'Christmas Decorations'

Sundance Ribbons & Trims

December 12, 2018

By Tab Byrum

On Monday and Tuesday, we looked at fun and beautiful Christmas wrapping papers from companies around the world and one of the last ones we looked at was Sundance Catalog and their beautiful and unusual papers based right here in America. While I was checking out the papers and Sundance I also saw an amazing selection of ribbons and trims that coordinate beautifully with their papers and wanted to share them with you today. These ribbons can be used on all kinds of papers whether they’re simple brown kraft paper, white butcher paper or the most elegant papers with damask patterns or the Champagne Paper we saw yesterday from Crate&Barrel. There are velvet ribbons, grosgrain ribbons, pom-poms, and vintage looking ribbons, and no one said they’re only for Christmas, use them year round. Join me today for a peek at what’s available from Sundance and visit the entire selection here at Sundance Catalog.com. Have a great day and Enjoy!!!

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5 Christmas Wrapping Sources, Day 2

December 11, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Today we continue our look at great ways to wrap those Christmas gifts. Yesterday we checked out beautiful papers from some of the less well known and more boutique websites and today we are looking at gift wrap from some of the big stores which you can find in the town where you live or can get to one if need be and online. There’s so much to choose from in colors, style, designs from the traditional Red/Green to bright Pinks, Purples, and Blues. There’s also any style you can think of from Vintage looks to Contemporary and lots of Sparkles. Check out today’s selection and let me know what you think. Enjoy!!!

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5 Christmas Wrapping Paper Sources, Day 1

December 10, 2018

By Tab Byrum

For me, the wrapping of gifts is an art unto itself. Back when I worked in retail I LOVED wrapping gifts and I also loved picking what wrapping papers we were going to use in the store for gift wrap as well as choosing the ones we were going to sell to the public. I’m always amazed every year to see what artists and companies come out with every year that’s new and different. Whether you like traditional, contemporary, dogs, penguins or plain paper with fancy ribbons, there’s something out there for you. Today and tomorrow we are going to take a look at paper selections from 10 different sources, I’m sharing some of the ones that really jumped out at me or made me say, “Ahhhhhh”. I guarantee you can find something that matches your Christmas decor and makes you smile. Today we are looking at papers from some websites that are more “boutique” and tomorrow we are looking at some more well-known sources. Check them all out and Enjoy!!!

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A Few Favorite Christmas Decorations

December 7, 2018

By Tab Byrum

This year my crew and I decorated 14 houses and 2 businesses for Christmas, I try to share as much as I can along the way but sometimes I get busy and forget so I want to share them here today. This is just a small sample of what we’ve done and some of my favorites, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Remember, it’s now how big the house is or about having all new decorations, you can do SO much with what you have by adding a few new things here and there, like ribbon and floral picks. I’ll go into a little more detail with the photos, I hope you like them as much as I do. Enjoy!!!

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Christmas Changes, Part 2

December 5, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I made a couple of changes to decorations this year at a second house I’ve decorated for years and shows the difference one little thing makes. In this case, the change is ribbon, a new ribbon that I added to the staircase garland and on a garland above a mirror in the home’s dining room. My client collects MacKenzie-Childs and especially uses it in the kitchen and dining room of her home, so I found a black and white checked ribbon that coordinates beautifully with all things MC and added to the staircase garland and the mirror garland. Needless to say, both the homeowner and I are thrilled with the results, the checked ribbon adds a big punch of pattern to both places and really makes her MacKenzie-Childs collections “pop”. Join me today for a quick look and tour of the changes and before and after photos. Enjoy!!!

Here you can see where we added the Black and White ribbon to the already existing garland that is decorated with Gold, Silver and Soft Green Ornaments. There’s also a soft green mesh ribbon in the garland and large Silver beaded garland and Pearl garland. This is the side of the staircase that shares space with the dining room where a lot of the MacKenzie-Childs is. 

