'Interior Design'

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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Fall Signs From ShanTabulous STudios

November 5, 2018

By Tab Byrum

We have a few signs worked up for Fall at ShanTabulous STudios on Etsy that I want to share with you today. We have a couple that are traditional in color and design and a few others that are more non-traditional, especially in color. I’ll go into more detail below with the photos of the signs. These will all look great sitting on an easel in your entryway to greet your guests, or maybe on your Thanksgiving Buffet table amongst all the goodies or added to the Fall Decorations on your fireplace mantel. They will also make great gifts, especially for those people hosting Thanksgiving and remember, any of our designs can be personalized. Take a peek and Enjoy!!!

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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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Jeff Lewis “Flipping Out” House For Sale

October 19, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I love watching Jeff Lewis’ Bravo show “Flipping Out“, not so much for the flipping out but for the homes they work on and see what designs they come up with. I really like Lewis’ style and how he mixes contemporary and traditional or does traditional with a twist. The home we’re looking at today is one of his own that he’s been working on to flip. Lewis got his start as a house flipper but when the bottom fell out of the real estate market in 2008 he took design and decorating jobs to pay bills. Over the last few years as real estate has come back with a bang (for now) Lewis and his team has gotten back into the house flipping game. This home is ultra glamorous and contemporary inside and out with lots of amazing features. I really like the bold herringbone wood floors you’ll see in several photos as well as the all black kitchen, including the granite. This is the second time Lewis has owned this home, he previously bought it and flipped in 2003. This time around he bought the home for $2.4 million and after a major remodel the home is on the market for $7.95 million. The home has 3 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, all new electrical and plumbing along with a new foundation. Originally the house was Spanish in design from the 1920’s but as you can see it has a wonderful contemporary look to it now. Enough chit chat, I’ll give you more details with the photos, let’s start the tour. Enjoy!!!

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The Haunting of Hill House from Netflix

October 16, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Last Friday the 12th I was very excited to watch the premiere of The Haunting of Hill House that was premiering on Netflix and it did not disappoint at all. The mini-series is based on author Shirley Jackson’s 1959 gothic horror novel of the same name. The book has been turned into two previous movies with the 1963 version being my personal favorite. In the original book and film, Hill House is a 90-year-old mansion built by a man named Hugh Crain who lived and died there. Hugh originally built the mansion for his young wife and daughter but his wife was killed in a carriage accident on the way to the house and never saw their home. His young daughter Abigail lives in Hill House with her father until he dies and she continues living there until her own death as an old woman. Many years later Dr. John Montague gathers a group of people who have experienced psychic phenomenon in their lives along with Luke the young man who is supposed to inherit Hill House, two “psychics” also show up, young ladies named Eleanor and Theodora. Together the group experiences sightings, loud noises and all kinds of evidence of ghosts and are scared to death. In the new version, the characters from the original novel are now a family with the Father being Hugh Crain, his wife Olivia and their five children taking on the names of some of the characters from the original book and film. The Netflix series is VERY well done with lots of thought given to paying homage to the book and original film. The special effects are wonderfully creepy with several scenes played out in complete silence for extended periods of time to build suspense, there’s also one “jump scare” that made me jump, clap my hands and laugh at myself. My favorite episode was episode 6, “Two Storms”, that was filmed with a single camera and done with only one break in the filming. The entire episode is like watching a play and was mesmerizing. If you enjoy spooky or horror then be sure and check out Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House and enjoy a wonderful 20th Century novel brought to life for 21st Century streaming and binging. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Black & Yellow From MacKenzie-Childs

October 4, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Black and yellow has always been one of my favorite color combinations and I love the new Queen Bee collection from MacKenzie-Childs that features this color combo. The collection has beautiful furniture pieces done in a traditional style as far as shape but then they’ve used traditional fabrics with a twist. Stripes, damask, and chenilles combine to create gorgeous chairs, sofas, loveseats, and ottomans often with a bee or honeycomb pattern thrown in. There are also wonderful lamps with the celebrated MacKenzie-Childs Black and White check combined with a beautiful yellow. Join me for a quick look at the Queen Bee collection and be inspired to embrace yellow, black, and white. Enjoy!!!

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Decorative Hardware From Martin Pierce

October 2, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I always say you have to pay attention to the small special things in a room as much as you do the big things like wall color, finishes, and flooring. Things that can make a room extra special are what I think of as jewelry for a room, lighting and hardware and today we are going to look at a new company I recently found out about, Martin Pierce Custom Decorative Hardware.

Martin Pierce is an artist and sculptor who began creating beautiful hardware after he was unable to find anything unique, Martin also designs lighting and some furniture, taking his inspiration from nature. Martin is originally from England and moved to Los Angeles in 1980, he started with designing cabinet pulls and eventually began designing door handles, bathroom accessories and recently lighting. Martin uses the lost wax method of casting his pieces and all of them are original and copyrighted. Martin takes a lot of inspiration from insects but also has collections that focus on plants and trees like his Hedgerow and Willow collections as well as collections like the Lizard collection and Netuske collection which takes its inspiration from 17th-century  Japanese buttons and are miniatures of bumble bees, rabbits, lizards, and frogs. Today we are going to look at a sampling of Pierce’s work and we’ll come back and focus more in-depth on certain collections. For now, join me for a look at the work of Martin Pierce and Enjoy!!!

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Annie Lennox’s New CA Home

September 21, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I love real estate and one of my favorite singers is Annie Lennox, one of the founders of the 80’s duo extraordinaire the Eurythmics, so it only made sense to look at the recent real estate acquisition Annie made in California in the Nichols Canyon area of Los Angeles. The home was originally built in the 1960’s and sits at the top of a hill. The home shares a long uphill driveway with two other homes and it has recently been expanded. Today the home has 2,700 square feet with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. The home’s color scheme is almost all white and very contemporary with lots of straight sleek lines. The home has exposed posts and beams on the ceiling (which I LOVE) and floor to ceiling windows allow massive amounts of light into the residence. The home has a slim deck and an infinity edged swimming pool, the master bedroom has its own private deck and the view from throughout the home are stunning. Join me for a photo tour of the home and Enjoy!!!

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