'Pop Culture'

Pantone Fall 2017 ~ Marina & Autumn Maple

August 18, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today is the last day looking at the top 10 colors that Pantone has chosen for the upcoming Fall and Winter season in Fashion which also transfers over to interior design. Our first color today is Marina, a cool blue color that calls to mind bright blue skies, blue tiled pools, and blue hydrangeas. “Cool with an enhanced vitality, Marina is the only truly cool color in the fall palette that brings with it freshness and brightness,” is how Pantone describes this beautiful Blue. The tenth color on the list is Autumn Maple and its name truly says it all, “A quintessential autumn color, Autumn Maple is tawny and russet, introducing warmth into the palette.” Autumn Maple calls to mind Pumpkins, falling leaves, and Gingerbread. Join me for a look at some images to give you a better idea about these colors, Enjoy!!! (above via & via)

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Pantone Fall 2017 ~ Shaded Spruce & Golden Lime

August 17, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We’re embracing all things green today on the blog, specifically all things done in the shades of Shaded Spruce and Golden Lime, our two Fall colors from Pantone for the coming Fall season. Shaded Spruce is described as “ This is a green you might see in the forest – sheltering and protective as evergreen trees.”  Think a dark green with more blue thrown in, it works well with Green, Pink, and Black and will definitely add drama to any room or outfit it’s added to.  Our second shade of Green for today is Golden Lime, “Earthy tones with a twist, the golden undertones of Golden Lime makes this yellow-green shade a refreshing complement to fall classics.”  Golden Lime also looks wonderful with black, think a gorgeous black suit with a pussy bow blouse of Golden Lime peeking out from under the jacket. I like this color also paired with White, and brighter colors like Orange and Yellow. Take a look at the images I’ve collected for you today to give you an idea of how these colors look and hopefully some inspiration. Enjoy!!! (above images via & via)

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The New VW Bus

August 16, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Everything old is new again, a phrase you hear quite often as things from the past are redesigned, such is the case with the Volkswagen Bus. You used to see a lot of these little round top vans on the roads and you still see the occasional one now, but chances are we will be seeing a lot more of them in their new skins. VW announced last year they were taking their famous “VW Bus” back to the drawing board and creating a new 21st Century version and now we can see it. It is very sleek and has some of the same fun features of the original, including the ability of the front seats to spin around and face the back, just not while you are driving. I’m sharing some images of the new model and I’ll give you more information with the pictures, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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“The Collection” from Amazon TV

August 11, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I recently finished watching “The Collection” on Amazon, a 7 episode television program that focuses on a family trying to build their fashion business in Paris after World War II. The series has it all, beautiful clothes being worn and designed by beautiful people living in Paris. There’s also lots of steamy romances and a nice little murder mystery that may implicate our leading man or better yet his mother, the wizened Yvette played by Frances de la Tour. The cast of this show is great and includes Richard Coyle playing Paul Sabine, head of the House of Sabine. Mamie Gummer plays Paul’s American wife Helen and Tom Riley plays the wonderful Claude Sabine, the true talent behind the Maison. I’ve really enjoyed this show, the writing is fun and very good and it shows the struggle the city of Paris had after the war to reclaim the titles of Most Beautiful City and Fashion Capital of the World. I strongly encourage anyone who enjoys, history, fashion and good television to check out “The Collection” on Amazon TV, Enjoy!!!

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A House For Dior

July 28, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The south of France has always been a place where people go to escape, whether it’s to escape a busy city life or just to escape, the south of France is a place we’ve seen depicted in movies and read about in books where people want to get away from it all and just relax. That’s how it was for famed clothing designer Christian Dior, and when you have the means to buy a home in a place you love maybe you do, and if that home is in the south of France it might be a castle and this one is. Christian Dior purchased the Château de La Colle Noire in 1950 and truly felt at home here. After buying the home Dior immediately set about restoring it to original glory but sadly he died in 1957 and his sister, who inherited the home, was unable to keep it. Today the house has been reclaimed by the Christian Dior empire and has been fully restored to the way Dior wanted. The home is decorated with beautiful fabrics and antiques from floor to ceiling and a new book has been published focusing on the beautiful end results of the restoration of De la Colle Noire, today we are going to take a look at images of this beautiful home that inspired Dior’s iconic perfumes like Miss Dior in 1947. Enjoy!!!

