'Architecture'

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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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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Doors & Windows Of San Miguel

September 21, 2017

By Tab Byrum

One thing I always notice when we travel and are able to walk around a town a lot are the doors and windows on homes, I once came home from England with over 100 pictures of just front doors. I think it’s interesting to see how other parts of the world treat the entries to their homes, do they paint or stain the doors? Are they decorated in some way? Are there balconies on the windows? Do they use window treatments? Are the windows white or painted a color? This trip was no different and there were some pretty awesome doors and windows to check out, don’t worry I don’t have 100 but I definitely could have. Enjoy!!!

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Eating Out In San Miguel de Allende

September 20, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Let’s face it, one of the things we all look forward to when on vacation is what and where we are going to eat. We were not disappointed in the choices we had of places to dine in San Miguel, while we chose pretty much authentic Mexican for all of our meal choices we did branch out, especially at lunch, sometimes you get tired of chips and salsa and are wanting a good salad or maybe some pasta. Today I’m going to share with you a list and look at most of the restaurants we visited on our recent trip to San Miguel and I’ll try to remember what we ate where. I shared a lot of these on my Facebook page, here. For now, pull up a chair and Enjoy!!!

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Best of Tabulous: Mexican Style

September 8, 2017

By Tab Byrum

While we are celebrating all things from Mexico during our Mexican vacation I thought today would be a great time to take a look back at a post I did for Cinco de Mayo a couple of years ago. We looked at some beautiful images of homes with a distinctive Mexican flair in their design and decor. Join me for a look back here at that post and have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy!!!

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Preparing For San Miguel

September 6, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We are getting ready at our house for a vacation in the next several days, we are heading to Mexico to the town of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico’s central highlands. We’ve heard about San Miguel for years and have wanted to visit, we have also been taking adult Spanish language courses all Summer and decided now was as good a time as any to visit San Miguel and put our new found education to use. San Miguel was founded during the colonization of Mexico by Spain and is known for its thriving arts scene and Spanish architecture, the town is a World Heritage Site and has become known for attracting thousands of visitors every year and a large population of Americans, Canadians, and Europeans have moved there where they can get a lot more for their money and enjoy a temperate climate. I wanted to share some images of San Miguel with you while we prepare for our trip in the coming days and I’ll share more photos of our own later. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Southern Living In A Cottage

August 29, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I always enjoy the homes that Southern Living Magazine features every month and in the current issue, I particularly am enjoying the cottage that designer Anna Braund built in her hometown of Roswell, Georgia. Braund worked with local craftspeople to build her home from the ground up after she purchased a ranch style home on the lot and it was discovered that the house had a lot of problems and required a “rebuild”.  Braund worked with local architect Lew Oliver and he designed her a classic cottage, one with high beamed ceilings, french doors leading to the outside, beautiful wood floors and a light and bright color scheme. The home is ideal for entertaining and certain design elements run throughout the home to make it feel thought out and cohesive. You can see and read more about this beautiful home in Southern Living Magazine and on the website here, for now, enjoy the images I’m sharing today and gather some Southern inspiration. Enjoy!!!

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Dick Cavett’s Montauk Home

August 4, 2017

By Tab Byrum

If you are like me and of a certain age then you remember the Dick Cavett show in the 1960’s and 70’s. For those of you too young to remember, Cavitt hosted a talk show where he was known for letting the famous people and celebrities of the day just come on and talk and be themselves. Cavitt got his start as a comedy writer for Jack Parr and Johnny Carson. CBS Sunday Morning recently did a story on Cavitt and his beautiful home in Montauk, New York called Tick Hall. Cavitt and his wife Carrie purchased the home in the 1970’s and restored the home to its original grandeur but then the entire place burned to the ground while some roof work was being done on the house. Cavitt and his wife decided to rebuild the house EXACTLY as it had been. The couple used old photos and their personal photographs to help architects reconstruct the home that was originally built in the 1880’s by the legendary firm of McKim, Mead, and White. Today the 80-year-old Dick Cavett has decided to sell his beautiful home and the remaining land around it, asking price is $62 million dollars. Cavitt’s wife Carrie died in 2006 and he says deciding to sell the home was one of the hardest decisions he’s had to make. I’m sharing some beautiful images of Tick Hall with you today, a truly gorgeous home and setting. Enjoy!!!

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Rockefeller Maine Getaway For Sale

August 3, 2017

By Tab Byrum

A few weeks I told you about the New York City home of David Rockefeller that recently came up for sale for $32.5 million dollars and I recently found out about another piece of Rockefeller real estate that came onto the market, Ringing Point. Ringing Point is the name given to the house and grounds in Maine that David and his wife Peggy owned on Mount Desert Island. The house has seven bedrooms and was designed by Peggy Rockefeller in 1972, in addition to the main house there is a guest house with its own two car garage and a building that Rockefeller used for his private study. Mrs. Rockefeller also took great pride in the gardens she designed on the grounds of the estate and they flow effortlessly into the natural moss covered ground and soaring pine trees. As you’ll see in the images I’m sharing today the house is fairly simple compared to the NYC townhouse I shared with you in June and has a wonderful warm feeling to it. If you decide to buy let me know, I’d love to come for a visit, for now, join me for a photographic tour. Enjoy!!!

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A House For Dior

July 28, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The south of France has always been a place where people go to escape, whether it’s to escape a busy city life or just to escape, the south of France is a place we’ve seen depicted in movies and read about in books where people want to get away from it all and just relax. That’s how it was for famed clothing designer Christian Dior, and when you have the means to buy a home in a place you love maybe you do, and if that home is in the south of France it might be a castle and this one is. Christian Dior purchased the Château de La Colle Noire in 1950 and truly felt at home here. After buying the home Dior immediately set about restoring it to original glory but sadly he died in 1957 and his sister, who inherited the home, was unable to keep it. Today the house has been reclaimed by the Christian Dior empire and has been fully restored to the way Dior wanted. The home is decorated with beautiful fabrics and antiques from floor to ceiling and a new book has been published focusing on the beautiful end results of the restoration of De la Colle Noire, today we are going to take a look at images of this beautiful home that inspired Dior’s iconic perfumes like Miss Dior in 1947. Enjoy!!!

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