'Interior Design'

Elegant Lacquered Walls

February 5, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Lacquered walls are something that has been around forever and have always been one of my favorite wall treatments but unfortunately as with all beautiful things they are not cheap and take a lot of time. Recently I’ve been saying a lot more use of lacquered walls in home decor and it seems to look best in strong colors but by the same token lacquered walls in Gray will appear very elegant and timeless while Red lacquered walls will be strong and dramatic. The ideal situation is to have lacquered walls done when building a home because of the smell of paint and lacquer but it can be done in an existing home. Remember though you have to have the smoothest of smooth walls because any imperfection in the surface of the walls of a home will show through in the shiny, reflective walls. Today I’m going to share a look at some gorgeous lacquered walls, let me know what you think. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Flavor Paper Wallpaper

February 2, 2018

By Tab Byrum

As you know by now, I LOVE wallpaper and the more unusual the better. I recently saw a story on small businesses and one they focused on making a difference in Brooklyn, NY is Flavor Papers. Flavor Papers creates and distributes an amazing collection of wallpapers, some of which are based on artwork by artists such as Andy Warhol. There are also collections that focus on Pop Culture icons like Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe and selections focusing even on neighborhoods like Brooklyn and the area of Brooklyn known as DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass).  The collections are fun and sometimes a little scary, I love the one with bats instead of birds and would be amazing in a powder bathroom, a bar area, dining room and study. Join me today for a look at some of the Wallpapers from Flavor Paper and you can see all of their available papers here on their website. Enjoy!!!

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West Elm Fairy Tale Pottery Collection

February 1, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I had gotten an email this week about some of the new stuff at West Elm and I stopped in the local brick and mortar to check things out. I always enjoy shopping at West Elm, I love their take on things for the home and the contemporary vibe everything has without going over the top and being too sleek and contemporary. There are a lot of great things to talk about but today I’m going to start with the Fairy Tale Collection of pottery. These pieces are awesome, there are plates, vases, cups, and even salt and pepper shakers. These pieces would be wonderful for entertaining as well as being used as decoration, think plates on walls. I love the Picasso feel some of the items have, especially the vase and some of the plates. If you get a chance head into West Elm and check things out and if you can’t do that then visit their website here. Join me now for a look at some of the Fairy Tale items and Enjoy!!!

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Rose Gold Trend

January 31, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Towards the end of 2017, I had read several times that Rose Gold was going to be a hot trend in home decor for 2018 and I’m definitely seeing a lot more of it than ever before. I was out yesterday at West Elm and Anthropologie killing time between appointments and saw several things done in the pinkish hue. As near I can tell Rose Gold is Gold that has quite a bit of Copper Alloy in it, the more Copper the redder it is. I’ve seen Rose Gold used in jewelry over the years and am still trying to decide what I think about it in home decor. For me I think a little will go a long way, maybe just a touch of it on a lamp or a vase. Today we’re going to look at Rose Gold in our homes and how we can use it. Thoughts?? Enjoy!! (above via)

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Ricky Martin’s Family Home

January 26, 2018

By Tab Byrum

In the latest issue of Architectural Digest, we are taken for a tour of the Beverly Hills home of boy band favorite Ricky Martin. Martin found fame in Menudo, a Puerto Rican boy band that was loved by girls (and boys) of all ages. Today Martin and his husband, Jwan Yosef, find themselves coming off two years of hard work which included a world tour and a year-long residency in Las Vegas, all the while caring for and raising their twin sons Matteo and Valentino. For now, Martin and Yosef have decided to settle down in Beverly Hills in a beautiful modern home. The house is filled with gorgeous furniture, all of it perfect for the house. Yosef is an artist and several of his pieces hang in the home as well as several pieces of an ever-growing collection the two men are putting together. Nate Berkus was called in to help the two busy artists put their new home together, Martin and Yosef say they didn’t want a completely decorated home, just the basics done so they could fill in the rest with things they find along the way. I have to say the home is gorgeous and has to be very inspiring to the two men to keep creating. Yosef has already turned a former yoga room into a studio and there are plans for Martin to build a recording studio. Enough talk, join me for a tour and as always, Enjoy!!!

