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Living With Lucite Legs & Furniuture

June 20, 2018

By Tab Byrum

A couple of weeks ago I did a post here on the blog about Lucite Shelves and I received a lot of comments and reactions to them, all positive, so I thought today we would look at the trend of Lucite or Acrylic Furniture and Acrylic Legs on furniture. A client friend of mine has recently moved into a new home this past Spring and she went from a very traditional home to a more contemporary home and she has brought in a lot of lucite in decorating the home. I have to say I really like the look because it enables you to use a more traditional shaped piece of furniture like a bench but then use a current fabric and add Lucite/Acrylic legs and it has a totally 21st-century look. I also enjoy furniture that’s completely made of Lucite/Acrylic, especially tables and decorative chairs. Today I’m going to share some images with you of furniture made of clear Lucite/Acrylic and upholstered furniture that uses Lucite/Acrylic legs, just one piece in a room can amp up the design and drama. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Elegant Lacquered Walls

February 5, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Lacquered walls are something that has been around forever and have always been one of my favorite wall treatments but unfortunately as with all beautiful things they are not cheap and take a lot of time. Recently I’ve been saying a lot more use of lacquered walls in home decor and it seems to look best in strong colors but by the same token lacquered walls in Gray will appear very elegant and timeless while Red lacquered walls will be strong and dramatic. The ideal situation is to have lacquered walls done when building a home because of the smell of paint and lacquer but it can be done in an existing home. Remember though you have to have the smoothest of smooth walls because any imperfection in the surface of the walls of a home will show through in the shiny, reflective walls. Today I’m going to share a look at some gorgeous lacquered walls, let me know what you think. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Rose Gold Trend

January 31, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Towards the end of 2017, I had read several times that Rose Gold was going to be a hot trend in home decor for 2018 and I’m definitely seeing a lot more of it than ever before. I was out yesterday at West Elm and Anthropologie killing time between appointments and saw several things done in the pinkish hue. As near I can tell Rose Gold is Gold that has quite a bit of Copper Alloy in it, the more Copper the redder it is. I’ve seen Rose Gold used in jewelry over the years and am still trying to decide what I think about it in home decor. For me I think a little will go a long way, maybe just a touch of it on a lamp or a vase. Today we’re going to look at Rose Gold in our homes and how we can use it. Thoughts?? Enjoy!! (above via)

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15 Interior Design Predictions For 2018

January 2, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I always think it’s interesting to see what “experts” say the trends will be in Interior Design and Fashion when we begin a new year, so I thought we would look at 15 predictions that recently appeared in Vogue Magazine concerning what’s HOT and what’s NOT in 2018. We are going to look at seven predictions today and eight more tomorrow. Some of these I can totally get behind and some of them caused me to roll my eyes, trends always bug me a little because I think you have to decorate your home the way you want it to be, I always tell my clients that it’s their home and they live in it so it needs to be what they like. One of the trends we’ll be talking about is a curated home as opposed to a decorated home, that’s one I can totally get behind and I’ll go into more detail later. As for now, here are seven purported trends, let me know what you think and as always, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Ultra Violet: Pantone Color of the Year, 2018

December 12, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We’re taking a little break today from coverage of all things Christmas to look at the just-announced Pantone Color of the Year for 2018, Ultra Violet. The first thing I thought of when saw this color was rock star Prince and his love of the color purple, in both his clothing and his songs. Pantone says about Ultra Violet, “Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.” I’ve said before that Purple is not my favorite color but I have to admit it’s growing on me and I do love to mix it with certain other colors, like orange, red, and green. This Ultra Violet hue of purple is gorgeous and would look wonderful as the main color of a room or outfit as well as an accent color. I’ll share a look at some images today of Ultra Violet in the design world and hopefully, you’ll find some inspiration. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Southern Living In A Cottage

August 29, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I always enjoy the homes that Southern Living Magazine features every month and in the current issue, I particularly am enjoying the cottage that designer Anna Braund built in her hometown of Roswell, Georgia. Braund worked with local craftspeople to build her home from the ground up after she purchased a ranch style home on the lot and it was discovered that the house had a lot of problems and required a “rebuild”.  Braund worked with local architect Lew Oliver and he designed her a classic cottage, one with high beamed ceilings, french doors leading to the outside, beautiful wood floors and a light and bright color scheme. The home is ideal for entertaining and certain design elements run throughout the home to make it feel thought out and cohesive. You can see and read more about this beautiful home in Southern Living Magazine and on the website here, for now, enjoy the images I’m sharing today and gather some Southern inspiration. Enjoy!!!

