'Furniture'

Dick Cavett’s Montauk Home

August 4, 2017

By Tab Byrum

If you are like me and of a certain age then you remember the Dick Cavett show in the 1960’s and 70’s. For those of you too young to remember, Cavitt hosted a talk show where he was known for letting the famous people and celebrities of the day just come on and talk and be themselves. Cavitt got his start as a comedy writer for Jack Parr and Johnny Carson. CBS Sunday Morning recently did a story on Cavitt and his beautiful home in Montauk, New York called Tick Hall. Cavitt and his wife Carrie purchased the home in the 1970’s and restored the home to its original grandeur but then the entire place burned to the ground while some roof work was being done on the house. Cavitt and his wife decided to rebuild the house EXACTLY as it had been. The couple used old photos and their personal photographs to help architects reconstruct the home that was originally built in the 1880’s by the legendary firm of McKim, Mead, and White. Today the 80-year-old Dick Cavett has decided to sell his beautiful home and the remaining land around it, asking price is $62 million dollars. Cavitt’s wife Carrie died in 2006 and he says deciding to sell the home was one of the hardest decisions he’s had to make. I’m sharing some beautiful images of Tick Hall with you today, a truly gorgeous home and setting. Enjoy!!!

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Charley Harper Collection From West Elm

July 25, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Yesterday we explored the artwork of American artist Charley Harper, I was doing that for two reasons. First, because I enjoy his artwork and second because West Elm just announced a new collection of items in their stores and available online that they’ve created in conjunction with the Charley Harper estate. There are several wonderful pieces available from West Elm, a wonderful chair done in a print we featured yesterday and some wall art. I particularly like the pieces for the kitchen, the white ceramic trays decorated in Charley Harper prints run from $8 to $19. I’ve gathered up some photos today for you to see of some of the items, check them out at West Elm’s website here when you have a chance, for now, Enjoy!!! (above, Tapestry Wall Art)

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French Bergere Chairs

July 13, 2017

By Tab Byrum

In keeping with our theme this week of all things French in celebration of Bastille Day on Friday the 14th, we are going to look at a piece of furniture given to us by the French, the Bergere Chair. The Bergere Chair is an upholstered armchair that is upholstered on the back, seat, and armrests. Much of the wooden frame of a Bergere Chair will be visible with the seat being the only “over upholstered” part of the chair. When I was in retail we sold a lot of Bergere chairs and they are still very popular today in many forms. I’ve seen Bergere Chairs in many different styles and sizes, some come with ottomans, some have the wooden supports of the seat back showing, some have elegant curves to their body, and some are very straight. The chair made its first appearance in France during the Règence period and has never left the worlds of interior and furniture design. Join me today for a look at these beautiful pieces of furniture, who knows, maybe a Bergere Chair is what you are needing in your life. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Revolutionary Style: Louis XVI

July 12, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today is a Best Of Tabulous Design as we look back at an article I wrote and posted three years ago this week on the Louis XVI style of decorating. We’ll be going with a French theme all this week as our friends in France prepare to celebrate Bastille Day this Friday, July 14th. Join me now for a little design history lesson and Enjoy!!!louis16_1

King Louis XVI

Today we stay in France (I wish) and focus on the decorating style known as Louis XVI or Neoclassicism.    Louis XVI and his wife Marie-Antoinette were the unlucky monarchs on the throne at the time of the French Revolution, and as we know it didn’t end well for Louis and Marie, they both lost their heads over the whole situation.  The Rococo style of decorating had been in favor for many years in Europe, but in the latter years of Louis’ reign, there was a kind of revolt against the excessive curves and carvings of Rococo in favor of a more streamlined look of right angles and straight lines.  Furniture was now described as restrained, with a definite Greek influence in the use of fluted columns, the Greek key, and band, laurel wreaths, and animals such as dolphins and monkeys as well as shells and flowers.  King Louis was said to have loved pastel colors and was also heavily influenced by his Austrian-born wife Marie and her tastes as she began having custom furniture made for her apartments at Versailles.  The French Revolution began in 1789, but Louis and his family weren’t formally arrested until 1792.  Louis XVI was executed by guillotine in January of 1793, he was only 38 years old.  Here’s a peek at the design legacy left to us by the last Bourbon King of France. (above image via) Read More

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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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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Topiary Collection by Richard Schultz

June 5, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I was flipping through a design magazine the other evening, the focus of the article was on the remodel of a family’s NYC condo but in one of the pictures the owners were sitting on their terrace in a wonderful piece of outdoor furniture and the bench was attributed to designer Richard Schultz. I was immediately fascinated by this bench that the magazine described as “lacy,” I began poking around on the internet and discovered the Topiary Outdoor Furniture Collection by Richard Schultz for Knoll. The collection of chairs, tables, benches, and ottomans was designed by Schultz to resemble a shrub that has been trimmed to look like a piece of furniture. The furniture is made from sheets of aluminum that have been bent, stamped, folded and are powdered coated so the furniture can be left outside year round. Since the furniture is bent and folded there are few sharp edges, instead each piece is “a flowing sculptural design” that blends in with its outdoor setting. There are some thirteen different colors to choose from and the collection is offered here on the Knoll website. Today I’ve brought you some images of the pieces available, I just LOVE this. Enjoy!!!

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Modern Farmhouse: Furniture & Accessories

May 30, 2017

By Tab Byrum

There are a lot of things you can use to decorate your Modern Farmhouse, it all depends on the look you want to have when you are finished. If you want to go all country then maybe you are going to be into rustic antique furniture, lamps made of jugs and spools, and artwork of landscapes and farm animals. If you decide to go the other way and not decorate in a rustic manner in your Modern Farmhouse maybe you’ll choose to incorporate crystal on the light fixtures, pottery and glass lamps, artwork with brighter colors and a more contemporary look. Whatever you decide to use and however you decide to decorate there are plenty of things out there for you to use and to make your house your home. Today we are going to look at a few furniture and accessory ideas for decorating a Modern Farmhouse, Enjoy!! Read More

The Knole Sofa

May 17, 2017

By Tab Byrum

One of my favorite sofas is the Knole Sofa, named for Knole House in Sevenoaks, Kent, England. Originally the Knole Sofa was meant to be a throne type chair that a monarch would sit on when receiving guests. The sofa often has adjustable high arms and very deep seating, often there are finials on top of the arms where tassels are hung off the finials and are used to adjust the arms of the sofa. You’ve probably seen Knole sofas used in movies and television shows, think the Downton Abbey library, and didn’t know it. I had always noticed these sofas on TV and in movies and the first time I saw one in person was at an open house of a new home that a designer I was working for had decorated. Knole sofas are usually covered in heavier fabrics such as velvet, chenille, or a tapestry print but over the years some people have covered them in less formal fabrics which I love. Knole sofas aren’t small by any means and would be hard to use in a smaller home or apartment, I’ve gathered images of several different Knole Sofas done in different types of fabrics to give you an idea of their look and how to use them. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Beautiful Benches From Grandin Road

April 11, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I always enjoy flipping through the Grandin Road catalog when it arrives, they always have beautiful stuff year round and it’s a treat to see what they have new every Spring for outdoor use. I love a good bench and Grandin Road always has a lovely collection of colorful seating that can be used either outside or inside. A couple of years ago Mom ordered an indoor/outdoor bench from Grandin Road in a wonderful shade of green, we had a pad made for the bench in black and white houndstooth and it looks great. Their benches are not only beautiful and fun to look at but also comfortable. I want to share a few of the benches with you today and we’ll have a look at other great merchandise from Grandin Road in the days to come, in the meantime Enjoy!!!

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