'Designers'

Royal Wedding Wrap Up

May 21, 2018

By Tab Byrum

OK, surely you didn’t think we could skip out on looking at all the amazing design that went into making Saturday’s Royal Wedding happen…did you? Today we are going to look at all the things we talked about leading to the Royal Wedding, from the flowers and the cake to the dress and jewelry. I personally thought it was a beautiful wedding, it was much smaller and more intimate than William and Kate’s wedding 7 years ago but that was because this wasn’t an official state occasion, thus the absence of Presidents and Kings and Queens from other countries. I’ll talk a little more about all the ingredients that made this wedding a feast for the eyes. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Royal Wedding ~ Wedding Dresses

May 4, 2018

By Tab Byrum

The maker of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress is a well-kept secret, it has been for royal brides since the press were all trying to get photos and information about Lady Diana Spencer’s dress before her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981. Royal weddings dresses are always a keen source of inspiration for designers and brides alike, designers want to create something just as beautiful as what the most recent royal bride has worn and brides want to look just like her. The most recent royal wedding was between William and Kate in 2011 and the designer chose for Kate’s dress was Sarah Burton, creative director for the fashion house, Alexander McQueen. Today we are going to look at several different royal wedding dresses through history, worn by both princesses and commoners who married into the royal family. We are going to go all the way back to 1840 when Victoria married Prince Albert, so join me for a look at royal wedding fashion and Enjoy!!! (above image via) In the post, I’ve referred to the all the ladies by their titles at the time of their marriages. 

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Fyrn Furniture

May 2, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I have to admit, I’m kind of obsessed with the beautiful furniture over at Fyrn Furniture. I’m also going to admit that I found about Fyrn through a Facebook Ad about the company, one of the times social media ads worked the right way and directed me to a wonderful company making handmade furniture. The folks at Fyrn have created a system of self-assembled furniture that will hopefully make ordering and assembling furniture fun, simple and less expensive. Their system that allows you order the furniture in the look and finish you want and using the toolkit they provide and how to assembly videos for each piece of furniture you can assemble the piece yourself. This allows them to ship you the furniture in a more compact and less expensive way by using their Stemn brackets, the brackets not only add power and stability to the furniture but also a hint of metal and shine. Take a look at each of the six pieces of furniture photos I’m featuring today as well as images of their barstools that have been purchased for use in restaurants and to see and read more about Fyrn you can visit their website here. Enjoy!!! (above Shakewell, Oakland CA)

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Keds & Rifle Paper Co.

April 18, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I love a great collaboration when two creative entities come together and make each other better. Today we are looking at the current collaboration between the Keds Shoe Company and the Rifle Paper Co. and the awesome shoes that came out of these two companies working together. I’ve talked about The Rifle Paper Co. several times on the blog before, whether it’s about their beautiful stationery, Christmas Cards, and wrapping paper or the amazing wallpapers they are now making. Keds has been making tennis shoes since 1916 and are a leader when it comes to women’s and children’s fun and stylish footwear. Join me today for a look at these fun, beautiful, and whimsical shoe creations that will be awesome gifts for Mother’s Day, Graduation, Birthdays or maybe just to treat yourself, and remember they also come in kids sizes. Enjoy!!!

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Tabulous Finds At Tulu

April 12, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I was looking at a recent issue of House Beautiful magazine and there was a bathroom with upholstered walls in a beautiful blue fabric and the explanation of the photo said the fabric is from Tulu. I was unfamiliar with the name Tulu and immediately checked it out and am oh so glad I did. Tulu is a purveyor of many things, including bedding, pillows, shawls, pajamas, and some things created using vintage fabrics. Elizabeth Hewitt is Tulu’s owner and designer and finds her inspiration for Tulu designs in travel, whether it’s India, Burma, or Spain Hewitt is always on the lookout for inspiration. Today we are going to look at some of the amazing pillows available from Tulu done up in amazing patterns and beautiful colors. Visit the Tulu website here when you have a chance and we’ll be back in the near future to see what other beautiful things catch our eye. Enjoy!!!

