'Home Accessories'

14 Ideas For Above The Kitchen Cabinets

August 24, 2018

By Tab Byrum

If you have upper kitchen cabinets then you may be familiar with the struggle of whether to decorate or not decorate above the upper cabinets and if you do decorate then WHAT TO DO???. I have gone both ways with clients over the years, some we have displayed different things they already own, sometimes we’ve gone out and bought all new stuff for above the cabinets and sometimes we have left them completely blank. Today I want to share an article from House Beautiful on what to do in that pesky area between the tops of your cabinets and the ceiling of your kitchen. You can click here to see the full article in House Beautiful online and I’ll also share a few of their ideas with you. What do you do above the cabinets, I personally like the idea of the wallpaper. Whatever you do, please promise me no artificial greenery. Have a great day a wonderful weekend and Enjoy!!!

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Mixing Traditional & Rock-N-Roll In Texas

August 8, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I love mixing it up as far as interior design goes, mixing styles, types of furniture, you know contemporary and antiques. Today we are looking at a home that was recently featured in Traditional Home magazine, it’s a very traditional home in style and decor but what stands out is the amazing art collection, much of it having to do with rock and roll and the people who perform it. The home is in Houston and is owned by a 58-year-old banker who loves music, he bought the 5,800 square foot home after about a third of it was completed so he was able to upgrade and make changes to the interiors before the home was too far along. Today the house is home to beautiful furniture, accessories, and artwork that reflect the taste of its owner. I love how the artwork is what brings color to much of the house and the furniture and upholstery are done in softer colors and provide a neutral background. Join me for a tour of this beautiful home and remember you’re never too old to rock-n-roll. Enjoy!!!

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Fun Pillows @ One Casa Bella

August 6, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I recently saw some really fun and bright pillows on sale at Hautelook that were from One Casa Bella so I went to check out their site and see what other dreamy pillows they have to offer. They have a lot of fun themes on their pillows for pet lovers, coffee drinkers and just about anything else you can think 0f, especially as people are thinking about setting up dorm rooms or first apartments. One Bella Casa also has fun wall decor, items for the kitchen, tote bags and much more. We’ll be checking out more of what OBC has to offer in the near future but join me today for a quick look at some of the fun pillows they have and check out all theĀ others when you have a chance. Enjoy!!!

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Adding Color Thru Art & Fabrics

July 9, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I LOVE COLOR!!!! I have always loved color and will always use color but with that being said I also have to say that as I grow older I enjoy a neutral background as far as my home is concerned. I like having lighter and neutral colored walls, a sort of blank canvas that I can then decorate and “paint” the look I want using artwork and fabrics on the upholstered furniture and window treatments. Today we are looking at a home in Atlanta that when it was first built the homeowners did a much more neutral palette in the colors they used, they refer to the original look as Tuscan or Mediterranean. Today they have changed out some of the floorings in the house and brought in a lot more color using their furniture and artwork. The homeowner says after several years she was ready for a change, wanted to brighten things up and have a more”transitional feel” to the home. Join me today for a tour of this gorgeous home and see how you can bring in pattern and color without going overboard. Enjoy!!!

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Going Gray In The Kitchen

July 2, 2018

By Tab Byrum

If you are a wine drinker than you no doubt know about Robert Mondavi wines and the beautiful estate and vineyard where the grapes are grown for the wine. A few years ago a 100-year-old house on the estate of the Charles Krug Winery, which is owned by the Mondavi family, was used as the Traditional Home Napa Valley Show House. During the transformation, the kitchen of the home was redone and it was decided the house would be used as an entertaining space so the kitchen needed to be updated and made into a showplace. The color gray was chosen as the main color to be used in the kitchen of the house and in a big way, all the cabinetry is gray. There wasn’t time to rip out the existing cabinets and build and install new ones so the existing cabinets were used. Some upper cabinets in the kitchen were removed to make the kitchen feel larger and some were redone to make it possible to house appliances like the range and new refrigerator. Join me today for a tour of this beautiful kitchen done in gray tones and I’ll go into more detail with the photos. Enjoy!!!

