'Oklahoma City'

Commercial Decor: Meat Market Refectory In Oklahoma City

December 6, 2017

By Tab Byrum

This year I had the privilege of helping a client decorate their restaurant here in Oklahoma City for the holiday season. The restaurant is called the Meat Market Refectory or MMR Prime Steakhouse and is owned by my clients Cindy and Lance Ruffel. The building that now houses MMR used to be a Chinese Buffet but today it has been transformed into a beautiful dining spot that could easily be located in New York City or Los Angeles. The decor of MMR is done in dark wood tones with lots of gray and silver brought in to add sparkle and elegance. There are sections of wall that house mirrors that reflect the light and additional light to the restaurant. The bar is in the center of the restaurant and over it hangs a gorgeous cobalt blue chandelier and we took our color cues from that chandelier for the Christmas decorations, bringing in mercury glass and cobalt blue ornaments I tied the Christmas decorations back to the decor of MMR. I’ll go into more detail with the photos, I hope you enjoy the tour and if you’re in the need of a beautiful dining experience check out MMR Prime Steakhouse at 63rd and May in OKC. Enjoy!!!

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Color Inspiration: Sunset & Blue

September 28, 2015

By Tab Byrum

We just got home this afternoon from our trip to Seattle and Canada, more on that to come later this week. While we were gone the Oklahoma City Thunder unveiled their new alternate uniforms, they are calling the color Oklahoma Sunset and it’s very fitting. As I’ve said on here before I LOVE orange and sometimes it’s a hard sell in Oklahoma since Oklahoma State University’s colors are Orange, Black and White and people who are OU fans generally refuse to have anything to do with orange, that being said I really like the new uniforms, I like them so much that I’m using them for color inspiration.

Thunder stars: Nick Collison, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka in the new Sunset Orange uniforms. 

The uniforms are mainly orange with navy blue trim and some white, navy and orange is one of my favorite combinations, as you can tell from the colors I chose for the blog. Orange and blue are two colors that play off each other, and navy isn’t the only shade of blue that looks great with orange, so does light blue and turquoise shades of blue. Let’s take a look at orange and blue as we enter the Autumn season, be inspired GO THUNDER and Enjoy!!!

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Frontier City Fun With Love’s

September 1, 2015

By Tab Byrum

It’s time to start thinking about wrapping up the Summer and moving on to Fall, but we managed to squeeze in some outdoor fun this past weekend. Michael works for Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores in their corporate headquarters and Sunday was their annual Employee Appreciation Day which was held at Frontier City, Oklahoma City’s amusement park located right off of I-35 that gives you dose of the Old West with corn dogs and funnel cakes sprinkled in.

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Now, before you start grumbling and groaning I have to tell you we had an awesome time, Michael or I neither one had been there since we were kids and it was great. They’ve really upped the ante as far as rides with several roller coasters like the Diamond Back and the Steel Lasso, they’ve also added one of the bungee cord rides, where once you’re released you swing out over the crowds of people and the pools of water at the Log Ride. We had a great catered BBQ meal, ran into old friends from college that work at Love’s also and made some new friends.

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Hello April!!!!

April 1, 2015

By Tab Byrum


When I think about the month of April my mind always goes to  rain and flowers, I’m sure it goes back to “April Showers Bring May Flowers”.  April in Oklahoma means uncertain weather as we enter the first of several months of stormy weather, we’ve already had tornadoes in Oklahoma this year.  Today we are going to take a look at Spring around Oklahoma City, focusing on flowers and Redbuds, which are the state tree for the Sooner state. Hopefully this will bring you some inspiration and don’t forget Easter is this Sunday, the biggest Spring holiday of them all.  Enjoy!!!

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“Son Of The Congo”

March 23, 2015

By Tab Byrum

Good Monday morning, I hope everyone had a great weekend.  This past Saturday night Michael and I were fortunate in that we were able to attend the premiere of a new documentary film titled “Son Of The Congo”.  This film focuses on NBA basketball player Serge Ibaka, who is near and dear to our hearts in Oklahoma as one of the stars of the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team.  The film follows Ibaka as he returns to his African hometown of Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo and shows us exactly where this NBA superstar came from and what it took to get him to where he is today.


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Merry Christmas 2014

December 25, 2014

By Tab Byrum

MERRY CHRISTMAS Friends!!!!!  Christmas is my favorite holiday, there’s nothing like Christmas as a child but it’s still pretty good as an adult if you let yourself relax occasionally and enjoy everything.  When I was little we lived three hours from our family, so on Christmas Eve evening we would load up the car and head to Hydro after mom and dad got off work.


We always stayed with my mom’s mom, Minnie, and woke up to toys from Santa,  then mom, dad and I would have our Christmas before all the rest of our family came over for lunch and opening presents.  That afternoon we would head to my Great Grandma’s house and see all of the extended family on mom’s side of the family and have a “snack” then about 7 that evening we would go to my Grandma Byrum’s house for supper and gifts, when I look back at it, well it was exhausting.  Depending on what day Christmas fell on mom and dad would head home that night to be at work the next day and a lot of times I would spend part of the Christmas break in Hydro.  I have great memories of all those Christmases and wouldn’t trade them for anything.  I sincerely hope this day finds all of you in great life situations and with people you love.  Again, Merry Christmas. 

I’m going to leave you today with some images of Downtown Oklahoma City all decked out for Christmas, Enjoy!!!



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Lighting Up OKC: Chesapeake Energy

December 10, 2014

By Tab Byrum

Oklahoma City is awash in electric color this time of year and I thought I would share some of the Christmas sights with you.  Chesapeake Energy is a major player in the world of oil and natural gas and their headquarters are right here in Oklahoma City.



For 15 years Chesapeake has blanketed the trees on their campus in brightly colored lights, they also decorate all the trees along both 63rd Street and Western Avenue.  It’s great driving up to the Chesapeake campus, parking and walking around the area and enjoying the Christmas scenery.  Families come to just stroll, enjoy and take tons of pictures, Chesapeake even pipes in Christmas music to add to the ambience.  Enjoy!!!

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Oklahoma City 2015 – The Place To Be

November 26, 2014

By Tab Byrum

I have to do a little bragging on the city in which I live, it was recently announced that Oklahoma City is one of 20 Places You Should See In 2015 by National Geographic Traveler Magazine.  This is really amazing, it’s always seemed like Oklahoma City has had something of an identity crisis, but in the years since the tragic bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995 we’ve really gotten our act together.  The citizens of OKC have continued to vote in favor a 1 cent sales tax that is always earmarked for certain projects that make our city and our state more attractive to business and individuals.


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We’ve totally revamped the once rundown warehouse area of town known as Bricktown, we’ve remodeled and built new convention and entertainment arenas, our State Fairgrounds have been given a facelift, we’ve built a state of the art Baseball park and the list goes on and on.  Today we are known by our OKC Thunder NBA team, where once in sports we were only known for college football.  Our local art museum is home to the largest collection of art glass by famed artist Dale Chihully and our economy thrived over the last several years where so many others stumbled.  Take a moment to look at this posting on the Nat Geo article coming out December 2nd, and if you ever get a chance come and see us sometime, we’re well worth the trip. 

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From Paris to OKC: Gods and Heroes

July 16, 2014

By Tab Byrum


Beautiful banners used downtown to advertise the exhibit

I was very excited when I looked at the calendar to plan my week of posts on French design and then read in the paper that the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is playing host to a major French art exhibit throughout the summer.  Needless to say we made plans to attend as soon as we could which worked out to be this past Saturday, and with temps in the mid to upper 90’s, inside was a great place to be. Read More

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