'Photography'

12 Homes Going Big With Art

June 8, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Have you ever had a big blank space on a wall and weren’t sure what to do with it? Are you not really into a gallery wall made up of several different pictures and different frames? Maybe you need to think about one large piece of art, big art can have a HUGE impact in a room. Art doesn’t always have to be expensive, remember if you like it and it’s not a million dollars it’s OK, use it. We have a couple of different large French posters we’ve bought over the years that have been moved all around our house, they are among some of our favorite things and we’ll probably always use them. I recently bought a large painting for our bedroom that hasn’t been hung yet, it’s done in the color palette I’m using to decorate the room and it leans more towards contemporary, a type of design I’m trying to incorporate into our home. Big pieces of art bring drama to a room, you can make them even more dramatic by choosing something with bright bold colors or you can take a cue from the rest of the decor of your room. There’s also the theory that you can buy a piece of art and use it as the inspiration for your room, pull colors from the art for fabrics, rugs, and accessories. Today we are going to take a look at some rooms with “Big Art” and see how it’s done. Have a great day and Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Fauxsaics By Nick Misani

May 26, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I never cease to be amazed at the creative abilities of humans, especially the ability to create the look of something out of something else, case in point are the digital creations of New York artist Nick Misani. Misani is known as a skilled artist in typography and in his new Fauxsaics collection, he combines his typography talents with photography to create extremely realistic digital art. Each piece is based on a city, whose name appears in the work, the colors, tile text, and the backdrop of each work is meant to reference the city and all are created digitally including the digitally inserted images of the artist’s feet. As an example, the Fauxsaic for the city of Boston is done in traditional black and white with letters and decorations that would be at home on the front of any Boston Pub and the date of the city’s incorporation. To see more of Misani’s work visit his website here, for now here are more images from his Fauxsaic collection, Enjoy!!!

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NYC Recycling Maps

April 28, 2017

By Tab Byrum

At our house, we love maps and globes and we also love art so when I found the New York City Recycling Maps booth at the Chelsea Market this past weekend in New York City I was SO happy. Artist Kevin Marcell is combining recycling and art to produce wonderful works, he’s silk screening famous images from the Big Apple onto discarded New York City bicycling maps, these are all handmade prints and collages. He’s had shows in Europe as well as selling his wares in NYC, I bought one of his works and will definitely be watching what he does. If you’d like to see more of his work check out his website and shop here. Here are a few images today, have a wonderful weekend and Enjoy!!! (above image NYC Collage)

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New York In Spring

April 19, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today I’m heading to New York City with my friend Donna for our kind of annual trip on or around her birthday on April 20th. This year we are going to be there from today, Wednesday the 19th, until Sunday the 23rd. New York City, like most cities, is really pretty in the Spring, there are flowers blooming in Central Park and on the High Line, the weather is usually still cool enough to be comfortable and the crowds aren’t too bad since it’s before school lets out. Some of our plans this trip are to see a few Broadway shows, we’re seeing Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close, The Little Foxes with Laura Linney, Cynthia Nixon, Richard Thomas and Michael Mckeon and the new show War Paint starring Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole. Of course, there will be lots of shopping, wonderful lunches at The Monkey Bar and Balthazar and pre-show dinners at Polo Bar, Rooftop Haven, and Buddakan. I’ll try to get lots of pictures and share reviews with you of the shows and food after we get home. During the trip,  you can follow me on Facebook at Tabulous Design or on Instagram at tabulousdesign. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week and here’s a few pics of NYC in the Spring. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Spring Flowers ~ Red & Pink Roses

April 11, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I love roses, I know some people aren’t crazy about roses and their scent but they’re one of my favorite flowers. Roses come in every color of the rainbow and add so much a bouquet or arrangement, I have to say I’m not crazy about arrangements made up of just roses but I do like them worked in with other flowers. For a better look at some great uses of Red and Pink Roses click here to see a post I did back in 2015. Enjoy!!!

Canola In The Country

April 7, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I went to see mom and dad yesterday in my hometown of Hydro, mom texted me before I left and said to bring my camera because the Canola was bloomed out and beautiful. It was a beautiful Spring day for pictures, the Canola is in full bloom and the sky was a gorgeous blue with big fluffy clouds floating by. We drove down old Highway 66 a few miles east of Hydro to a huge field of Canola and I took today’s photos. I think it’s amazing that something we use so much of, Canola Oil, comes from these fields of beautiful yellow plants swaying in the Oklahoma breeze. I thought this was a great way to end our week here on the blog, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy these images from my little corner of the world. Enjoy!!!

