several years. Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see what happens, in the meantime here’s a look at photos from the home from an Architectural Digest article originally printed in 2004 and reprinted last Fall. Enjoy!!!
March 28, 2017
One thing I LOVE is when the brick is exposed and used as a wall treatment on the interior of homes and businesses, I think the brick adds a whole new look and feel to a room and really warms it up and gives it a definite masculine feel. One thing we have today that allows the exposed brick look to be accomplished without tearing down sheetrock or knocking down walls is thin brick. Thin brick is used much like tile and installed the same way. Some people refer to the thinner version of brick as thin brick veneer and many times it’s attained by using reclaimed brick from buildings that are being renovated or that have been torn down. Exposed brick can be used in any room, whether it’s in the kitchen with the cooktop or ovens, as an accent wall behind a bed or at one end of a room, exposed brick is a great way to add color, texture, and interest to rooms without breaking the bank. I’ve gathered a few examples for you today, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
March 17, 2017
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)
March 16, 2017
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.
March 15, 2017
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)
March 14, 2017
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!!!