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Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Elsie de Wolfe

March 21, 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, Elsie de Wolf. de Wolf is known for eliminating the clutter of Victorian design and leading America into the 20 Century as well as creating the cocktail party. For a more in-depth look at her life and career click here to see the post I did on her birthday in 2014. 

MacKenzie-Childs Easter 2017

March 3, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Mark your calendars, Easter this year is Sunday, April 16th so we better get hopping and start shopping, let’s check out MacKenzie-Childs first. MC has wonderful things available this year as far as bunny and egg decorations, I definitely think you can put out your Easter decor now and leave it up throughout the Spring season, nothing says spring like rabbits and bright pastel colors. One great thing about MacKenzie-Childs merchandise is that it really works with anything, their black and white Courtly Check pattern looks great with pastels, greens, purple, you name it and it works. Join me as we flip through the newest MC catalog and check out the bunnies and eggs, Enjoy!!!

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Christmas Decorating Tips With At Home~Christmas Candles

December 9, 2016

By Tab Byrum

Day Six

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Christmas Candles are one of those things that give you a double “hit” of pretty, they’re beautiful to look at during the day because of their colors and the designs on them and they’re even more beautiful after they’ve been lit. When I was a little boy we had a red and white candle that was in the shape of Christmas Tree, we never lit it because we didn’t want to destroy it, I still think of that candle every Christmas. At Home has a lot of beautiful candles in the stores in whatever colors you’re looking for, whether it’s gold, silver, white, blue, or red they’ve got it. As you’ll also see today they have beautiful candles in great designs like the red and white candy stripes I’m featuring. Here’s a look at what you can combine and create using Christmas Candles from At Home, Enjoy!!!

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Christmas Decorating Tips With At Home~ Cake Plates

December 6, 2016

By Tab Byrum

Day Three

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One thing to remember when decorating on flat surfaces like tabletops is that it adds a lot more interest if you can add height instead of having things all sit on the same level. A great way to get height is to use cake plates as “lifts” to raise some of your decorative pieces up, this also allows you to decorate up under the cake plates adding depth and dimension to your display. At Home has some wonderful cake plates that are $20 for a set of three that come in a nice box for storage, then you also have a nice set of cake plates for serving cupcakes, cookies, petit fours, and other sweets. Join me for a look at using cake plates in your decorating and look at a cute Christmas village I created using not only cake plates but house and trees, all from At Home, Enjoy!!!

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The Impossible Collection Of Wine from Assouline

November 9, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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If you have a wine collector or connoisseur on your gift list this holiday season then you definitely need to check out The Impossible Collection of Wine: The 100 Most Exceptional Vintages of the Twentieth Century by Enrico Bernardo, published by Assouline Publishing. The books author, Enrico Bernardo, is regarded as the world’s best sommelier and has written numerous other books on wine, including How To Taste Wine and How To Pair Wine. The Impossible Collection looks at the history of wine and Bernardo has compiled a list of some of the greatest wines and what it takes to take grapes and turn them into bottled masterpieces. Among the wines, Bernardo looks at are the 1928 Krug Champagne, the 1951 Penfolds Grange Bin 95 and the 1973 Stag’s Leap Estate SLV. This luxury edition book is hand bound with had-tipped images and is presented in its own wooden crate, a beautiful gift or wonderful addition to your own collection. Today I have a sneak peek for you between the pages of The Impossible Collection, for more information visit the Assouline website. Enjoy!!!

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At Home Thanksgiving Table Decor

November 7, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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For my November decorating challenge from At Home I chose their Holiday Dining Table challenge and decided to do something for Fall and Thanksgiving. I had had my eye on the amazing collection of art glass pumpkins At Home had in the stores this year and decided this was the perfect opportunity to do something fun and different with them. Everything I used in the challenge came from At Home and I’ll show you and tell what I did along the with photos from setting up the table. Enjoy!!!

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13 Halloween Cocktails-Day 2

October 28, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Yesterday we checked out 6 of our 13 recipes for cocktails you and your friends and family can enjoy this Halloween weekend and today we are looking at the rest, so then there were 7. Today we’re looking at a warm drink, a punch, a couple more cocktails, a martini and no party is complete without a round of shots and we have the perfect one for All Hallows Eve. So, chill those glasses make your shopping list and head out to the grocery and liquor stores to create the best kind of spirits for this time of year, Enjoy!!! ( above image is Walker Blood Sangria, via)

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13 Halloween Cocktails-Day 1

October 27, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Halloween is a great excuse for a party, whether you’re get together is large or small a party always calls for cocktails. Today and tomorrow we are going to look at several different cocktails and the recipes to make these spooky elixirs from all over the world wide web. Many of them are based on Fall treats we all know and love like caramel apples. So gather your friends, some munchies and storm the liquor cabinet this Halloween weekend and make your own witch’s brew celebrating the holiday. I’ll share half the recipes today, then check back tomorrow for the rest of the 13, ENJOY MY PRETTIES!!!!

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10 Days Of Fall Decor: Williams Sonoma Bakeware

September 30, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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I love to bake, I don’t do a lot of it because of the obvious reason, we would just eat it. But truth be told Williams-Sonoma has beautiful bakeware that could definitely get me in the mood to bake up batches of fall goodies. They have amazing pans that when the cake or bread comes out is full of pumpkins and leaves. There are tools for cutting out amazing Fall inspired pie crusts for Autumn apple or pumpkin pies, and I love the pans that allow you to create small bite size goodies with an Autumn theme. Check out a few of the pieces of bakeware here and head over the  Williams-Sonoma website to see all their amazing pans and utensils for baking Fall goodies. Enjoy!!!

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Fall Decor From At Home

August 26, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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For my August post for At Home, I chose to do Fall Decor, it’s one of my favorite seasons with all the fun bright colors and I know cooler weather is just around the corner. I try to keep these posts fairly simple, where you can just walk into an At Home store pick out what you like and put it together. I came up with four different vignettes: Front Door, Breakfast Table, Coffee Table, and Bookcases. Here’s a look at what I created in the home of a friend, Enjoy!!!

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