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Getting The Blues: Chinoiserie Blue

June 22, 2017

By Tab Byrum

If I lived in a large home I would devote one room to Chinoiserie, which is defined as “the European interpretation and imitation of Chinese and East Asian artistic traditions, especially in the decorative arts, garden design, architecture, literature, theater, and music.” There’s something about the look at that appeals to me greatly. I think it’s the use of nature in their designs of pottery, china, wallpaper, and other decorative objects. Probably the best known Chinoiserie decorative product is Blue and White porcelain, I’ve discussed Blue Transferware before and Delft Pottery after our trip last year to Amsterdam and the Netherlands, but today I want to look at Chinoiserie Blue as part of our look at decorating with different shades of Blue. Chinoiserie Blue has a distinct feel to it, it’s very natural as far as the decorations used in Chinoiserie since of course nature is very important in Asia. Chinoiserie is also known for its use of scenes depicting life, whether it’s everyday life or life in a royal palace. Join me for a look at Chinoiserie Blue and how you can do a little or a lot to enhance your home and its decor. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Getting The Blues: Chambray Blue

June 20, 2017

By Tab Byrum

One of my favorite shades of blue is a color I think of as Chambray, a color that I hold near and dear because of my dad. My dad retired a little over a year ago at the age of 80 and almost every day that he headed out the door to work he was wearing a Chambray Blue shirt, or workshirt as we referred to them. He has short sleeved ones for summer and long sleeved for Fall and Winter and they all have snaps, no buttons. Chambray to me is an in-between shade of blue, it’s not a Light Blue like we looked at yesterday and it’s not dark or Navy Blue, it’s just a pretty Blue that works with lots of other colors. I particularly like Chambray Blue for accessory pieces like pillows, throws, or even draperies and especially bedding. Today we are going to look at the Chambray shade of Blue and I hope this inspires and gives you some great ideas. 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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Designer Robert Stilin

June 6, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Recently I did a series of posts on the Modern Farmhouse trend in design and home decor and in doing that series I ran across the work of Interior Designer Robert Stilin. Stilin is based in New York and has more than 25 years experience in designing and decorating homes in his seemingly effortless style. Stilin is known for creating casual elegance using antiques and contemporary art along with clean architecture. Stillin’s design work has run the gamut from beach front homes to country houses and a penthouse office in the Meatpacking District of New York City. Today I thought we would take a look at the work of Robert Stilin, see how he combines old and new to get that perfect look, Enjoy!!!

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Pillowfort Bathroom From Target

April 10, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Last week we took a look at the Pillowfort Bedroom collection from Target and today we continue to focusing on that collection with a look at merch for the bathroom. The multicolored striped towels above were the thing that caught my eye last week as well as several other fun things. This collection is geared towards kids but there are lots of things you could use in a lake house, a pool bath or just if you’re a “fun” adult. There are lots of fun patterns to choose from and great color combinations, so here we go, exploring Pillowfort from Target. Enjoy!!!

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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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Pillowfort Bedding From Target

April 4, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We were in Target the other day looking to see if they had a bath mat to go with some new towels we had recently purchased when I ran across their Pillowfort collection. The thing that caught my eye was the fun striped towels I saw but we’ll talk about their bathroom collection later this week. I know this collection is geared towards children and decorating their bedrooms and bathrooms but there are definitely some things in the Pillowfort collection I would use as an adult. Enough talk, let’s check out Pillowfort from Target, let me know what you think and Enjoy!!!

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Women’s History Month ~ Iris Apfel

March 31, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Iris Apfel

 

Iris Apfel, like her jewelry, is bigger than life. Known for her beautiful clothes, large chunky jewelry and big glasses Iris Apfel has been making her way in the world of design for years. Iris and her husband Carl launched the successful textile firm, Old World Weavers, in 1950 and ran it until retiring in 1992. Iris has been the subject of documentaries, books and is always a fixture on the New York fashion scene. As we celebrate Women’s History Month and women who have made a mark in the world of design. For a more in-depth look at Iris Apfel click here to see a post I did on her in August 2014. 

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 ~ Nancy Lancaster

March 29, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Nancy Lancaster

 

Nancy Lancaster was a force to be reckoned with, born in Virginia Nancy made her mark in the world after she moved to England with her second husband. Nancy Lancaster is often credited with creating the English Country Home look as well as helping found the decorating firm of Colefax & Fowler. The country house look is known for using color, chintz fabrics, antiques. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are remembering Nancy Lancaster and her work in design. For a more in-depth look at Lancaster click here to see a post I did on her life in September 2015.


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