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Truman’s White House Renovation

February 19, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Hello everyone and Happy President’s Day!! On this day that we remember all the people who have served our country as Commander In Chief I thought we would take a look at the beautiful home they live in for the time they serve in office, The White House and the major renovation it underwent in the late 40’s and early 1950’s. When the Trumans first moved into the Executive Mansion in 1945 they found the White House in a state of great disrepair, the house had been added onto several times even the addition of a third floor without adequate foundations to hold all the weight. There are stories of during the first two years of the Truman administration of rooms literally swaying on the second floor when people were walking across them and huge chandeliers on the first-floor swaying. It soon became evident that it was no longer safe for the President or anyone to live and work in the White House. President and Mrs. Truman moved across the street to Blair House and a total and complete renovation ensued on the White House. After four years, 1948 to 1952, the Trumans were able to move back in the home and feel safe and proud. The White House Historical Association have amazing pictures, some of which I’m sharing today, of the work as it went on in the house and the final results. Join me today for a trip back in time as we see how the people’s house was saved and made safe and beautiful for all of us. Enjoy!!!

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Mad For Indigo

January 10, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I’ve talked a lot on the blog about the color Blue, whether it’s Navy Blue, Tiffany Blue, Sky Blue, blue pottery, blue cabinets, you get the gist. Recently I’ve been seeing a lot about the Blue hue known as Indigo and decided to delve into it. Indigo is a deep, rich color and is one of the colors of a rainbow. Indigo is between Blue and Violet in the color spectrum and it gets its name from the Indigo Dye that is made from the plant, Indigofera Tinctoria and was first used around 1289. Today Indigo is a very popular color, both in the world of Fashion and in Interior Design, it works very well with other colors like yellow, green, gold, silver, pink and is strong enough to stand on its own. I always think of Indigo as a good pair of blue jeans. Today we are going to take a look at some uses of Indigo in design and how Indigo appears in our everyday lives, color is all around us, you just have to stop and look for it. In the coming days, we’ll look at how Indigo is used in home decor and decorating but for today just let it soak in. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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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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15 Interior Design Predictions For 2018

January 2, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I always think it’s interesting to see what “experts” say the trends will be in Interior Design and Fashion when we begin a new year, so I thought we would look at 15 predictions that recently appeared in Vogue Magazine concerning what’s HOT and what’s NOT in 2018. We are going to look at seven predictions today and eight more tomorrow. Some of these I can totally get behind and some of them caused me to roll my eyes, trends always bug me a little because I think you have to decorate your home the way you want it to be, I always tell my clients that it’s their home and they live in it so it needs to be what they like. One of the trends we’ll be talking about is a curated home as opposed to a decorated home, that’s one I can totally get behind and I’ll go into more detail later. As for now, here are seven purported trends, let me know what you think and as always, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Ultra Violet: Pantone Color of the Year, 2018

December 12, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We’re taking a little break today from coverage of all things Christmas to look at the just-announced Pantone Color of the Year for 2018, Ultra Violet. The first thing I thought of when saw this color was rock star Prince and his love of the color purple, in both his clothing and his songs. Pantone says about Ultra Violet, “Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.” I’ve said before that Purple is not my favorite color but I have to admit it’s growing on me and I do love to mix it with certain other colors, like orange, red, and green. This Ultra Violet hue of purple is gorgeous and would look wonderful as the main color of a room or outfit as well as an accent color. I’ll share a look at some images today of Ultra Violet in the design world and hopefully, you’ll find some inspiration. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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My New Bedroom Drapes

November 20, 2017

By Tab Byrum

A few weeks ago I shared with you that we had gotten new bedding, a friend of mine has sewn for me for clients for several years and she and her husband were retiring and moving to Utah so I had her do this one last thing for me. The bedding turned out awesome and I am so happy and proud of it. I also had her make drapes for the bedroom windows but we didn’t get those hung immediately but we did this past weekend. I’m so happy with how they turned out and want to share how they look as well as share some pics of artwork I’ve hung in the bedroom as well. I’ll go into more detail with the pictures. Have a great Monday and Enjoy!!!

