'Photography'

Royal Wedding Venue ~ St. George’s Chapel

April 20, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Everyone enjoyed the post I did last week on the florist who has been chosen to do the flowers for the upcoming wedding between Britains’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle so I thought we would continue on to look at different aspects of the upcoming nuptials from a design perspective and for fun on Fridays. The wedding ceremony itself will be held in St. George’s Chapel within the walls of Windsor Castle, the longest occupied castle in Europe. Windsor, of course, is one of the homes of Britain’s monarch Queen Elizabeth who mainly uses it on the weekends. Windsor is in the Birkhall region of England and is a little over 20 miles outside of London. Michael and I visited the Castle on our first trip to England in February of 2014 and I have to say it’s still one of my favorite places we have visited. The chapel itself was established in the 1300’s by Edward III and has been the scene of many weddings and christenings and is the burial place for many former English Kings and Queens. The Queen’s parents, George VI & Queen Elizabeth, are buried in the chapel as well as her grandparents, great grandparents, and King Henry VIII. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will walk down the main aisle of the chapel on Saturday, May 19th to tie the royal knot, join me today for a look at the chapel as well as some recent weddings that took place there. Have a wonderful weekend and Enjoy!!! (image via)

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On The Roof Of Milan Cathedral

April 5, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Yesterday I shared with you the interior of the Milan Cathedral and today we are going up to the roof of the Cathedral. The Cathedral offers visitors the extraordinary chance to visit the rooftop, walk on the roof and see all of the amazing architecture that makes this place so special. The Cathedral at its highest point is 356 feet high and while you can’t go that high when you’re up there you are able to get quite a ways up and see amazing views. This was one of my favorite things we did on our vacation in Italy and I would definitely do it again if I ever find myself in Milan. When visiting the Cathedral you buy tickets to go in and you can buy them to visit the Cathedral and add-on visiting the roof as well, I encourage everyone to take this opportunity if you can. Join me now for a tour on high and Enjoy!!!

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Italy: Visiting David & The Accademia

April 2, 2018

By Tab Byrum

A must see destination in Florence is “The Gallery of the Academy of Florence” or The Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s David statue as well as other statuary by Michelangelo and other artists and a large collection of painting by artists from Florence. The Gallery was founded in 1784  by the Grand Duke of Tuscany at that time, Pietro Leopoldo and today The Accademia is one of the most visited museums in Italy almost 1.5 million people passing through its doors in 2016. Join me today for a quick tour of The Accademia and a look at The David as well as other amazing sculptures in photos I took on our recent visit. Enjoy!!!

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Italian Chocolate Easter Displays

March 30, 2018

By Tab Byrum

With this weekend being Easter this is the perfect time for me to share with you photos of the amazing Easter displays in chocolate and candy stores we saw on our recent trip to Italy. The displays are gorgeous and involve not only amazing pieces done in chocolate but also gorgeous papers and ribbons. We saw beautiful displays in all the cities we visited with perhaps the most beautiful being in Florence. Join me today for a look at how candy and chocolate are used to celebrate Spring’s big holiday in Italy, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter to all. Enjoy!!!

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A Venetian Snowstorm

March 23, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Our second full day in Venice dawned with more snow falling but this time it would continue to snow most of the day. We had a tour of the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica scheduled today but not until the afternoon so we headed out to do some walking and sightseeing. Just like in Rome the residents of Venice aren’t used to seeing a lot of snow, it does get cold here because they are in the north and really not a long way from the Alps but the Adriatic Sea helps to keep the temperature more temperate. Today though, the snow was falling fast and furious, as you’ll see in photos I’m sharing it was so heavy at times that you couldn’t see the monastery across the bay. I’m sharing a few snowy pics from our afternoon tour but I’ll do another post on the palace and Basilica later next week, for today though, Enjoy!!!

