'Designers'

The New VW Bus

August 16, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Everything old is new again, a phrase you hear quite often as things from the past are redesigned, such is the case with the Volkswagen Bus. You used to see a lot of these little round top vans on the roads and you still see the occasional one now, but chances are we will be seeing a lot more of them in their new skins. VW announced last year they were taking their famous “VW Bus” back to the drawing board and creating a new 21st Century version and now we can see it. It is very sleek and has some of the same fun features of the original, including the ability of the front seats to spin around and face the back, just not while you are driving. I’m sharing some images of the new model and I’ll give you more information with the pictures, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Best of Tabulous: Animal Print Clothing

August 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today we are looking back at a post we did on this date in 2014, looking at Animal Print, specifically Leopard, and its use in our clothes and accessories. Click here to see the full post and get a look at some wonderful clothing over the last almost 100 years. Enjoy!!!

Princess Grace in a Leopard coat in the late 1950’s. 

“The Collection” from Amazon TV

August 11, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I recently finished watching “The Collection” on Amazon, a 7 episode television program that focuses on a family trying to build their fashion business in Paris after World War II. The series has it all, beautiful clothes being worn and designed by beautiful people living in Paris. There’s also lots of steamy romances and a nice little murder mystery that may implicate our leading man or better yet his mother, the wizened Yvette played by Frances de la Tour. The cast of this show is great and includes Richard Coyle playing Paul Sabine, head of the House of Sabine. Mamie Gummer plays Paul’s American wife Helen and Tom Riley plays the wonderful Claude Sabine, the true talent behind the Maison. I’ve really enjoyed this show, the writing is fun and very good and it shows the struggle the city of Paris had after the war to reclaim the titles of Most Beautiful City and Fashion Capital of the World. I strongly encourage anyone who enjoys, history, fashion and good television to check out “The Collection” on Amazon TV, Enjoy!!!

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Best of Tabulous: Remembering Louis Vuitton

August 4, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today we are looking back at one of the first Tabulous Tastemaker posts I did celebrating the life of Louis Vuitton. Vuitton founded one of the most famous fashion houses that’s still around today, an impressive achievement 196 years after Vuitton’s birth. To see and read the original post you can click here. Enjoy!!!

A House For Dior

July 28, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The south of France has always been a place where people go to escape, whether it’s to escape a busy city life or just to escape, the south of France is a place we’ve seen depicted in movies and read about in books where people want to get away from it all and just relax. That’s how it was for famed clothing designer Christian Dior, and when you have the means to buy a home in a place you love maybe you do, and if that home is in the south of France it might be a castle and this one is. Christian Dior purchased the Château de La Colle Noire in 1950 and truly felt at home here. After buying the home Dior immediately set about restoring it to original glory but sadly he died in 1957 and his sister, who inherited the home, was unable to keep it. Today the house has been reclaimed by the Christian Dior empire and has been fully restored to the way Dior wanted. The home is decorated with beautiful fabrics and antiques from floor to ceiling and a new book has been published focusing on the beautiful end results of the restoration of De la Colle Noire, today we are going to take a look at images of this beautiful home that inspired Dior’s iconic perfumes like Miss Dior in 1947. Enjoy!!!

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Shapely Wood Flooring From Jamie Beckwith Collection

June 29, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s really amazing what companies are achieving in the area of creative flooring, we have tile that looks like wood flooring and now we have wood flooring that looks like tile. Today we are going to look at some of the amazing offerings in wood floors from the Jamie Beckwith Collection. I love when you visit the Beckwith website they talk about how their products are for use not only on floors but also vertical surfaces, meaning walls. The first wood tiles that caught my eye are the ones that look like Moroccan tiles from the Enigma collection in the Sextant shape. Today we are going to look at several of the different shapes their flooring is available in. I hope you find these tiles as inspiring as I do and remember to LOOK UP, they don’t just belong on the floor. Enjoy!!!

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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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