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New York City In June

June 18, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Hello everyone and Happy Monday!!! I hope you had a great weekend and were able to celebrate Father’s Day if it pertains to you or if your Dad is still here to celebrate. I just got home from a fun trip to New York City and I wanted to share with you what we did, where we ate and shopped while we were there. I went to NYC with my friend Donna and her daughter Bella who recently turned 16, for her birthday Bella asked for a trip to NYC with her mom and me and we surprised her and made it happened. NYC in the Spring is always fun and last week the weather was hard to beat. We did A LOT of shopping since Bella had asked for money from her family for her birthday and she loaded up on fun clothes and accessories to wear this Summer and when school starts back in a couple of months. Join me for a quick tour of the Big Apple and I’ll do my best to share all of our fun. Enjoy!!!

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Celebrity Homes: Ellen Degeneres & Portia de Rossi

June 15, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Ellen Degeneres is known as a great comedian and a consummate host on her daytime talk show and her wife Portia de Rossi is known for both her acting talents and her new art curation company, General Public, but when the two of them put their design hats on it creates beautiful homes. Over the years this Hollywood power couple has bought, redecorated and sold numerous houses, garnering them a reputation as real estate high rollers and their most recent acquisition will only add to that reputation. Degeneres and de Rossi recently bought a beachfront property outside of Santa Barbara that’s home to a 6,000 sq. ft. house, 883 sq. ft. guest house, tennis courts, swimming pool, all on 1.13 acre of beach with magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean. The home is contemporary in style with white walls and lots of beautiful light colored wood throughout the home. Join me today for a tour of the home as we inspect photos and I’ll go into more detail with the images. Have a wonderful day and a great weekend, Enjoy!!!

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Bethenny Frankel’s New SoHo Loft

June 1, 2018

By Tab Byrum

If you’re a watcher of the Real Housewives of NYC then you are familiar with Bethenny Frankel, she was on the show in the beginning then left the show and is now back on the show. Bethenny has made a nice fortune for herself dealing in New York real estate both in NYC and in the Hamptons as well as creating her Skinny Girl Cocktail empire which she sold for over $8 million a couple of years ago. Earlier this year Bethenny unveiled her new apartment in the SoHo area of NYC and as Architectural Digest says, “it’s sleek and chic”. The apartment is a two bedroom apartment, just right for Frankel and her eight-year-old daughter, the home has several features I like that I’ll talk about below with the photos of the apartment. The apartment is very neutral as far as color with a lot of black, white and gray in the main living areas and Frankel’s bedroom with some color showing up in her daughter’s bedroom. So, grab a cup of coffee and join me for a home tour of an NYC Housewife and Enjoy!!!

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Artwork Of Rachel Roe

May 30, 2018

By Tab Byrum

As you know I love stumbling onto people and their creations when I’m doing research for the blog and that’s what happened recently when I found artist Rachel Roe of St. Louis. Initially, I found an article about Rachel’s studio (a topic for another post) and that led me to her website, Rachel Roe Designs, and her Etsy page where she sells her paintings. Rachel works in her wonderful backyard studio at her St. Louis home, she’s a graduate of the University of Missouri where she studied Fine Art with an emphasis in graphic design. Rachel has been able to combine her love of art and her graphic design abilities and create wonderful paintings, all of them colorful and bold. She has painted some amazing still lifes of florals and fruit trees as well as Figurative art featuring Flight Attendants, School Girls, as well as Boy and Girl Scouts. I really enjoy the look of her paintings, some are casual and they all feel very relaxed to me, I hope you like them as much as I do. In addition to her paintings Rachel designs Logos, Patterns and does Hand Typography which she sells and is suitable for framing. For more information or to see more of Rachel’s work visit her website here and her Etsy page here. Enjoy!!! (above, Flowering Through The Frost)

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Geometric Home Decor

May 25, 2018

By Tab Byrum

On Wednesday we talked about the use of geometric shapes in design, we looked at a wallpaper, tile, rugs, and painting shapes on walls. Today we are going to continue with that theme and look at Geometry and shapes in home decor. Shapes have long been the inspiration for certain pieces, who hasn’t been on a hunt for the perfect square coffee table or a perfectly sized round table for the kitchen or breakfast room. We often frame our artwork or mirrors in rectangles to hang horizontally or vertically but aren’t round frames more interesting? Today you can find fun shapes everywhere, in vases, and pillows as well as clocks, wall hangings and even headboards for your bed. Take a look at the fun geometry inspired items I found today and as always, Enjoy!!! (via)

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Geometric Patterns

May 23, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Geometric patterns have long been a source of inspiration in decorating our homes, whether it’s creating a certain pattern with tile or choosing a wallpaper with a geometric pattern. We are seeing geometric pattern coming more and more into play when we decorate and today we are going to take a look at some of the ways it’s happening. Remember pattern and color are two of the easiest ways we have to change things up and make our homes interiors more interesting, we’ve been doing it for thousands of years, consider the Greek Key pattern that’s been popular forever. I hope you enjoy the images I’ve collected for you on geometric patterns and check back on Friday when we will be looking at how geometric pattern is used in our home decor and accessories, Enjoy!!! ( image via)