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Royal Wedding Florist ~ Phillipa Craddock

April 10, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Last week it was announced that Phillipa Craddock will be doing the flowers for the upcoming nuptials between Britain’s Prince Harry and American, Meghan Merkle. Craddock is a well known high-end florist in London, with shops in Selfridge’s Department Store and a stand-alone shop. Craddock is a favorite among the fashion industry crowd in London and says she is thrilled to be working with the couple on their big day. Recently Craddock told House & Garden Magazine, “Working with [the couple] has been an absolute pleasure. The process has been highly collaborative, free-flowing, creative, and fun. The final designs will represent them as a couple, which I always aim to achieve in my work, with local sourcing, seasonality, and sustainability being at the forefront.” Meghan Merkle’s favorite flowers are Peonies, they will be mixed with White Garden Roses, Foxgloves, and Seasonal Beech. All the flowers will be coming from the Crown Estate, Windsor Great Park and Royal Parks, following the wedding the flowers will be donated to charitable organizations. Today I’m sharing photos from Ms. Craddock’s website of some of the amazing arrangements and events she and her staff have worked on, I can’t wait to see what she creates on May 19th at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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The Aerin Collection For Williams Sonoma

April 5, 2018

By Tab Byrum

The color combination of Blue and Green is one of my favorites and it seems to be a favorite of Aerin Lauders from looking at her new collection of dishes and entertaining pieces for Williams Sonoma. Lauder, of course, is the granddaughter of cosmetics legend Estée Lauder and this is the second collection she’s designed for WS. The collection her reflects her love for entertaining, especially outdoor entertaining since she says the blue and green in the collection represent the grass and sea. I’m really looking to get all white dishes then have key pieces like salad plates and serving pieces to mix in with the white and this collection would be perfect for that. One piece that especially stands out for me is the AERIN Glass Pitcher, I love the lines of the pitcher and the added piece of glass that snakes across the surface and that handle is gorgeous. Join me for a peek at the collection and let me know what you think. Enjoy!!!

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At Home With Designer Vern Yip

April 3, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I’ve always enjoyed watching design shows on TV hosted by designer Vern Yip so I was excited the other day when I stumbled onto a Traditional Home online article about Yip’s home he shares with his partner Craig and their two children. Yip was born in Hong Kong but grew up in Virginia where he graduated from high school in 1986 and attended the University of Virginia and earned degrees in economics and chemistry. Yip was all prepared to attend medical school when he changed his mind and decided to study architecture instead, graduating from Georgia Tech with a Masters in Architecture. Today Yip is known for his classic designs imbued with color and personality and hosting shows on HGTV and TLC’s Trading Spaces. Vern Yip is now based in Atlanta and lives in a 1925 home. I love the design of this family’s home, there are so many traditional elements such as paneling, wide baseboards, large arched windows, and wood floors all done with lots of colors. Of course, you could also totally carry off this decorating scheme using neutrals for a very sophisticated look and feel. Join me for a tour of Vern Yip and Craig Koch’s Atlanta home and be inspired. Enjoy!!!

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The Homes Of Givenchy

March 16, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Earlier this week we looked at and talked about the life and legacy of Hubert de Givenchy, the French fashion designer who died this past Saturday. While doing research on Givenchy I was happy to find photos and information on his homes. At one time Givenchy owned three homes in his native France but from what I can find he had sold two of the homes and retained his beloved chateau outside of Paris where he lived the last years and days of his life. Today we are looking at his Paris home and his Chateau, they are both decorated to the hilt in the classic French style, filled with beautiful antiques, fabrics, books, and light. Join me for a tour of these two homes and hopefully find some inspiration in the decoration and tastes of a design master. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Remembering Hubert de Givenchy

March 13, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Sad news yesterday of the death of famed French fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy. Givenchy was 91 at the time of his death, he was born in February 1927 and died on Saturday, March the 10th. Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy was born into a noble family, his father died from the flu when Hubert was 3 and he was raised by his mother and grandmother, his older brother Jean-Claude inherited the family’s title. de Givenchy moved to Paris at 17 at began his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts and he did his first official fashion designs for designer Jacques Fath in 1945. Today Hubert de Givenchy is remembered for the beautiful clothes he designed for actress Audrey Hepburn, including the iconic little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Givenchy opened his own fashion house in 1952 in his twenties and quickly caught the eye of fashion elite with his embroidery, silk prints, and ball gowns. Givenchy and Hepburn first met in 1954 during the filming of “Sabrina” and remained friends until Hepburn’s death in 1993. Givenchy was also known for dressing American First Lady Jackie Kennedy, especially during their 1961 trip to France. Givenchy sold his fashion house in 1988 to luxury goods group LVHM and officially retired in 1995. Today we are remembering a giant in the world of fashion and bid Au Revoir to a master of his craft. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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