'Inspiration'

Pantone Fall 2017 ~ Shaded Spruce & Golden Lime

August 17, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We’re embracing all things green today on the blog, specifically all things done in the shades of Shaded Spruce and Golden Lime, our two Fall colors from Pantone for the coming Fall season. Shaded Spruce is described as “ This is a green you might see in the forest – sheltering and protective as evergreen trees.”  Think a dark green with more blue thrown in, it works well with Green, Pink, and Black and will definitely add drama to any room or outfit it’s added to.  Our second shade of Green for today is Golden Lime, “Earthy tones with a twist, the golden undertones of Golden Lime makes this yellow-green shade a refreshing complement to fall classics.”  Golden Lime also looks wonderful with black, think a gorgeous black suit with a pussy bow blouse of Golden Lime peeking out from under the jacket. I like this color also paired with White, and brighter colors like Orange and Yellow. Take a look at the images I’ve collected for you today to give you an idea of how these colors look and hopefully some inspiration. Enjoy!!! (above images via & via)

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Pantone Colors 2017 ~ Ballet Slipper & Butterum

August 15, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today we continue looking at the 10 colors Pantone pegged as being the ones to watch for Fall 2017, today we are looking at Ballet Slipper and Butterum. First up is pink but not just any pink, this Fall it’s Ballet Slipper which Pantone describes as, “Descended from the Red family but with a softer touch, Ballet Slipper is always flattering and reminiscent of the rosy glow of health.” Ballet Slipper is a beautiful soft pink that will make anyone glow who’s wearing it and looks beautiful in our homes, whether it’s as an accent color or an entire room. I just left a client’s home, she is expecting a new baby girl any minute and the nursery is top to bottom beautiful pink. The second color today is Butterum, a warm welcoming color that’s described as “This snug, warming, and toasty shade is evocative of drinking a glass of Butterrum by a roaring fire on a cool autumn evening.” Both of these colors make a statement on their own or look gorgeous paired with other colors like black, navy, and white. Check out the images I’m sharing today and try a little Ballet Slipper or Butterum. Enjoy!!! (above via & via)

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Pantone Colors 2017 ~ Grenadine & Tawny Port

August 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I always enjoy looking at the colors that color giant Pantone pegs as the colors to watch for, this week we are going to take a look at the ten colors they think we need to watch for in the Fall of 2017. We start off with with a look at Grenadine and Tawny Port. Grenadine is touted as “A powerful, evocative, dynamic red, Grenadine is a confident and self-assured attention-getter” by Pantone, think red bandanas and British telephone booths. The second color is Tawny Port, “Taking the Red family to new depths, Tawny Port is elegant, sophisticated, and tasteful,”  here you can conjure thoughts of Burgundy wine and cooked red cabbage. I’m going to share some images of Grenadine and Tawny Port to pique your interest and inspire. Enjoy!!! (above images via & via)

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Best of Tabulous Design~The Leading Edge

August 10, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Draperies and window treatments are one of the easiest ways to add color and drama to a room as well as allowing you to control the amount of light and in some cases helping you control noise. The simplest of fabrics can be dressed up and turned into beautiful drapes by adding an edge to the drapes. Join me today we look back at The Leading Edge here and check out beautiful ways to trim your window treatments. Enjoy!!!

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Carolyn Wilson, Artist

August 9, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I recently discovered artist Carolyn Wilson while I was searching for images for another post, another happy stumble upon. Carolyn is a California artist who knew she had talent from a young age and was encouraged to pursue her abilities by her father. Today she paints beautiful images of landscapes, animals, food, and flowers. I love her style and choice of colors, I particularly enjoy all the work she’s done that’s connected to England. She works in watercolor and also has some mixed medium works available, including some that combine tissue paper collage and paint. Today I’m featuring some images of her paintings and encourage you to visit her website here and check out a lot more of her work, as always, Enjoy!!! ( above image, Hachiya Harvest)

