'Designers'

Remembering Doris Day: My Top 10 DD Films

May 16, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Today we are going to continue our look at the actress/singer Doris Day who died this past Monday at the age of 97. Doris started out as a singer in the 1940s and eventually gained fame which led to her being screen-tested and winning her first role in “Romance On The High Seas” in 1948. Eventually, Doris Day would make 39 feature films between 1948 and 1968 before trying her hand at television from 1968 to 1973 and eventually retiring from acting altogether. Doris Day had quite a range as an actress making musicals, comedies and acting in a few dramas. She worked with Alfred Hitchcock among directors and her leading men ranged from Gordon MacRae and Ronald Reagan to Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, and Rock Hudson. Today I’m going to share my thoughts on 10 of my favorite Doris Day films. Let me know what you think and what your favorites are. Enjoy!!! (via)

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‘The Gown’ A Book Review

April 16, 2019

By Tab Byrum

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Every once in a while I like to share something I’ve experienced, whether it’s a film, a restaurant, a recipe, or a book and today I want to share a wonderful book I finished reading over this past weekend entitled ‘The Gown’. The Gown is a historical novel that follows real events but with some real and some fictional characters, in this case, it’s the wedding of then Princess Elizabeth in 1947 in post-WWII England. The novel opens with Ann who is arriving at her small cottage outside of London and we learn that Ann is an embroider in London for Norman Hartnell in his fashion house. Hartnell was known for the beautiful clothes he designed in the 1930s, 40’s, and 50’s for the ladies in the British Royal Family, especially the King’s consort and current Queen’s mother, Queen Elizabeth. During the story we also meet Miriam, a young Frenchwoman who has made her way to London following the war, she is also a classically trained embroider who goes to work for Hartnell, but she also has a secret. The book does a little time traveling as we meet Heather in 2016 who is Ann’s granddaughter living in modern day Toronto. Without going into a lot of detail and giving anything away we witness the creation of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding dress for her November 1947 wedding to Prince Philip, we watch as the young ladies meet the young men who may or may not be the men of their dreams and come to terms with who they are as well as coming to terms with family secrets and events that shape their lives. The book is a peek behind the curtain at what it’s like to work in a couture fashion house and the research and detail work that goes into creating something like a royal wedding gown. I strongly recommend this book if you enjoy historical fact and fiction novels as well as romance and/or fashion. The Royals make a few appearances in the book but it mostly focuses on these three women as they each struggle in their own lives to live their dreams and become who they were meant to be. I look forward to reading the other books by author Jennifer Robson, I hope you’ll read it and Enjoy!!!

‘The Gown’ author, Jennifer Robson (via)

Royal Check From MacKenzie Childs

March 1, 2019

By Tab Byrum

As you know by now I really like MacKenzie-Childs and their beautiful products. I’ve always been a fan of their original Black and White pattern, Courtly Check and then when they came out with the lighter version of it in Parchment Check, but now I’m thrilled with Royal Check which is a Blue and White version of the original. This will work with so many things, especially if you’re a collector of Blue and White dishes. I can also see using the Blue and White Royal Check all through the Spring and Summer, think how fun it will be mixed with Red for the summer holidays and it will also look awesome with Orange in the Fall. My dream would be to have Black and White Courtly Check for the Fall and Winter months and Blue and White Royal Check for the Spring and Summer months…I may have to work on that. Join me today for a look at the beautiful new pattern from MC and revel in all its blueness. Enjoy!!!

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Remembering Mr. Tiffany

February 18, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Today would be the 171st birthday of Louis Comfort Tiffany, a man who expanded the jewelry company founded by his father into the decorative arts and made it into a global empire. During this week we are going to look at a few things from the world of Tiffany including one of his beautiful homes and the color that’s been made famous and known as Tiffany Blue. Today we are remembering LCT by looking again at a post I did four years ago, celebrating Mr. Tiffany and his work when I wrote about him as Tabulous Tastemaker. Join me today for a look back at Louis Comfort Tiffany, a man with an amazing imagination and creative abilities who has left behind a wonderful design legacy. Enjoy!!!

Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1848-1933 (via)

To read the full write-up I did on Mr. Tiffany in 2015 click on the article’s title in the box below. Enjoy!!!

Tabulous Tastemaker: Louis Comfort Tiffany

 

Jeff Lewis “Flipping Out” House For Sale

October 19, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I love watching Jeff Lewis’ Bravo show “Flipping Out“, not so much for the flipping out but for the homes they work on and see what designs they come up with. I really like Lewis’ style and how he mixes contemporary and traditional or does traditional with a twist. The home we’re looking at today is one of his own that he’s been working on to flip. Lewis got his start as a house flipper but when the bottom fell out of the real estate market in 2008 he took design and decorating jobs to pay bills. Over the last few years as real estate has come back with a bang (for now) Lewis and his team has gotten back into the house flipping game. This home is ultra glamorous and contemporary inside and out with lots of amazing features. I really like the bold herringbone wood floors you’ll see in several photos as well as the all black kitchen, including the granite. This is the second time Lewis has owned this home, he previously bought it and flipped in 2003. This time around he bought the home for $2.4 million and after a major remodel the home is on the market for $7.95 million. The home has 3 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, all new electrical and plumbing along with a new foundation. Originally the house was Spanish in design from the 1920’s but as you can see it has a wonderful contemporary look to it now. Enough chit chat, I’ll give you more details with the photos, let’s start the tour. Enjoy!!!

