'Interior Design'

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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Modern Farmhouse In Maine

September 10, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I love reinterpretations of an old theme, you know when something that’s been done for years and looked at with new eyes and made to recall it’s original inspiration but…different. Today we are looking at a timeless design of a home, the farmhouse, done with several modern twists to it. Many times the twist will come from the materials used which we’ll talk about more while looking at the photos or the colors may be totally different than what’s customarily used. Today’s featured home is in Kennebunk, Maine and belongs to a family of four. The family already owned the land that was home to a farmhouse and barn but wished the existing house had more modern features, so they decided to build and turned to Caleb Johnson Studios to help. Taking inspiration from the old house and barn they went with a design that looks like a barn on the outside but more farmhouse on the inside with contemporary touches. To add “old touches” to the new construction they incorporated wood and doors from a farmhouse tear down in neighboring Massachusets and the result is glorious. Join me for a tour today of a Maine Farmhouse and be inspired. Enjoy!!!

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Harry Potter Collection From Pottery Barn

September 4, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s hard to believe but the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, came out twenty-one years ago and this fall we have a new Harry Potter movie with the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Part 2. In celebration of all that we are taking a look today at the fun and beautiful new Harry Potter Collection from Pottery Barn available at Pottery Barn Teen. While this may be on the website aimed at teenagers I know a lot of adults who will be gaga over some of this stuff, especially things like the pieces of furniture and the lamps and lighting, all very high end and chic. Whatever your age there’s something here for you if you are a fan of the Boy Wizard and the world he lives in. If you have an HP fan on your Christmas list there’s bound to be something here that will make extra happy this year. I’ll share some of my favorite things here today but you be sure and visit the PB Teen website here to check out the entire collection. Enjoy!!!

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14 Ideas For Above The Kitchen Cabinets

August 24, 2018

By Tab Byrum

If you have upper kitchen cabinets then you may be familiar with the struggle of whether to decorate or not decorate above the upper cabinets and if you do decorate then WHAT TO DO???. I have gone both ways with clients over the years, some we have displayed different things they already own, sometimes we’ve gone out and bought all new stuff for above the cabinets and sometimes we have left them completely blank. Today I want to share an article from House Beautiful on what to do in that pesky area between the tops of your cabinets and the ceiling of your kitchen. You can click here to see the full article in House Beautiful online and I’ll also share a few of their ideas with you. What do you do above the cabinets, I personally like the idea of the wallpaper. Whatever you do, please promise me no artificial greenery. Have a great day a wonderful weekend and Enjoy!!!

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Agatha Christie on Amazon Prime ~ “Ordeal By Innocence”

August 22, 2018

By Tab Byrum

We LOVE to watch TV at our house, at night after everything is done for the day and we’ve had supper and are settled down we love nothing more than watching something recorded on the DVR or finding something new on one of the streaming services. We really love British television and as you may know the British have a special affinity and knack for mysteries. Recently it was announced that the production arm of the Agatha Christie estate is teaming up with Mammoth Screen to produce seven Agatha Christie novels to be shown on television. Here in America Amazon has signed on to be the distributor and the first of the seven is “Ordeal By Innocence” and it was recently released. “OBI” is the story of the wealthy Argyll family in England, unable to have children of their own Leo and Rachel Argyll adopt five children. After the children are grown a member of the family is murdered and one of the kids is accused of the crime, they are found guilty and sent to prison. The story takes a turn when a man shows up who says he was with the accused killer the night of the murder and there is no way they could have committed the murder. There are a lot of twists and turns in the story and of course, eventually, the mystery is solved but not before taking you on a wonderful journey. From a design standpoint, this 3-hour mini-series was wonderful. It’s set in the late 1950’s so the clothes and cars are wonderful and the decoration of the mansion is gorgeous. I love all the colors used throughout the huge house, especially the blue used in the entry and all the way up the three-story entry hall. If you have Amazon streaming definitely check out “Ordeal By Innocence”, just sit back relax and enjoy it, it’s definitely worth it. Enjoy!!!  (above via)

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Introducing The Lampster!!!

August 13, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I love lamps and lighting, if I had to do it all over again I might study lighting design but for now, I’m in love with this new little guy, The Lampster. The Lampster is the result of a campaign on Kickstarter and the progress of the beginning up to know is tracked on The Lampster website and is kind of fascinating. There are four different finish types available called Army (looks a little beat-up), Artsy (think Jackson Pollock), Zombie (speaks for itself), and just color. There are nine color choices and then some of those are available in the first three categories. The Lampster is a lamp and so much more, you can sync it to the beat of your favorite music, you can control it using your phone or tablet, as well as having a touch feature to turn it on and off just by touching the lamp. I think this is awesome and will definitely look into getting one. The creators hail it as the most powerful desk lamp in the world and we all need that in our lives. Today I have some photos of The Lampster to share for you to get an idea of style and colors available, check out thelampster.com website when you have a chance as well as their Facebook page and as always, Enjoy!!!

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