'Colors'

Tabulous Finds At Tulu

April 12, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I was looking at a recent issue of House Beautiful magazine and there was a bathroom with upholstered walls in a beautiful blue fabric and the explanation of the photo said the fabric is from Tulu. I was unfamiliar with the name Tulu and immediately checked it out and am oh so glad I did. Tulu is a purveyor of many things, including bedding, pillows, shawls, pajamas, and some things created using vintage fabrics. Elizabeth Hewitt is Tulu’s owner and designer and finds her inspiration for Tulu designs in travel, whether it’s India, Burma, or Spain Hewitt is always on the lookout for inspiration. Today we are going to look at some of the amazing pillows available from Tulu done up in amazing patterns and beautiful colors. Visit the Tulu website here when you have a chance and we’ll be back in the near future to see what other beautiful things catch our eye. Enjoy!!!

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Pinnochio And Bartolucci In Florence.

April 6, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Once upon a time, we were walking the streets of Florence, Italy when we came upon a charming store, a store focused on the art of wood carving and the timeless Italian story of Pinocchio. The store is Bartolucci and is run by the Bartolucci family who has been in woodworking since 1936. The Bartolucci store in Florence is gorgeous and will be enjoyed by adult and children alike, the store is filled with beautiful creations in wood that are painted in bright colors and have the most wonderful faces. The focus of the store is Pinocchio, the puppet made of wood who wants to be a real boy. Francesco Bartolucci made his first Pinocchio in 1981 when he took a carpenter’s bench outside so tourists could watch him work, it is from that day on that Francesco says he had found his true path. Along with Pinocchio, you will find clocks, growth charts, toys, and even Christmas decorations. I have some photos to share with you today and if you would like to visit the Bartolucci website you can click here and as always Enjoy!!!

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The Aerin Collection For Williams Sonoma

April 5, 2018

By Tab Byrum

The color combination of Blue and Green is one of my favorites and it seems to be a favorite of Aerin Lauders from looking at her new collection of dishes and entertaining pieces for Williams Sonoma. Lauder, of course, is the granddaughter of cosmetics legend EstĂ©e Lauder and this is the second collection she’s designed for WS. The collection her reflects her love for entertaining, especially outdoor entertaining since she says the blue and green in the collection represent the grass and sea. I’m really looking to get all white dishes then have key pieces like salad plates and serving pieces to mix in with the white and this collection would be perfect for that. One piece that especially stands out for me is the AERIN Glass Pitcher, I love the lines of the pitcher and the added piece of glass that snakes across the surface and that handle is gorgeous. Join me for a peek at the collection and let me know what you think. Enjoy!!!

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Color Blocking: Purple & Yellow

April 4, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Color blocking is defined as taking colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel and pairing them together to create a look, this has been done for years in fashion and is now being looked at more and more in home decor. The idea of color blocking was originally conceived of by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian who is thought of as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. While not all of the color combinations come from being opposite each other on the color wheel, red and yellow are only separated by three other colors on the wheel, that’s where we are going to start with our look of color pairings. We are going to start with Yellow and Purple, a very striking combination that combines the deep, rich hue of purple and the bright happy color of sunshine and butter. Join me today for a look at our first Color Blocking combo, is this something you could do in your home? Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Florence: The Uffizi Gallery

April 3, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Today I’m going to take you on a tour of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, home to one of the largest and most priceless art collections in the world. The Uffizi was originally a building that housed the offices of the Magistrates for the city and was originally started in 1560, the top floor of the building was designated a gallery and house the massive art collection of the Medici. Over the years and decades, more space was claimed and more building was built and when the Medici family died out their entire art collection was bequeathed to the city of Florence and housed in the Uffizi. The gallery has been opened to visitors by reservation and request since 1765 and was officially opened to the public in 1865. Today the Uffizi is home to major artworks, such as Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” and “The Enunciation” as well as sculptors by Michelangelo and many others. If you are ever in Florence you have to visit The Uffizi Gallery, we scheduled a guided tour and I’m glad we did, he showed us the highlights and told us the history of the museum. Now I look forward to going back some day and touring it again on our own, join me now for a quick tour and some highlights of one of the most visited museums in the world. Enjoy!!! (above is The Adoration of the Magi by Fabriano)

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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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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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Lilly Pulitzer At Pottery Barn

March 27, 2018

By Tab Byrum

The Lilly Pulitzer brand is known for bright colors and tropical patterns and combining the two into fun beachwear and fashion but they recently worked with Pottery Barn and created collections for Pottery Barn, PB Kids, and PBTEEN. Today we are going to start off by looking at the collection designed for Pottery Barn that runs the gamut as far as color and pattern. While a lot of you ladies will be partial to the pinks and greens I’m especially loving the Reds and Blues just because that’s one of my favorite combos. The collection has everything from beach towels to pillows, bedding, rugs and even planters. Join me for a tour as we get ready for the warmer days of Spring and Summer with Lilly Pulitzer and Pottery Barn, Enjoy!!!

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Welcome To Venice

March 23, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Join us today as our Italian adventure continues and we head north from Rome to Venice. On Tuesday morning we got up and headed to the Roma Termini train station where we caught our train to Venice and began a three day stay in one of the most unique and peaceful cities I’ve ever been in. Remember there are no cars in Venice as well as no motorcycles and not even bicycles, with all the bridges in the city linking neighborhood to neighborhood there’s no way to ride anything safely for yourself and the other inhabitants. While we were in Venice it seemed that the snow we had in Rome had followed us as we had a couple days of snow but once again we didn’t let that slow us down, we bundled up and headed out to experience something the people of Venice rarely see and enjoy. Today we are going to look at our first couple of days in Venice as we walked the narrow streets of “The Floating City”, rode our first gondola and experienced a city and it’s people who live surrounded by water and beauty. Enjoy!!!

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