'Draperies'

My New Bedroom Drapes

November 20, 2017

By Tab Byrum

A few weeks ago I shared with you that we had gotten new bedding, a friend of mine has sewn for me for clients for several years and she and her husband were retiring and moving to Utah so I had her do this one last thing for me. The bedding turned out awesome and I am so happy and proud of it. I also had her make drapes for the bedroom windows but we didn’t get those hung immediately but we did this past weekend. I’m so happy with how they turned out and want to share how they look as well as share some pics of artwork I’ve hung in the bedroom as well. I’ll go into more detail with the pictures. Have a great Monday and Enjoy!!!

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Pantone Fall 2017 ~ Shaded Spruce & Golden Lime

August 17, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We’re embracing all things green today on the blog, specifically all things done in the shades of Shaded Spruce and Golden Lime, our two Fall colors from Pantone for the coming Fall season. Shaded Spruce is described as “ This is a green you might see in the forest – sheltering and protective as evergreen trees.”  Think a dark green with more blue thrown in, it works well with Green, Pink, and Black and will definitely add drama to any room or outfit it’s added to.  Our second shade of Green for today is Golden Lime, “Earthy tones with a twist, the golden undertones of Golden Lime makes this yellow-green shade a refreshing complement to fall classics.”  Golden Lime also looks wonderful with black, think a gorgeous black suit with a pussy bow blouse of Golden Lime peeking out from under the jacket. I like this color also paired with White, and brighter colors like Orange and Yellow. Take a look at the images I’ve collected for you today to give you an idea of how these colors look and hopefully some inspiration. Enjoy!!! (above images via & via)

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Best of Tabulous Design~The Leading Edge

August 10, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Draperies and window treatments are one of the easiest ways to add color and drama to a room as well as allowing you to control the amount of light and in some cases helping you control noise. The simplest of fabrics can be dressed up and turned into beautiful drapes by adding an edge to the drapes. Join me today we look back at The Leading Edge here and check out beautiful ways to trim your window treatments. Enjoy!!!

Click here to read more on The Leading Edge. 

Adding Drama: Living Rooms

July 17, 2017

By Tab Byrum

This week we are all about the drama, not in our lives because none of us need any more of it there, but in the decoration of our homes. You can add drama to any room in the house in many different ways, whether it’s using a dramatic color on the walls, rugs or tile on the floors, dramatic art on the walls, you can even get drama from one piece of furniture. Now, like all good things drama can be overdone so you have to be ready to edit yourself and not make it look like your living in a circus tent or a deep, dark cave but instead add as much drama as you’re comfortable with and go from there. Maybe you can add one more accessory, one more dramatic lamp or a dramatic chair or not. I always tell my clients that they are the ones who live in their home every day and it needs to be comfortable for them, not me or anyone else. And, remember I’m not suggesting you need to all of the things we see in the photos, but you can pick one or a couple of things and incorporate them into the decoration of your rooms. To start our look at Interior Design Drama we are going to look at dramatic living rooms, I’ll talk to you more along the way. I hope you enjoy this as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together. Let the drama begin and Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Getting The Blues: Light Blue Interiors

June 19, 2017

By Tab Byrum

HI!!!! Sorry about going away last week, my desktop computer crashed on Wednesday and required a trip to the doctor, luckily things seem to be alright now and I’m back on track so let’s talk color, Blue to be exact. Blue has always been one of my favorite colors but I’ve honestly not used it a lot in my own home but that’s something I’m looking to remedy quickly. I’ve always been attracted to all shades of blue whether’s it a light and airy blue, a medium denim blue or navy blue I love them all and especially how they mix with other colors. This week we are going to look at blue in its different shades and how we can use them in our homes, whether it’s the accessories we decorate with, upholstery, artwork, or furniture and cabinetry, Blue is very big. Today we are going to start with Light Blue, a beautiful and subtle way to incorporate blue without being too bold. Light Blue is soft and elegant and works so well with white and all the metallics that are popular right now. Join me for a tour as we check out the many incarnations of Light Blue, 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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Designers Guild ~ Majolica Collection

March 31, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The new Majolica Collection from Designers Guild is GORGEOUS, the collection is inspired by the bright and intense colors found in Majolica pottery and is all digitally printed. Designers Guild has played with the scale of some of the prints, especially the florals, to give a traditional type fabric more of a contemporary look. The thing that caught my eye are the colors used, especially the blue in the Majolica Cornflower (above) and the Istoriato Cobalt. In addition to the blues Designers Guild uses some wonderful pinks, purples, greens, and even a few trendy grays. Here’s a taste of what’s available from Designers Guild, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Sister Parish

March 20, 2017

By Tab Byrum

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In celebration of March being Women’s History Month, we are looking at women who have made history in our world in the field of design. Today we are focusing on the life of a great American Interior Designer, Sister Parish. Sister Parish is known for her use of color, prints, trim on draperies, hooked rugs, and needlepoint pillows. For a more in-depth look at her life and career click here to see the post I did on her birthday in 2015. 

 

Getting Horizontal

March 8, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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There are always rules for everything, don’t run with scissors, say please and thank you and don’t wear horizontal stripes but that doesn’t necessarily apply to our windows. I keep coming back to window and drapery treatments that are done in horizontal striped fabric. I’m not quite sure what it is that appeals to me, I’ve always loved stripes, whether vertical or horizontal and big stripes in bold colors. It is possible to find striped fabric to make the window treatments, but if you can’t find the color combination you’re looking for you can always have a reputable seamstress/tailor or a fabric workroom make the drapes using fabric in the colors you want. I also think it would be fun to have a pattern on one of the colors, you know a navy and white horizontal striped drape with a navy pattern on the navy portion of the drape. I think the horizontal stripes are fun and dramatic and the bigger the stripes the better. Here’s a look at some examples of horizontal striped drapes, I definitely need these. Enjoy!!!

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Window Dressings 101

February 24, 2016

By Tab Byrum

I had a meeting with a client yesterday whom I’ve been helping with a new office, we were working on picking something to cover the large windows at the front of his offices. He needs something that will block out a lot of the UV and heat from the sun, the office faces south and gets a great deal of light for much of the year. While I was getting ready for this meeting and researching different types of window coverings it got me to thinking about all the different types and before I knew it this post was writing itself.

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There are so many choices when it comes to ways to dress a window, do you want to simply make it attractive or do you need something that is utilitarian and serves a purpose, or perhaps a combination of both looking attractive and being functional? My client and I are leaning towards sun blocking blinds on the windows and fabric window panels to soften it and dress up the windows. Let’s look at the myriad of choices in how to dress windows, from blinds to shades and drapes, we’ll cover them all and hopefully give you some “enlightening” ideas. Enjoy!!!

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