'Holidays'

Hello June!!!

June 1, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s hard to believe but today is the first day of June, a new month and as with the beginning of any new month we need to remember and take a look at important holidays and upcoming events during the month of June. Read on for reminders on holidays and their specific dates and some reminders on celebrations that last the whole month. I hope June is a wonderful month for you and check back to tomorrow as we continue looking at design in all its many forms, Enjoy!!!

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Memorial Day 2017

May 29, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Remember those who served before.
Remember those who are no more. 
Remember those who serve today.
Remember them all on Memorial Day.
~Emily Toma

Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. (via)

Today is the unofficial start to Summer, a time for breaking with the regular routine of school and activities, a time for relaxing when possible, enjoying life and the warmer longer days ahead. I want to remind everyone today though, of the true reason for Memorial Day, today is the day to remember those who gave all to keep our country a free nation so that ALL may enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We remember the men and women who fought in the Revolution that led to the beginnings of our great nation as well as those who have fought in wars on foreign shores to keep invaders from coming to America. We also remember those who have fought and died in wars that erupted from one country invading a country we call a friend and a war that has been going on for more than a fifteen years now after the attacks made upon us on September 11, 2001. We should all enjoy this day off but please stop for a moment and remember the real reason for today, Memorial Day. 

The Normandy American Cemetry overlooking Omaha Beach, Normandy, France (via)

Mother’s Day: Initial Necklace From gigglosophy

May 8, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The craze for initials always seems to come and go but never go completely away, I still think there’s something sharp about a nice monogram on shirts, cuffs, pillows and especially jewelry. Today we’re going to look at Initial Necklaces from Etsy shop, gigglosophy. The necklaces are all handmade and use uppercase letters that are either gold or silver plated. The letters are on a delicate gold or silver chains and most are made to hang sideways except for a few letters which are O, V, W, X, and Z. Each necklace comes in its own gift box, these are great for mom to wear with jeans and a t-shirt or a little black dress. Show mom some love and give her the first initial of her name or maybe the first initial of your families last name, check out the gigglosophy Etsy page here and see several selections on great gifts for mom this Mother’s Day on May 14th. Enjoy!!

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Mom’s Day Gifts: Rizzoli Books

May 3, 2017

By Tab Byrum

One of my favorite things to both give and get as a gift is a book, books have always been a huge part of my life and always will be. I love a big thick coffee table tome full of beautiful photos and wonderful descriptions of what we’re seeing. I thought today I would share some recently published beauties from Rizzoli, the ultimate authority on all things coffee table book. There are so many more books than I’m covering here today so visit the Rizzoli website here and check out all the most recent publications. We’re going to start with the above book, Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes,  which is described as, “Through a playful series of alphabetical vignettes, Manolo Blahník reveals his ideas and inspirations in newly photographed examples of shoes and whimsical drawings.”  Join me now for a look at several other books that Mom might love that focus on fashion, flowers, interior design and home decor. Enjoy!!! 

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Mother’s Day Gifts From Rifle Paper Co.

May 2, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Rifle Paper Company not only has beautiful greeting cards for mom this Mother’s Day but also beautiful gifts. The stationery line at Rifle goes far beyond cards and tablets as you’ll see today. There are beautiful address books for mom to keep track of family and friends and if mom is a cook there are gorgeous recipe boxes and cards so mom can record all those recipes we’re all so fond of. If you want to get mom a piece of art this year there are beautiful art prints featuring the stylized flowers and colors that Rifle uses so beautifully. Join me today for a look at gifts in stationery from Rifle Paper Company or visit their website here and Enjoy!!! (above image Coral Botanical Art Print)

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Mother’s Day Cards From Rifle Paper Co.

May 1, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Mother’s Day is two weeks from yesterday on Sunday, May 14th, so let’s start planning now how we can make this a great day for all our moms. One thing moms love to receive are beautiful greeting cards, whether you send it in the mail or attach it to a gift, a beautiful Mother’s Day card always makes a good impression and brings a smile to mom’s face. Rifle Paper Company is one of my favorite card and stationery companies, I love their designs and the colors they use. Their designs are fun and have a retro feel to them, all the cards I’m sharing with you today are blank on the inside so you can write a personal message to mom. To see all the cards available from Rifle you can view their website here and check back tomorrow as we look at some of the great gift ideas for mom from Rifle Paper Company. Enjoy!!! (above image Happy Mother’s Day)

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Vintage Easter

April 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Hello and Happy Good Friday everyone, I love anything vintage, especially when it comes to the holidays. I thought today we would take a look at vintage Easter images as we prepare to celebrate the biggest holiday of the Spring season. I can never quite put my finger on why I like anything vintage, I suppose it has something to do with memories, a lot of these things remind me of grandparents and great-grandparents. I hope you enjoy what I’ve put together today and have a very Happy Easter. Check back later this morning when I’ll share ideas of using Lilies in your Spring and Easter arrangements. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Easter Tablescape Ideas

April 13, 2017

By Tab Byrum

This week kind of got away from me and I didn’t get the tablescape done that I had planned but I wanted to share table decorations that I came up with a couple of years ago for an Easter table. Everything I used in this tablescape was from the Dollar Store, Big Lots, and Dollar General except for the fresh flowers which you can easily pick up at the grocery store. This decoration was quick, simple, fun and full of bright colors. Remember, you can take any of the ideas from the table and use any one or more of them for your dining table at home, buffet table or even a kid’s table. 

To see the whole blog post I wrote in 2015 click here, and as always, Enjoy!!!

Pier 1 Bunnies

April 12, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Easter is this Sunday and if you are needing some last minute ideas for decorations around the house or on your dining table then I’ve got some ideas for you. One great place to start is Pier 1, almost all major cities have a Pier 1 and of course, you can order online, although it may be a little late now. Pier 1 always has great choices in Holiday decorations for all seasons and today we are going to take a look at a few of the many and wonderful choices they have in Rabbits and Bunnies. Pier 1 has rabbits that are cute and homey and rabbits that look very high end as well as some that are very “artsy” looking. Any of these rabbits and bunnies can be combined with decorations you already own or you can pick up some of the other great decorating items Pier 1 has in stock. Join me for a trip down the bunny trail as we pay Peter Rabbit a visit, Enjoy!!!

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Homemade Easter Wreath

April 5, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I’m trying to come up with more holiday oriented posts for the blog, especially ones that include homemade merchandise that isn’t too difficult or too expensive to make. Back during the Christmas holidays I shared a homemade wreath I made for our front door and at the time I made a note to myself that this could easily be done for other holidays. With that in mind, I loaded up on ornaments, especially shatterproof, at the after Christmas sales, all of today’s ornaments came from At Home. But, unfortunately, life and work got in the way and Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day passed by and I didn’t’ get the wreaths done that I wanted to so I promised myself that I would DEFINITELY do a wreath for Easter and I made it yesterday. This really is an easy recipe to make this wreath, you need a wreath form, a spring colored garland to wrap the form, ornaments to hot glue to the garland and anything else you want to add for the holiday you’re doing, I used Easter eggs and chicks. For a step by step how to, you can revisit my Christmas Wreath post here and I’ve included some pictures of the finished product. Let me know what you think, I’m seriously thinking about making these to sell, thoughts? Enjoy!!!

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