'Patterns'

Getting The Blues: Chinoiserie Blue

June 22, 2017

By Tab Byrum

If I lived in a large home I would devote one room to Chinoiserie, which is defined as “the European interpretation and imitation of Chinese and East Asian artistic traditions, especially in the decorative arts, garden design, architecture, literature, theater, and music.” There’s something about the look at that appeals to me greatly. I think it’s the use of nature in their designs of pottery, china, wallpaper, and other decorative objects. Probably the best known Chinoiserie decorative product is Blue and White porcelain, I’ve discussed Blue Transferware before and Delft Pottery after our trip last year to Amsterdam and the Netherlands, but today I want to look at Chinoiserie Blue as part of our look at decorating with different shades of Blue. Chinoiserie Blue has a distinct feel to it, it’s very natural as far as the decorations used in Chinoiserie since of course nature is very important in Asia. Chinoiserie is also known for its use of scenes depicting life, whether it’s everyday life or life in a royal palace. Join me for a look at Chinoiserie Blue and how you can do a little or a lot to enhance your home and its decor. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Getting The Blues: Chambray Blue

June 20, 2017

By Tab Byrum

One of my favorite shades of blue is a color I think of as Chambray, a color that I hold near and dear because of my dad. My dad retired a little over a year ago at the age of 80 and almost every day that he headed out the door to work he was wearing a Chambray Blue shirt, or workshirt as we referred to them. He has short sleeved ones for summer and long sleeved for Fall and Winter and they all have snaps, no buttons. Chambray to me is an in-between shade of blue, it’s not a Light Blue like we looked at yesterday and it’s not dark or Navy Blue, it’s just a pretty Blue that works with lots of other colors. I particularly like Chambray Blue for accessory pieces like pillows, throws, or even draperies and especially bedding. Today we are going to look at the Chambray shade of Blue and I hope this inspires and gives you some great ideas. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Bee’s Wrap ~ Sustainable Food Storage

May 16, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Sometimes the old ways are the best ways especially as we take on things like Sustainable storage, something that is quickly becoming popular as we try to figure out ways to live on our big blue planet without harming it and ourselves. Bee’s Wrap is a company that is taking on sustainable food storage and eliminating plastics from our kitchens and was founded by Sarah Kaeck in 2012. Kaeck rediscovered the art of infusing organic cotton fabric with beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin which results in a stylish, washable and reusable alternative wrap to plastic wrap and containers. You use the warmth of your hands to mold the wrap around whatever you are covering, whether it’s a sandwich or a piece of fruit, then as the wrap cools it conforms to the shape of the object and creates a seal. The wraps are usable multiple times and can eventually be disposed of in compost piles or used for other things such as firestarters in fireplaces or when camping. The wraps come in fun colors and patterns, check them out here as well as the different sizes and shapes of Bee’s Wrap, Enjoy!!!

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Mother’s Day: Kimono Jackets from Anthropologie

May 9, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The other day I was searching the internet looking for fun and unusual gifts I could feature for Mother’s Day, I always like checking in on what Anthropologie has as far as gifts and housewares and I was glad to see they had a section devoted to Mother’s Day. While I was looking at their Mother’s Day selections I began noticing several different bright, beautiful, and elegant Kimono jackets and that’s the direction I decided to go for today’s post. A Kimono is defined as a long, loose robe with wide sleeves and usually tied with a wide belt, originally in Japan it was meant to be a formal garment but today is worn around the world as a robe and in today’s examples as a jacket. I just think the colors and patterns of these Kimonos are beautiful, they can be paired with jeans or a dress or in some cases even a gown, these Kimonos can definitely take a simple outfit and send them over the top for a night out on the town. Check out these and other Kimonos on Anthropologie’s website and maybe give mom some pattern and color this year. Enjoy!!! (Leopard Cocoon Kimono)

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Lilly Pulitzer Wallpaper From Lee Jofa

