'Colors'

James River Gray From Benjamin Moore

June 26, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Last week we were focusing on different shades of blue and on one of the days I shared the above picture of this kitchen and the beautiful cabinets I thought were a light blue color, during my research for the post I found out the cabinets are painted a color called James River Gray from Benjamin Moore. I decided to do some more research on this color and see how else it’s being used and how it looks on other surfaces. The color is part of the America’s Colors collection from Benjamin Moore, this is a collection of 42 soft neutral colors that are geographically inspired and reflect some of the most well-traveled areas of the United States. James River Gray definitely goes back and forth for me between gray and blue, it’s a beautiful soft color that will work well with other colors or can definitely stand alone as the predominant color in a room of an otherwise neutral palette. Let’s take a look together at James River Gray and let me know what you think, how would you use this color and where do you think it looks best? Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Getting The Blues: Chinoiserie Blue

June 22, 2017

By Tab Byrum

If I lived in a large home I would devote one room to Chinoiserie, which is defined as “the European interpretation and imitation of Chinese and East Asian artistic traditions, especially in the decorative arts, garden design, architecture, literature, theater, and music.” There’s something about the look at that appeals to me greatly. I think it’s the use of nature in their designs of pottery, china, wallpaper, and other decorative objects. Probably the best known Chinoiserie decorative product is Blue and White porcelain, I’ve discussed Blue Transferware before and Delft Pottery after our trip last year to Amsterdam and the Netherlands, but today I want to look at Chinoiserie Blue as part of our look at decorating with different shades of Blue. Chinoiserie Blue has a distinct feel to it, it’s very natural as far as the decorations used in Chinoiserie since of course nature is very important in Asia. Chinoiserie is also known for its use of scenes depicting life, whether it’s everyday life or life in a royal palace. Join me for a look at Chinoiserie Blue and how you can do a little or a lot to enhance your home and its decor. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Getting The Blues: Dark Blue (or Navy)

June 21, 2017

By Tab Byrum

On Monday we looked at Light Blue, yesterday was a medium shade of Blue, Chambray and today we are looking at Dark Blue which is one of my favorites, Navy Blue. Navy Blue for me is a wonderful rich color, it coordinates well with other colors like white, orange, gray, light blue and on and on. Navy Blue can give you the dark mysterious feeling you might want for a room without going to black, Navy Blue is also a great accent color in decorating for fabrics, lamps, and accessories. I also think Navy Blue makes a wonderful backdrop for metallics, both gold and silver look wonderful against Navy Blue, think a gilded mirror on a Navy Blue wall. If you want to add some drama to your decorating but are tired of black then be sure and check out your Navy Blue options as in dramatic Navy Blue hallway in the above photo. Now join me for a look at some more beautiful Dark Blue room decorating, let me know your thoughts on Navy and Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Getting The Blues: Chambray Blue

June 20, 2017

By Tab Byrum

One of my favorite shades of blue is a color I think of as Chambray, a color that I hold near and dear because of my dad. My dad retired a little over a year ago at the age of 80 and almost every day that he headed out the door to work he was wearing a Chambray Blue shirt, or workshirt as we referred to them. He has short sleeved ones for summer and long sleeved for Fall and Winter and they all have snaps, no buttons. Chambray to me is an in-between shade of blue, it’s not a Light Blue like we looked at yesterday and it’s not dark or Navy Blue, it’s just a pretty Blue that works with lots of other colors. I particularly like Chambray Blue for accessory pieces like pillows, throws, or even draperies and especially bedding. Today we are going to look at the Chambray shade of Blue and I hope this inspires and gives you some great ideas. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Getting The Blues: Light Blue Interiors

June 19, 2017

By Tab Byrum

HI!!!! Sorry about going away last week, my desktop computer crashed on Wednesday and required a trip to the doctor, luckily things seem to be alright now and I’m back on track so let’s talk color, Blue to be exact. Blue has always been one of my favorite colors but I’ve honestly not used it a lot in my own home but that’s something I’m looking to remedy quickly. I’ve always been attracted to all shades of blue whether’s it a light and airy blue, a medium denim blue or navy blue I love them all and especially how they mix with other colors. This week we are going to look at blue in its different shades and how we can use them in our homes, whether it’s the accessories we decorate with, upholstery, artwork, or furniture and cabinetry, Blue is very big. Today we are going to start with Light Blue, a beautiful and subtle way to incorporate blue without being too bold. Light Blue is soft and elegant and works so well with white and all the metallics that are popular right now. Join me for a tour as we check out the many incarnations of Light Blue, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Tabulous Father’s Day Gift Guide ~ Unsimply Stitched

