'Designers'

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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Raleigh Designer Showhouse & Traditional Home

April 6, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I love a good showhouse, they’re always a great source for ideas to use in decorating our own homes and they’re also a wonderful way to connect with designers and homebuilders who can help you reach the goals you have for your home. Recently on Facebook, I saw a designer I follow, Scot Meacham Wood, had shared an article from Traditional Home on the recent showhouse in Raleigh, NC. The first thing that caught my attention was the outside of the house, I loved the whole look from the high pitched roof to the black and white color scheme and copper guttering and bright blue door, which you can see above. I checked out the TH article and the showhouse myself and knew I had to share it with you. The house is very colorful and vibrant with a wonderful use of patterns throughout the house in the use of wallpaper, rugs, tile, and fabric and I see several things I would love to do in my own home or incorporate into projects for client’s homes. Join me for a tour of the Raleigh Designer Showhouse, where all the ticket proceeds are going to Boys and Girls Clubs and is open through this coming Sunday, April 9th. Enjoy!!!

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Women’s History Month ~ Iris Apfel

March 31, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Iris Apfel

 

Iris Apfel, like her jewelry, is bigger than life. Known for her beautiful clothes, large chunky jewelry and big glasses Iris Apfel has been making her way in the world of design for years. Iris and her husband Carl launched the successful textile firm, Old World Weavers, in 1950 and ran it until retiring in 1992. Iris has been the subject of documentaries, books and is always a fixture on the New York fashion scene. As we celebrate Women’s History Month and women who have made a mark in the world of design. For a more in-depth look at Iris Apfel click here to see a post I did on her in August 2014. 

Women’s History Month ~ Pauline Trigere

March 30, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Pauline Trigere

We continue looking at women who have made fabulous design over the years, today we are looking at French-born fashion designer, Pauline Trigere. Trigere was born in Paris in 1908 to a tailor father and dressmaker mother so she was essentially born to the trade. Trigere was known for creating wonderful fashion for high-profile clients in the 50’s and 60’s including the wardrobe worn by Patricia Neal’s character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. For a more in-depth look at the life of Pauline Trigere click here to see a post I did on her life in 2014.

Women’s History Month ~ Nancy Lancaster

March 29, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Nancy Lancaster

 

Nancy Lancaster was a force to be reckoned with, born in Virginia Nancy made her mark in the world after she moved to England with her second husband. Nancy Lancaster is often credited with creating the English Country Home look as well as helping found the decorating firm of Colefax & Fowler. The country house look is known for using color, chintz fabrics, antiques. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are remembering Nancy Lancaster and her work in design. For a more in-depth look at Lancaster click here to see a post I did on her life in September 2015.

Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Edith Wharton

March 27, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Edith Wharton

 

As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month during the month of March we are looking at women who have succeeded in the world of design, women like author and designer Edith Wharton. Wharton is known for the beautiful novels she wrote focusing on the “Gilded Age” of America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Wharton also worked in the field of Interior Design and wrote books on home decor and design as well as gardens and their design. For a more in-depth look at Wharton’s life click here to see a post I did on her life earlier this year. 

Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Coco Chanel

March 23, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Coco Chanel

 

In celebration of March being Women’s History Month we are looking at women who’ve made history from the world of design, today we are remembering Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Chanel is known for the major changes she made in designing women’s fashion, whether it’s using softer and more flowing fabrics like jersey or helping liberate women from the corset or the accusations of consorting with the Germans during World War II. Today Chanel is known for the fashion empire that is still run in her name and the high-end fashion it produces under the leadership of Karl Lagerfeld, click here to read a more in-depth post I did on Chanel in August 2015. 

At Home With Minnie Driver

March 23, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I love the new ABC family comedy Speechless and the driving force on that show is the mother Maya DiMeo, a mother of three teenagers one of which has cerebral palsy, Maya is played by actress Minnie Driver. I’ve loved Minnie Driver for years, I think she is a hilarious actress and will always remember her stint on Will and Grace with much affection. Recently the design magazine Elle Decor paid a visit to Minnie and her son Henry in their 1940’s Hollywood Hills home and I want to share the pictures with you today from that visit. Her home is a ranch style house that she hired British designer Peter Dunham to help her with. I love the color palette she’s chosen with lots of colors including red, white, and blue in the dining area. Driver says she and Dunham have a lot in common including the style she calls “English Gypsy”, whatever it is it works beautifully and has made for a wonderful home for her and her son to enjoy. Something else I’m happy about is her show, Speechless, has been renewed for a second season. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Dorothy Draper

March 22, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Dorothy Draper

 

Designer Dorothy Draper is our focus today we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month by looking at the lives and careers of women who’ve made history in the world of design. Dorothy Draper is known for her use of color especially in her work renovating and redecorating hotels across America. One of Dorothy Draper’s greatest achievements is the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. You can still purchase materials created in the Draper aesthetic from Carleton Varney, you can learn more about Dorothy Draper here in an in-depth post I did on her life in 2014. Enjoy!!!


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