April 17, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The Lilly Pulitzer brand has long been known for their fun and bright clothing collections made up of fun color combinations like pink and orange or blue and green and using motifs of palm trees, plants, coral and anything tropical. Now the iconic clothier has teamed up with fabric and wallpaper producer Lee Jofa to create a gorgeous and FUN wallpaper line. The collection is inspired by hand-drawn artwork and is made up of 13 patterns, perfect for a young ladies bedroom and bath, or perhaps a big girl’s bathroom and dressing area. I can also see these prints bringing life and fun to a powder bath or a hallway. Today I’m sharing some of the prints and colors with you and to see more head over to Lee Jofa’s website here. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Pillowfort Bathroom From Target

April 10, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Last week we took a look at the Pillowfort Bedroom collection from Target and today we continue to focusing on that collection with a look at merch for the bathroom. The multicolored striped towels above were the thing that caught my eye last week as well as several other fun things. This collection is geared towards kids but there are lots of things you could use in a lake house, a pool bath or just if you’re a “fun” adult. There are lots of fun patterns to choose from and great color combinations, so here we go, exploring Pillowfort from Target. Enjoy!!!

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Designers Guild ~ Majolica Collection

March 31, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The new Majolica Collection from Designers Guild is GORGEOUS, the collection is inspired by the bright and intense colors found in Majolica pottery and is all digitally printed. Designers Guild has played with the scale of some of the prints, especially the florals, to give a traditional type fabric more of a contemporary look. The thing that caught my eye are the colors used, especially the blue in the Majolica Cornflower (above) and the Istoriato Cobalt. In addition to the blues Designers Guild uses some wonderful pinks, purples, greens, and even a few trendy grays. Here’s a taste of what’s available from Designers Guild, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Exposing Yourself…To Brick

March 28, 2017

By Tab Byrum

One thing I LOVE is when the brick is exposed and used as a wall treatment on the interior of homes and businesses, I think the brick adds a whole new look and feel to a room and really warms it up and gives it a definite masculine feel. One thing we have today that allows the exposed brick look to be accomplished without tearing down sheetrock or knocking down walls is thin brick. Thin brick is used much like tile and installed the same way. Some people refer to the thinner version of brick as thin brick veneer and many times it’s attained by using reclaimed brick from buildings that are being renovated or that have been torn down. Exposed brick can be used in any room, whether it’s in the kitchen with the cooktop or ovens, as an accent wall behind a bed or at one end of a room, exposed brick is a great way to add color, texture, and interest to rooms without breaking the bank. I’ve gathered a few examples for you today, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Beautiful Pillows From Pottery Barn

March 20, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today is the first day of Spring and that usually means a lot of our thoughts will turn to warmer days and brighter colors. A quick and easy way to get a fresh jolt of color this time of year is to change out the pillows in our living rooms and bedroom, change out the deep, rich colors of Fall and Winter for bright and lighter colors of Spring and Summer. I recently received the latest Pottery Barn catalog and PB has a ton of new and beautiful pillows, when I was putting this post together I noticed myself continually drawn to the embroidered pillows and those done in crewel stitch. I always love these kinds of pillows because all of the handwork done on them gives another dimension to the pillow as well as fun patterns and colors. Join me today for a peek at some of the beautiful pillows from Pottery Barn and get inspired for Spring, Enjoy!!!

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Mariinsky Damask Collection From Cole & Son

October 6, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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We’ve talked about Damask patterns on the blog before but the new ones from Cole & Son in their latest wallpaper collection, Mariinsky Damask, are stunning. I think it’s wonderful when companies take something old like a Damask pattern and breathe new life into it and bring it into the 21st century with bright colors and metallics. Cole & Son also have a wonderful tile pattern in this collection as well as some stripes. I can totally see these patterns being used in a dramatic space, whether it’s a powder bath, a dining room or even a bedroom. I also love to use old patterns like Damask and pair them with contemporary furniture and art, the juxtaposition of an old pattern in a bold color with current furniture and accessories creates beautiful tension and beautiful rooms. Here’s a sampling of the new patterns available from Cole & Son, to see all their beautiful papers visit their website. Enjoy!!! 

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