June 12, 2017

By Tab Byrum

This coming Sunday is Father’s Day, a day we set aside to honor the man who helped bring us into the world or the men who took us in and raised us as well as the men who have been important to us and our families. As with all these holidays, we give gifts and that is not always an easy gesture to accomplish. This week I’m going to share with you some of the items I’ve found that I like and enjoy and that I think would be great gifts for Dad. We are going to start with socks, and before you roll your eyes about socks you have to check out the great designs and styles from Unsimply Stitched. I know these socks won’t be for everyone, but for those Dads who enjoy a little Sartorial panache, they are great. I ordered several pairs of their No Show socks that I like to wear with pants and jeans when you’re wanting to show skin instead of fabric and I also wear them with low top sneakers, like Converse, in the Summer. Here’s a peek at some of the fun and colorful offerings from Unsimply Stitched, Enjoy!!!

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Topiary Collection by Richard Schultz

June 5, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I was flipping through a design magazine the other evening, the focus of the article was on the remodel of a family’s NYC condo but in one of the pictures the owners were sitting on their terrace in a wonderful piece of outdoor furniture and the bench was attributed to designer Richard Schultz. I was immediately fascinated by this bench that the magazine described as “lacy,” I began poking around on the internet and discovered the Topiary Outdoor Furniture Collection by Richard Schultz for Knoll. The collection of chairs, tables, benches, and ottomans was designed by Schultz to resemble a shrub that has been trimmed to look like a piece of furniture. The furniture is made from sheets of aluminum that have been bent, stamped, folded and are powdered coated so the furniture can be left outside year round. Since the furniture is bent and folded there are few sharp edges, instead each piece is “a flowing sculptural design” that blends in with its outdoor setting. There are some thirteen different colors to choose from and the collection is offered here on the Knoll website. Today I’ve brought you some images of the pieces available, I just LOVE this. Enjoy!!!

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Friday Art & News: Renoir Home/Museum

June 2, 2017

By Tab Byrum

When I first started the blog, almost three years ago, I tried to do posts every Friday on the subject of Art and the people who create it. I really enjoyed doing those posts and everyone seemed to enjoy reading them, so I’m heading down that road again with posts of Friday about what’s new from the Art world. Today we are looking at the opening of a new museum in the home of an amazing French painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Renoir’s former family home is in Essoyes, France and it opens tomorrow, June 3, after undergoing major renovations over the last four years. $1.2 million dollars has been spent on Renoir’s home, the renovations were done to add elevator access for those unable to climb stairs, climate control to preserve artwork, reinforcement of the home’s walls, as well as restoring the home’s interior and the gardens. Renoir’s workshop, which is on the home’s grounds, has been open for twenty years and receives about 10,000 visitors a year. For the opening of the house, three French museums have loaned artworks by Renoir to be displayed in the house/museum. Renoir and his wife purchased the home in 1896 and spent Summers there with their family. Renoir, his wife and three of their children are buried in the local cemetery, Renoir’s great-granddaughter sold the house to the Essoyes, France City Council in 20112. Today we’re taking a peek at the house as well as some of Renoir’s works, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Modern Farmhouse: Furniture & Accessories

May 30, 2017

By Tab Byrum

There are a lot of things you can use to decorate your Modern Farmhouse, it all depends on the look you want to have when you are finished. If you want to go all country then maybe you are going to be into rustic antique furniture, lamps made of jugs and spools, and artwork of landscapes and farm animals. If you decide to go the other way and not decorate in a rustic manner in your Modern Farmhouse maybe you’ll choose to incorporate crystal on the light fixtures, pottery and glass lamps, artwork with brighter colors and a more contemporary look. Whatever you decide to use and however you decide to decorate there are plenty of things out there for you to use and to make your house your home. Today we are going to look at a few furniture and accessory ideas for decorating a Modern Farmhouse, Enjoy!! Read More

Modern Farmhouse: Features

May 24, 2017

By Tab Byrum

There are several things that are quickly becoming fixtures of the Modern Farmhouse look, some of these might be considered standard and some are more possibilities if you like them. I thought today as we continue to look at the Modern Farmhouse type of home we would look at these features and how they’re used. I like many if not all of them and remember that they can also be incorporated into whatever type of home you have or might be thinking about building. It’s time for the show, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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