'Paint'

Beautiful Before & After In Brooklyn

July 16, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Would you dare paint your already beautiful wood floors white? Hard choice I know but that’s exactly what homeowner Joe Mazias of Brooklyn did upon the advice of his interior designer Dan Mazzarini of BHDM, all of this to tie together the black and white color scheme they agreed upon. All flat surfaces in the apartment were painted white with the exception of the bedroom which was painted gray, and much of the woodwork was painted a glossy black including window casements, and doors. This apartment is a perfect example of what something as simple as paint can do for a home, it can completely transform it and make it very sophisticated. A few weeks ago we talked here on the blog about Encaustic Tiles and this homeowner chose a beautiful pattern of Encaustic Tiles in black and white for the home’s bathroom that blend beautifully with the white used throughout the rest of the room, all of this is offset by the wonderful rustic vanity. Join me today for a look at several of the rooms in this beautiful home and check out the inspiring color scheme and use of other colors to accessorize and furnish this home. Enjoy!!!

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Adding Color Thru Art & Fabrics

July 9, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I LOVE COLOR!!!! I have always loved color and will always use color but with that being said I also have to say that as I grow older I enjoy a neutral background as far as my home is concerned. I like having lighter and neutral colored walls, a sort of blank canvas that I can then decorate and “paint” the look I want using artwork and fabrics on the upholstered furniture and window treatments. Today we are looking at a home in Atlanta that when it was first built the homeowners did a much more neutral palette in the colors they used, they refer to the original look as Tuscan or Mediterranean. Today they have changed out some of the floorings in the house and brought in a lot more color using their furniture and artwork. The homeowner says after several years she was ready for a change, wanted to brighten things up and have a more”transitional feel” to the home. Join me today for a tour of this gorgeous home and see how you can bring in pattern and color without going overboard. 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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Artwork Of Rachel Roe

May 30, 2018

By Tab Byrum

As you know I love stumbling onto people and their creations when I’m doing research for the blog and that’s what happened recently when I found artist Rachel Roe of St. Louis. Initially, I found an article about Rachel’s studio (a topic for another post) and that led me to her website, Rachel Roe Designs, and her Etsy page where she sells her paintings. Rachel works in her wonderful backyard studio at her St. Louis home, she’s a graduate of the University of Missouri where she studied Fine Art with an emphasis in graphic design. Rachel has been able to combine her love of art and her graphic design abilities and create wonderful paintings, all of them colorful and bold. She has painted some amazing still lifes of florals and fruit trees as well as Figurative art featuring Flight Attendants, School Girls, as well as Boy and Girl Scouts. I really enjoy the look of her paintings, some are casual and they all feel very relaxed to me, I hope you like them as much as I do. In addition to her paintings Rachel designs Logos, Patterns and does Hand Typography which she sells and is suitable for framing. For more information or to see more of Rachel’s work visit her website here and her Etsy page here. Enjoy!!! (above, Flowering Through The Frost)

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Geometric Patterns

May 23, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Geometric patterns have long been a source of inspiration in decorating our homes, whether it’s creating a certain pattern with tile or choosing a wallpaper with a geometric pattern. We are seeing geometric pattern coming more and more into play when we decorate and today we are going to take a look at some of the ways it’s happening. Remember pattern and color are two of the easiest ways we have to change things up and make our homes interiors more interesting, we’ve been doing it for thousands of years, consider the Greek Key pattern that’s been popular forever. I hope you enjoy the images I’ve collected for you on geometric patterns and check back on Friday when we will be looking at how geometric pattern is used in our home decor and accessories, Enjoy!!! ( image via)

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Florence: The Uffizi Gallery

April 3, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Today I’m going to take you on a tour of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, home to one of the largest and most priceless art collections in the world. The Uffizi was originally a building that housed the offices of the Magistrates for the city and was originally started in 1560, the top floor of the building was designated a gallery and house the massive art collection of the Medici. Over the years and decades, more space was claimed and more building was built and when the Medici family died out their entire art collection was bequeathed to the city of Florence and housed in the Uffizi. The gallery has been opened to visitors by reservation and request since 1765 and was officially opened to the public in 1865. Today the Uffizi is home to major artworks, such as Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” and “The Enunciation” as well as sculptors by Michelangelo and many others. If you are ever in Florence you have to visit The Uffizi Gallery, we scheduled a guided tour and I’m glad we did, he showed us the highlights and told us the history of the museum. Now I look forward to going back some day and touring it again on our own, join me now for a quick tour and some highlights of one of the most visited museums in the world. Enjoy!!! (above is The Adoration of the Magi by Fabriano)

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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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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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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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Ultra Violet: Pantone Color of the Year, 2018

December 12, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We’re taking a little break today from coverage of all things Christmas to look at the just-announced Pantone Color of the Year for 2018, Ultra Violet. The first thing I thought of when saw this color was rock star Prince and his love of the color purple, in both his clothing and his songs. Pantone says about Ultra Violet, “Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.” I’ve said before that Purple is not my favorite color but I have to admit it’s growing on me and I do love to mix it with certain other colors, like orange, red, and green. This Ultra Violet hue of purple is gorgeous and would look wonderful as the main color of a room or outfit as well as an accent color. I’ll share a look at some images today of Ultra Violet in the design world and hopefully, you’ll find some inspiration. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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