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Royal Wedding~Wedding Reception #2, Frogmore House

May 17, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Today we are looking at Frogmore House which will be the sight of a laid-back wedding reception for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The party is being given by Prince Charles for his son and new daughter-in-law and is being kept pretty small with around 200 to 250 people being invited. The party is mainly for the wedding party and close friends and relatives of the newlyweds, rumor is a disco will be set up and there will be ice cream food trucks on hand as well as smoked bacon and sausage sandwiches as requested by Prince Harry. The venue of Frogmore House is special because this is a house on the estate of Windsor Castle that is no longer lived in by any of the royal family, Frogmore is also home to Queen Victoria’s mausoleum and the royal burial ground for members of the family. Frogmore has been owned by the royals since the 16th century and was used by Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, as a country house. Several of Queen Victoria’s children lived in the house at Frogmore as well as her mother the Duchess of Kent. During the 1980’s the house underwent a major renovation and today the house is used by the royals for special events such as dinners and parties like this weekend’s wedding party. One more thing of interest about Frogmore, when the Royal Yacht Britannia was decommissioned in 1997 several pieces of furniture from the yacht was moved to Frogmore and are still there today. Here are some images of Frogmore, a royal venue this weekend. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Royal Wedding ~ Wedding Reception #1, St. George’s Hall

May 16, 2018

By Tab Byrum

We are winding down our look at anything and everything that has to do with this weekend’s upcoming Royal Wedding. There’s been a little bit of scandal here towards the end of our wait with the Bride’s Father deciding he’s not going to attend the wedding after he was involved with some tabloid photographers. But, as the English saying says, “Keep Calm and Carry On”. Today we are going to look at Windsor Castle where the wedding will take place in St. George’s Chapel and then a wedding breakfast or reception will follow in the castle itself in St. George’s Hall. There will be a second reception/party the night of the wedding being given by Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, at Frogmore House and we’ll look at that venue tomorrow. For our look at Windsor we are looking back at a post I did on Windsor Castle 2 years ago after Michael and I had visited the castle earlier. Click here to visit the post on Windsor Castle

Above is a picture of St. George’s Hall in Windsor Castle, this will be the venue for the Wedding Reception or Breakfast immediately following the wedding. St. George’s Hall is 180 feet long and its architecture is Gothic in style. The room is decorated with weapons and suits of armor as well as the shields of all the current and past Knights of The Most Noble Order of the Garter, you can see the shields on the ceiling and the walls on the right. The hall is often used for State Banquets held at Windsor Castle as well as large parties and some military events are held here. This is a beautiful place for a reception and will be amazing filled with people in bright colors, big hats and of course wedding cake. To read more about the Hall and Castle, click here. (above via)

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide ~ For Chef Mom

May 8, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Mother’s Day is the perfect time to get something special for Moms who like to cook, whether they’re a baker, grillers, chefs or just all around awesome cooks there are plenty of awesome things to get Chef Mom. We are going to look at five different companies today who offer awesome products for cooking and dining, all of them great American companies with awesome, fun and sometimes unusual choices. Enjoy!!!

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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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West Elm Fairy Tale Pottery Collection

February 1, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I had gotten an email this week about some of the new stuff at West Elm and I stopped in the local brick and mortar to check things out. I always enjoy shopping at West Elm, I love their take on things for the home and the contemporary vibe everything has without going over the top and being too sleek and contemporary. There are a lot of great things to talk about but today I’m going to start with the Fairy Tale Collection of pottery. These pieces are awesome, there are plates, vases, cups, and even salt and pepper shakers. These pieces would be wonderful for entertaining as well as being used as decoration, think plates on walls. I love the Picasso feel some of the items have, especially the vase and some of the plates. If you get a chance head into West Elm and check things out and if you can’t do that then visit their website here. Join me now for a look at some of the Fairy Tale items and Enjoy!!!

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Valentine Goodies From Williams-Sonoma

January 29, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s still a couple of weeks until Valentine’s Day so you have time to order special goodies for your sweetheart and Williams-Sonoma has some gorgeous and delicious things to choose from this year. Whether you need a special dessert for a home-cooked Valentine’s dinner or just something to say I Love You or maybe I Like You…A Lot, Williams-Sonoma has some great choices. Visit their website here to see all the choices, I hope you like what I’ve collected here for you today. Enjoy!!!

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Kitchen Valentines from Crate & Barrel

January 23, 2018

By Tab Byrum

The kitchen is a room that’s pretty easy to decorate for the holidays, whether it’s jars on the island with holiday candies, a holiday trivet on the stovetop, or holiday dishtowels. Crate & Barrel always has fun stuff for all the holidays and this year they have some great stuff for the kitchen. Join me today as we check out the hearts from Crate & Barrel for your kitchen, Enjoy!!!

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Valentine Peek From Pottery Barn Kids

January 16, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s hard to believe that in a month it will be Valentine’s Day, with that in mind I thought we would start taking a look at what some of our favorite vendors are offering online in the way of Valentine decor and goodies. Today we are going to start with Valentines from Pottery Barn Kids, I’m sure it’s because I’m a kid at heart but I always love the stuff their designers come up with. Their merchandise is always colorful, fun and usually has a retro feel to it. This year the Valentine products are all a great red and pink color, everything you need to throw a fun Valentine party for kids and adults, alike. Enjoy!!!

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Day 2: 2018 Design Predictions

January 3, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s Day 2 of our look at what well-known Designers and Interior Decorators recently told Vogue Magazine would be the biggest changes in Interior Design, what’s out and what’s in. Today’s list covers the use of fabrics and pattern, including one of my favorite fabrics that is amazing to both touch and look at. We’ll look at large patterns, lighting and bringing more color into your tile choices. So let’s start looking at these 8 design trends for 2018. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Food & Gifts From Vermont Country Store

December 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Yesterday I focused on Christmas Candy from Vermont Country Store and today I want to look at some of the other edible treats available from VCS. There are all kinds of fun, delicious, and unusual things available on the VCS website that would be great gifts in addition to just being delicious. Really good food items are always a great gift, whether it’s for someone on your list or for yourself, or maybe you want something new and unusual to serve on Christmas morning. Whether it’s Vermont Maple Syrup for pancakes or wonderful breads from Germany they’re available here. Join me today for a culinary tour and order soon if you’re going to do it, there are only 10 days left until Christmas. Enjoy!!!

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