'Patterns'

Mixing Traditional & Rock-N-Roll In Texas

August 8, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I love mixing it up as far as interior design goes, mixing styles, types of furniture, you know contemporary and antiques. Today we are looking at a home that was recently featured in Traditional Home magazine, it’s a very traditional home in style and decor but what stands out is the amazing art collection, much of it having to do with rock and roll and the people who perform it. The home is in Houston and is owned by a 58-year-old banker who loves music, he bought the 5,800 square foot home after about a third of it was completed so he was able to upgrade and make changes to the interiors before the home was too far along. Today the house is home to beautiful furniture, accessories, and artwork that reflect the taste of its owner. I love how the artwork is what brings color to much of the house and the furniture and upholstery are done in softer colors and provide a neutral background. Join me for a tour of this beautiful home and remember you’re never too old to rock-n-roll. Enjoy!!!

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Garden Stools

July 18, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I’m on the hunt for the perfect Garden Stool to use in our Master Bedroom as a small side table. Garden Stools are exactly what they sound like, short, usually round stools but they are wide enough to be used as a table. We have a blue and white garden stool that we’ve had for years that I use in the living room and I would like to have one in the bedroom to hold a couple of books as well as a fan that we use this time of year when the temps at night don’t cool off very much. Garden Stools come in all sorts of shapes, usually, they are round but they also come in a square shape. Many times you will find the decoration and design of Garden Stools have an Asian influence which of course is where they got their beginnings. Today I’m going to share with you some ways Garden Stools are used as furniture in the home as well as look at some choices available from retailers. 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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Gray & White Checkered Floors

June 13, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Whether they’re painted on or whether they’re marble, I really, really, really like a gray and white checkered floor. I’ve talked before on here about loving black and white floors and I still do but I’m thinking this may be the way I want to go SOMEWHERE in our home. I love the way the gray and white look together, I think they are very elegant and chic looking as compared to the strongness in a black and white floor. The gray and white lends itself to any color combination as far as what you want to do with paint, fabric, art, and upholstery in your home. I’ve gathered some images of gray and white floors and I’ve included not just tile floors but also some that have been painted onto wood floors because I think that’s a charming way to do a wood floor, especially an old one. I hope you like what I’ve collected and I look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy!!! (image via)

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Geometric Home Decor

May 25, 2018

By Tab Byrum

On Wednesday we talked about the use of geometric shapes in design, we looked at a wallpaper, tile, rugs, and painting shapes on walls. Today we are going to continue with that theme and look at Geometry and shapes in home decor. Shapes have long been the inspiration for certain pieces, who hasn’t been on a hunt for the perfect square coffee table or a perfectly sized round table for the kitchen or breakfast room. We often frame our artwork or mirrors in rectangles to hang horizontally or vertically but aren’t round frames more interesting? Today you can find fun shapes everywhere, in vases, and pillows as well as clocks, wall hangings and even headboards for your bed. Take a look at the fun geometry inspired items I found today and as always, Enjoy!!! (via)

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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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The World of Encaustic Tile

April 30, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I am fascinated with all the beautiful Encaustic Tiles or concrete tiles that are available today, there are so many beautiful patterns and color combinations available. I looked up the definition of Encaustic Tile and I found this: Encaustic Tiles are ceramic tiles in which the pattern or figure on the surface is not a product of the glaze but of different colors of clay. They are usually of two colors but a tile may be composed of as many as six. So the tiles are created by hand using different colors of clay instead of getting the colors from the traditional use of paint and the firing process. 

Of course, some of the most popular ones are all the beautiful gray and white combinations of tile and I’m very partial to the beautiful black and white Encaustics. The colorful Encaustics bring a lot of bang to a room, home or restaurant as you’ll see in some of the photos I’m going to share with you today. In the days to come, we will take a look at specific brands of Encaustic Tiles and the people and companies that make them. I definitely want to incorporate some of these beauties into my home, how about you? Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Spalted Wood In Design

April 19, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I was recently reading an article on Interior Design and the use of wood and they talked about Spalted Wood which I was unfamiliar with. Spalted Wood occurs when black lines and swirls show up in the grain of the wood and it’s caused by fungi growing in the wood, it mainly occurs in hardwoods like Maple, Birch, and Beech. The black lines in the wood are called zone lines and are where competing fungi meet. Now we’re done with the science let’s get to the beauty, I LOVE Spalted Wood and I didn’t even know it. The dark random lines in what is already beautiful wood are kind of hypnotizing as you follow their progression and try to make out a pattern. Spalted Wood is used in everything from furniture and guitars to vases and earrings. Today I’m going to share a look at several beautiful home pieces made from Spalted Wood, let me know what you think and as always, Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Tabulous Finds At Tulu

April 12, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I was looking at a recent issue of House Beautiful magazine and there was a bathroom with upholstered walls in a beautiful blue fabric and the explanation of the photo said the fabric is from Tulu. I was unfamiliar with the name Tulu and immediately checked it out and am oh so glad I did. Tulu is a purveyor of many things, including bedding, pillows, shawls, pajamas, and some things created using vintage fabrics. Elizabeth Hewitt is Tulu’s owner and designer and finds her inspiration for Tulu designs in travel, whether it’s India, Burma, or Spain Hewitt is always on the lookout for inspiration. Today we are going to look at some of the amazing pillows available from Tulu done up in amazing patterns and beautiful colors. Visit the Tulu website here when you have a chance and we’ll be back in the near future to see what other beautiful things catch our eye. Enjoy!!!

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The Aerin Collection For Williams Sonoma

April 5, 2018

By Tab Byrum

The color combination of Blue and Green is one of my favorites and it seems to be a favorite of Aerin Lauders from looking at her new collection of dishes and entertaining pieces for Williams Sonoma. Lauder, of course, is the granddaughter of cosmetics legend Estée Lauder and this is the second collection she’s designed for WS. The collection her reflects her love for entertaining, especially outdoor entertaining since she says the blue and green in the collection represent the grass and sea. I’m really looking to get all white dishes then have key pieces like salad plates and serving pieces to mix in with the white and this collection would be perfect for that. One piece that especially stands out for me is the AERIN Glass Pitcher, I love the lines of the pitcher and the added piece of glass that snakes across the surface and that handle is gorgeous. Join me for a peek at the collection and let me know what you think. Enjoy!!!

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