'Art'

Getting The Blues: Dark Blue (or Navy)

June 21, 2017

By Tab Byrum

On Monday we looked at Light Blue, yesterday was a medium shade of Blue, Chambray and today we are looking at Dark Blue which is one of my favorites, Navy Blue. Navy Blue for me is a wonderful rich color, it coordinates well with other colors like white, orange, gray, light blue and on and on. Navy Blue can give you the dark mysterious feeling you might want for a room without going to black, Navy Blue is also a great accent color in decorating for fabrics, lamps, and accessories. I also think Navy Blue makes a wonderful backdrop for metallics, both gold and silver look wonderful against Navy Blue, think a gilded mirror on a Navy Blue wall. If you want to add some drama to your decorating but are tired of black then be sure and check out your Navy Blue options as in dramatic Navy Blue hallway in the above photo. Now join me for a look at some more beautiful Dark Blue room decorating, let me know your thoughts on Navy and Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Getting The Blues: Light Blue Interiors

June 19, 2017

By Tab Byrum

HI!!!! Sorry about going away last week, my desktop computer crashed on Wednesday and required a trip to the doctor, luckily things seem to be alright now and I’m back on track so let’s talk color, Blue to be exact. Blue has always been one of my favorite colors but I’ve honestly not used it a lot in my own home but that’s something I’m looking to remedy quickly. I’ve always been attracted to all shades of blue whether’s it a light and airy blue, a medium denim blue or navy blue I love them all and especially how they mix with other colors. This week we are going to look at blue in its different shades and how we can use them in our homes, whether it’s the accessories we decorate with, upholstery, artwork, or furniture and cabinetry, Blue is very big. Today we are going to start with Light Blue, a beautiful and subtle way to incorporate blue without being too bold. Light Blue is soft and elegant and works so well with white and all the metallics that are popular right now. Join me for a tour as we check out the many incarnations of Light Blue, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Dr. Seuss Museum

June 9, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The Amazing World Of Dr. Seuss has recently opened in Springfield, Massachusetts, the hometown of the good doctor himself, Theodore Seuss Geisel. The museum opened this past Saturday, June third, and rumor has it that it’s just like walking into one of the dozens of rhyming books Geisel wrote. The first floor of the permanent museum is filled with interactive exhibits that allow kids to explore language, rhyming, invent stories, and encourage creative thinking. The second floor of the museum is dedicated to the personal life of Dr. Seuss and is filled with memorabilia, original oil paintings, clothing, furniture from Geisel’s home including his drawing table, favorite chair and sofa. The walls of the building are decorated with artwork from Dr. Seuss books, the house is filled with color and characters from the famous books. This is definitely on my list of places to visit the next time we are in the Boston area, for now, we’ll have to settle for some images, I can’t wait to go, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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12 Homes Going Big With Art

June 8, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Have you ever had a big blank space on a wall and weren’t sure what to do with it? Are you not really into a gallery wall made up of several different pictures and different frames? Maybe you need to think about one large piece of art, big art can have a HUGE impact in a room. Art doesn’t always have to be expensive, remember if you like it and it’s not a million dollars it’s OK, use it. We have a couple of different large French posters we’ve bought over the years that have been moved all around our house, they are among some of our favorite things and we’ll probably always use them. I recently bought a large painting for our bedroom that hasn’t been hung yet, it’s done in the color palette I’m using to decorate the room and it leans more towards contemporary, a type of design I’m trying to incorporate into our home. Big pieces of art bring drama to a room, you can make them even more dramatic by choosing something with bright bold colors or you can take a cue from the rest of the decor of your room. There’s also the theory that you can buy a piece of art and use it as the inspiration for your room, pull colors from the art for fabrics, rugs, and accessories. Today we are going to take a look at some rooms with “Big Art” and see how it’s done. Have a great day and Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Designer Robert Stilin

June 6, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Recently I did a series of posts on the Modern Farmhouse trend in design and home decor and in doing that series I ran across the work of Interior Designer Robert Stilin. Stilin is based in New York and has more than 25 years experience in designing and decorating homes in his seemingly effortless style. Stilin is known for creating casual elegance using antiques and contemporary art along with clean architecture. Stillin’s design work has run the gamut from beach front homes to country houses and a penthouse office in the Meatpacking District of New York City. Today I thought we would take a look at the work of Robert Stilin, see how he combines old and new to get that perfect look, Enjoy!!!

