'Design Terms'

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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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: Farmhouse Sinks

May 24, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Earlier today we talked about a lot of the features used in the design and decoration of Modern Farmhouses, one of these features is Farmhouse Sink. Farmhouse sinks are big and beautiful, they come in several different finishes and provide a lot of space to work. In February 2016 I did an in-depth look at Farmhouse Sinks that you can click here and see. Enjoy!!!

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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Modern Farmhouse: Interiors

May 23, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We are continuing our look at the building and decorating trend often referred to as Modern Farmhouse, today we are stepping into the Modern Farmhouse and taking a look at the interiors of some of these homes and what they all seem to have in common. As with all “types” of homes, Modern Farmhouse has certain things you can almost always find: Use of light colors, Use of natural elements, lots of wood and tile, industrial type lighting and other industrial elements. It’s easier to show you than just talking about it so let’s begin our tour and look at some of these beauties on the inside and I’ll explain more as we go. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Women’s History Month 2017~ Syrie Maugham

March 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

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During the month of March, we will be celebrating Women’s History Month by looking at some of the amazing women who have made their marks in the world of Design. Today we are looking at the life and career of interior design legend Syrie Maugham, a woman who developed her own style in design and living, click here to see the more in-depth post I wrote on her birthday in 2014. 

Raised Plank Ceilings

January 11, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The above picture for me is heaven in a home, I love a ceiling that isn’t flat. One thing I really want to do on our house on the inside is to raise the ceilings, our home was built in 1962 and the ceilings are your traditional 8 feet high. We don’t have a high or tall roof line on our house so it wouldn’t take the ceilings up a lot, but any height added would be a great improvement. I always think it’s amazing when you enter a home, especially one that’s an older home, and the ceilings have been raised, it really makes a difference in the feel of the home and makes it feel much more spacious. Another thing I really like are ceilings that have been planked using boards or beadboard paneling, I love when you look up and see all those lines going in one direction and the feel of uniformity it adds. Another think I like are exposed beams, I love seeing the architectural elements of any building. If the beams are thick I like them to be stained if they are usual 2×4’s or 2×6’s used in construction I would paint them to go along with the rest of the ceiling. I really want to explore this option more when we get to that phase in our house, as for now here are some great pics to ponder and let me know what you think. Do you have raised ceilings in your home or have you had them done? Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Decorative Wood Slat Walls

October 26, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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More and more we are seeing people come up with wonderful ways to repurpose and reuse materials instead of throwing usable materials into the trash and eventually landfills, one of these ways is reusing wood. Wooden slat walls are becoming more in vogue all the time as well as more attractive. You can go out and buy new wood at the lumber yard to create a slat wall, or you can repurpose wood from wooden pallets used for shipping. I have a friend here in Oklahoma City that’s doing amazing things with wood in the way of walls and barn doors for the interiors of homes. Wooden walls can be done in any color, just depends on what color of paint or stain you want, or if you’re using weathered wood you can let the natural color and grain of the wood shine through.  Let’s look at some inspiring ways wood is being used to decorate homes and in many cases being reused, Enjoy!!!

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Pantone Fall 2016 ~ Riverside

August 29, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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It’s 24 days until the first day of Fall and I wish it was today, I get over Summer very quickly and am totally ready for cooler days and nights, pumpkins, jeans, and soup. I thought over the next several days we would look at the color forecast from Pantone for Fall/Winter 2015-2016 and see what ten colors they are forecasting to be seen in our homes and on our backs, today we are starting with Riverside. I really like this color, basically because it reminds me of denim and to me that is the best blue there is. Riverside goes with so much and pairs nicely with so many of the other colors from Pantone. I think Riverside will look beautiful with black, yellow, of course white, orange, and gray. Check back with us every day this week and next as we focus on each of the ten colors a little more in-depth, in the mean time dive into Riverside and Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Collage Art Of Alex Zeng

August 25, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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I was shopping this week for a client and I was in one of the local design centers and kept noticing these really cool collage art pieces throughout the center, I inspected a little closer and found out they are all by the same artist, Alex Zeng. Zeng is a Chinese artist who is taking pages from magazines and art books, cutting them into the shapes he needs, layering them and creating these wonderful pieces of Collage Art. Viewing these Zeng creations comes in two parts, first, you stand back and enjoy the created image as a whole then you get closer and begin to notice the details of the paper used to create the art, the more you look the more detail you see and the more amazed you’ll be. Zeng is represented by Empire Art Direct which is a wholesale only company but you can contact them through their website and find out the closest retailer in your area selling Zeng collages. For now, here are some images to give you a better idea of what Alex Zeng does. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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