'Home Plans'

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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Rockefeller Maine Getaway For Sale

August 3, 2017

By Tab Byrum

A few weeks I told you about the New York City home of David Rockefeller that recently came up for sale for $32.5 million dollars and I recently found out about another piece of Rockefeller real estate that came onto the market, Ringing Point. Ringing Point is the name given to the house and grounds in Maine that David and his wife Peggy owned on Mount Desert Island. The house has seven bedrooms and was designed by Peggy Rockefeller in 1972, in addition to the main house there is a guest house with its own two car garage and a building that Rockefeller used for his private study. Mrs. Rockefeller also took great pride in the gardens she designed on the grounds of the estate and they flow effortlessly into the natural moss covered ground and soaring pine trees. As you’ll see in the images I’m sharing today the house is fairly simple compared to the NYC townhouse I shared with you in June and has a wonderful warm feeling to it. If you decide to buy let me know, I’d love to come for a visit, for now, join me for a photographic tour. Enjoy!!!

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Rockefeller Home For Sale ~ $32.5 Million

June 28, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Several years ago Michael and I were in NYC and at the same time there was an exhibit of jewelry belonging to the Duchess of Windsor at Sotheby’s Auction House, you could view the jewels before the actual auction and at the same time there was a display of Old Master paintings up for viewing before their auction. We and a friend went to Sotheby’s to see the jewels, as we walked up to the front door of the auction house an elderly gentleman got out of a limousine and I immediately recognized him as David Rockefeller, the youngest grandchild of John D. Rockefeller. We followed Mr. Rockefeller in, we were told the jewels were on the second floor, we went to the elevator and Mr. Rockefeller got on our elevator. Long story short, I was a less than a foot away from David Rockefeller, a man I’ve read books about as well as his father and grandfather. Rockefeller died earlier this year in March leaving behind a massive fortune, huge art and antique collections and a legacy of collecting and philanthropy. Recently Rockefeller’s NYC home went on the market, he and his wife Peggy lived here for 69 years, making it their principal residence. We have several photos of the interior of the home to share today if you have an extra $33 million laying around this is a great investment opportunity. Join me for a tour to and I’ll give more details on the home with the photos. Enjoy!!!

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Modern Farmhouse: Exteriors

May 22, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I have a weakness for a beautiful farmhouse, you know the type, a two story house with a beautiful front porch that’s usually painted in a light color or white. Many times they’ll have lots of windows, remember there was a time when homes didn’t have AC and in the Summer opening up the windows on the house to the breeze was the only way to cool off and move the air. This week we are going to take a look at Modern Farmhouse, a trend where people are taking the classic farmhouse look and style and bringing it into the 21st century with finishes and ideas that are both modern and timeless but still make us think casual and earthy. Today we’re going to start by looking at Modern Farmhouse Exteriors and what it takes to attain the look, when I started looking into this for the blog I was amazed at how many trends I had already covered on Tabulous Design and we’ll also look at many of those trends. (above image via)

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Raleigh Designer Showhouse & Traditional Home

April 6, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I love a good showhouse, they’re always a great source for ideas to use in decorating our own homes and they’re also a wonderful way to connect with designers and homebuilders who can help you reach the goals you have for your home. Recently on Facebook, I saw a designer I follow, Scot Meacham Wood, had shared an article from Traditional Home on the recent showhouse in Raleigh, NC. The first thing that caught my attention was the outside of the house, I loved the whole look from the high pitched roof to the black and white color scheme and copper guttering and bright blue door, which you can see above. I checked out the TH article and the showhouse myself and knew I had to share it with you. The house is very colorful and vibrant with a wonderful use of patterns throughout the house in the use of wallpaper, rugs, tile, and fabric and I see several things I would love to do in my own home or incorporate into projects for client’s homes. Join me for a tour of the Raleigh Designer Showhouse, where all the ticket proceeds are going to Boys and Girls Clubs and is open through this coming Sunday, April 9th. Enjoy!!!

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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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Barndominium Living

August 31, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Barndominium, what you get when you combine the words barn and condominium and also something getting a lot of attention in the world of architecture and design. One definition I found for Barndominium is simply, “a Metal Building with inside living quarters.” There are a lot of great companies that build metal buildings and barns, here in Oklahoma metal barns are everywhere and used for storage, welding shops, and homes. One friend of mine built a barndominium outside my hometown of Hydro on the edge of a canyon, they have a beautiful home that’s very quiet and peaceful with an awesome view. Barndominiums can have all the luxuries of a regular home but the construction is less expensive, of course, you can increase the cost depending what you do with the building and what features you want in your home. I thought today we would take a look at this trend and exactly what people are doing to turn once plain metal buildings into homes, and just for the record, I would LOVE to have a barndominium. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Anderson Cooper’s Jungle Abode

July 12, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Don’t we all dream of having a place to escape to? A place that may even be hard to get to, secluded, secret and all our own, that’s exactly what Anderson Cooper has accomplished with the home he’s built in the Brazilian town of Trancoso. It takes Cooper and his partner, Benjamin Maisani, 14 hours to get to their vacation home from New York but by the looks of these pictures, it’s well worth the journey. Cooper says he first came to  Trancoso in 2013 with Benjamin and their friend Andy Cohen, Cooper says he was in love with the town and the area around it within a day of arriving and “fantasizing about buying a house there.” Cooper decided to go for his fantasy and gathered a team to help him buy property, design, build and decorate a home. Today the house sits on the edge of the beautiful rainforest, Cooper talks about sitting on the balcony reading and listening to monkeys in the distance. This house is beautiful, not overdone at all and incorporates wonderful antiques, but decoratively and structurally. One place Cooper and his designer had fun is with the light fixtures, you’ll notice lots of “different” lighting throughout the home. If you have a chance get the latest Architectural Digest magazine and check out the story of the house that Anderson built, for now here’s a peek inside, Enjoy!!!

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Living Large, Being Small

May 24, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Downsizing or living smaller is definitely becoming a trend in this world, whether you’re in favor of it due to personal, economic or environmental reasons one thing for certain is you don’t have to give up style and comfort to do it. I was very intrigued recently when I read an article about The Cottage Co., a company dedicated to “building pocket neighborhood communities of compact homes” in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. As you can see from the pictures I’m sharing today the homes all have a definite cottage/farmhouse feel to them and neighborhoods are landscaped beautifully. The homes feature great front porches to sit on and enjoy sunny days, there are wonderful kitchens with tons of storage and dine-in space as well as beautiful bedrooms and bathrooms. Many of the homes feature skylights and vaulted ceilings to help your smaller surroundings not feel so small. I’m definitely interested in this concept, wouldn’t this be a great thing to do in areas of cities that have gotten run down? Hopefully, there will be more companies like The Cottage Co. popping up across the country, in the meantime enjoy these images from their website and click on their name above in orange to visit their website. Enjoy!!!

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Sugarberry Cottage From Southern Living

May 5, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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For many people,  I know the trend in homes seems to be either stay with what you have or if they are building it’s to build something smaller and more manageable, that’s why I was very intrigued by the Sugarberry Cottage house plan from Southern Living. At 1,679 square feet, three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths, this house would be perfect for a family of two that has family who visits or a family with one or two children. As always I love the screened in porch and the large front porch across the front of the house, the Sugarberry would also make a great country getaway or lake house. Let’s check out this little gem, Enjoy!!!

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