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Rome: A Snowy Day At The Vatican

March 22, 2018

By Tab Byrum

We went to sleep on Sunday with rain falling and woke on Monday morning to snow, we had heard there was a possibility of snow but no one seemed to be taking it very seriously. We had booked a special tour of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel for this day and the tour was scheduled to begin at 7:30 am, before the doors usually open to tourists. We got up and headed out about 6:30 and by the time we did the snow was falling very heavily and there was a strong wind, so armed with down jackets and umbrellas we set off for The Vatican. We had about a mile walk and it wasn’t too bad, we arrived at the Vatican and it was gorgeous. We finally met up with our tour guide after some confusion of where we were meeting, her name was Sabrina and she was charming. Sabrina told us this was only the third time it had snowed in Rome in her lifetime and the last snow had been six years ago. Sabrina led us to the tour entrance of the Vatican and we set off first for the Sistine Chapel and I’m so glad we did, by the time we entered the Chapel they were telling us that the Vatican was going to be shut down due to the weather and the inability of employees to get to work. We got in and spent about 20 minutes in the Sistine Chapel, if you ever have the opportunity to visit the Chapel do it because it’s breathtaking. The colors are so intense and to think that Michelangelo did all of this on scaffolding and ladders. Unfortunately, you aren’t allowed to take photos of the chapel ceiling but I do have lots of other photos to share of the parts of the Vatican we toured and some beautiful photos of our snowy day in Rome. We weren’t able to tour St. Peter’s Basilica or the Vatican Museums because they did close for the remainder of the day, oh well, we’ll just have to go back. Enjoy!!!

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Rome: Palatine Hill & The Coliseum

March 21, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Our first full day of sightseeing for our group started on Sunday morning, we got up and grabbed some breakfast downstairs in Cajo & Gajo then headed off towards the Palatine Hill and The Coliseum. Palatine Hill is the place where the palace of the Roman Emporers was located. These were not just large homes for the Italian rulers but they were literally small cities unto themselves with shops, baths, restaurants and so much more. Today the ruins of the Palatine give us a glimpse at what life was like a couple thousand years ago. Of course, we’ve all heard of The Coliseum in Rome, the outdoor theater where gladiators fought to the death, Christians were fed to lions and all sorts of fantastic shows were staged to entertain the citizens of Rome. Today both of these places stand in ruin but are still amazing to see, if you ever get to either definitely go in, especially The Coliseum, it’s hard to understand exactly how large it is until you are in it. I’ll go a little more in-depth with today’s photos, Enjoy!!!

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Tabulous Travels: Italy 2018

March 15, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Hello!!! If we’re friends on Facebook or if you follow me on Instagram on Tabulous Design then you know that we recently went on a two-week vacation in Italy and it was amazing. I’ll be sharing different aspects of our trip with you here on the blog over the next couple of weeks. I’ll look at all the design aspects of a beautiful and historic country like Italy as well as the individual cities we visited. We had some wonderful adventures and some amazing surprises, especially where the weather is concerned. Today I’m going to share a few of the several hundred photographs we took on the trip just to entice you. If you’ve ever considered going to Italy and are where you can in your life than I strongly encourage you to do so, it’s amazing. Enjoy!!!

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Truman’s White House Renovation

February 19, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Hello everyone and Happy President’s Day!! On this day that we remember all the people who have served our country as Commander In Chief I thought we would take a look at the beautiful home they live in for the time they serve in office, The White House and the major renovation it underwent in the late 40’s and early 1950’s. When the Trumans first moved into the Executive Mansion in 1945 they found the White House in a state of great disrepair, the house had been added onto several times even the addition of a third floor without adequate foundations to hold all the weight. There are stories of during the first two years of the Truman administration of rooms literally swaying on the second floor when people were walking across them and huge chandeliers on the first-floor swaying. It soon became evident that it was no longer safe for the President or anyone to live and work in the White House. President and Mrs. Truman moved across the street to Blair House and a total and complete renovation ensued on the White House. After four years, 1948 to 1952, the Trumans were able to move back in the home and feel safe and proud. The White House Historical Association have amazing pictures, some of which I’m sharing today, of the work as it went on in the house and the final results. Join me today for a trip back in time as we see how the people’s house was saved and made safe and beautiful for all of us. Enjoy!!!

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Flavor Paper Wallpaper

February 2, 2018

By Tab Byrum

As you know by now, I LOVE wallpaper and the more unusual the better. I recently saw a story on small businesses and one they focused on making a difference in Brooklyn, NY is Flavor Papers. Flavor Papers creates and distributes an amazing collection of wallpapers, some of which are based on artwork by artists such as Andy Warhol. There are also collections that focus on Pop Culture icons like Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe and selections focusing even on neighborhoods like Brooklyn and the area of Brooklyn known as DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass).  The collections are fun and sometimes a little scary, I love the one with bats instead of birds and would be amazing in a powder bathroom, a bar area, dining room and study. Join me today for a look at some of the Wallpapers from Flavor Paper and you can see all of their available papers here on their website. Enjoy!!!

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