'Patterns'

Best of Tabulous: Animal Print Clothing

August 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today we are looking back at a post we did on this date in 2014, looking at Animal Print, specifically Leopard, and its use in our clothes and accessories. Click here to see the full post and get a look at some wonderful clothing over the last almost 100 years. Enjoy!!!

Princess Grace in a Leopard coat in the late 1950’s.¬†

Poppy Wall Flowers

August 10, 2017

By Tab Byrum

On Monday we talked about Poppies as inspiration in design because of their beautiful color, shape, and how they look, while I was researching that post I remembered how many great wallpapers there are featuring¬†Poppies. One thing to remember is Poppies come in other colors besides the ever popular red and because of that, groupings of different colored Poppies can create amazing backdrops. today we are going to take a look at walls covered in Poppies, some of them are wallcovering created from photographs and others are stylized Poppies created by artists and transferred onto paper. Remember, you don’t have to cover a whole room in bright papers like these, just one accent wall is all it takes. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Best of Tabulous Design ~ Houndstooth

August 7, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today we are taking a look back three years to a post I did on Houndstooth fabric, its many uses, and many incarnations. Houndstooth is still one of my favorite patterns and I have two chairs in storage that I would like to do in Houndstooth, hopefully later this year. Today join me for a look back here at this fun and timeless pattern. Enjoy!!!

Bubble Tile

August 1, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I’m kind of obsessed right now with tile that I call Bubble Tile. I had seen it in tile showrooms but couldn’t get anyone to use it in a project until a couple of years ago I was working in the home of a new client at Christmas and she has Bubble Tile on the floor of her powder bath. It’s so cool, it looks like you are walking on bubbles, the tile is made up of different sized round pieces of tile, all in the same colorway. Today I want to share some of the uses of Bubble Tile and show you some of the newer variations of it that have come out. I just can’t get over how fun this tile is and all the fun things you can do. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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de Gournay Inspiration

July 11, 2017

By Tab Byrum

In the world of Interior Design, the name de Gournay is one that invokes deep sighs and admiration among designers. Anything that comes from de Gournay is a true work of art, whether it’s a piece of hand painted porcelain, a yard of fabric, or a single panel of hand painted wallpaper, you know that it has been created by artists who are inspired by the world around them, history, and beautiful things. de Gournay conjures thoughts of an ancient French firm that has been creating since France had Kings, but instead they’ve quickly built a reputation for timeless beauty since their founding in 1986. I have recently been seeing a lot of work by de Gournay online and in publications, they’ve recently teamed up with a retailer to create a one of a kind collection. I thought we would take a look at de Gournay and what they create, starting specifically with their wallpapers. They have several different categories of wallpaper but today we are going to start with their Chinoiserie collection, papers that focus on nature and the world around us. The papers are inspired by antique works of art from Asia and are made up of beautiful colors, whether you are wanting something bright and beautiful or neutral and elegant there’s something here to inspire you. Join me for a look at de Gournay wallpapers and be inspired, Enjoy!!! (the above paper is St. Laurent)

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Shapely Wood Flooring From Jamie Beckwith Collection

June 29, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s really amazing what companies are achieving in the area of creative flooring, we have tile that looks like wood flooring and now we have wood flooring that looks like tile. Today we are going to look at some of the amazing offerings in wood floors from the Jamie Beckwith Collection. I love when you visit the Beckwith website they talk about how their products are for use not only on floors but also vertical surfaces, meaning walls. The first wood tiles that caught my eye are the ones that look like Moroccan tiles from the Enigma collection in the Sextant shape. Today we are going to look at several of the different shapes their flooring is available in. I hope you find these tiles as inspiring as I do and remember to LOOK UP, they don’t just belong on the floor. Enjoy!!!

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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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