'Celebrations'

LA Dinner & Dessert: Hotel Bel Air & Polo Lounge-Beverly Hills Hotel

March 15, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The last time I went to LA it was on a trip with friends and we stayed at the Hotel Bel Air, while we were there we had dinner one night and breakfast every morning at the Wolfgang Puck restaurant located in the hotel’s courtyard. I wanted Michael to see this beautiful place and experience the wonderful food and atmosphere so I made reservations for us at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air for 6 o’clock. (above image via)

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Happy Valentines 2017

February 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Happy Valentines Day!!!! There’s nothing for me that says Valentines more than vintage Valentine cards, and the more puns the better. I love the artwork of vintage cards and the sayings they came up with, the fact that kids are usually used as well as all the inanimate objects and animals that suddenly have voices. I thought today in celebration of Valentines Day we would take a look at some vintage cards and their messages. I hope you all have a wonderful Valentines Day, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Roses, Roses Everywhere

February 13, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Tomorrow is Valentines Day and I’m busy today working on flowers and gifts clients have ordered for their wives and kids. One item that is always popular for Valentines is roses, the flower that seems to be associated with the holiday of love more than anything else, so I thought today we would take a look at roses used in decorating and home decor. I love roses, I love their scent, all the colors and their look made up of layer upon layer of petals. There are so many different kinds of roses, from the always beautiful garden rose, tea roses, wild roses and the manicured fresh cut rose we are all used to seeing in fresh bouquets. Join me today for a look at roses out of a vase of water and I’ll see you tomorrow for Valentines. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Merry Christmas 2016

December 23, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Happy December 23rd, I hope everyone finds themselves healthy and happy two days before Christmas. I have a few more errands to run today, you know there are always lots of loose ends to tie up before the big day gets here. I’ll be taking a few days off from the blog to be with family and friends but I want to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas. This has been a very tumultuous year for all of us, not only did we have THE most volatile and angry Presidential election in modern American history but there have also been disturbing events around the world. There are definitely times when I think the world was better off when we didn’t know what was going on at such a rapid rate, today something happens on one side of the earth and we know about it on the other side within minutes. I by no means think we shouldn’t be informed or keep ourselves ignorant but if nothing else we need to be more tolerant and stop and think before reacting to others. The morning after the election I thought a lot about my mother’s life motto, “Nothing is ever as good or bad as you think it’s going to be.” This has gotten me through a lot of things in my life and will as long as I live. But, there’s another phrase or two I think we need to remember, “Be Ye Kind To One Another” and perhaps the Golden Rule is the one we all need to practice a lot more, “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You.” But, whatever you believe I think we can all agree that we yearn for 2017 to be MUCH better than 2016, for now, enjoy the holidays along with your family and friends. I hope you have good food and drink and a warm place to partake of it all and I hope I’ve inspired you somehow this year as we look at design in our lives. I’ll be back next week, but for now,  have a Merry Christmas and Enjoy!!!

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Christmas 1966

December 22, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Happy Thursday everyone, if you’re wondering about the title of today’s post I called it that because today is my birthday. 50 years ago today I was born in the hospital at Weatherford, Oklahoma, and because it’s my birthday I thought we would take a look at what Christmas looked like in 1966. I LOVE Christmas decorations from that time, anything actually from the 1930’s through the 1960’s, back then Christmas trees were dripping with sparkly icicles and space-age looking ornaments. Join me for a walk down memory lane as we take a peek back in time and look at Christmas 50 years ago, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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White House 2016 Christmas Details~Part Deux

December 16, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Today we are going to tour in detail two more rooms in the White House all decorated for Christmas. First, we’ll look at the Lower Cross Hall, a hallway that connects the State Dining Room to the East Room and also allows you to get to the Red Room, Green Room, Blue Room and the Library. I’m sure this is a highly traveled area of the mansion and everyone has to smile as they walk past the smiling snowmen and if you look up you’ll see a ceiling full of winter delights. One of the rooms off the Lower Cross Hall is the Library, a room that used to be used for laundry today is home for books and learning. Because it’s the Library this rooms decorations have an educational theme to them, all done in fun bright colors. Hang on, here we go down the Lower Cross Hall to the Library, Enjoy!!!

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Christmas Decorating Tips With At Home~ Decorative Nesting Boxes

December 8, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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I saw all these beautiful boxes from At Home and just had to mention and show them on the blog. The boxes are decorated beautifully and can be used for SO many different purposes and easily stored since they all rest inside of each other taking it down to one box to put away. So, without waiting any longer here’s a look at a few of the different boxes available from At Home and some ideas of how to make the best use of them. Enjoy!!!

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At Home Thanksgiving Table Decor

November 7, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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For my November decorating challenge from At Home I chose their Holiday Dining Table challenge and decided to do something for Fall and Thanksgiving. I had had my eye on the amazing collection of art glass pumpkins At Home had in the stores this year and decided this was the perfect opportunity to do something fun and different with them. Everything I used in the challenge came from At Home and I’ll show you and tell what I did along the with photos from setting up the table. Enjoy!!!

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Welcome November 2016

November 1, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries 
And the first white snows.

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With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

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The fires burn,
And the kettle sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next Spring.
 -Clyde Watson

Have a Happy November and check back with us every day this month as we celebrate Fall, Thanksgiving, Design, and get ready for the Winter Holidays. Enjoy!!!

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13 Halloween Cocktails-Day 2

October 28, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Yesterday we checked out 6 of our 13 recipes for cocktails you and your friends and family can enjoy this Halloween weekend and today we are looking at the rest, so then there were 7. Today we’re looking at a warm drink, a punch, a couple more cocktails, a martini and no party is complete without a round of shots and we have the perfect one for All Hallows Eve. So, chill those glasses make your shopping list and head out to the grocery and liquor stores to create the best kind of spirits for this time of year, Enjoy!!! ( above image is Walker Blood Sangria, via)

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