'Interior Design'

Rowen & Wren Housewares

June 27, 2017

By Tab Byrum

So many good things that happen are merely by chance and that’s what happened recently when I stumbled onto the website for Rowen & Wren Housewares, to be honest, I can’t completely remember what led me to them but it was enough that I made note of their website on a running list I keep going on my desk of websites to revisit. You immediately know when you enter the world of Rowen & Wren that you are someplace fun, elegant, and different, one of the words they use in their self-description is eclectic and I couldn’t agree more. They have everything to choose from, whether you’re looking for a baby gift or champagne glasses that are the traditional saucer shape they have it at Rowen & Wren. I know I’ll be returning to see what else they have to choose from, especially when it gets closer to the holidays, in the meantime join me today for a quick look, an overview if you will, of all the beautiful offerings from Rowen & Wren of Bagshot, England. Enjoy!!!

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James River Gray From Benjamin Moore

June 26, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Last week we were focusing on different shades of blue and on one of the days I shared the above picture of this kitchen and the beautiful cabinets I thought were a light blue color, during my research for the post I found out the cabinets are painted a color called James River Gray from Benjamin Moore. I decided to do some more research on this color and see how else it’s being used and how it looks on other surfaces. The color is part of the America’s Colors collection from Benjamin Moore, this is a collection of 42 soft neutral colors that are geographically inspired and reflect some of the most well-traveled areas of the United States. James River Gray definitely goes back and forth for me between gray and blue, it’s a beautiful soft color that will work well with other colors or can definitely stand alone as the predominant color in a room of an otherwise neutral palette. Let’s take a look together at James River Gray and let me know what you think, how would you use this color and where do you think it looks best? Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Getting The Blues: Chinoiserie Blue

June 22, 2017

By Tab Byrum

If I lived in a large home I would devote one room to Chinoiserie, which is defined as “the European interpretation and imitation of Chinese and East Asian artistic traditions, especially in the decorative arts, garden design, architecture, literature, theater, and music.” There’s something about the look at that appeals to me greatly. I think it’s the use of nature in their designs of pottery, china, wallpaper, and other decorative objects. Probably the best known Chinoiserie decorative product is Blue and White porcelain, I’ve discussed Blue Transferware before and Delft Pottery after our trip last year to Amsterdam and the Netherlands, but today I want to look at Chinoiserie Blue as part of our look at decorating with different shades of Blue. Chinoiserie Blue has a distinct feel to it, it’s very natural as far as the decorations used in Chinoiserie since of course nature is very important in Asia. Chinoiserie is also known for its use of scenes depicting life, whether it’s everyday life or life in a royal palace. Join me for a look at Chinoiserie Blue and how you can do a little or a lot to enhance your home and its decor. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Getting The Blues: Dark Blue (or Navy)

June 21, 2017

By Tab Byrum

On Monday we looked at Light Blue, yesterday was a medium shade of Blue, Chambray and today we are looking at Dark Blue which is one of my favorites, Navy Blue. Navy Blue for me is a wonderful rich color, it coordinates well with other colors like white, orange, gray, light blue and on and on. Navy Blue can give you the dark mysterious feeling you might want for a room without going to black, Navy Blue is also a great accent color in decorating for fabrics, lamps, and accessories. I also think Navy Blue makes a wonderful backdrop for metallics, both gold and silver look wonderful against Navy Blue, think a gilded mirror on a Navy Blue wall. If you want to add some drama to your decorating but are tired of black then be sure and check out your Navy Blue options as in dramatic Navy Blue hallway in the above photo. Now join me for a look at some more beautiful Dark Blue room decorating, let me know your thoughts on Navy and Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Getting The Blues: Chambray Blue

June 20, 2017

By Tab Byrum

One of my favorite shades of blue is a color I think of as Chambray, a color that I hold near and dear because of my dad. My dad retired a little over a year ago at the age of 80 and almost every day that he headed out the door to work he was wearing a Chambray Blue shirt, or workshirt as we referred to them. He has short sleeved ones for summer and long sleeved for Fall and Winter and they all have snaps, no buttons. Chambray to me is an in-between shade of blue, it’s not a Light Blue like we looked at yesterday and it’s not dark or Navy Blue, it’s just a pretty Blue that works with lots of other colors. I particularly like Chambray Blue for accessory pieces like pillows, throws, or even draperies and especially bedding. Today we are going to look at the Chambray shade of Blue and I hope this inspires and gives you some great ideas. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Getting The Blues: Light Blue Interiors

