'Inspiration'

Living With Lucite Legs & Furniuture

June 20, 2018

By Tab Byrum

A couple of weeks ago I did a post here on the blog about Lucite Shelves and I received a lot of comments and reactions to them, all positive, so I thought today we would look at the trend of Lucite or Acrylic Furniture and Acrylic Legs on furniture. A client friend of mine has recently moved into a new home this past Spring and she went from a very traditional home to a more contemporary home and she has brought in a lot of lucite in decorating the home. I have to say I really like the look because it enables you to use a more traditional shaped piece of furniture like a bench but then use a current fabric and add Lucite/Acrylic legs and it has a totally 21st-century look. I also enjoy furniture that’s completely made of Lucite/Acrylic, especially tables and decorative chairs. Today I’m going to share some images with you of furniture made of clear Lucite/Acrylic and upholstered furniture that uses Lucite/Acrylic legs, just one piece in a room can amp up the design and drama. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Gray & White Checkered Floors

June 13, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Whether they’re painted on or whether they’re marble, I really, really, really like a gray and white checkered floor. I’ve talked before on here about loving black and white floors and I still do but I’m thinking this may be the way I want to go SOMEWHERE in our home. I love the way the gray and white look together, I think they are very elegant and chic looking as compared to the strongness in a black and white floor. The gray and white lends itself to any color combination as far as what you want to do with paint, fabric, art, and upholstery in your home. I’ve gathered some images of gray and white floors and I’ve included not just tile floors but also some that have been painted onto wood floors because I think that’s a charming way to do a wood floor, especially an old one. I hope you like what I’ve collected and I look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy!!! (image via)

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Awesome Lighting At Urban Chandy

June 6, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I was recently reading an article about a couple who had taken the upstairs portion of a barn and turned it into their home and in the picture of their dining area was an awesome chandelier over the dining table. Thankfully the article told who the maker of the light fixture was, a company called Urban Chandy. I have to be honest and tell you I was not familiar with the company but I am now and their products are everything you could want in fun, industrial, out of the ordinary lighting. I’ve told you before that I like to treat the lighting in a home like the jewelry, something special that adds some sparkle and pizazz to your outfit, or in this case the rooms of your home. My problem is that I like all kinds of lighting except for very traditional and Urban Chandy is NOT traditional. I love the use of retro kind of cords used in some of their pieces as well as the bare bulbs. They offer several different finishes and colors for their fixtures and their website also shows you how certain lights can be used in more than one area of the home. Join me today for a look at the beautiful pieces being created at Urban Chandy and Enjoy!!!

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Artwork Of Rachel Roe

May 30, 2018

By Tab Byrum

As you know I love stumbling onto people and their creations when I’m doing research for the blog and that’s what happened recently when I found artist Rachel Roe of St. Louis. Initially, I found an article about Rachel’s studio (a topic for another post) and that led me to her website, Rachel Roe Designs, and her Etsy page where she sells her paintings. Rachel works in her wonderful backyard studio at her St. Louis home, she’s a graduate of the University of Missouri where she studied Fine Art with an emphasis in graphic design. Rachel has been able to combine her love of art and her graphic design abilities and create wonderful paintings, all of them colorful and bold. She has painted some amazing still lifes of florals and fruit trees as well as Figurative art featuring Flight Attendants, School Girls, as well as Boy and Girl Scouts. I really enjoy the look of her paintings, some are casual and they all feel very relaxed to me, I hope you like them as much as I do. In addition to her paintings Rachel designs Logos, Patterns and does Hand Typography which she sells and is suitable for framing. For more information or to see more of Rachel’s work visit her website here and her Etsy page here. Enjoy!!! (above, Flowering Through The Frost)

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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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Geometric Patterns

May 23, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Geometric patterns have long been a source of inspiration in decorating our homes, whether it’s creating a certain pattern with tile or choosing a wallpaper with a geometric pattern. We are seeing geometric pattern coming more and more into play when we decorate and today we are going to take a look at some of the ways it’s happening. Remember pattern and color are two of the easiest ways we have to change things up and make our homes interiors more interesting, we’ve been doing it for thousands of years, consider the Greek Key pattern that’s been popular forever. I hope you enjoy the images I’ve collected for you on geometric patterns and check back on Friday when we will be looking at how geometric pattern is used in our home decor and accessories, Enjoy!!! ( image via)

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The World of Encaustic Tile

April 30, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I am fascinated with all the beautiful Encaustic Tiles or concrete tiles that are available today, there are so many beautiful patterns and color combinations available. I looked up the definition of Encaustic Tile and I found this: Encaustic Tiles are ceramic tiles in which the pattern or figure on the surface is not a product of the glaze but of different colors of clay. They are usually of two colors but a tile may be composed of as many as six. So the tiles are created by hand using different colors of clay instead of getting the colors from the traditional use of paint and the firing process. 

Of course, some of the most popular ones are all the beautiful gray and white combinations of tile and I’m very partial to the beautiful black and white Encaustics. The colorful Encaustics bring a lot of bang to a room, home or restaurant as you’ll see in some of the photos I’m going to share with you today. In the days to come, we will take a look at specific brands of Encaustic Tiles and the people and companies that make them. I definitely want to incorporate some of these beauties into my home, how about you? Enjoy!!! (above 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 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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