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Christmas Changes

December 4, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Every few years it’s time to change things up and update your Christmas decor. As you know I have several clients that I decorate around their front doors and front porches for the holidays in addition to decorating inside their homes, I’ve shared all of them at one time or another here on the blog as well as on Facebook and Instagram. This year we decided to make some changes to the largest one I do and I wanted to share it with you today. Originally this door, below, was Red, White, and Green but a couple of years ago we went to all Red, seen above, for a more elegant look and this year we added decorations to the large planters on each side of the front door. The addition of these ornaments added to the decoration and for me, it gave it a more complete feeling and also tied it to the interior of the house where we do all red on the main staircase and fireplace, all of which you see when you first walk in the front door. I wanted to share this update with you today so you can see how a little change and a few dollars can change things up and make them look fresh and new. Enjoy!!!

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OH MY GOSH, IT’S DECEMBER!!!!

December 3, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It seems kind of unbelievable but we’ve made it to another December and it rolled back around SO fast. I love this month for so many reasons starting with today is my Dad’s birthday, Happy Birthday Pop!!!! Also, my birthday comes later in the month and then, of course, there’s Christmas and all the hubbub, pomp, and pageantry that goes with that. I love Christmas lights and all the outdoor decorations everyone puts up both fabulous and tacky. I’ve been busy decorating clients’ homes for Christmas since November 5th, I have another house I’m busy doing today and then another later this week for a client who moved right before Thanksgiving. The rest of this month I’m going to share some of the decorating I’ve done for others and in our home for the holidays, I’ll share some recipes of some of our fave holiday treats including cocktails and give you ideas for gifts for everyone on your list. Today we are starting with a look at images of December and all the 12th month of the year brings with it. I’ll see you back here tomorrow, Enjoy!!! (via)

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Christmas Candy From Vermont Country Store

December 13, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Candy plays a HUGE role in my family at Christmas, my mom has always been the candy maker and I shared her easy to make and delicious to eat recipe for Chocolate Peanut Clusters here a couple of years ago. When I was growing up I worked in the grocery store in my hometown from the time I was 14 until I graduated from college and at Christmas, we all looked forward to the candy. Christmas candy of all shapes, sizes, and flavors was ordered in bulk and it was our job to unpack it, weight it, price it and display. Hours were spent filling clear bags full of chocolate drops, gumdrops, candy canes, orange slices and so much more. We set up a big table at the front of the store and filled it with bags of candy, I can smell the chocolate and orange slices now sitting here while I’m typing. Today I want to share the candy choices you can order online and have shipped to you at Vermont Country Store, they have a lot of the old favorites as well as some I’ve never heard of but would love to try. All of these would make great gifts for hard to buy for family and friends, great stocking stuffers or just look and taste great sitting out in dishes in your home during the holidays. It’s still 12 days until Christmas but order soon. Enjoy!!! (remember to click on anything in Orange to visit that items webpage)

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Silver & Gold Wreath

December 11, 2017

By Tab Byrum

A couple of years ago I gained a new client when a friend of a friend called me and asked me to help her with the holiday decorations in the new home she and her family had just moved into. I featured the home here on the blog that first Christmas, click here, and told how we decided on a Silver and Gold color scheme for the Christmas decorations. The home is very neutral as far as wall color and cabinetry so we went with Silver and Gold because it works with everything and is also a simple and elegant color scheme. The decoration color choice spilled outside as well where I decorate around the front door, this year my client said she wanted a wreath on the door and part of my job is granting wishes. Instead of searching for a wreath I made her one, using a wreath form from the craft store, silver Christmas tree garland, and shatterproof ornaments. I’ve shared this technique with you before here. I’ll give you a few more details with the photos, try it, it’s really easy. Enjoy!!!

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Tabulous Christmas Flashback

December 8, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s Friday and kind of crazy at our house today so I’m sharing today a house I first decorated last year and is still one of my faves. I called this one Natural and Elegant because there are so many natural elements to the holiday decorations, lots of pinecones, greenery and the Christmas tree is covered in nature. The elegance comes from the white and silver color scheme used throughout the house with pops of red and plaid. Those of you new to reading Tabulous Design, I hope you enjoy this look at a gorgeous home and for my friends who are here every day I hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane. Click here to see the full post on Natural and Elegant, Enjoy!!!

This arrangement of greenery and pinecones was one of my favorite things from this home last year. Click here to see the original post and more photos. 

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday with looks and ideas for the Holiday Season. Enjoy!!!


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