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Checking Out Itty Bitty Bungalow

January 24, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Over the weekend I was flipping through Facebook and I came across a post about a very charming house. I investigated further and found the blog Itty Bitty Bungalow which is run by Bradley Huber, a 28-year-old school teacher in Rochester, New York.  Huber is chronicling the remodel of his bungalow on his blog and I have to say I LOVE this house. I have a weak spot for bungalows, my grandma’s house was a bungalow, I love the straight lines of a bungalow, their large front porches and all the beam work that goes into them. Huber has done an amazing job on his small home, 860 square feet, from all the great choices in paint colors to the addition of a fireplace that didn’t exist when he bought the home. I’m sharing photos from Huber’s blog today, check out Itty Bitty Bungalow when you have a chance and take a tour, you won’t be sorry. Enjoy!!!

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Kitchen Valentines from Crate & Barrel

January 23, 2018

By Tab Byrum

The kitchen is a room that’s pretty easy to decorate for the holidays, whether it’s jars on the island with holiday candies, a holiday trivet on the stovetop, or holiday dishtowels. Crate & Barrel always has fun stuff for all the holidays and this year they have some great stuff for the kitchen. Join me today as we check out the hearts from Crate & Barrel for your kitchen, Enjoy!!!

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The Beauty of Call Me By Your Name

January 22, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I think I’m about caught up with everything post-holiday, I had to stop everything else last week and catch up on making out invoices and collecting them for all the Christmas work I had done as well as some design work “errands”. So, starting today I’m back and ready to blog about anything and everything from the wonderful world of design.

Yesterday Michael and I went to see the film Call Me By Your Name, a film based on the 2007 novel of the same name by André Aciman. The story is a coming of age love story and focuses on Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and American grad student Oliver (Armie Hammer). Everything about this film is beautiful, the house is beautiful, the music is beautiful, the Italian countryside and towns are beautiful, the story is beautiful and the cast is beautiful. Today we are going to focus on the house used in the film, Villa Albergoni. The film’s director, Luca Guadaguino, had visited the villa three or four years ago when he was entertaining the idea of setting up house in the Italian countryside around his hometown of Crema, Italy. He says he found the villa “beautiful and a little sad” and briefly entertained the idea of buying the house and grounds. A few years later when he came across the script for Call Me By Your Name he knew he wanted to make this movie and use the Villa Abergoni as the setting. (above via)

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Mad For Indigo

January 10, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I’ve talked a lot on the blog about the color Blue, whether it’s Navy Blue, Tiffany Blue, Sky Blue, blue pottery, blue cabinets, you get the gist. Recently I’ve been seeing a lot about the Blue hue known as Indigo and decided to delve into it. Indigo is a deep, rich color and is one of the colors of a rainbow. Indigo is between Blue and Violet in the color spectrum and it gets its name from the Indigo Dye that is made from the plant, Indigofera Tinctoria and was first used around 1289. Today Indigo is a very popular color, both in the world of Fashion and in Interior Design, it works very well with other colors like yellow, green, gold, silver, pink and is strong enough to stand on its own. I always think of Indigo as a good pair of blue jeans. Today we are going to take a look at some uses of Indigo in design and how Indigo appears in our everyday lives, color is all around us, you just have to stop and look for it. In the coming days, we’ll look at how Indigo is used in home decor and decorating but for today just let it soak in. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Anthropologie Is Going To The Dogs

January 9, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s no secret I’m a dog lover, we have two at our house and have always had dogs for the 21 years we’ve been together. I was raised with a dog, when I turned 4 my aunt, uncle, and cousins gave me a black and tan dachshund puppy, I named her Sugar and we had her until the Summer after I graduated from high school. I love it when I come across great interior design merchandise that features dogs and I recently stumbled across some great stuff on the Anthropologie website. A lot of it is brightly colored, especially in the form of plates and would look great on the wall, they also have fun dishtowels as well as DOG WALLPAPER!!! Check it out with me and I’ll link to all the products underneath the photos, Enjoy!!!(above, Gien Darling Dog Cake Plate)

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