'Inspiration'

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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The Friends Apartment in 2018

July 30, 2018

By Tab Byrum

One of the constants that remained throughout the tenure of the TV show “Friends” was the huge rent-controlled apartment where Monica and Rachel lived, their apartment was the hangout and go to place for the six friends and all of their dates over the 10 seasons the show was on TV. The apartment was very eclectic in decoration with lots of color going on, remember the purple front door with the small frame around the peephole in the door, and the purple wall around the door. Of course, the purple gave way to a bright “tealish” color in the kitchen and then green back by the bathroom. There was a mix of fabrics on all the furniture as well as the window treatments around the HUGE multipaned window that looked out on ugly naked guy across the way. Vogue recently gave us a look at what that same apartment might look like today in 2018 in three versions. The first look is if Monica and Chandler had stayed in the apartment instead of moving to Connecticut, the second version is if Monica and Emma had moved in after Monica and Chandler had moved out. The third version is if Joey moved back to NYC from LA and was able to take over the awesome rent controlled space. Today we are going to take a look at different versions of the apartment worked up by the design firm Modsy, so join me for a tour and Enjoy!!!

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Small & Chic Home: The West End

July 23, 2018

By Tab Byrum

The trend for downsizing and living smaller doesn’t seem to be going anywhere but at least there are people and companies out there trying to make the trend more palatable and beautiful, case in point, today’s tiny home. This home was designed and built by an Alabama based company. Today’s featured home is called the West End and is made up of two containers with a total of 320 square feet. The West End has a full-size bathroom and a large bedroom, the living room, and kitchen make a large room. The house has a beautiful deck outside that allows you to take your living outside, weather permitting. Join me for a closer look at this small home and I’ll give you more details. Could you live here? Enjoy!!!

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Beautiful Before & After In Brooklyn

July 16, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Would you dare paint your already beautiful wood floors white? Hard choice I know but that’s exactly what homeowner Joe Mazias of Brooklyn did upon the advice of his interior designer Dan Mazzarini of BHDM, all of this to tie together the black and white color scheme they agreed upon. All flat surfaces in the apartment were painted white with the exception of the bedroom which was painted gray, and much of the woodwork was painted a glossy black including window casements, and doors. This apartment is a perfect example of what something as simple as paint can do for a home, it can completely transform it and make it very sophisticated. A few weeks ago we talked here on the blog about Encaustic Tiles and this homeowner chose a beautiful pattern of Encaustic Tiles in black and white for the home’s bathroom that blend beautifully with the white used throughout the rest of the room, all of this is offset by the wonderful rustic vanity. Join me today for a look at several of the rooms in this beautiful home and check out the inspiring color scheme and use of other colors to accessorize and furnish this home. 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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Carole Radziwill’s SoHo Redo

July 6, 2018

By Tab Byrum

She has a famous last name and now thanks to Real Housewives of New York City she has a famous face and today we are checking out her beautiful remodeled and redecorated NYC home. Carole Radziwill is one of the NYC Housewives famous for crazy antics and saying what she thinks as well as being a member of a famous family. Her husband was Anthony Radziwill, cousin to Caroline and John F. Kennedy Jr., his mother Lee is Jackie O’s sister. In a former life Carole was an award-winning TV producer at ABC and after the untimely death of her husband from cancer as well as JFK Jr. and his wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, who was Carole’s best friend, she has now stepped in front of the camera as an NYC Housewife. Carole Radziwill has also written two best-selling books, one entitled What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Lovea memoir on her personal life, career in TV and the battle she and Anthony Radziwill faced with fighting his cancer, and in 2014 she published The Widow’s Guide To Sex and DatingRadziwill recently remodeled her SoHo condominium and the redo was prompted by her sofa which originally belonged to her famous mother-in-law. Today Carole and her designer, John Bossard, have updated the apartment from golds and browns to a sleeker look of blues and silvers. Join me for a look at gorgeous photos of the home from Architectural Digest and will get some more details with the images. 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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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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