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Happy Winter 2016~2017

December 21, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Well if you’re not already cold here’s some news,  it’s the first day of Winter, tonight will be the longest night of the year and that means today is the shortest day. I’ve always loved the first day of Winter, there’s something kind of mysterious about it as we enter the coldest and darkest time of our calendar year and at the same time we are headed towards Spring. I’m a Winter person, I love everything about winter from the food we eat, layering on clothes, wearing sweaters, coats, scarfs, and gloves. Winter to me is very invigorating, the heat of Summer always beats me down and I just feel yuck for weeks. I hope wherever this first day of Winter finds you that you are healthy, happy, and warm, the holidays are in full swing with just 4 days left until Christmas and this year the first night of Hannukah falls on Christmas Eve, so many people of different religions will be celebrating at the same time. I’ll try to get another post in before the holidays but it’s kind of crazy on this end and did I mention I have a birthday tomorrow, I’m going out to mom and dad’s for birthday lunch with them and to pick up a couple of cakes mom baked for me to give clients and to make Christmas candy trays to give to clients and friends. Tomorrow night we are going out to dinner to a new wine bar and bistro for my bday with two other couples that we’ve been friends with literally for decades, I’ll let you know where we ate and how it was. In the meantime have a great day and don’t let all the holiday craziness get to you, deep breaths, here’s some images of Winter, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Presidential Style

November 8, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Well, it’s finally here, Election Day, a day we’ve all been looking forward to or dreading I can’t decide which. While we wait and see what the outcome is going to be of this crazy election year I thought we would take a look at the White House through the lens of Architectural Digest. Recently the design magazine did a story and photo spread on the Executive Mansion and specifically on the rooms used by the first family as their personal space. Whenever we elect a new president they are allowed to redecorate the area on the second floor of the White House that’s designated their private family area, in 2009 when the Obamas moved in Mrs. Obama asked for design help from designer Michael S. Smith and the results are stunning. I love when designers are able to combine antique elements with newer contemporary elements and it all feels cohesive, of course, that is paramount when moving into a home that’s filled with antiques from the past 240 years and have been used by all Presidential families. Mrs. Obama and Michael Smith were able to warm up the rooms of this old house using things like grass cloth wallpaper, contemporary rugs and an amazing collection of modern art on loan to the White House from the collection of the country. Smith says Mrs. Obama’s first priority when decorating their personal space was to get the rooms done for their young daughters so this major transition would feel less crazy and more smooth. The results are beautiful and timeless with lots of warm colors that provide a beautiful backdrop for antiques, art, and contemporary lighting. Here’s a look behind usually closed doors at these beautiful quarters from Architectural Digest. Enjoy!!!

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Welcome November 2016

November 1, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries 
And the first white snows.

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With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

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The fires burn,
And the kettle sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next Spring.
 -Clyde Watson

Have a Happy November and check back with us every day this month as we celebrate Fall, Thanksgiving, Design, and get ready for the Winter Holidays. Enjoy!!!

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Juan Pablo Molyneux: At Home From Assouline

September 30, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Juan Pablo Molyneux is known for the luxurious interiors he creates as well as his “maximalism” aesthetic, so you can imagine the new book Juan Pablo Molyneux: At Home   from Assouline Publishing is filled with beautiful images of colorful rooms filled with gorgeous objects, wall treatments, and fabrics. Molyneux is a Chilean-born interior designer with the focus of his practice being in America and Europe, he has created beautiful homes in Chicago and New York as well as Moscow. Today Molyneux and his wife Pilar live in an NYC townhouse as well as a home in Le Marais in Paris and Château de Pouy-sur-Vannes outside the French capital. In Juan Pablo Molyneux: At Home, we get a taste of what it takes to put a Molyneux project together and a look at the work by master craftsmen and artists, such as detailed lacquerwork, decorative painting, carved woodwork, and straw marquetry. There’s even a peek at scagliola which is the use of colored plaster to imitate marble. Juan Pablo Molyneux: At Home is written by Laura Verchère, a luxury lifestyle brand artistic consultant. Photography is by Harald Gottschalk, a photographer who has had more than 60 exhibitions of his work as well as collaborating on other projects and major publications. Juan Pablo Molyneux: At Home is available now for pre-order from Assouline Publishing, a wonderful gift for the upcoming holiday season, especially for the person in your life whose motto is “More is More”. Here’s a look at some images from this beautiful book, Enjoy!!!

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