'Celebrations'

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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Royal Wedding Florist ~ Phillipa Craddock

April 10, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Last week it was announced that Phillipa Craddock will be doing the flowers for the upcoming nuptials between Britain’s Prince Harry and American, Meghan Merkle. Craddock is a well known high-end florist in London, with shops in Selfridge’s Department Store and a stand-alone shop. Craddock is a favorite among the fashion industry crowd in London and says she is thrilled to be working with the couple on their big day. Recently Craddock told House & Garden Magazine, “Working with [the couple] has been an absolute pleasure. The process has been highly collaborative, free-flowing, creative, and fun. The final designs will represent them as a couple, which I always aim to achieve in my work, with local sourcing, seasonality, and sustainability being at the forefront.” Meghan Merkle’s favorite flowers are Peonies, they will be mixed with White Garden Roses, Foxgloves, and Seasonal Beech. All the flowers will be coming from the Crown Estate, Windsor Great Park and Royal Parks, following the wedding the flowers will be donated to charitable organizations. Today I’m sharing photos from Ms. Craddock’s website of some of the amazing arrangements and events she and her staff have worked on, I can’t wait to see what she creates on May 19th at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Italian Chocolate Easter Displays

March 30, 2018

By Tab Byrum

With this weekend being Easter this is the perfect time for me to share with you photos of the amazing Easter displays in chocolate and candy stores we saw on our recent trip to Italy. The displays are gorgeous and involve not only amazing pieces done in chocolate but also gorgeous papers and ribbons. We saw beautiful displays in all the cities we visited with perhaps the most beautiful being in Florence. Join me today for a look at how candy and chocolate are used to celebrate Spring’s big holiday in Italy, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter to all. Enjoy!!!

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Williams Sonoma Easter Baking

February 26, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s never too early to start planning ahead for the next holiday and Easter will be here before we know it. I love to bake but don’t do much of it anymore with the main reasons being time and I’ll eat it, but that doesn’t stop me from looking at all the beautiful baking accessories and tools available to create beautiful cakes and make holidays more fun. Williams Sonoma has some amazing Nordicware pans to create beautiful Bunny cakes as well Carrot Cakes and of course pancake molds for the perfect Easter morning breakfast. Join me today for a look at what’s available and think about baking something extra special for your family’s Easter celebration this year. Enjoy!!!

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Happy Valentine’s Day 2018

February 14, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Here’s a sigh to those who love me,
and a smile to those who hate:
And, whatever sky’s above me,
Here’s a heart for every fate. 
Lord Byron

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A collection of hearts for you on this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!!!

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The Jewels Of Mish

January 30, 2018

By Tab Byrum

During this time of year thoughts often turn to jewelry for both men and women, men are thinking of giving baubles for Valentine’s Day and women are thinking of receiving them. I recently became aware of the beautiful jewel work of Mish Tworkowski of New York City. Mish has created beautiful and sometimes unusual designs using amazing colored gemstones, diamonds, and metals. Elegance is the word that comes to mind when looking at the work of Mish, sometimes simple elegance and sometimes over the top. Join me today for a look at the beautiful creations of Mish of New York, perhaps you’ll see something for that special someone…or for yourself. Enjoy!!!

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Valentine Goodies From Williams-Sonoma

January 29, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s still a couple of weeks until Valentine’s Day so you have time to order special goodies for your sweetheart and Williams-Sonoma has some gorgeous and delicious things to choose from this year. Whether you need a special dessert for a home-cooked Valentine’s dinner or just something to say I Love You or maybe I Like You…A Lot, Williams-Sonoma has some great choices. Visit their website here to see all the choices, I hope you like what I’ve collected here for you today. Enjoy!!!

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Valentine Pillows & Mats From Pier 1

January 25, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Another easy way to add some holiday cheer to your home for the holidays like Valentine’s Day is Front Door Mats and Pillows. A fun Welcome Mat lets everyone know you’re into holidays, no matter what time of the year, and there are lots of fun ones out there. Pillows are an easy way to holiday color to your interior without breaking the bank and just a couple is all it takes to make a happy statement. Today we are going to zero in on all the fun Valentine’s Day Welcome Mats and Pillows available from one of my favorite stores to check out holiday decor, Pier 1. Pier 1 has a great selection of items in bright colors and with fun themes, many of them animal themes with cute Elephants, Bees, and even Hedgehogs. Let’s take a peek at the fun ways to say Hello and Welcome this Valentines season, Enjoy!!!

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Kitchen Valentines from Crate & Barrel

January 23, 2018

By Tab Byrum

The kitchen is a room that’s pretty easy to decorate for the holidays, whether it’s jars on the island with holiday candies, a holiday trivet on the stovetop, or holiday dishtowels. Crate & Barrel always has fun stuff for all the holidays and this year they have some great stuff for the kitchen. Join me today as we check out the hearts from Crate & Barrel for your kitchen, Enjoy!!!

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Valentine Peek From Pottery Barn Kids

January 16, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s hard to believe that in a month it will be Valentine’s Day, with that in mind I thought we would start taking a look at what some of our favorite vendors are offering online in the way of Valentine decor and goodies. Today we are going to start with Valentines from Pottery Barn Kids, I’m sure it’s because I’m a kid at heart but I always love the stuff their designers come up with. Their merchandise is always colorful, fun and usually has a retro feel to it. This year the Valentine products are all a great red and pink color, everything you need to throw a fun Valentine party for kids and adults, alike. Enjoy!!!

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