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Topiary Collection by Richard Schultz

June 5, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I was flipping through a design magazine the other evening, the focus of the article was on the remodel of a family’s NYC condo but in one of the pictures the owners were sitting on their terrace in a wonderful piece of outdoor furniture and the bench was attributed to designer Richard Schultz. I was immediately fascinated by this bench that the magazine described as “lacy,” I began poking around on the internet and discovered the Topiary Outdoor Furniture Collection by Richard Schultz for Knoll. The collection of chairs, tables, benches, and ottomans was designed by Schultz to resemble a shrub that has been trimmed to look like a piece of furniture. The furniture is made from sheets of aluminum that have been bent, stamped, folded and are powdered coated so the furniture can be left outside year round. Since the furniture is bent and folded there are few sharp edges, instead each piece is “a flowing sculptural design” that blends in with its outdoor setting. There are some thirteen different colors to choose from and the collection is offered here on the Knoll website. Today I’ve brought you some images of the pieces available, I just LOVE this. Enjoy!!!

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Friday Art & News: Renoir Home/Museum

June 2, 2017

By Tab Byrum

When I first started the blog, almost three years ago, I tried to do posts every Friday on the subject of Art and the people who create it. I really enjoyed doing those posts and everyone seemed to enjoy reading them, so I’m heading down that road again with posts of Friday about what’s new from the Art world. Today we are looking at the opening of a new museum in the home of an amazing French painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Renoir’s former family home is in Essoyes, France and it opens tomorrow, June 3, after undergoing major renovations over the last four years. $1.2 million dollars has been spent on Renoir’s home, the renovations were done to add elevator access for those unable to climb stairs, climate control to preserve artwork, reinforcement of the home’s walls, as well as restoring the home’s interior and the gardens. Renoir’s workshop, which is on the home’s grounds, has been open for twenty years and receives about 10,000 visitors a year. For the opening of the house, three French museums have loaned artworks by Renoir to be displayed in the house/museum. Renoir and his wife purchased the home in 1896 and spent Summers there with their family. Renoir, his wife and three of their children are buried in the local cemetery, Renoir’s great-granddaughter sold the house to the Essoyes, France City Council in 20112. Today we’re taking a peek at the house as well as some of Renoir’s works, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Modern Farmhouse: Furniture & Accessories

May 30, 2017

By Tab Byrum

There are a lot of things you can use to decorate your Modern Farmhouse, it all depends on the look you want to have when you are finished. If you want to go all country then maybe you are going to be into rustic antique furniture, lamps made of jugs and spools, and artwork of landscapes and farm animals. If you decide to go the other way and not decorate in a rustic manner in your Modern Farmhouse maybe you’ll choose to incorporate crystal on the light fixtures, pottery and glass lamps, artwork with brighter colors and a more contemporary look. Whatever you decide to use and however you decide to decorate there are plenty of things out there for you to use and to make your house your home. Today we are going to look at a few furniture and accessory ideas for decorating a Modern Farmhouse, Enjoy!! Read More

Fauxsaics By Nick Misani

May 26, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I never cease to be amazed at the creative abilities of humans, especially the ability to create the look of something out of something else, case in point are the digital creations of New York artist Nick Misani. Misani is known as a skilled artist in typography and in his new Fauxsaics collection, he combines his typography talents with photography to create extremely realistic digital art. Each piece is based on a city, whose name appears in the work, the colors, tile text, and the backdrop of each work is meant to reference the city and all are created digitally including the digitally inserted images of the artist’s feet. As an example, the Fauxsaic for the city of Boston is done in traditional black and white with letters and decorations that would be at home on the front of any Boston Pub and the date of the city’s incorporation. To see more of Misani’s work visit his website here, for now here are more images from his Fauxsaic collection, Enjoy!!!

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Balloon Ballerina By Jeff Koons

May 19, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I knew when I started seeing news stories about this latest balloon sculpture by artist Jeff Koons I needed to share the story. I love everything about this, from the massiveness of the sculpture and especially all the wonderful colors of red, blue, gold, and silver. Koons, of course, is known for his large art installations like this one as well as his balloon sculptures created in resin that you can have in your home. This installation is entitled “Seated Ballerina” and was unveiled in Rockefeller Plaza in NYC last Friday, May 12th. The “statue” is a real balloon and will be in place until June 2nd. It’s based on a porcelain ballerina statue and is made of nylon, Koons says the sculpture “conveys optimism and a sense of potential for the future.” Koons also says the sculpture is meant to bring awareness to May being National Missing Children’s Month, if you’re in NYC go check it out and if you can’t get there here are some pics of this amazing inflatable art. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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