'Lighting'

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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Small & Chic Home: The West End

July 23, 2018

By Tab Byrum

The trend for downsizing and living smaller doesn’t seem to be going anywhere but at least there are people and companies out there trying to make the trend more palatable and beautiful, case in point, today’s tiny home. This home was designed and built by an Alabama based company. Today’s featured home is called the West End and is made up of two containers with a total of 320 square feet. The West End has a full-size bathroom and a large bedroom, the living room, and kitchen make a large room. The house has a beautiful deck outside that allows you to take your living outside, weather permitting. Join me for a closer look at this small home and I’ll give you more details. Could you live here? Enjoy!!!

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Going Gray In The Kitchen

July 2, 2018

By Tab Byrum

If you are a wine drinker than you no doubt know about Robert Mondavi wines and the beautiful estate and vineyard where the grapes are grown for the wine. A few years ago a 100-year-old house on the estate of the Charles Krug Winery, which is owned by the Mondavi family, was used as the Traditional Home Napa Valley Show House. During the transformation, the kitchen of the home was redone and it was decided the house would be used as an entertaining space so the kitchen needed to be updated and made into a showplace. The color gray was chosen as the main color to be used in the kitchen of the house and in a big way, all the cabinetry is gray. There wasn’t time to rip out the existing cabinets and build and install new ones so the existing cabinets were used. Some upper cabinets in the kitchen were removed to make the kitchen feel larger and some were redone to make it possible to house appliances like the range and new refrigerator. Join me today for a tour of this beautiful kitchen done in gray tones and I’ll go into more detail with the photos. Enjoy!!!

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Using Wicker All Year All The Time

June 11, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I recently read an article about how people are turning to wicker furniture to use both inside and outside their homes all year long and I have to say I really like the idea. For several years I had a wicker trunk I bought at Pier 1 I used as a coffee table then moved it to the bedroom where it was storage and a base for a TV. I’ve always loved the charm of an old beautiful piece of wicker furniture, whether it’s a single chair with lovely curves and a great bright cushion or maybe a wicker table with a glass top sitting next to a chair holding a lamp and a vase of flowers with space for your drink. Wicker pieces come in all sizes, colors, and styles and have traditionally been used on patios, porches and all kinds of outdoor areas but why not bring a favorite piece in the house? Maybe place a favorite piece in a corner of the living room with a beautiful new seat cushion that goes with your decor or maybe a piece in the corner of your bedroom. Wicker and rattan don’t have to be just for sitting, today you can also find wicker tables, desks, coffee tables and much more, both new and vintage. Today we are going to take a look at some photos of wicker used in homes as well as some pieces available from a wonderful vendor in France, Atelier Vime. So join me for a look at wicker and how you can incorporate it into your home, both outside and inside. Enjoy!!! (image via)

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Awesome Lighting At Urban Chandy

June 6, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I was recently reading an article about a couple who had taken the upstairs portion of a barn and turned it into their home and in the picture of their dining area was an awesome chandelier over the dining table. Thankfully the article told who the maker of the light fixture was, a company called Urban Chandy. I have to be honest and tell you I was not familiar with the company but I am now and their products are everything you could want in fun, industrial, out of the ordinary lighting. I’ve told you before that I like to treat the lighting in a home like the jewelry, something special that adds some sparkle and pizazz to your outfit, or in this case the rooms of your home. My problem is that I like all kinds of lighting except for very traditional and Urban Chandy is NOT traditional. I love the use of retro kind of cords used in some of their pieces as well as the bare bulbs. They offer several different finishes and colors for their fixtures and their website also shows you how certain lights can be used in more than one area of the home. Join me today for a look at the beautiful pieces being created at Urban Chandy and Enjoy!!!

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At Home With Designer Vern Yip

April 3, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I’ve always enjoyed watching design shows on TV hosted by designer Vern Yip so I was excited the other day when I stumbled onto a Traditional Home online article about Yip’s home he shares with his partner Craig and their two children. Yip was born in Hong Kong but grew up in Virginia where he graduated from high school in 1986 and attended the University of Virginia and earned degrees in economics and chemistry. Yip was all prepared to attend medical school when he changed his mind and decided to study architecture instead, graduating from Georgia Tech with a Masters in Architecture. Today Yip is known for his classic designs imbued with color and personality and hosting shows on HGTV and TLC’s Trading Spaces. Vern Yip is now based in Atlanta and lives in a 1925 home. I love the design of this family’s home, there are so many traditional elements such as paneling, wide baseboards, large arched windows, and wood floors all done with lots of colors. Of course, you could also totally carry off this decorating scheme using neutrals for a very sophisticated look and feel. Join me for a tour of Vern Yip and Craig Koch’s Atlanta home and be inspired. Enjoy!!!

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15 Interior Design Predictions For 2018

January 2, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I always think it’s interesting to see what “experts” say the trends will be in Interior Design and Fashion when we begin a new year, so I thought we would look at 15 predictions that recently appeared in Vogue Magazine concerning what’s HOT and what’s NOT in 2018. We are going to look at seven predictions today and eight more tomorrow. Some of these I can totally get behind and some of them caused me to roll my eyes, trends always bug me a little because I think you have to decorate your home the way you want it to be, I always tell my clients that it’s their home and they live in it so it needs to be what they like. One of the trends we’ll be talking about is a curated home as opposed to a decorated home, that’s one I can totally get behind and I’ll go into more detail later. As for now, here are seven purported trends, let me know what you think and as always, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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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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Adding Drama: Powder Bathrooms

July 18, 2017

By Tab Byrum

On Tabulous Design you’ll often see me say that a certain paint color, wall covering, or light fixture would be great in a Powder Bathroom and that’s because a Powder Bath is a room that doesn’t necessarily get a lot of use and it’s also the bathroom most of your guest will use when visiting you in your home. A Powder Bath is much like an entry way, it’s a great place to make an awesome first impression. Usually, a Powder Bath consists of a toilet and a sink, although I’ve been in some powder baths that do have a small shower in them, for most parts they are home to facilities to do your business, wash your hands and that’s it. Today we are going to look at some Powder Baths that have an added extra flair from wallpapers to mirrors, lighting and paint you can get a lot of drama and panache in a small room. I hope you get inspired, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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