'Dishes and China'

Delft Blue

August 15, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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It’s always impossible to visit and see everything you want to do on your first visit to a new city or country, one thing I wanted to do was visit the city of Delft in the Netherlands but we just couldn’t squeeze it in. Lucky for us though there are several shops in Amsterdam that sell the beautiful blue and white creations from the city of Delft. Delft pottery is also known as Delft Blue, it’s made by applying a white glaze to pottery pieces then painting designs with metal oxides that turn blue when exposed to high heat in a kiln. I was amazed at the different price ranges on pottery, one shop we were in had a vase that had the clerk say sold for over ten-thousand euros and we saw some pieces to hang on the wall that were priced at eighteen-thousand euros, then there were smaller pieces for five and ten euros. The pieces are beautiful and brighten any space they’re in, especially the tiles that depict scenes of Dutch life. Here’s a peek at Delft Blue, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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French At One Kings Lane

August 11, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Yesterday we took a look at some British offerings from One Kings Lane leading up to my post about our day at Stonehenge and in Bath, today we are going to look at what’s available as far as a Paris theme leading up to a post about our day trip to Paris. French furniture and accessories always have a special feel to them and they definitely add that bit of something extra to any look or decor. I love the colors that the French use, especially in antiques, that soft French Blue, yellow, and all the earth tones, and of course they’re known for their use of bright colors in artwork and posters. One Kings Lane has a great selection of merchandise from France on their website, here’s a quick look and check back later this morning for a look at our One Day In Paris. Enjoy!!! ( above is View of Paris in oil)

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Good Stuff @ Kaufmann Mercantile

July 5, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Don’t you love stumbling onto a new website or catalog that is full of fun and interesting finds? That’s how I felt recently about Kaufmann Mercantile, I was looking for a chair I saw advertised in a magazine and found the treasure trove that’s Kaufmann Mercantile. KM sells beautiful and simply elegant handmade furniture that comes in black walnut and white oak, there’s also a selection of beautiful dishes and their signature candle line made up simply of three scents, and their premium line of leather travel goods. Kaufmann Mercantile also features a wide array of merchandise from other artisans and manufacturers, including items for camping, the office, the kitchen, and grooming. Today I’m going to share a few of the interesting finds I made, check them out yourself and see all the wonderful made in America merchandise at Kaufmann Mercantile, Enjoy!!!

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Under and On The Sea @ Pottery Barn

June 8, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Hot Summer days mean wanting to get cool and lots of time that means getting in the water and today we are using that for inspiration as we check out some of the newest additions to tabletop at Pottery Barn. Whether it’s being on the water and focusing on boats and everything nautical that goes with them or being in the water and focusing on all the creatures dwelling below the depths, Pottery Barn has some awesome plates and serving pieces. Any and all of these pieces will be perfect in a house on the beach by the sea or your family’s lake house. In the meantime, I’ll get the shrimp and crab legs and you set the table. Enjoy!!!

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Setting The Table With Plat du Jour

June 7, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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I grew up using placemats on the kitchen and dining table and it’s something I still do today in my own home. Placemats are great because they keep the table from getting scratched, catch spills or drips off the plate and I like how they “define” your space at the table. I have seen paper placemats around for quite a while but decided to do a post on them after seeing some of the latest designs from Plat du Jour. Plat du Jour says they have “fresh, modern, and iconic designs for the table,” with the designs ranging from elegant mats done in antique china patterns to ones decorated with simple black silhouettes. Plat du Jour placemats are perfect for however many people you’re feeding or entertaining and when you’re done just gather them up and toss them in the recycling bin, Plat du Jour also has selections in matching cups, trays, place cards, and napkins but we’ll save those for another day. Check out some of the awesome designs here and visit the Plat du Jour website to see all their offerings, Enjoy!!!  

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At Home and Outdoor Entertaining

May 31, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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I’m very excited about today’s post, it’s my first post for a collaboration I’m doing with At Home. If you’re not familiar with At Home they are a Texas based company with large stores across the country filled with merchandise focusing on what you need to live in and love your home both inside and outside. I’m one of the several bloggers chosen by At Home to work with them, every month they’ll be giving us a choice of challenges, we choose a challenge and make it happen using products from their “aisles and aisles of style”. For my first challenge, I chose outdoor entertaining. I went to my local At Home store and found tons of merchandise I can use to freshen up a friends patio and help them throw a little party. I settled on a color theme of blue and green and as you’ll see from the pictures today it turned out great, join me for a tour of the punched up patio and get a small taste of all the great things available at At Home, Enjoy!!! 

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Getting Crumpled @ Revol

May 25, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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I was recently in a culinary store here in Oklahoma City and as is often the case I was looking for one thing and found something completely different, the “Crumpled” collection from Revol. In the store they were showing the coffee and tea cups, I went on the Revol website and found a few more items as well as more uses for their cute cups besides hot beverages. Revol is a family owned porcelain company that’s been making beautiful and fun creations since 1768. I think I definitely need a few of the Crumpled Cups, I love the idea of individual desserts in them, Enjoy!!!

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Outdoors With Crate & Barrel

May 17, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer a lot of people find themselves spending more and more time outdoors and for many people that also means dining outside. Whether it’s having your morning coffee on the patio or grilling and having supper with the family outside it’s nice to have tableware for outside that won’t break. Crate & Barrel always has great merchandise for inside and outside and today we are going to look at some of their collections for outdoor entertaining. From melamine plates to shatterproof glasses in a wide array of patterns C&B has got you covered. Here’s a small sampling to whet your appetite, wouldn’t some of these colors look great with the outdoor fabrics we highlighted yesterday? Enjoy!!!

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Berries & Fleurs

May 11, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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As we continue looking at Strawberries and earlier today we looked at Peonies so today I decided to combine flowers and berries and share three lovely images with you of floral arrangements that used Strawberries as the focus of flower arrangements. I’ve gotta try this someday, of course, that will probably mean growing my own Strawberries, hmmm. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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I love how the berries look in among all the white flowers. (via)

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Wouldn’t this be perfect for a birthday party or shower in the Spring, teacups full of strawberries? (via)

Strawberry Inspiration

May 2, 2016

By Tab Byrum

strawberry_10One of my favorite things about this time of year and going into Summer are the fresh fruits and vegetables that become available and one of my favorite fruits is Strawberries. I love their sweetness and distinct flavor and how well they mix with lots of other foods and flavors, one of my favorite flavors of ice cream is strawberry and in the Summer, there’s nothing better than a big piece of strawberry pie with a big dollop of homemade whip cream. During the month of May, we are going to take a look at strawberries, not only from a fruit and food standpoint but also from a design standpoint. Strawberries have long been inspiration for designers in home accessories as well as jewelry, so I hope you’ll join me as we take a look at the little bright red fruit the whole month of May, I’ll share recipes for foods, desserts, cocktails and as well as look at home decor and personal accessories inspired by Strawberries. Here’s a look at our inspiration, check back every day and Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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