'Entertaining'

Rowen & Wren Housewares

June 27, 2017

By Tab Byrum

So many good things that happen are merely by chance and that’s what happened recently when I stumbled onto the website for Rowen & Wren Housewares, to be honest, I can’t completely remember what led me to them but it was enough that I made note of their website on a running list I keep going on my desk of websites to revisit. You immediately know when you enter the world of Rowen & Wren that you are someplace fun, elegant, and different, one of the words they use in their self-description is eclectic and I couldn’t agree more. They have everything to choose from, whether you’re looking for a baby gift or champagne glasses that are the traditional saucer shape they have it at Rowen & Wren. I know I’ll be returning to see what else they have to choose from, especially when it gets closer to the holidays, in the meantime join me today for a quick look, an overview if you will, of all the beautiful offerings from Rowen & Wren of Bagshot, England. Enjoy!!!

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Mom’s Day Gifts: Rizzoli Books

May 3, 2017

By Tab Byrum

One of my favorite things to both give and get as a gift is a book, books have always been a huge part of my life and always will be. I love a big thick coffee table tome full of beautiful photos and wonderful descriptions of what we’re seeing. I thought today I would share some recently published beauties from Rizzoli, the ultimate authority on all things coffee table book. There are so many more books than I’m covering here today so visit the Rizzoli website here and check out all the most recent publications. We’re going to start with the above book, Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes,  which is described as, “Through a playful series of alphabetical vignettes, Manolo Blahník reveals his ideas and inspirations in newly photographed examples of shoes and whimsical drawings.”  Join me now for a look at several other books that Mom might love that focus on fashion, flowers, interior design and home decor. Enjoy!!! 

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Easter Tablescape Ideas

April 13, 2017

By Tab Byrum

This week kind of got away from me and I didn’t get the tablescape done that I had planned but I wanted to share table decorations that I came up with a couple of years ago for an Easter table. Everything I used in this tablescape was from the Dollar Store, Big Lots, and Dollar General except for the fresh flowers which you can easily pick up at the grocery store. This decoration was quick, simple, fun and full of bright colors. Remember, you can take any of the ideas from the table and use any one or more of them for your dining table at home, buffet table or even a kid’s table. 

To see the whole blog post I wrote in 2015 click here, and as always, Enjoy!!!

Easter Treats From Williams~Sonoma

March 27, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s never too early to think ahead, in this case, three weeks from yesterday is Easter so you may as well go ahead and start thinking about getting ready for the big Spring holiday. I have several ideas that I want to share with you over the next couple of weeks but I thought we would start today by looking at one of my favorite places for Easter treats, Williams-Sonoma. WS always has awesome candies and baked goods done up in beautiful packaging for you to serve or give as gifts. Let’s flip through the Williams~Sonoma catalog and see what’s available, and remember the sooner you order the better to be assured the items will reach your house by Easter. Enjoy!!!

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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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