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Brooke Shields NYC Townhouse

June 22, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I was just in New York City last week on a trip with friends and because of that, I’ve been focused on all things New York. I’ve always said if I won the lottery and had unlimited funds I would have a place in NYC, a place to call my own in the Big Apple and not have to worry about hotel reservations ever again. I love looking at the apartments and townhouses of people who live in NYC and of course, many celebrities are more than willing to open their doors to newspapers and magazines like Architectural Digest, the place today where we get a tour of Brooke Shields’ beautiful townhouse. The home was originally built in 1910 and by the time Shields and her husband purchased the home she says it needed a complete gut job. Shields ended up using an NYC architectural firm to redesign and update the home and turned to a friend to help with the decoration. She asked David Flint Wood, partner of designer India Hicks, to help make the home as beautiful and comfortable as the Caribbean getaway where he and Hicks lived. Today the townhouse is a direct reflection of Brooke Shields’ life and work with antiques that had been in storage now being used and loved. Shields’ mother, Terri, was a great collector and often visited flea markets, Brooke has managed to incorporate a lot of her mother’s finds from over the years in her home. Join me today for a tour of Brooke Shields’ beautiful home and Enjoy!!!

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Geometric Home Decor

May 25, 2018

By Tab Byrum

On Wednesday we talked about the use of geometric shapes in design, we looked at a wallpaper, tile, rugs, and painting shapes on walls. Today we are going to continue with that theme and look at Geometry and shapes in home decor. Shapes have long been the inspiration for certain pieces, who hasn’t been on a hunt for the perfect square coffee table or a perfectly sized round table for the kitchen or breakfast room. We often frame our artwork or mirrors in rectangles to hang horizontally or vertically but aren’t round frames more interesting? Today you can find fun shapes everywhere, in vases, and pillows as well as clocks, wall hangings and even headboards for your bed. Take a look at the fun geometry inspired items I found today and as always, Enjoy!!! (via)

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Color Blocking: Purple & Yellow

April 4, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Color blocking is defined as taking colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel and pairing them together to create a look, this has been done for years in fashion and is now being looked at more and more in home decor. The idea of color blocking was originally conceivedĀ of by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian who is thought of as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. While not all of the color combinations come from being opposite each other on the color wheel, red and yellow are only separated by three other colors on the wheel, that’s where we are going to start with our look of color pairings. We are going to start with Yellow and Purple, a very striking combination that combines the deep, rich hue of purple and the bright happy color of sunshine and butter. Join me today for a look at our first Color Blocking combo, is this something you could do in your home? Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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At Home With Designer Vern Yip

April 3, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I’ve always enjoyed watching design shows on TV hosted by designer Vern Yip so I was excited the other day when I stumbled onto a Traditional Home online article about Yip’s home he shares with his partner Craig and their two children. Yip was born in Hong Kong but grew up in Virginia where he graduated from high school in 1986 and attended the University of Virginia and earned degrees in economics and chemistry. Yip was all prepared to attend medical school when he changed his mind and decided to study architecture instead, graduating from Georgia Tech with a Masters in Architecture. Today Yip is known for his classic designs imbued with color and personality and hosting shows on HGTV and TLC’s Trading Spaces. Vern Yip is now based in Atlanta and lives in a 1925 home. I love the design of this family’s home, there are so many traditional elements such as paneling, wide baseboards, large arched windows, and wood floors all done with lots of colors. Of course, you could also totally carry off this decorating scheme using neutrals for a very sophisticated look and feel. Join me for a tour of Vern Yip and Craig Koch’s Atlanta home and be inspired. Enjoy!!!

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Lilly Pulitzer At Pottery Barn

March 27, 2018

By Tab Byrum

The Lilly Pulitzer brand is known for bright colors and tropical patterns and combining the two into fun beachwear and fashion but they recently worked with Pottery Barn and created collections for Pottery Barn, PB Kids, and PBTEEN. Today we are going to start off by looking at the collection designed for Pottery Barn that runs the gamut as far as color and pattern. While a lot of you ladies will be partial to the pinks and greens I’m especially loving the Reds and Blues just because that’s one of my favorite combos. The collection has everything from beach towels to pillows, bedding, rugs and even planters. Join me for a tour as we get ready for the warmer days of Spring and Summer with Lilly Pulitzer and Pottery Barn, Enjoy!!!

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