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Remembering Doris Day: Fashion

May 14, 2019

By Tab Byrum

I love Doris Day and was sad to hear on Monday that she had died at 97. When I was growing up it was still easy to find a Doris Day movie on TV somewhere and there were several things you could count on in her films; lots of laughs, a song or two, gorgeous clothes and a happy ending. Today and tomorrow we are going to look at Doris Day and the influence she had on fashion and some of my favorite Doris Day movies. Doris Day was born Doris Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 3, 1922. Doris began her show business career as a big band singer in 1939 and had her first major hit in 1945 with “Sentimental Journey” with Les Brown and His Band of Renown, she would eventually record 650 sings between the years 1947 and 1967. The first film she made was “Romance On The High Seas” in 1948 which led to a twenty-year film career starring in musicals, comedies, and dramas. She was almost always cast as the woman with a heart of gold and a voice to match. She had many leading men over the years from Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable to James Garner, David Niven, and of course Rock Hudson. One thing Doris Day became known for was wearing the latest in fashion and always looking oh so chic and today we are going to take a look at some of her most chic looks and the influence a lady from Ohio had on the world’s fashion. Enjoy!!! (via)

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‘The Gown’ A Book Review

April 16, 2019

By Tab Byrum

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Every once in a while I like to share something I’ve experienced, whether it’s a film, a restaurant, a recipe, or a book and today I want to share a wonderful book I finished reading over this past weekend entitled ‘The Gown’. The Gown is a historical novel that follows real events but with some real and some fictional characters, in this case, it’s the wedding of then Princess Elizabeth in 1947 in post-WWII England. The novel opens with Ann who is arriving at her small cottage outside of London and we learn that Ann is an embroider in London for Norman Hartnell in his fashion house. Hartnell was known for the beautiful clothes he designed in the 1930s, 40’s, and 50’s for the ladies in the British Royal Family, especially the King’s consort and current Queen’s mother, Queen Elizabeth. During the story we also meet Miriam, a young Frenchwoman who has made her way to London following the war, she is also a classically trained embroider who goes to work for Hartnell, but she also has a secret. The book does a little time traveling as we meet Heather in 2016 who is Ann’s granddaughter living in modern day Toronto. Without going into a lot of detail and giving anything away we witness the creation of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding dress for her November 1947 wedding to Prince Philip, we watch as the young ladies meet the young men who may or may not be the men of their dreams and come to terms with who they are as well as coming to terms with family secrets and events that shape their lives. The book is a peek behind the curtain at what it’s like to work in a couture fashion house and the research and detail work that goes into creating something like a royal wedding gown. I strongly recommend this book if you enjoy historical fact and fiction novels as well as romance and/or fashion. The Royals make a few appearances in the book but it mostly focuses on these three women as they each struggle in their own lives to live their dreams and become who they were meant to be. I look forward to reading the other books by author Jennifer Robson, I hope you’ll read it and Enjoy!!!

‘The Gown’ author, Jennifer Robson (via)

Sundance Ribbons & Trims

December 12, 2018

By Tab Byrum

On Monday and Tuesday, we looked at fun and beautiful Christmas wrapping papers from companies around the world and one of the last ones we looked at was Sundance Catalog and their beautiful and unusual papers based right here in America. While I was checking out the papers and Sundance I also saw an amazing selection of ribbons and trims that coordinate beautifully with their papers and wanted to share them with you today. These ribbons can be used on all kinds of papers whether they’re simple brown kraft paper, white butcher paper or the most elegant papers with damask patterns or the Champagne Paper we saw yesterday from Crate&Barrel. There are velvet ribbons, grosgrain ribbons, pom-poms, and vintage looking ribbons, and no one said they’re only for Christmas, use them year round. Join me today for a peek at what’s available from Sundance and visit the entire selection here at Sundance Catalog.com. Have a great day and Enjoy!!!

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Black & Yellow From MacKenzie-Childs

October 4, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Black and yellow has always been one of my favorite color combinations and I love the new Queen Bee collection from MacKenzie-Childs that features this color combo. The collection has beautiful furniture pieces done in a traditional style as far as shape but then they’ve used traditional fabrics with a twist. Stripes, damask, and chenilles combine to create gorgeous chairs, sofas, loveseats, and ottomans often with a bee or honeycomb pattern thrown in. There are also wonderful lamps with the celebrated MacKenzie-Childs Black and White check combined with a beautiful yellow. Join me for a quick look at the Queen Bee collection and be inspired to embrace yellow, black, and white. Enjoy!!!

