'Inspiration'

Sundance Ribbons & Trims

December 12, 2018

By Tab Byrum

On Monday and Tuesday, we looked at fun and beautiful Christmas wrapping papers from companies around the world and one of the last ones we looked at was Sundance Catalog and their beautiful and unusual papers based right here in America. While I was checking out the papers and Sundance I also saw an amazing selection of ribbons and trims that coordinate beautifully with their papers and wanted to share them with you today. These ribbons can be used on all kinds of papers whether they’re simple brown kraft paper, white butcher paper or the most elegant papers with damask patterns or the Champagne Paper we saw yesterday from Crate&Barrel. There are velvet ribbons, grosgrain ribbons, pom-poms, and vintage looking ribbons, and no one said they’re only for Christmas, use them year round. Join me today for a peek at what’s available from Sundance and visit the entire selection here at Sundance Catalog.com. Have a great day and Enjoy!!!

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5 Christmas Wrapping Sources, Day 2

December 11, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Today we continue our look at great ways to wrap those Christmas gifts. Yesterday we checked out beautiful papers from some of the less well known and more boutique websites and today we are looking at gift wrap from some of the big stores which you can find in the town where you live or can get to one if need be and online. There’s so much to choose from in colors, style, designs from the traditional Red/Green to bright Pinks, Purples, and Blues. There’s also any style you can think of from Vintage looks to Contemporary and lots of Sparkles. Check out today’s selection and let me know what you think. Enjoy!!!

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A Few Favorite Christmas Decorations

December 7, 2018

By Tab Byrum

This year my crew and I decorated 14 houses and 2 businesses for Christmas, I try to share as much as I can along the way but sometimes I get busy and forget so I want to share them here today. This is just a small sample of what we’ve done and some of my favorites, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Remember, it’s now how big the house is or about having all new decorations, you can do SO much with what you have by adding a few new things here and there, like ribbon and floral picks. I’ll go into a little more detail with the photos, I hope you like them as much as I do. Enjoy!!!

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Christmas Changes, Part 2

December 5, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I made a couple of changes to decorations this year at a second house I’ve decorated for years and shows the difference one little thing makes. In this case, the change is ribbon, a new ribbon that I added to the staircase garland and on a garland above a mirror in the home’s dining room. My client collects MacKenzie-Childs and especially uses it in the kitchen and dining room of her home, so I found a black and white checked ribbon that coordinates beautifully with all things MC and added to the staircase garland and the mirror garland. Needless to say, both the homeowner and I are thrilled with the results, the checked ribbon adds a big punch of pattern to both places and really makes her MacKenzie-Childs collections “pop”. Join me today for a quick look and tour of the changes and before and after photos. Enjoy!!!

Here you can see where we added the Black and White ribbon to the already existing garland that is decorated with Gold, Silver and Soft Green Ornaments. There’s also a soft green mesh ribbon in the garland and large Silver beaded garland and Pearl garland. This is the side of the staircase that shares space with the dining room where a lot of the MacKenzie-Childs is. 

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OH MY GOSH, IT’S DECEMBER!!!!

December 3, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It seems kind of unbelievable but we’ve made it to another December and it rolled back around SO fast. I love this month for so many reasons starting with today is my Dad’s birthday, Happy Birthday Pop!!!! Also, my birthday comes later in the month and then, of course, there’s Christmas and all the hubbub, pomp, and pageantry that goes with that. I love Christmas lights and all the outdoor decorations everyone puts up both fabulous and tacky. I’ve been busy decorating clients’ homes for Christmas since November 5th, I have another house I’m busy doing today and then another later this week for a client who moved right before Thanksgiving. The rest of this month I’m going to share some of the decorating I’ve done for others and in our home for the holidays, I’ll share some recipes of some of our fave holiday treats including cocktails and give you ideas for gifts for everyone on your list. Today we are starting with a look at images of December and all the 12th month of the year brings with it. I’ll see you back here tomorrow, Enjoy!!! (via)

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Harvest Pumpkin Collection @ Williams Sonoma

November 15, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I wanted to reshare this post I did back in August on the Williams Sonoma Harvest Pumpkin Collection. I LOVE the black background on these dishes, it’s also available in white and all the beautiful colors of the gourds, pumpkins, and flowers are gorgeous. This collection is beautiful for display as well as for serving for Thanksgiving. Check it out with me again from back in August.

School has started back here in Oklahoma and it’s only two weeks until Labor Day, a time when our thoughts turn to all things Fall and Pumpkiny. With that in mind, we are going to look at a gorgeous new collection of dishes from Williams Sonoma, the Harvest Pumpkin Collection. The designs for this collection are based on Dutch still life paintings with their vibrant colors of oranges, greens, whites, reds, and purples all on an elegant and timeless black background. All of the pieces in the collection are porcelain glazed in black and with a hand-painted 14-karat gold painted rim. In addition to plates for eating there are also serving pieces and a gorgeous cheeseboard. All of these would be amazing to mix with your existing dishes and as always they would be gorgeous decorative pieces hanging on the wall. Join me today for a look at several pieces from the WS Harvest Pumpkin Collection, I’m anxious to hear what you think, Enjoy!!!

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New Fall Tabletop @ MacKenzie-Childs

November 12, 2018

By Tab Byrum

With Thanksgiving 11 days away I decided to take a look all week this week at fun and beautiful Tabletop available from some of our favorite companies and available online. Today we are going to start with MacKenzie-Childs and check out just a small portion of the gorgeous stuff they have available to make your Thanksgiving Table sparkle and shine. From Napkin Rings and Candles to Placemats and Dishes, MC has gorgeous merchandise that you can use again and again, year after year for Fall and Thanksgiving. Join us now for a peek at the bountiful and beautiful items from MacKenzie-Childs Thanksgiving Collection, Enjoy!!!

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GO VOTE!!!!

November 6, 2018

By Tab Byrum

The day is finally here, seems like it’s taken forever to arrive, Election Day. I hope every single one of you will get out there and vote today if you haven’t already done so through early voting or voting by mail. I’ve heard all my life that “the power lies with the people” but the only way we have to exercise our power is through the vote. Today and everyday we have the power, so choose whoever you like but Get Out And Vote!!!!!

 

Hello November, 2018

November 1, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s the beginning of a new month and a very busy one. The end of October and beginning of November always heralds all the end of the year holiday craziness is about to begin. I do like to take this time though and celebrate all the fall colors, food and tastes that go with it, I love Thanksgiving and think it gets pushed aside for the holidays still to come. Today we are going to usher in the 11th month of the year with a peek at the sights, colors, and decorating ideas that can be used in November. I hope you guys have a wonderful day and start making those lists now for Thanksgiving and all the trimmings, remember it’s earlyish this year, November 22nd. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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20 Halloween Cocktails 2018 ~ Part 2

October 23, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Alright Goblins and Gals it’s time for day two of our Halloween Cocktail Extravaganza, yesterday it was all punches and shots and today we are looking at drinks that can be mixed up by the pitcher or the glass. So pull up a broomstick and let’s see what’s on the drinks menu for parties this coming weekend and next Wednesday the 31st. Check back tomorrow as we check out fun Halloween barware we can use to serve our cocktails. Enjoy!!!

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