'Artists'

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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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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Best of Tabulous: Remembering Louis Vuitton

August 4, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today we are looking back at one of the first Tabulous Tastemaker posts I did celebrating the life of Louis Vuitton. Vuitton founded one of the most famous fashion houses that’s still around today, an impressive achievement 196 years after Vuitton’s birth. To see and read the original post you can click here. Enjoy!!!

Best of Tabulous: Artist Jane Troup

August 1, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today in the Best of Tabulous we are looking back at a post I did three years ago on artist Jane Troup. I still love all of her works, especially those featuring animals both out in the wild and of dogs. Take a look back with me at the colorful and collectible work of Jane Troup by clicking here. Enjoy!!!

Charley Harper Collection From West Elm

July 25, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Yesterday we explored the artwork of American artist Charley Harper, I was doing that for two reasons. First, because I enjoy his artwork and second because West Elm just announced a new collection of items in their stores and available online that they’ve created in conjunction with the Charley Harper estate. There are several wonderful pieces available from West Elm, a wonderful chair done in a print we featured yesterday and some wall art. I particularly like the pieces for the kitchen, the white ceramic trays decorated in Charley Harper prints run from $8 to $19. I’ve gathered up some photos today for you to see of some of the items, check them out at West Elm’s website here when you have a chance, for now, Enjoy!!! (above, Tapestry Wall Art)

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Charley Harper ~ Tabulous Tastemaker

July 24, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I haven’t done a Tastemaker post in a while but there was some recent news that made me take a look at the work of artist Charley Harper. Harper was born in West Virginia in 1922 and raised on a farm there, Harper’s life on the farm influenced his artwork his whole life as he became famous for “highly stylized wildlife prints” and other works where he used nature as the focus but rendering it in his own unique style. During Charley’s career, he was known for many things including the illustrations for The Golden Book of Biology which I remember and is still for sale. In addition to book illustrations, Charley Haper did posters, prints, magazine work and often worked with nature conservancy groups like zoos and the Everglades National Park. Charley and his artist wife Edie worked out of their art studios in Cincinnati, Ohio and later formed Harper Studios with their son Brett. Charley Harper died in 2007 after a lengthy battle with pneumonia but his artwork lives on and is still very popular, West Elm has come out with a new collection based on the artwork of Charley Harper that we will focus on tomorrow. Today, join me for a look at the unique and mid century inspired artwork of Tabulous Tastemaker Charley Harper, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Remembering Paris

July 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today is Bastille Day in France or as it’s known in France, la Fête nationale. We’ve been looking at all things French this week on the blog leading up to this important day in the land of one of our closest allies and of course the home of beautiful design. Whether you are talking about clothes, architecture, or interior design Paris will always be known as the cradle of beauty when it comes to creating and design. We’ve been fortunate in that we’ve visited Paris twice, we were there for a day trip last Summer when we were on vacation with our friends and their family and then we were there for a week in 2012. Today I want to share some images from our trip in 2012, so join me for a stroll down memory lane and the streets of Paris. Enjoy!!!

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de Gournay Inspiration

July 11, 2017

By Tab Byrum

In the world of Interior Design, the name de Gournay is one that invokes deep sighs and admiration among designers. Anything that comes from de Gournay is a true work of art, whether it’s a piece of hand painted porcelain, a yard of fabric, or a single panel of hand painted wallpaper, you know that it has been created by artists who are inspired by the world around them, history, and beautiful things. de Gournay conjures thoughts of an ancient French firm that has been creating since France had Kings, but instead they’ve quickly built a reputation for timeless beauty since their founding in 1986. I have recently been seeing a lot of work by de Gournay online and in publications, they’ve recently teamed up with a retailer to create a one of a kind collection. I thought we would take a look at de Gournay and what they create, starting specifically with their wallpapers. They have several different categories of wallpaper but today we are going to start with their Chinoiserie collection, papers that focus on nature and the world around us. The papers are inspired by antique works of art from Asia and are made up of beautiful colors, whether you are wanting something bright and beautiful or neutral and elegant there’s something here to inspire you. Join me for a look at de Gournay wallpapers and be inspired, Enjoy!!! (the above paper is St. Laurent)

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The Beguiled~ A Sofia Coppola Film

July 3, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We went to the movies over the weekend, one of our favorite things to do, we saw two films and one of them was the new Sofia Coppola film The Beguiled. The film stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell as well as Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning and is based on a 1966 Southern Gothic novel titled A Painted Devil. The film takes place during the Civil War in Virginia at an all girl’s school run by Martha Farnsworth, she and one other teacher are in charge of the five girls still at the school. One of the students, Amy, stumbles onto a wounded soldier named John McBurney while gathering mushrooms and takes him back to the school hoping Miss Farnsworth will tend his wounds. McBurney is set up in the Music Room of the southern mansion turned school, his wound is tended to and let’s just say sexual tension takes over. (above image via)

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