'Books'

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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A House For Dior

July 28, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The south of France has always been a place where people go to escape, whether it’s to escape a busy city life or just to escape, the south of France is a place we’ve seen depicted in movies and read about in books where people want to get away from it all and just relax. That’s how it was for famed clothing designer Christian Dior, and when you have the means to buy a home in a place you love maybe you do, and if that home is in the south of France it might be a castle and this one is. Christian Dior purchased the Château de La Colle Noire in 1950 and truly felt at home here. After buying the home Dior immediately set about restoring it to original glory but sadly he died in 1957 and his sister, who inherited the home, was unable to keep it. Today the house has been reclaimed by the Christian Dior empire and has been fully restored to the way Dior wanted. The home is decorated with beautiful fabrics and antiques from floor to ceiling and a new book has been published focusing on the beautiful end results of the restoration of De la Colle Noire, today we are going to take a look at images of this beautiful home that inspired Dior’s iconic perfumes like Miss Dior in 1947. Enjoy!!!

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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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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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Mom’s Day Gifts: Rizzoli Books

May 3, 2017

By Tab Byrum

One of my favorite things to both give and get as a gift is a book, books have always been a huge part of my life and always will be. I love a big thick coffee table tome full of beautiful photos and wonderful descriptions of what we’re seeing. I thought today I would share some recently published beauties from Rizzoli, the ultimate authority on all things coffee table book. There are so many more books than I’m covering here today so visit the Rizzoli website here and check out all the most recent publications. We’re going to start with the above book, Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes,  which is described as, “Through a playful series of alphabetical vignettes, Manolo Blahník reveals his ideas and inspirations in newly photographed examples of shoes and whimsical drawings.”  Join me now for a look at several other books that Mom might love that focus on fashion, flowers, interior design and home decor. Enjoy!!! 

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Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Edith Wharton

March 27, 2017

By Tab Byrum

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As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month during the month of March we are looking at women who have succeeded in the world of design, women like author and designer Edith Wharton. Wharton is known for the beautiful novels she wrote focusing on the “Gilded Age” of America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Wharton also worked in the field of Interior Design and wrote books on home decor and design as well as gardens and their design. For a more in-depth look at Wharton’s life click here to see a post I did on her life earlier this year. 

Tabulous Tomes ~ Janelle McCulloch’s Paris

February 27, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I recently purchased a few books from one of the popular sale websites and the first one I’ve had a chance to flip through is Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart, and it’s glorious. The book is written and put together by journalist and photographer Janelle McCulloch. McCulloch specializes in design, architecture, and style and has written for numerous design magazines, including Vogue Living and Elle.  McCulloch’s Paris takes you on a tour of the City of Light and is divided up into the different arrondissements or neighborhoods that make up the city. She goes in-depth in each arrondissement telling you what to see, where to stop and rest, where to stop for a bite to eat or a cup of hot chocolate. The first half of the book is all about the 18 arrondissements, the second half is about where to specifically find things, there’s a whole section of the best books stores in Paris and gets specific such as where to buy books for gardeners and cooks. There are sections on where to buy tableware and linens, homewares, decorating stores and on and on. The book is filled with gorgeous photographs taken by Janelle McCulloch and is a wonderful addition to any personal collection for a Francophile or as a gift. Check out Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart, you won’t be sorry. Until you do here are some images from the book, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Tabulous Tastemaker ~ Edith Wharton

January 24, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I haven’t done a Tastemaker post in a while, so I thought today would be a great day to do one on one of my favorite authors and decorators, Edith Wharton. Several years ago I went through an “Edith Wharton phase” where I read as many of her books and short stories I could get my hands on. I love the way she writes and of course, her stories take place during America’s Gilded Age as well as beautiful descriptions of trips across the ocean to England, France, and Italy. One thing many people don’t remember or know is that Wharton was known for her interior design capabilities and the gorgeous designs she came up with for her home, The Mount, as well as helping others with their own homes. Wharton was born on this day in 1862 in New York City, her parents were George and Lucretia Rhinelander Jones and it’s said that the saying “keeping up with the Joneses” refers to her well to do family. (above image via)

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The Italian Dream: Wine, Heritage, Soul From Assouline Publishing

November 17, 2016

By Tab Byrum

There are many visions of Italy: One seen by foreigners, one seen by us Italians, and eventually, behind it all, there is the true Italy. In this book I would like to reveal to readers, through Aline’s inspiring photos, my Italy, and I hope readers will discover an Italy as true for them as it is true for me.
—Gelasio Gaetani d’Aragona Lovatelli

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The Italian Dream: Wine, Heritage, Soul is the product of a journey, one that follows Italy’s best wines. The Italian Dream is the product of a combination of talents, French photographer Aline Coquelle and Italian aristocrat Gelasio Gaetani d’Aragona Lovatelli, together these two of created a tome that’s a beautiful homage to Italy and the beautiful lifestyle of the country. Coquelle is a world traveling and world famous photographer and is known for using silver film for her photographs which give the look at old time photography, as she says, “saving tradition is the new revolution.” Count Gelasio Lovatelli is a member of one of Italy’s oldest aristocratic families and an authority on Italian and International wines. Join me today for a peek at The Italian Dream from Assouline Publishing, the perfect gift someone who loves wine and all things Italian. Enjoy!!!

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The Impossible Collection Of Wine from Assouline

November 9, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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If you have a wine collector or connoisseur on your gift list this holiday season then you definitely need to check out The Impossible Collection of Wine: The 100 Most Exceptional Vintages of the Twentieth Century by Enrico Bernardo, published by Assouline Publishing. The books author, Enrico Bernardo, is regarded as the world’s best sommelier and has written numerous other books on wine, including How To Taste Wine and How To Pair Wine. The Impossible Collection looks at the history of wine and Bernardo has compiled a list of some of the greatest wines and what it takes to take grapes and turn them into bottled masterpieces. Among the wines, Bernardo looks at are the 1928 Krug Champagne, the 1951 Penfolds Grange Bin 95 and the 1973 Stag’s Leap Estate SLV. This luxury edition book is hand bound with had-tipped images and is presented in its own wooden crate, a beautiful gift or wonderful addition to your own collection. Today I have a sneak peek for you between the pages of The Impossible Collection, for more information visit the Assouline website. Enjoy!!!

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