Happy Winter 2016~2017

December 21, 2016

By Tab Byrum


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


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


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


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


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


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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Tabulous Tastemaker: Jean Patou

September 27, 2016

By Tab Byrum


It’s been a while since I’ve done a Tastemaker post but I couldn’t let today’s pass, Jean Patou. Patou was born on this day in Paris in 1887 into a family of tanners and furriers. Jean Patou was very passionate from an early age on becoming a couturier and he opened his first shop in 1912 and sold out his whole collection of 1914 to one American. Unfortunately, World War I interrupted Patou’s work when he was drafted after the German invasion of Belgium, he eventually attained the rank of Captain before the war came to an end in 1918. Patou reopened his couture house in 1919 and set about changing fashion, he is credited with creating sportswear for women as well as the tennis skirt, he added length to women’s skirts, and he began using knits in swimwear. In addition to women’s clothing Patou is credited with creating designer ties, he made men’s ties out of the same fabrics as he was using for women’s clothes. In 1925 Jean Patou created three perfumes which were a huge success, when the bottom fell out of the luxury clothing market in 1929 Patou’s perfumes are what kept him afloat. Sadly Jean Patou died in 1933 at the age of 46, his sister and her husband took over the business but today all that remains of the Patou creations are five different perfumes of the original 35 created by Jean Patou. Here’s to Jean Patou, a Tabulous Tastemaker. (above image via)

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One Day In Paris

August 11, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Two weeks ago today we were on a fast and furious trip to the City of Light, Paris. Donna and Geoff really wanted their girls to see Paris since we were a two-hour train ride away, so we booked tickets on the Eurostar and made our way through the Chunnel from London to Paris. Unfortunately, the trip wasn’t without a misstep, we didn’t realize you needed to be at the train station and ready to board the train at LEAST 30 minutes before departure, we arrived about 15 minutes before and were told we couldn’t get on the train, lesson learned. We rebooked for another train leaving a few hours later and instead of an early morning arrival we arrived shortly after lunch, but all was not lost. We saw all the major sights and enjoyed the French capital, just at a very fast pace. Needless to say, we were exhausted by the time we boarded the train to return to London, the weather that day was very warm in Paris and of course with it being Summer the crowds were huge. Here’s a look at our fast and furious Paris adventure, Enjoy!!!

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Katie Eary For Ikea

June 2, 2016

By Tab Byrum


Ikea has long been known for white, literally white everything with touches of color here and there but now with the new Giltig collection by menswear designer Katie Eary Ikea has gone from a touch of color to PUNCH. Eary is known for the patterns she uses in her British menswear line and they work just as well in home decor items as they do in shirts and ties. The collection has everything from tropical fish and cats to brains, with the images available on dishes, pillow covers and dish towels. Now this is a limited edition capsule collection and from what I can tell most of it is only available in stores but if you can get to an Ikea it’s well worth checking out, I would so LOVE to have a few pieces of the tropical fish line, in the meantime here are some images from Ikea and here’s to hoping there are a lot more of these fun collections. Enjoy!!!

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The Precious Peony

May 11, 2016

By Tab Byrum


If you are at all into fresh flowers then this time of year should be one of your favorites since Peonies are in season. Everyone seems to love Peonies, whether it’s for their wonderful scent, their big, full blooms or the wonderful array of spring colors they come in. There’s nothing more beautiful in the Spring than a bunch of Peonies gathered into a bouquet, one of my favorite displays of Peonies involves blue and white porcelain, I always love how the colors of the Peonies plays off the blue and white. Last week for Mother’s Day I included Peonies in some of the arrangements that were ordered for clients and they were just the right amount of punch of color the bouquets needed. I’ve gathered some images today to share with you of Peonies to give you some ideas and inspiration on how to use this Springtime favorite, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Happy Mother’s Day

May 6, 2016

By Tab Byrum


I want to take today and wish all my readers that are moms a very Happy Mother’s Day this weekend. If your mom is still around I hope you have the opportunity this weekend to see or call her and give her a shout out on her special day. Here’s a little poem I found about moms and a few images from the world of nature I want to share showing the instincts of moms across all species. Happy Mother’s Day mom, I love you!!!!! The image above is just one of several amazing pics of this Polar Bear and her clubs, click here to see the rest of the beautiful images. 

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Strawberry Inspiration

May 2, 2016

By Tab Byrum

strawberry_10One of my favorite things about this time of year and going into Summer are the fresh fruits and vegetables that become available and one of my favorite fruits is Strawberries. I love their sweetness and distinct flavor and how well they mix with lots of other foods and flavors, one of my favorite flavors of ice cream is strawberry and in the Summer, there’s nothing better than a big piece of strawberry pie with a big dollop of homemade whip cream. During the month of May, we are going to take a look at strawberries, not only from a fruit and food standpoint but also from a design standpoint. Strawberries have long been inspiration for designers in home accessories as well as jewelry, so I hope you’ll join me as we take a look at the little bright red fruit the whole month of May, I’ll share recipes for foods, desserts, cocktails and as well as look at home decor and personal accessories inspired by Strawberries. Here’s a look at our inspiration, check back every day and Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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