'Art'

Halloween Flashback: Favorite Movie Monsters

October 20, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s Friday, we made it through another week and in celebration we are looking back at a post I did on some of my favorite monsters of both the Silver Screen and television. Whether it’s Frankenstein’s monster, his bride or the scourge of Salem’s Lot, they’re all here with a little bit information and a great photograph. I hope you have time this weekend to curl up and watch your favorite horror flick. Enjoy!!!!

To Flashback and see the original post click here and have a wonderfully spooky weekend. Enjoy!!!

Vintage Halloween Decor From Etsy

October 5, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I love Halloween and my favorite things to decorate with are things that many consider Folk Art or handmade by artists and anything Vintage, today we are going to take a look at a few things available on the Etsy website under the category of Vintage Halloween. Some of the items we are going to look at today are truly vintage or antique pieces and some of them are new but are made to look vintage or antique. There are pages and pages on Etsy to scroll through and see what people have for sale in the way of Vintage Halloween or what people have created themselves. Remember to click on anything orange in the descriptors to visit the website for the item. I hope you enjoy this little stroll down memory lane and let me know if you use any vintage or antique pieces to decorate for Halloween, have a great day and Enjoy!!! (above via)

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ibride ~ LOVE THESE TRAYS!!!

October 3, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We are planning a vacation for next year and are thinking about renting an apartment in our destination, while I was looking at possible rentals I was immediately intrigued by some of the pieces being used to decorate the walls in a certain apartment. Luckily the rental agency named the decorative pieces as being from ibride and I immediately looked them up. ibride is a French company and has been around for 20 years and prides itself on creating “dreamlike creations”, I particularly love the trays I’m featuring today where beautiful birds and other animals take on human characteristics while wearing dramatic clothing and costumes. The trays are created through a high laminate process and are made to either be used as flat surface trays or works of art that can be hung on the wall. There are also beautiful trays featuring lovely ladies from the 19th century, I’ll definitely be back to feature more of the beautiful creations from ibride marketed through the Amara website. Enjoy!!!

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Hola From San Miguel

September 18, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Hola and Buen Dia, we are home from our vacation to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. It was awesome, we saw beautiful sites and architecture, ate wonderful food and enjoyed amazing drinks, and we met wonderfully kind and hospitable people. This week I plan on sharing different parts of our trip with you through photos we took and tell you some stories of our first trip ever to Mexico. San Miguel de Allende is located in the far eastern part of the Mexican state of Guanajuato and is about three hours north of Mexico City. The first written record of San Miguel is from 1551 but it’s known there was a village of indigenous people on this site before then. Local silver mines were discovered after the Spanish colonization of Mexico, this brought many more people and major roads were installed between San Miguel, Mexico City, and other large towns. San Miguel has always been popular with artists of all kinds and still is today, the city is full of wonderful galleries, shops, and boutiques where you can see and buy paintings, sculptures and other works from Mexican artists all over the country. The city itself is filled with wonderful architecture that shows the long history of the town and area and the influence Spain has had, the city is full of color, from the paint on the buildings to the flags that fly across the streets year round. Join me today for a tour of San Miguel de Allende and check back all week as I share specifics on what we did and places we visited. 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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Game of Thrones Jewelry

August 18, 2017

By Tab Byrum

With only two episodes left in this season of Game of Thrones all of us avid watchers and readers of the books are sad, but if you are into jewelry I have some good news for you today. There is a line of jewelry out that is completely inspired by Game of Thrones, Daenerys Stormborn, and her Dragons. The pieces are all made of Sterling Silver and have amazing detail. Many of the pieces are inspired by the three Dragons that the Dragon Queen has at her beck and call and you can see the meticulous work that’s been done on these pieces to simulate scales, horns and the beautiful shapes of the dragons. The pieces have been created by a joint partnership between HBO and the MEY company, the current collection is called Breaking Chains and is inspired by pieces worn by the characters in the Game of Thrones show. Join me for a look and if you love the show or have someone on your gift list who is then think about adding one of these special pieces to their collection, you can see the entire collection here. Enjoy!!!

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Pantone Fall 2017 ~ Navy Peony & Neutral Gray

August 16, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s day three of our look at the 10 colors of Pantone that are supposed to be the most popular in the coming Fall and Winter months, today we are looking at Navy Peony and Neutral Gray. I love navy blue, it goes so well with so many colors, especially in fashion. Of their Navy Peony Pantone says, “A mainstay for the season for both palettes, Navy Peony is a dependable and an anchoring shade. Solid and stable, the hue takes some of the load off of black as a go-to neutral.” While I won’t be giving up black for navy I do have a lot of navy in my wardrobe and love to decorate with the color. Gray is still a hot color both in home decor and fashion so it’s no surprise that Natural Gray is on the list of top 10 colors for Fall. Gray is a wonderful neutral color and works with so many other colors beautifully, of Neutral Gray Pantone says, “ The standard bearer of all neutrals, Neutral Gray shares the anchoring role with Navy Peony in this palette. It can be used as an accent or a head-to-toe statement shade.”  Join me now for a look at some examples of our two colors and see how strong they are both together and apart. Enjoy!!! (above via & via)

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Poppy Wall Flowers

August 10, 2017

By Tab Byrum

On Monday we talked about Poppies as inspiration in design because of their beautiful color, shape, and how they look, while I was researching that post I remembered how many great wallpapers there are featuring Poppies. One thing to remember is Poppies come in other colors besides the ever popular red and because of that, groupings of different colored Poppies can create amazing backdrops. today we are going to take a look at walls covered in Poppies, some of them are wallcovering created from photographs and others are stylized Poppies created by artists and transferred onto paper. Remember, you don’t have to cover a whole room in bright papers like these, just one accent wall is all it takes. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Carolyn Wilson, Artist

August 9, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I recently discovered artist Carolyn Wilson while I was searching for images for another post, another happy stumble upon. Carolyn is a California artist who knew she had talent from a young age and was encouraged to pursue her abilities by her father. Today she paints beautiful images of landscapes, animals, food, and flowers. I love her style and choice of colors, I particularly enjoy all the work she’s done that’s connected to England. She works in watercolor and also has some mixed medium works available, including some that combine tissue paper collage and paint. Today I’m featuring some images of her paintings and encourage you to visit her website here and check out a lot more of her work, as always, Enjoy!!! ( above image, Hachiya Harvest)

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Poppies and Poppy Red

August 7, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s no secret that red has always been my favorite color but I find myself wanting it in smaller doses, not necessarily rooms painted red but red in artwork, fabric, and accessories. One of my favorite shades of red is Poppy Red, to me, it has more orange in it and not as much blue as darker shades. Poppies it turns out is one of two “birth flowers” assigned to the month of August so I thought we would take a look today at Poppies and how they inspire designers and artists both in the literal form of the Poppy flower and the color. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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