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Poppies and Poppy Red

August 7, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s no secret that red has always been my favorite color but I find myself wanting it in smaller doses, not necessarily rooms painted red but red in artwork, fabric, and accessories. One of my favorite shades of red is Poppy Red, to me, it has more orange in it and not as much blue as darker shades. Poppies it turns out is one of two “birth flowers” assigned to the month of August so I thought we would take a look today at Poppies and how they inspire designers and artists both in the literal form of the Poppy flower and the color. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Enjoying The Crape Myrtles

July 31, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not a great lover of all things Summer. I don’t enjoy the heat, I don’t enjoy the bright sun or the hot wind that often greets you as you step out of the house but one thing that I do enjoy this time of year are the flowers and especially here in Oklahoma, the Crape Myrtles. Sometimes we have a hard time getting anything pretty to bloom in this part of the country during this time of year, but this year we had a wet Spring and have had some occasional showers during the Summer and the Crape Myrtle bushes and trees are beautiful. I recently drove around Oklahoma City taking photos of Crape Myrtles that I can share with you, I love all the colors they come in. For years the bright, dark Pink variety was what you saw the most of but now you see a lot of a lighter Pink color as well as a light Purple, and White. I’ve noticed that many people are planting them to line either side of a walkway forming an allée which I really like. I recently shared our beautiful new fence so now we are looking at how we can improve our backyard, especially around the perimeter and I definitely think Crape Myrtles will be a part of it. Until I get my own planted and growing we’ll just have to enjoy the photos I’m sharing today, let me know your thoughts on Crape Myrtles and what your favorite color is. Enjoy!!!

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A House For Dior

July 28, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The south of France has always been a place where people go to escape, whether it’s to escape a busy city life or just to escape, the south of France is a place we’ve seen depicted in movies and read about in books where people want to get away from it all and just relax. That’s how it was for famed clothing designer Christian Dior, and when you have the means to buy a home in a place you love maybe you do, and if that home is in the south of France it might be a castle and this one is. Christian Dior purchased the Château de La Colle Noire in 1950 and truly felt at home here. After buying the home Dior immediately set about restoring it to original glory but sadly he died in 1957 and his sister, who inherited the home, was unable to keep it. Today the house has been reclaimed by the Christian Dior empire and has been fully restored to the way Dior wanted. The home is decorated with beautiful fabrics and antiques from floor to ceiling and a new book has been published focusing on the beautiful end results of the restoration of De la Colle Noire, today we are going to take a look at images of this beautiful home that inspired Dior’s iconic perfumes like Miss Dior in 1947. Enjoy!!!

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Adding Drama: Hallways

July 20, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Hallways for most of us are areas in our homes that we simply pass through going from one room or area to others several times a day, but I think we should take full advantage of hallways. Our home is not an open concept home, it was built in 1962 and all the rooms are separated by walls except for the current kitchen and living area. We have a hallway from the living room that leads back to the bedrooms and bathroom, but the hall is across the front of our home and passes by the front door so when you enter through the front door the hall acts as an entry way also. I think hallways are the perfect place to have some fun, whether it’s with the artwork you hang, light fixtures you choose, family photos you display, or the colors, patterns, and textures you put on the walls. Our hallway is home to some vintage posters we’ve collected over the years and had framed, I would love to raise the ceiling in the hallway and install a couple of beautiful pendant lights as well as some track or recessed lighting that can be used to light artwork. Today we are going to look at Dramatic Hallways and get some ideas on what you can do to liven up one of the most traveled areas in your home. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Adding Drama: Bedrooms

July 19, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Your bedroom is the room in your home that not a lot of people will see if they do that’s a whole different blog, so it’s a great room to let yourself go and indulge. Decide what kind of bedroom you want, do you want it to be dark and cool or perhaps you want a room done in bright colors that will be invigorating every morning, maybe there’s a wallpaper or wall treatment you’ve been wanting to have done, now’s your chance. Does your bedroom have a great view? If so you need to take that into account and incorporate the windows into the design and decoration. Today we are going to continue our look at adding drama to rooms, especially the bedroom. The bedroom is a great place to indulge in your favorite color, or if you have a favorite fabric with a lot of patterns use it to your heart’s content. Let’s take a look at some beautiful and dramatic bedroom, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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