'Inspiration'

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 conceived 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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Rome: A Snowy Day At The Vatican

March 22, 2018

By Tab Byrum

We went to sleep on Sunday with rain falling and woke on Monday morning to snow, we had heard there was a possibility of snow but no one seemed to be taking it very seriously. We had booked a special tour of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel for this day and the tour was scheduled to begin at 7:30 am, before the doors usually open to tourists. We got up and headed out about 6:30 and by the time we did the snow was falling very heavily and there was a strong wind, so armed with down jackets and umbrellas we set off for The Vatican. We had about a mile walk and it wasn’t too bad, we arrived at the Vatican and it was gorgeous. We finally met up with our tour guide after some confusion of where we were meeting, her name was Sabrina and she was charming. Sabrina told us this was only the third time it had snowed in Rome in her lifetime and the last snow had been six years ago. Sabrina led us to the tour entrance of the Vatican and we set off first for the Sistine Chapel and I’m so glad we did, by the time we entered the Chapel they were telling us that the Vatican was going to be shut down due to the weather and the inability of employees to get to work. We got in and spent about 20 minutes in the Sistine Chapel, if you ever have the opportunity to visit the Chapel do it because it’s breathtaking. The colors are so intense and to think that Michelangelo did all of this on scaffolding and ladders. Unfortunately, you aren’t allowed to take photos of the chapel ceiling but I do have lots of other photos to share of the parts of the Vatican we toured and some beautiful photos of our snowy day in Rome. We weren’t able to tour St. Peter’s Basilica or the Vatican Museums because they did close for the remainder of the day, oh well, we’ll just have to go back. Enjoy!!!

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Rome: Palatine Hill & The Coliseum

March 21, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Our first full day of sightseeing for our group started on Sunday morning, we got up and grabbed some breakfast downstairs in Cajo & Gajo then headed off towards the Palatine Hill and The Coliseum. Palatine Hill is the place where the palace of the Roman Emporers was located. These were not just large homes for the Italian rulers but they were literally small cities unto themselves with shops, baths, restaurants and so much more. Today the ruins of the Palatine give us a glimpse at what life was like a couple thousand years ago. Of course, we’ve all heard of The Coliseum in Rome, the outdoor theater where gladiators fought to the death, Christians were fed to lions and all sorts of fantastic shows were staged to entertain the citizens of Rome. Today both of these places stand in ruin but are still amazing to see, if you ever get to either definitely go in, especially The Coliseum, it’s hard to understand exactly how large it is until you are in it. I’ll go a little more in-depth with today’s photos, Enjoy!!!

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The Homes Of Givenchy

March 16, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Earlier this week we looked at and talked about the life and legacy of Hubert de Givenchy, the French fashion designer who died this past Saturday. While doing research on Givenchy I was happy to find photos and information on his homes. At one time Givenchy owned three homes in his native France but from what I can find he had sold two of the homes and retained his beloved chateau outside of Paris where he lived the last years and days of his life. Today we are looking at his Paris home and his Chateau, they are both decorated to the hilt in the classic French style, filled with beautiful antiques, fabrics, books, and light. Join me for a tour of these two homes and hopefully find some inspiration in the decoration and tastes of a design master. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Tabulous Travels: Italy 2018

March 15, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Hello!!! If we’re friends on Facebook or if you follow me on Instagram on Tabulous Design then you know that we recently went on a two-week vacation in Italy and it was amazing. I’ll be sharing different aspects of our trip with you here on the blog over the next couple of weeks. I’ll look at all the design aspects of a beautiful and historic country like Italy as well as the individual cities we visited. We had some wonderful adventures and some amazing surprises, especially where the weather is concerned. Today I’m going to share a few of the several hundred photographs we took on the trip just to entice you. If you’ve ever considered going to Italy and are where you can in your life than I strongly encourage you to do so, it’s amazing. Enjoy!!!

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Tabulous Home Tour: John Demsey

March 2, 2018

By Tab Byrum

John Demsey is obviously a brave man, he’s the President of Estée Lauder, not afraid of color and recently remodeled and decorated a 5,300 square foot, 6 story New York City townhouse. Demsey and his daughter didn’t have to go far to find their new home, it’s just 2 doors down from the townhome he had been renting for the last 10 years. Demsey tells Architectural Digest he was ready to plant a stake in the ground and create a home, he has created an altar to color, pattern, and art that is hard to look away from. Demsey has filled the home with color everywhere, from the walls and rugs to fabrics and light fixtures. A gorgeous home has also been created for Demsey’s wonderful art collection which includes 575 pieces of photography. Join me today for a tour of this kaleidoscope of color in a home and remember to be inspired, you don’t have to do it all but maybe you see something that might work for you. Enjoy!!!

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Tabulous Look Back: February Violets

February 27, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Violets are the flower assigned to the month of February so we are looking back at a post I did on the color given the same name as the purple-hued flowers. I think the color Violet is my favorite shade of Purple, click here to visit my post and I hope you enjoy looking at Violet beauty as much as I enjoyed putting this together. Enjoy!!!

A violet twist in a cone, just one of the many beautiful Violet things to see here in my post on Violets from a few years ago. 

Tabulous Look Back: Chunky Sweater Inspiration

February 22, 2018

By Tab Byrum

All over the internet, you see ads for the blankets and afghans made with the REALLY thick yarn, they were all the rage at Christmas. I thought today we would look back at a post I did three years ago titled Sweater Inspiration and see how you can bring the look of sweaters into your home as decor and not just wear them. Enjoy!!! (click here to read the original post)

This chunky knitted table runner is just one of several awesome things we looked at in our look at Sweater Inspiration. Click here to see the original post

Tabulous Look Back: Cherry Red

February 20, 2018

By Tab Byrum

February is National Cherry Month and today we are looking back at a post I did in February 2015 on Cherries and their gorgeous color. Cherry Red is one of my favorite shades of red with its deep rich coloring, join me for a look and get inspired to bring Cherry Red to your house. Enjoy!!!! (click here to read the full post)

Cherry Red inspiration, click here to read the full post on this Tabulous color. Enjoy!!!


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