June 19, 2017

By Tab Byrum

HI!!!! Sorry about going away last week, my desktop computer crashed on Wednesday and required a trip to the doctor, luckily things seem to be alright now and I’m back on track so let’s talk color, Blue to be exact. Blue has always been one of my favorite colors but I’ve honestly not used it a lot in my own home but that’s something I’m looking to remedy quickly. I’ve always been attracted to all shades of blue whether’s it a light and airy blue, a medium denim blue or navy blue I love them all and especially how they mix with other colors. This week we are going to look at blue in its different shades and how we can use them in our homes, whether it’s the accessories we decorate with, upholstery, artwork, or furniture and cabinetry, Blue is very big. Today we are going to start with Light Blue, a beautiful and subtle way to incorporate blue without being too bold. Light Blue is soft and elegant and works so well with white and all the metallics that are popular right now. Join me for a tour as we check out the many incarnations of Light Blue, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Dr. Seuss Museum

June 9, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The Amazing World Of Dr. Seuss has recently opened in Springfield, Massachusetts, the hometown of the good doctor himself, Theodore Seuss Geisel. The museum opened this past Saturday, June third, and rumor has it that it’s just like walking into one of the dozens of rhyming books Geisel wrote. The first floor of the permanent museum is filled with interactive exhibits that allow kids to explore language, rhyming, invent stories, and encourage creative thinking. The second floor of the museum is dedicated to the personal life of Dr. Seuss and is filled with memorabilia, original oil paintings, clothing, furniture from Geisel’s home including his drawing table, favorite chair and sofa. The walls of the building are decorated with artwork from Dr. Seuss books, the house is filled with color and characters from the famous books. This is definitely on my list of places to visit the next time we are in the Boston area, for now, we’ll have to settle for some images, I can’t wait to go, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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12 Homes Going Big With Art

June 8, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Have you ever had a big blank space on a wall and weren’t sure what to do with it? Are you not really into a gallery wall made up of several different pictures and different frames? Maybe you need to think about one large piece of art, big art can have a HUGE impact in a room. Art doesn’t always have to be expensive, remember if you like it and it’s not a million dollars it’s OK, use it. We have a couple of different large French posters we’ve bought over the years that have been moved all around our house, they are among some of our favorite things and we’ll probably always use them. I recently bought a large painting for our bedroom that hasn’t been hung yet, it’s done in the color palette I’m using to decorate the room and it leans more towards contemporary, a type of design I’m trying to incorporate into our home. Big pieces of art bring drama to a room, you can make them even more dramatic by choosing something with bright bold colors or you can take a cue from the rest of the decor of your room. There’s also the theory that you can buy a piece of art and use it as the inspiration for your room, pull colors from the art for fabrics, rugs, and accessories. Today we are going to take a look at some rooms with “Big Art” and see how it’s done. Have a great day and Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Roll & Hill Superordinate Antler Lighting

June 7, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I’ve always had a thing for and really enjoy beautiful lighting, whether it’s a crystal chandelier, a simple table lamp or something more sculptural, lighting for me has always been the jewelry in a room. There’s a rustic side to me and that side loves antler lighting, made from naturally shed antlers, but recently I found lighting made to imitate antler lighting, made of ceramic and it also uses the always popular trend of metallics as well as black and white. I first saw the Roll & Hill Superordinate Antler Sconces in a magazine and that put me on the lookout for what other creations are out there, I was so happy to find ceiling fixtures in different sizes, all the way up to grand chandeliers. All of the fixtures are available in white like in the above photo, some are also available in black and the sconces are available in silver and gold as well. This lighting is a great example of taking inspiration from nature and combining it with some glamor to create something extraordinary. Join me for a look at several pieces of the Roll & Hill Superordinate Antler Lighting and you can see the collection plus so much more on the YLighting website here. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Designer Robert Stilin

June 6, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Recently I did a series of posts on the Modern Farmhouse trend in design and home decor and in doing that series I ran across the work of Interior Designer Robert Stilin. Stilin is based in New York and has more than 25 years experience in designing and decorating homes in his seemingly effortless style. Stilin is known for creating casual elegance using antiques and contemporary art along with clean architecture. Stillin’s design work has run the gamut from beach front homes to country houses and a penthouse office in the Meatpacking District of New York City. Today I thought we would take a look at the work of Robert Stilin, see how he combines old and new to get that perfect look, Enjoy!!!

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