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Royal Wedding~Wedding Reception #2, Frogmore House

May 17, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Today we are looking at Frogmore House which will be the sight of a laid-back wedding reception for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The party is being given by Prince Charles for his son and new daughter-in-law and is being kept pretty small with around 200 to 250 people being invited. The party is mainly for the wedding party and close friends and relatives of the newlyweds, rumor is a disco will be set up and there will be ice cream food trucks on hand as well as smoked bacon and sausage sandwiches as requested by Prince Harry. The venue of Frogmore House is special because this is a house on the estate of Windsor Castle that is no longer lived in by any of the royal family, Frogmore is also home to Queen Victoria’s mausoleum and the royal burial ground for members of the family. Frogmore has been owned by the royals since the 16th century and was used by Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, as a country house. Several of Queen Victoria’s children lived in the house at Frogmore as well as her mother the Duchess of Kent. During the 1980’s the house underwent a major renovation and today the house is used by the royals for special events such as dinners and parties like this weekend’s wedding party. One more thing of interest about Frogmore, when the Royal Yacht Britannia was decommissioned in 1997 several pieces of furniture from the yacht was moved to Frogmore and are still there today. Here are some images of Frogmore, a royal venue this weekend. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Royal Wedding ~ Wedding Reception #1, St. George’s Hall

May 16, 2018

By Tab Byrum

We are winding down our look at anything and everything that has to do with this weekend’s upcoming Royal Wedding. There’s been a little bit of scandal here towards the end of our wait with the Bride’s Father deciding he’s not going to attend the wedding after he was involved with some tabloid photographers. But, as the English saying says, “Keep Calm and Carry On”. Today we are going to look at Windsor Castle where the wedding will take place in St. George’s Chapel and then a wedding breakfast or reception will follow in the castle itself in St. George’s Hall. There will be a second reception/party the night of the wedding being given by Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, at Frogmore House and we’ll look at that venue tomorrow. For our look at Windsor we are looking back at a post I did on Windsor Castle 2 years ago after Michael and I had visited the castle earlier. Click here to visit the post on Windsor Castle

Above is a picture of St. George’s Hall in Windsor Castle, this will be the venue for the Wedding Reception or Breakfast immediately following the wedding. St. George’s Hall is 180 feet long and its architecture is Gothic in style. The room is decorated with weapons and suits of armor as well as the shields of all the current and past Knights of The Most Noble Order of the Garter, you can see the shields on the ceiling and the walls on the right. The hall is often used for State Banquets held at Windsor Castle as well as large parties and some military events are held here. This is a beautiful place for a reception and will be amazing filled with people in bright colors, big hats and of course wedding cake. To read more about the Hall and Castle, click here. (above via)

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Royal Wedding ~ Wedding Cake

May 11, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Let’s be honest, we’re all always happy for the newly married couple when it happens but why do we show up to their weddings? The answer simply is CAKE!!!!!! In America we have a tradition of a wedding cake being a white cake, sometimes they are flavored. I’ve seen Strawberry Wedding cake, Italian Cream Wedding cake, and Angel Food Wedding cake, heck here in Oklahoma I’ve even seen wedding pies. At the royal wedding next week it’s been announced the couple has chosen a Lemon Elderflower cake with Buttercream frosting ( I love buttercream). It will be decorated with fresh flowers, it’s being made by Claire Ptak of Violet Cakes in London. Traditionally in England, wedding cakes and especially Royal wedding cakes have been some kind of fruitcake, not like Christmas fruitcake but a heavier cake with some kind of fruit baked in. The British don’t traditionally do a groom’s cake either but that tradition was broken by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when Prince William had a grooms cake done up in his and the Queen’s favorite Chocolate Biscuit Cake. Today we are taking a look at Royal Wedding cakes and all the amazing design that goes into creating them. As a former and still sometimes cake decorator I can tell you that these cakes are major tasks to take up. So, pull up a plate and a fork and Enjoy!!!

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Royal Wedding Venue ~ St. George’s Chapel

April 20, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Everyone enjoyed the post I did last week on the florist who has been chosen to do the flowers for the upcoming wedding between Britains’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle so I thought we would continue on to look at different aspects of the upcoming nuptials from a design perspective and for fun on Fridays. The wedding ceremony itself will be held in St. George’s Chapel within the walls of Windsor Castle, the longest occupied castle in Europe. Windsor, of course, is one of the homes of Britain’s monarch Queen Elizabeth who mainly uses it on the weekends. Windsor is in the Birkhall region of England and is a little over 20 miles outside of London. Michael and I visited the Castle on our first trip to England in February of 2014 and I have to say it’s still one of my favorite places we have visited. The chapel itself was established in the 1300’s by Edward III and has been the scene of many weddings and christenings and is the burial place for many former English Kings and Queens. The Queen’s parents, George VI & Queen Elizabeth, are buried in the chapel as well as her grandparents, great grandparents, and King Henry VIII. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will walk down the main aisle of the chapel on Saturday, May 19th to tie the royal knot, join me today for a look at the chapel as well as some recent weddings that took place there. Have a wonderful weekend and Enjoy!!! (image via)

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