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Thanksgiving Tablescapes 2017

November 6, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s November 6th and two weeks from this Thursday is Thanksgiving so I thought today we would look at some ideas for decorating your family’s table for this bountiful holiday. You don’t have to do anything too elaborate and with lots of people sitting around a table with plates and glasses it’s probably better to keep it simple. A tablecloth is always a great way to begin but if you have a beautiful table maybe just put a fabric runner down the center, I think it’s nice to have something down the center of the table that kind of gives you a “boundary” of where to keep the decorations. Right now burlap is really a hot look and lots of the craft and decorating stores have pre-cut burlap runners available. I also like to find an inexpensive fabric in a color that works with my decorating scheme and get enough of it that you can bunch it up on the table and “nestle” pumpkins and candles in the folds. A good way to know how much fabric to get is to measure the length of your table and buy one and a half or up to two times as much fabric as your table is long, if your table is six feet long (72 inches) then get 144 inches or 4 yards of fabric. I have some images to share with you today of ideas that won’t break the bank but still give you a lot of bang for your buck. Enjoy!!! (image via)

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My New Bedding

October 17, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I’ve put it off literally for years but decided to bite the bullet, make the decisions and have new bedding made for our bedroom at home. I had a color scheme in mind for about the last 4 years and had been buying and collecting fabrics over that time, I love working with fabric, choosing colors and putting them together. My friend who sews bedding, draperies, and pillows for me recently announced her husband is retiring and they are moving to Utah so I knew if I wanted her to create it I had to act soon. I opted for a neutral, warm, and masculine color scheme of gray, brown, tan, and taupe, I played off the new headboard we had made a few years ago. The headboard is a wingback design with button tufting done in brown leather, I also used a fabric that I bought from Mood Fabrics in NYC. The fabric from Mood is from their fashion line and is used in men’s suiting, it’s a gray and brown herringbone pattern. I had the bed skirt, a pair of pillows and draperies made from the men’s suiting fabric and then used other accent fabrics from the local fabric stores here in Oklahoma City for the other pillows and the bedspread. OK, time for less talk and more showing, Enjoy!!!

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Pantone Fall 2017 ~ Marina & Autumn Maple

August 18, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today is the last day looking at the top 10 colors that Pantone has chosen for the upcoming Fall and Winter season in Fashion which also transfers over to interior design. Our first color today is Marina, a cool blue color that calls to mind bright blue skies, blue tiled pools, and blue hydrangeas. “Cool with an enhanced vitality, Marina is the only truly cool color in the fall palette that brings with it freshness and brightness,” is how Pantone describes this beautiful Blue. The tenth color on the list is Autumn Maple and its name truly says it all, “A quintessential autumn color, Autumn Maple is tawny and russet, introducing warmth into the palette.” Autumn Maple calls to mind Pumpkins, falling leaves, and Gingerbread. Join me for a look at some images to give you a better idea about these colors, Enjoy!!! (above via & via)

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Pantone Fall 2017 ~ Navy Peony & Neutral Gray

August 16, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s day three of our look at the 10 colors of Pantone that are supposed to be the most popular in the coming Fall and Winter months, today we are looking at Navy Peony and Neutral Gray. I love navy blue, it goes so well with so many colors, especially in fashion. Of their Navy Peony Pantone says, “A mainstay for the season for both palettes, Navy Peony is a dependable and an anchoring shade. Solid and stable, the hue takes some of the load off of black as a go-to neutral.” While I won’t be giving up black for navy I do have a lot of navy in my wardrobe and love to decorate with the color. Gray is still a hot color both in home decor and fashion so it’s no surprise that Natural Gray is on the list of top 10 colors for Fall. Gray is a wonderful neutral color and works with so many other colors beautifully, of Neutral Gray Pantone says, “ The standard bearer of all neutrals, Neutral Gray shares the anchoring role with Navy Peony in this palette. It can be used as an accent or a head-to-toe statement shade.”  Join me now for a look at some examples of our two colors and see how strong they are both together and apart. Enjoy!!! (above via & via)

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