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Mixing Traditional & Rock-N-Roll In Texas

August 8, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I love mixing it up as far as interior design goes, mixing styles, types of furniture, you know contemporary and antiques. Today we are looking at a home that was recently featured in Traditional Home magazine, it’s a very traditional home in style and decor but what stands out is the amazing art collection, much of it having to do with rock and roll and the people who perform it. The home is in Houston and is owned by a 58-year-old banker who loves music, he bought the 5,800 square foot home after about a third of it was completed so he was able to upgrade and make changes to the interiors before the home was too far along. Today the house is home to beautiful furniture, accessories, and artwork that reflect the taste of its owner. I love how the artwork is what brings color to much of the house and the furniture and upholstery are done in softer colors and provide a neutral background. Join me for a tour of this beautiful home and remember you’re never too old to rock-n-roll. Enjoy!!!

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Fun Pillows @ One Casa Bella

August 6, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I recently saw some really fun and bright pillows on sale at Hautelook that were from One Casa Bella so I went to check out their site and see what other dreamy pillows they have to offer. They have a lot of fun themes on their pillows for pet lovers, coffee drinkers and just about anything else you can think 0f, especially as people are thinking about setting up dorm rooms or first apartments. One Bella Casa also has fun wall decor, items for the kitchen, tote bags and much more. We’ll be checking out more of what OBC has to offer in the near future but join me today for a quick look at some of the fun pillows they have and check out all the others when you have a chance. Enjoy!!!

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Carole Radziwill’s SoHo Redo

July 6, 2018

By Tab Byrum

She has a famous last name and now thanks to Real Housewives of New York City she has a famous face and today we are checking out her beautiful remodeled and redecorated NYC home. Carole Radziwill is one of the NYC Housewives famous for crazy antics and saying what she thinks as well as being a member of a famous family. Her husband was Anthony Radziwill, cousin to Caroline and John F. Kennedy Jr., his mother Lee is Jackie O’s sister. In a former life Carole was an award-winning TV producer at ABC and after the untimely death of her husband from cancer as well as JFK Jr. and his wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, who was Carole’s best friend, she has now stepped in front of the camera as an NYC Housewife. Carole Radziwill has also written two best-selling books, one entitled What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Lovea memoir on her personal life, career in TV and the battle she and Anthony Radziwill faced with fighting his cancer, and in 2014 she published The Widow’s Guide To Sex and DatingRadziwill recently remodeled her SoHo condominium and the redo was prompted by her sofa which originally belonged to her famous mother-in-law. Today Carole and her designer, John Bossard, have updated the apartment from golds and browns to a sleeker look of blues and silvers. Join me for a look at gorgeous photos of the home from Architectural Digest and will get some more details with the images. Enjoy!!!

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Royal Wedding Wrap Up

May 21, 2018

By Tab Byrum

OK, surely you didn’t think we could skip out on looking at all the amazing design that went into making Saturday’s Royal Wedding happen…did you? Today we are going to look at all the things we talked about leading to the Royal Wedding, from the flowers and the cake to the dress and jewelry. I personally thought it was a beautiful wedding, it was much smaller and more intimate than William and Kate’s wedding 7 years ago but that was because this wasn’t an official state occasion, thus the absence of Presidents and Kings and Queens from other countries. I’ll talk a little more about all the ingredients that made this wedding a feast for the eyes. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Royal Wedding ~ Wedding Dresses

May 4, 2018

By Tab Byrum

The maker of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress is a well-kept secret, it has been for royal brides since the press were all trying to get photos and information about Lady Diana Spencer’s dress before her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981. Royal weddings dresses are always a keen source of inspiration for designers and brides alike, designers want to create something just as beautiful as what the most recent royal bride has worn and brides want to look just like her. The most recent royal wedding was between William and Kate in 2011 and the designer chose for Kate’s dress was Sarah Burton, creative director for the fashion house, Alexander McQueen. Today we are going to look at several different royal wedding dresses through history, worn by both princesses and commoners who married into the royal family. We are going to go all the way back to 1840 when Victoria married Prince Albert, so join me for a look at royal wedding fashion and Enjoy!!! (above image via) In the post, I’ve referred to the all the ladies by their titles at the time of their marriages. 

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Tabulous Finds At Tulu

April 12, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I was looking at a recent issue of House Beautiful magazine and there was a bathroom with upholstered walls in a beautiful blue fabric and the explanation of the photo said the fabric is from Tulu. I was unfamiliar with the name Tulu and immediately checked it out and am oh so glad I did. Tulu is a purveyor of many things, including bedding, pillows, shawls, pajamas, and some things created using vintage fabrics. Elizabeth Hewitt is Tulu’s owner and designer and finds her inspiration for Tulu designs in travel, whether it’s India, Burma, or Spain Hewitt is always on the lookout for inspiration. Today we are going to look at some of the amazing pillows available from Tulu done up in amazing patterns and beautiful colors. Visit the Tulu website here when you have a chance and we’ll be back in the near future to see what other beautiful things catch our eye. Enjoy!!!

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