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Pantone Fall 2017 ~ Marina & Autumn Maple

August 18, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today is the last day looking at the top 10 colors that Pantone has chosen for the upcoming Fall and Winter season in Fashion which also transfers over to interior design. Our first color today is Marina, a cool blue color that calls to mind bright blue skies, blue tiled pools, and blue hydrangeas. “Cool with an enhanced vitality, Marina is the only truly cool color in the fall palette that brings with it freshness and brightness,” is how Pantone describes this beautiful Blue. The tenth color on the list is Autumn Maple and its name truly says it all, “A quintessential autumn color, Autumn Maple is tawny and russet, introducing warmth into the palette.” Autumn Maple calls to mind Pumpkins, falling leaves, and Gingerbread. Join me for a look at some images to give you a better idea about these colors, Enjoy!!! (above via & via)

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Pantone Fall 2017 ~ Shaded Spruce & Golden Lime

August 17, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We’re embracing all things green today on the blog, specifically all things done in the shades of Shaded Spruce and Golden Lime, our two Fall colors from Pantone for the coming Fall season. Shaded Spruce is described as “ This is a green you might see in the forest – sheltering and protective as evergreen trees.”  Think a dark green with more blue thrown in, it works well with Green, Pink, and Black and will definitely add drama to any room or outfit it’s added to.  Our second shade of Green for today is Golden Lime, “Earthy tones with a twist, the golden undertones of Golden Lime makes this yellow-green shade a refreshing complement to fall classics.”  Golden Lime also looks wonderful with black, think a gorgeous black suit with a pussy bow blouse of Golden Lime peeking out from under the jacket. I like this color also paired with White, and brighter colors like Orange and Yellow. Take a look at the images I’ve collected for you today to give you an idea of how these colors look and hopefully some inspiration. Enjoy!!! (above images via & via)

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Pantone Colors 2017 ~ Ballet Slipper & Butterum

August 15, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today we continue looking at the 10 colors Pantone pegged as being the ones to watch for Fall 2017, today we are looking at Ballet Slipper and Butterum. First up is pink but not just any pink, this Fall it’s Ballet Slipper which Pantone describes as, “Descended from the Red family but with a softer touch, Ballet Slipper is always flattering and reminiscent of the rosy glow of health.” Ballet Slipper is a beautiful soft pink that will make anyone glow who’s wearing it and looks beautiful in our homes, whether it’s as an accent color or an entire room. I just left a client’s home, she is expecting a new baby girl any minute and the nursery is top to bottom beautiful pink. The second color today is Butterum, a warm welcoming color that’s described as “This snug, warming, and toasty shade is evocative of drinking a glass of Butterrum by a roaring fire on a cool autumn evening.” Both of these colors make a statement on their own or look gorgeous paired with other colors like black, navy, and white. Check out the images I’m sharing today and try a little Ballet Slipper or Butterum. Enjoy!!! (above via & via)

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Pantone Colors 2017 ~ Grenadine & Tawny Port

August 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I always enjoy looking at the colors that color giant Pantone pegs as the colors to watch for, this week we are going to take a look at the ten colors they think we need to watch for in the Fall of 2017. We start off with with a look at Grenadine and Tawny Port. Grenadine is touted as “A powerful, evocative, dynamic red, Grenadine is a confident and self-assured attention-getter” by Pantone, think red bandanas and British telephone booths. The second color is Tawny Port, “Taking the Red family to new depths, Tawny Port is elegant, sophisticated, and tasteful,”  here you can conjure thoughts of Burgundy wine and cooked red cabbage. I’m going to share some images of Grenadine and Tawny Port to pique your interest and inspire. Enjoy!!! (above images via & via)

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