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Alphabet Legend Books

October 9, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I recently began seeing ads on Facebook for the Alphabet Legends books and was very intrigued. I went to the website for the books and am so happy I did, the story of the creation is simple and timeless and I love the art and message the books convey. Alphabet Legends was started by Australian author and illustrator Beck Feiner when she was trying to teach her oldest child, Levi, the alphabet and there wasn’t anything fun or unusual for a parent to use at home. In her words, “it’s hard to bond over B is for Banana.” This led to Beck creating an A to Z that she could use to teach her son and she centered it on things about Australia. Immediately Beck’s Instagram followers wanted a copy of the list and that led to books and posters and now today there are several books available on a wide range of people with amazing artwork that lets you teach your child, not only the alphabet but also about certain people associated with places and occupations known as the Alphabet Legends, there’s even a book for the Manchester United Soccer Team in the UK. Today we are going to look at five of the Alphabet Legend books, ranging from Alphabet Legend Americans to Legends in Fashion and Little Legends. These books will make awesome gifts for kids and grandkids, shower presents, baptism gifts, Christmas, you name it and these will be perfect. I love something that’s not only fun and artistic but is also educational…but not in a way that you feel like you’ve just attended a college lecture on a topic. Join me for a peek at Alphabet Legend Books and to see more of the selection visit the ALB website here. Enjoy!!! 

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Introducing: ShanTabulous STuidos

October 8, 2018

By Tab Byrum

This past weekend you may have seen if we’re friends on Facebook that I shared some news and photos from ShanTabulous STudios and if you did YAY!!! ShanTabulous is a new venture I’ve taken on with a friend of mine, Shana Myers, who is an Artist and Calligrapher here in Oklahoma City and has Ink Stained Fingers. Shana has a thriving business doing Calligraphy for parties and weddings and we’ve known each other for close to 20 years. I approached Shana a while back about combining our talents, hers in art and calligraphy and mine in florals and holiday work, and create something we could sell and would enjoy doing. We’re starting with the signs I’m sharing with you today but hope to have some wreaths for both indoor and outdoor as well as more signs for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. We are going for an elegant look on some of our stuff as well as a Vintage or Retro look. We will be offering personalization on our boards and wreaths so if you want something specific with a greeting and your last name let us know. Everything is hand-painted front and back and the images are also hand-painted onto the boards. Shana does all our Calligraphy by hand, NO STENCILS OR PEEL AND STICK letters here. We now have an Etsy store up that you can view here and we’ll be adding a few more Halloween images later this week and get the other holiday merchandise up ASAP. Join me now for a look at these first five signs and let us know what you think, we hope you’re as excited about our products as we are. Enjoy!!!

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Black & Yellow From MacKenzie-Childs

October 4, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Black and yellow has always been one of my favorite color combinations and I love the new Queen Bee collection from MacKenzie-Childs that features this color combo. The collection has beautiful furniture pieces done in a traditional style as far as shape but then they’ve used traditional fabrics with a twist. Stripes, damask, and chenilles combine to create gorgeous chairs, sofas, loveseats, and ottomans often with a bee or honeycomb pattern thrown in. There are also wonderful lamps with the celebrated MacKenzie-Childs Black and White check combined with a beautiful yellow. Join me for a quick look at the Queen Bee collection and be inspired to embrace yellow, black, and white. Enjoy!!!

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Modern Farmhouse In Maine

September 10, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I love reinterpretations of an old theme, you know when something that’s been done for years and looked at with new eyes and made to recall it’s original inspiration but…different. Today we are looking at a timeless design of a home, the farmhouse, done with several modern twists to it. Many times the twist will come from the materials used which we’ll talk about more while looking at the photos or the colors may be totally different than what’s customarily used. Today’s featured home is in Kennebunk, Maine and belongs to a family of four. The family already owned the land that was home to a farmhouse and barn but wished the existing house had more modern features, so they decided to build and turned to Caleb Johnson Studios to help. Taking inspiration from the old house and barn they went with a design that looks like a barn on the outside but more farmhouse on the inside with contemporary touches. To add “old touches” to the new construction they incorporated wood and doors from a farmhouse tear down in neighboring Massachusets and the result is glorious. Join me for a tour today of a Maine Farmhouse and be inspired. Enjoy!!!

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Keds + Rifle Paper Co. For Fall

September 6, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Earlier this year I shared with you the collaboration between the iconic American shoe company, Keds and the Rifle Paper Co. Well, apparently, that collection and collaboration went so well they decided to do it again and even turned up the volume on some of their designs. The shoes come in all sizes for women and kids, they’re bright, colorful, fun and make you smile to look at them. The shoes all feature gorgeous designs previously done on paper at Rifle Paper Co. with some of them being printed on and some of them being done in beautiful embroidery. They will all look great with jeans, blue and white, or khakis or skirts as we go into the cooler months of the year. Check out the collection here at Keds.com or at Rifle Paper Co.com and I have a look at some of the collection here today. Enjoy!!!

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