'Architecture'

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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Grey Gardens For Sale ~ $20 Million

July 21, 2017

By Tab Byrum

If you’re not familiar with Grey Gardens you should be. Grey Gardens is a home made famous in the 1975 documentary of the same name. What made the home and documentary so famous was that Grey Gardens was inhabited by two women, Edith Bouvier Beale, known as Big Edie and her daughter also named Edith Bouvier Beale and known as Little Edie. In 1972 an eviction notice was issued for Grey Gardens saying the Beales had to vacate the premises immediately because the home had fallen into such great disrepair and was deemed “uninhabitable”. Mrs. Beale was Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ aunt and Jackie and her sister Lee stepped in and paid for repairs to be made to the house so the two women could keep living there. Big Edie died in 1977 and Little Edie sold the house to Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee and his wife Sally Quinn. The Bradlees restored the house to its former glory, all 14 rooms, as well as the beautiful gardens. Ms. Quinn has talked about when they bought the house, they found the skulls and skeletons of raccoons in the home as well as waste from more than 50 feral cats. Earlier this year Sally Quinn put the home up for sale for almost $20 million dollars and today we are going to take a look at this beautiful home in all its restored glory. If you haven’t seen the documentary Grey Gardens I strongly urge you to do so and also the 2009 HBO film of the same name. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Adding Drama: Bedrooms

July 19, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Your bedroom is the room in your home that not a lot of people will see if they do that’s a whole different blog, so it’s a great room to let yourself go and indulge. Decide what kind of bedroom you want, do you want it to be dark and cool or perhaps you want a room done in bright colors that will be invigorating every morning, maybe there’s a wallpaper or wall treatment you’ve been wanting to have done, now’s your chance. Does your bedroom have a great view? If so you need to take that into account and incorporate the windows into the design and decoration. Today we are going to continue our look at adding drama to rooms, especially the bedroom. The bedroom is a great place to indulge in your favorite color, or if you have a favorite fabric with a lot of patterns use it to your heart’s content. Let’s take a look at some beautiful and dramatic bedroom, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Adding Drama: Living Rooms

July 17, 2017

By Tab Byrum

This week we are all about the drama, not in our lives because none of us need any more of it there, but in the decoration of our homes. You can add drama to any room in the house in many different ways, whether it’s using a dramatic color on the walls, rugs or tile on the floors, dramatic art on the walls, you can even get drama from one piece of furniture. Now, like all good things drama can be overdone so you have to be ready to edit yourself and not make it look like your living in a circus tent or a deep, dark cave but instead add as much drama as you’re comfortable with and go from there. Maybe you can add one more accessory, one more dramatic lamp or a dramatic chair or not. I always tell my clients that they are the ones who live in their home every day and it needs to be comfortable for them, not me or anyone else. And, remember I’m not suggesting you need to all of the things we see in the photos, but you can pick one or a couple of things and incorporate them into the decoration of your rooms. To start our look at Interior Design Drama we are going to look at dramatic living rooms, I’ll talk to you more along the way. I hope you enjoy this as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together. Let the drama begin and Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Modern Farmhouse: Features

May 24, 2017

By Tab Byrum

There are several things that are quickly becoming fixtures of the Modern Farmhouse look, some of these might be considered standard and some are more possibilities if you like them. I thought today as we continue to look at the Modern Farmhouse type of home we would look at these features and how they’re used. I like many if not all of them and remember that they can also be incorporated into whatever type of home you have or might be thinking about building. It’s time for the show, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Modern Farmhouse: Interiors

May 23, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We are continuing our look at the building and decorating trend often referred to as Modern Farmhouse, today we are stepping into the Modern Farmhouse and taking a look at the interiors of some of these homes and what they all seem to have in common. As with all “types” of homes, Modern Farmhouse has certain things you can almost always find: Use of light colors, Use of natural elements, lots of wood and tile, industrial type lighting and other industrial elements. It’s easier to show you than just talking about it so let’s begin our tour and look at some of these beauties on the inside and I’ll explain more as we go. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Modern Farmhouse: Black Windows

May 22, 2017

By Tab Byrum

This week we are looking at Modern Farmhouse home design and one area that we recently covered was using black windows on homes. Black windows are very popular when building a Modern Farmhouse or remodeling a home. Here’s a look at the post I did last week on Black Windows, check back tomorrow as we step into the Modern Farmhouse and check out the interiors of this popular type of home. Enjoy!!!

Modern Farmhouse: Exteriors

May 22, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I have a weakness for a beautiful farmhouse, you know the type, a two story house with a beautiful front porch that’s usually painted in a light color or white. Many times they’ll have lots of windows, remember there was a time when homes didn’t have AC and in the Summer opening up the windows on the house to the breeze was the only way to cool off and move the air. This week we are going to take a look at Modern Farmhouse, a trend where people are taking the classic farmhouse look and style and bringing it into the 21st century with finishes and ideas that are both modern and timeless but still make us think casual and earthy. Today we’re going to start by looking at Modern Farmhouse Exteriors and what it takes to attain the look, when I started looking into this for the blog I was amazed at how many trends I had already covered on Tabulous Design and we’ll also look at many of those trends. (above image via)

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