'Architecture'

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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Windows Of Black

May 18, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We want to install new windows in our home for both economic and aesthetic reasons and I keep finding myself coming back to black windows, I look how they look both inside the house and outside. Black windows offer some drama to a home’s look and decor without being overly dramatic and I especially like black windows against a home that’s done in a lighter color on the outside and inside, I have some images that show that today. Now, who knows next week I may decide that white windows are the way to go, I know that makes me sound fickle but let’s face it we’re fickle creatures by nature. Here are several images to illustrate why I like black windows, let me know what you think. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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The Little Foxes On Broadway and Sanctuary Hotel

April 27, 2017

By Tab Byrum

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)

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NYC Dining: The Monkey Bar, Buddakan & Vaucluse

April 26, 2017

By Tab Byrum

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)

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New York In Spring

April 19, 2017

By Tab Byrum

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)

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Raleigh Designer Showhouse & Traditional Home

April 6, 2017

By Tab Byrum

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!!!

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Carrie Fisher’s Abode

April 3, 2017

By Tab Byrum

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!!! 

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