'Celebrities'

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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Royal Wedding Wrap Up

May 21, 2018

By Tab Byrum

OK, surely you didn’t think we could skip out on looking at all the amazing design that went into making Saturday’s Royal Wedding happen…did you? Today we are going to look at all the things we talked about leading to the Royal Wedding, from the flowers and the cake to the dress and jewelry. I personally thought it was a beautiful wedding, it was much smaller and more intimate than William and Kate’s wedding 7 years ago but that was because this wasn’t an official state occasion, thus the absence of Presidents and Kings and Queens from other countries. I’ll talk a little more about all the ingredients that made this wedding a feast for the eyes. Enjoy!!! (above 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 Dresses

May 4, 2018

By Tab Byrum

The maker of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress is a well-kept secret, it has been for royal brides since the press were all trying to get photos and information about Lady Diana Spencer’s dress before her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981. Royal weddings dresses are always a keen source of inspiration for designers and brides alike, designers want to create something just as beautiful as what the most recent royal bride has worn and brides want to look just like her. The most recent royal wedding was between William and Kate in 2011 and the designer chose for Kate’s dress was Sarah Burton, creative director for the fashion house, Alexander McQueen. Today we are going to look at several different royal wedding dresses through history, worn by both princesses and commoners who married into the royal family. We are going to go all the way back to 1840 when Victoria married Prince Albert, so join me for a look at royal wedding fashion and Enjoy!!! (above image via) In the post, I’ve referred to the all the ladies by their titles at the time of their marriages. 

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At Home With Designer Vern Yip

April 3, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I’ve always enjoyed watching design shows on TV hosted by designer Vern Yip so I was excited the other day when I stumbled onto a Traditional Home online article about Yip’s home he shares with his partner Craig and their two children. Yip was born in Hong Kong but grew up in Virginia where he graduated from high school in 1986 and attended the University of Virginia and earned degrees in economics and chemistry. Yip was all prepared to attend medical school when he changed his mind and decided to study architecture instead, graduating from Georgia Tech with a Masters in Architecture. Today Yip is known for his classic designs imbued with color and personality and hosting shows on HGTV and TLC’s Trading Spaces. Vern Yip is now based in Atlanta and lives in a 1925 home. I love the design of this family’s home, there are so many traditional elements such as paneling, wide baseboards, large arched windows, and wood floors all done with lots of colors. Of course, you could also totally carry off this decorating scheme using neutrals for a very sophisticated look and feel. Join me for a tour of Vern Yip and Craig Koch’s Atlanta home and be inspired. Enjoy!!!

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Le Creuset Celebrates Mickey Mouse

April 2, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Can you believe Mickey Mouse is 90 years old this year? In celebration of everyone’s favorite mouse turning 90 Le Creuset is teaming up with Disney and Williams Sonoma to present the Mickey Mouse Collection, this is where two icons come together to create something cute and useful. I love cooking in Le Creuset pans and dutch ovens, they go from range top to oven, cook everything perfect every time and the glazed cast iron cleans up easily. The Mickey Mouse 4 1/2 quart pot comes in red and is decorated with Mickey’s profile on the sides of the pot as well as the lid’s knob. In addition to the dutch oven, there are stoneware ramekins available in the shape of Mickey’s profile that are perfect for holding ingredients while cooking or you can also bake individual casseroles and desserts in them. If you and your household are Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse fans check these out, great gifts for the upcoming Mother’s Day holiday or something for that college grad who can’t get enough Disney. Enjoy!!!

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Remembering Hubert de Givenchy

March 13, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Sad news yesterday of the death of famed French fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy. Givenchy was 91 at the time of his death, he was born in February 1927 and died on Saturday, March the 10th. Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy was born into a noble family, his father died from the flu when Hubert was 3 and he was raised by his mother and grandmother, his older brother Jean-Claude inherited the family’s title. de Givenchy moved to Paris at 17 at began his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts and he did his first official fashion designs for designer Jacques Fath in 1945. Today Hubert de Givenchy is remembered for the beautiful clothes he designed for actress Audrey Hepburn, including the iconic little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Givenchy opened his own fashion house in 1952 in his twenties and quickly caught the eye of fashion elite with his embroidery, silk prints, and ball gowns. Givenchy and Hepburn first met in 1954 during the filming of “Sabrina” and remained friends until Hepburn’s death in 1993. Givenchy was also known for dressing American First Lady Jackie Kennedy, especially during their 1961 trip to France. Givenchy sold his fashion house in 1988 to luxury goods group LVHM and officially retired in 1995. Today we are remembering a giant in the world of fashion and bid Au Revoir to a master of his craft. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Designer Stephen Shadley

March 5, 2018

By Tab Byrum

A couple of weeks ago we looked at the beautiful Bel Air, California home of Jennifer Aniston and while writing that post I became VERY interested in the work of her collaborator and designer Stephen Shadley. Today we are going to look at some of the other work of Shadley including a few other celebrity homes. I love Shadley’s approach to design and decorating, he’s able to beautifully decorate and display a home whatever the aesthetic, you’ll see how he’s able to do Mid-century design, Traditional American as well as Southwest and New York Chic. Join me for a peek into a few of the homes designed by Stephen Shadley and as always, Enjoy!!!

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Haunted House ~ Winchester Mystery House

October 27, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I remember when I was a teenager reading a story about the reclusive woman, Sarah Winchester, heir to the massive Winchester Rifle fortune and the massive house she built in California outside of San Francisco. Sarah was married to William Winchester and his father Oliver had created the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, when her husband died in 1881 she inherited the company and $20 million dollars, equivalent to $500 million today. Following the death of her husband and their infant daughter Sarah moved to California from the East Coast in 1884, she bought an eight-room farmhouse in what is now San Jose, California. She immediately began renovating and building onto the house, construction on the house continued for the next 38 years, day and night 7 days a week. Today the house is known for the winding hallways and the staircases that go nowhere. Legend says Sarah Winchester was haunted by the ghosts of all the people that had been killed by Winchester guns and she built the house to keep the ghosts confused. Today you can tour the Winchester Mystery House and of course, there are special tours going on right now during Halloween. There’s also a movie coming out about Sarah and her monstrous mansion, starring Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester, the film is called Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built,  the trailer was released yesterday and I’ve added it to the photos below. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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