'Designers'

Designer Robert Stilin

June 6, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Recently I did a series of posts on the Modern Farmhouse trend in design and home decor and in doing that series I ran across the work of Interior Designer Robert Stilin. Stilin is based in New York and has more than 25 years experience in designing and decorating homes in his seemingly effortless style. Stilin is known for creating casual elegance using antiques and contemporary art along with clean architecture. Stillin’s design work has run the gamut from beach front homes to country houses and a penthouse office in the Meatpacking District of New York City. Today I thought we would take a look at the work of Robert Stilin, see how he combines old and new to get that perfect look, 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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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!!!

Bee’s Wrap ~ Sustainable Food Storage

May 16, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Sometimes the old ways are the best ways especially as we take on things like Sustainable storage, something that is quickly becoming popular as we try to figure out ways to live on our big blue planet without harming it and ourselves. Bee’s Wrap is a company that is taking on sustainable food storage and eliminating plastics from our kitchens and was founded by Sarah Kaeck in 2012. Kaeck rediscovered the art of infusing organic cotton fabric with beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin which results in a stylish, washable and reusable alternative wrap to plastic wrap and containers. You use the warmth of your hands to mold the wrap around whatever you are covering, whether it’s a sandwich or a piece of fruit, then as the wrap cools it conforms to the shape of the object and creates a seal. The wraps are usable multiple times and can eventually be disposed of in compost piles or used for other things such as firestarters in fireplaces or when camping. The wraps come in fun colors and patterns, check them out here as well as the different sizes and shapes of Bee’s Wrap, Enjoy!!!

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Wedgewood Collection by Lee Broom

May 11, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Interior designers are always a great source for new products, they always have wonderful ideas swirling around in their minds and I have to say I love these new “creations” from the design mind of British designer Lee Broom and his collaboration with British icon Wedgewood. The collection is made up of four pieces, 2 lidded pieces, an open vase and a bowl. The pieces are done in a classic black and white stripes, which were initially done in the 18th century by Wedgewood on their Panther vase, in classical shapes, done in the past by Wedgewood, with a modern twist using colorful spheres on three of them and a blue base on one. I definitely have to do more research and prepare a more in-depth post on Lee Broom the designer but for now, take a peek at all of the beautiful pieces from his collaboration with Wedgewood, Enjoy!!

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Mother’s Day: Initial Necklace From gigglosophy

May 8, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The craze for initials always seems to come and go but never go completely away, I still think there’s something sharp about a nice monogram on shirts, cuffs, pillows and especially jewelry. Today we’re going to look at Initial Necklaces from Etsy shop, gigglosophy. The necklaces are all handmade and use uppercase letters that are either gold or silver plated. The letters are on a delicate gold or silver chains and most are made to hang sideways except for a few letters which are O, V, W, X, and Z. Each necklace comes in its own gift box, these are great for mom to wear with jeans and a t-shirt or a little black dress. Show mom some love and give her the first initial of her name or maybe the first initial of your families last name, check out the gigglosophy Etsy page here and see several selections on great gifts for mom this Mother’s Day on May 14th. Enjoy!!

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Converse For Mom

May 4, 2017

By Tab Byrum

If there’s one thing ladies love it’s shoes so what better gift for mom than a pair of fab shoes, and while you might balk at picking out mom’s high heels you are always safe with a cool and fun pair of classic Converse tennis shoes. I LOVE Converse and there are so many fun colors and patterns to choose from today, some of them scream FUN MOM!!!! There are pink fuzzy Converse, floral Converse, cartoon Converse and even Converse with a wedge heel. I’ve put together a quick peek at the Converse collection and some of their shoes that are great for the mom in your life, to see the whole collection click here and as always, Enjoy!!!

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Mom’s Day Gifts: Rizzoli Books

May 3, 2017

By Tab Byrum

One of my favorite things to both give and get as a gift is a book, books have always been a huge part of my life and always will be. I love a big thick coffee table tome full of beautiful photos and wonderful descriptions of what we’re seeing. I thought today I would share some recently published beauties from Rizzoli, the ultimate authority on all things coffee table book. There are so many more books than I’m covering here today so visit the Rizzoli website here and check out all the most recent publications. We’re going to start with the above book, Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes,  which is described as, “Through a playful series of alphabetical vignettes, Manolo Blahník reveals his ideas and inspirations in newly photographed examples of shoes and whimsical drawings.”  Join me now for a look at several other books that Mom might love that focus on fashion, flowers, interior design and home decor. Enjoy!!! 

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John Derian 2017

April 18, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Tomorrow I’m heading to New York City for a few days, I’ll give you more details on the trip tomorrow, but I thought today we would look at one of my favorite NYC artists/shopkeepers, John Derian. Derian is known for his wonderful decoupage art, all his decoupage is done in his New York studio using images he reproduces from his large collection of vintage prints, all the images are transferred to handblown glass. John Derian’s images come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes including ovals, round, rectangles, and multi-piece wall hangings. I have a couple of the smaller trays and paperweights he’s created but I aspire to one of the multi-piece wall hangings. Today I want to share some of the newer pieces since we last checked in on John Derian, I love his use of florals, animals, and especially the more “unique” pieces such as the multi-piece skeleton wall hanging. I hope you like the work of John Derian as much as I do and remember you can see his work here and order online if you can’t make it to New York. Enjoy!!! ( above image Roses III)

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Lilly Pulitzer Wallpaper From Lee Jofa

April 17, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The Lilly Pulitzer brand has long been known for their fun and bright clothing collections made up of fun color combinations like pink and orange or blue and green and using motifs of palm trees, plants, coral and anything tropical. Now the iconic clothier has teamed up with fabric and wallpaper producer Lee Jofa to create a gorgeous and FUN wallpaper line. The collection is inspired by hand-drawn artwork and is made up of 13 patterns, perfect for a young ladies bedroom and bath, or perhaps a big girl’s bathroom and dressing area. I can also see these prints bringing life and fun to a powder bath or a hallway. Today I’m sharing some of the prints and colors with you and to see more head over to Lee Jofa’s website here. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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