'Furniture'

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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Ellen Degeneres Home Collection

March 29, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I admire Ellen Degeneres, she’s proven herself to be a wonderful, giving person who genuinely cares about other humans and animals. Ellen has never hidden the fact that she loves design, she’s known for buying homes, remodeling them and selling or flipping them. A while back I had seen an announcement that she was creating her own line of furniture and accessories for the home, and I was pleasantly surprised the other day when I received the latest Bed Bath & Beyond catalog in the mail with Ellen on the cover surrounded by her own products. I decided to check this out some more and I love what I’m seeing, beautiful furniture with a mid-century twist that’s up to date and timely. I thought today we would take a look at several of the pieces available through the Thomasville website and I’ll see what else I can find, Enjoy!!!

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“Comfortable Elegance” & Timothy Corrigan

March 10, 2017

By Tab Byrum

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One of the great things about attending the Design Bloggers Conference are the speakers, people who are experts in their fields of design, blogging, technology, PR, publishing and so much more, of course, some of my favorites are the designers that speak to us about their work and the world of design. One of those designers this year was Timothy Corrigan, Corrigan has design offices both in Los Angeles and Paris and is known for his signature style of “comfortable elegance”. Corrigan has worked for royalty around the world as well as corporate executives, movie stars and some people you may have never heard of. One thing Corrigan does that I love is incorporating antiques into a lot of the designs he does, he showed us some slides of homes he’s worked on and many of them were a combination of current furniture and art as well as antique and more classical pieces. In addition to working for others Timothy Corrigan has been working on a major project of his own, several years ago he purchased Chateau du Grande-Lucé in France’s Loire Valley. The chateau had fallen into great disrepair over the years but today has been restored and decorated and serves Corrigan as a private home. Join me today for a peek into the comfortably elegant world of Timothy Corrigan, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Presidents Day At Monticello

February 20, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Happy Presidents Day everyone, I hope you had a great weekend and are ready for a new week. Today in celebration of Presidents Day we are going to take a look at Monticello, the home of our nation’s third President, Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson began designing then building Monticello when he was 26 years old, on land he inherited after the death of his father, outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. Originally the land was a 5,000-acre plantation where Jefferson raised tobacco and mixed crops, later dropping the tobacco and raising wheat. Of course, there is controversy about Jefferson and his Virginia home because he used slave labor to build the house as well as farm the land. The house Thomas Jefferson designed and built is one of neoclassical design, inspired by Italian architect Andrea Palladio, the house is built at the top of an 850-foot peak and the name Monticello translates to Little Mount. Today the home is known for the wonderful view, the dome atop the building and being home to several of Jefferson’s own “inventions.” I’ve only been to Monticello once, after I graduated high school my class took our senior trip to Washington D.C. and New York City, Monticello was on our list of sites to see and to this day remains one of my favorites. I definitely want to go back as I know now I would appreciate Monticello more than I did at 18, for now, join me for a look at photos from Monticello as we tour the home of President Thomas Jefferson. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Sofa Choices ~ West Elm

February 17, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We’re about to the point at our house where we need a new sofa, we’ve had the current one for over 10 years, (yikes!!!!) and I’m trying to decide whether to recover our current sofa or buy a new one. Our current sofa doesn’t have any problems other than it’s outdated as far as fabric and needing the cushions plumped up, but the sofa is very traditional in shape and we find ourselves leaning towards a more contemporary look. With that in mind, I’ve been looking when I have time in stores and online as to what’s available and I know what I do like and what I don’t like. I thought on this Friday I would share a few choices I like from West Elm and in the days to come, I’ll share other choices from other suppliers. Let me know what you think and Enjoy!!!

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