'Colors'

Gray & White Checkered Floors

June 13, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Whether they’re painted on or whether they’re marble, I really, really, really like a gray and white checkered floor. I’ve talked before on here about loving black and white floors and I still do but I’m thinking this may be the way I want to go SOMEWHERE in our home. I love the way the gray and white look together, I think they are very elegant and chic looking as compared to the strongness in a black and white floor. The gray and white lends itself to any color combination as far as what you want to do with paint, fabric, art, and upholstery in your home. I’ve gathered some images of gray and white floors and I’ve included not just tile floors but also some that have been painted onto wood floors because I think that’s a charming way to do a wood floor, especially an old one. I hope you like what I’ve collected and I look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy!!! (image via)

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Awesome Lighting At Urban Chandy

June 6, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I was recently reading an article about a couple who had taken the upstairs portion of a barn and turned it into their home and in the picture of their dining area was an awesome chandelier over the dining table. Thankfully the article told who the maker of the light fixture was, a company called Urban Chandy. I have to be honest and tell you I was not familiar with the company but I am now and their products are everything you could want in fun, industrial, out of the ordinary lighting. I’ve told you before that I like to treat the lighting in a home like the jewelry, something special that adds some sparkle and pizazz to your outfit, or in this case the rooms of your home. My problem is that I like all kinds of lighting except for very traditional and Urban Chandy is NOT traditional. I love the use of retro kind of cords used in some of their pieces as well as the bare bulbs. They offer several different finishes and colors for their fixtures and their website also shows you how certain lights can be used in more than one area of the home. Join me today for a look at the beautiful pieces being created at Urban Chandy and 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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Artwork Of Rachel Roe

May 30, 2018

By Tab Byrum

As you know I love stumbling onto people and their creations when I’m doing research for the blog and that’s what happened recently when I found artist Rachel Roe of St. Louis. Initially, I found an article about Rachel’s studio (a topic for another post) and that led me to her website, Rachel Roe Designs, and her Etsy page where she sells her paintings. Rachel works in her wonderful backyard studio at her St. Louis home, she’s a graduate of the University of Missouri where she studied Fine Art with an emphasis in graphic design. Rachel has been able to combine her love of art and her graphic design abilities and create wonderful paintings, all of them colorful and bold. She has painted some amazing still lifes of florals and fruit trees as well as Figurative art featuring Flight Attendants, School Girls, as well as Boy and Girl Scouts. I really enjoy the look of her paintings, some are casual and they all feel very relaxed to me, I hope you like them as much as I do. In addition to her paintings Rachel designs Logos, Patterns and does Hand Typography which she sells and is suitable for framing. For more information or to see more of Rachel’s work visit her website here and her Etsy page here. Enjoy!!! (above, Flowering Through The Frost)

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Geometric Patterns

May 23, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Geometric patterns have long been a source of inspiration in decorating our homes, whether it’s creating a certain pattern with tile or choosing a wallpaper with a geometric pattern. We are seeing geometric pattern coming more and more into play when we decorate and today we are going to take a look at some of the ways it’s happening. Remember pattern and color are two of the easiest ways we have to change things up and make our homes interiors more interesting, we’ve been doing it for thousands of years, consider the Greek Key pattern that’s been popular forever. I hope you enjoy the images I’ve collected for you on geometric patterns and check back on Friday when we will be looking at how geometric pattern is used in our home decor and accessories, Enjoy!!! ( image via)

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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 ~ 6 Wedding Tiara Possibilities

May 18, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Tomorrow is the big day and we know quite a bit, things like the flavor of the wedding cake, who the florist is, the venue of the wedding and BOTH wedding reception/parties. But there are three questions everyone is waiting to be answered, who designed the wedding dress, what does it look like and what tiara will the bride wear or will she even wear a tiara. Today we are going to take a look at some of the possibilities as far as choices Meghan Markle has in tiaras. Now, the jewelry vaults of the British royal family are VAST, Queen Elizabeth has a massive collection of jewelry at her disposal and a lot of it, especially tiaras, she loans out to other members of the royal family to wear on special occasions. In the past, she has loaned wedding tiaras to her daughter, Princess Anne and granddaughter-in-law Kate Middleton, in 1986 the Queen and Prince Philip purchased a tiara for their new daughter-in-law Sarah Ferguson. Today I’ve gathered images of 6 tiaras that I think are possibilities, all of them unique in their design as well as being antique pieces of jewelry. One of the tiaras doesn’t belong to the Queen but does have a strong connection to Prince Harry. So, join me for a look at the possible crowns that will grace the head tomorrow of the newest royal bride and the beautiful design that has gone into all of them. 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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Fyrn Furniture

May 2, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I have to admit, I’m kind of obsessed with the beautiful furniture over at Fyrn Furniture. I’m also going to admit that I found about Fyrn through a Facebook Ad about the company, one of the times social media ads worked the right way and directed me to a wonderful company making handmade furniture. The folks at Fyrn have created a system of self-assembled furniture that will hopefully make ordering and assembling furniture fun, simple and less expensive. Their system that allows you order the furniture in the look and finish you want and using the toolkit they provide and how to assembly videos for each piece of furniture you can assemble the piece yourself. This allows them to ship you the furniture in a more compact and less expensive way by using their Stemn brackets, the brackets not only add power and stability to the furniture but also a hint of metal and shine. Take a look at each of the six pieces of furniture photos I’m featuring today as well as images of their barstools that have been purchased for use in restaurants and to see and read more about Fyrn you can visit their website here. Enjoy!!! (above Shakewell, Oakland CA)

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