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A Peek At The Pirelli Calendar 2018

July 27, 2017

By Tab Byrum

 

The Pirelli Company is one of the largest tire manufacturing companies in the world so you may not put tires and high fashion together in your mind but on paper, it works, at least in a calendar. Every year Pirelli puts together their famous Pirelli Calendar, available to the trade only and in limited edition and over the last several years it’s become a high fashion event. The calendar was originally conceived and created in 1963, it was discontinued in 1974 during the energy crisis of the 70’s but brought back a decade later. Today the Pirelli calendar is a much sought after collection of high-end, high fashion photographs with many famous celebrities gracing the pages. This year the theme is an all African-American Alice In Wonderland, Vanity Fair recently shared a behind the scenes look at the putting together of the calendar and I’m sharing those pictures today as well as a few from previous years. Enjoy this timely work of art and let me know if you’re one of the lucky people in the world who receives this coveted gem, Enjoy!!!

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Charley Harper Collection From West Elm

July 25, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Yesterday we explored the artwork of American artist Charley Harper, I was doing that for two reasons. First, because I enjoy his artwork and second because West Elm just announced a new collection of items in their stores and available online that they’ve created in conjunction with the Charley Harper estate. There are several wonderful pieces available from West Elm, a wonderful chair done in a print we featured yesterday and some wall art. I particularly like the pieces for the kitchen, the white ceramic trays decorated in Charley Harper prints run from $8 to $19. I’ve gathered up some photos today for you to see of some of the items, check them out at West Elm’s website here when you have a chance, for now, Enjoy!!! (above, Tapestry Wall Art)

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Charley Harper ~ Tabulous Tastemaker

July 24, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I haven’t done a Tastemaker post in a while but there was some recent news that made me take a look at the work of artist Charley Harper. Harper was born in West Virginia in 1922 and raised on a farm there, Harper’s life on the farm influenced his artwork his whole life as he became famous for “highly stylized wildlife prints” and other works where he used nature as the focus but rendering it in his own unique style. During Charley’s career, he was known for many things including the illustrations for The Golden Book of Biology which I remember and is still for sale. In addition to book illustrations, Charley Haper did posters, prints, magazine work and often worked with nature conservancy groups like zoos and the Everglades National Park. Charley and his artist wife Edie worked out of their art studios in Cincinnati, Ohio and later formed Harper Studios with their son Brett. Charley Harper died in 2007 after a lengthy battle with pneumonia but his artwork lives on and is still very popular, West Elm has come out with a new collection based on the artwork of Charley Harper that we will focus on tomorrow. Today, join me for a look at the unique and mid century inspired artwork of Tabulous Tastemaker Charley Harper, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Grey Gardens For Sale ~ $20 Million

July 21, 2017

By Tab Byrum

If you’re not familiar with Grey Gardens you should be. Grey Gardens is a home made famous in the 1975 documentary of the same name. What made the home and documentary so famous was that Grey Gardens was inhabited by two women, Edith Bouvier Beale, known as Big Edie and her daughter also named Edith Bouvier Beale and known as Little Edie. In 1972 an eviction notice was issued for Grey Gardens saying the Beales had to vacate the premises immediately because the home had fallen into such great disrepair and was deemed “uninhabitable”. Mrs. Beale was Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ aunt and Jackie and her sister Lee stepped in and paid for repairs to be made to the house so the two women could keep living there. Big Edie died in 1977 and Little Edie sold the house to Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee and his wife Sally Quinn. The Bradlees restored the house to its former glory, all 14 rooms, as well as the beautiful gardens. Ms. Quinn has talked about when they bought the house, they found the skulls and skeletons of raccoons in the home as well as waste from more than 50 feral cats. Earlier this year Sally Quinn put the home up for sale for almost $20 million dollars and today we are going to take a look at this beautiful home in all its restored glory. If you haven’t seen the documentary Grey Gardens I strongly urge you to do so and also the 2009 HBO film of the same name. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Dr. Seuss Museum

June 9, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The Amazing World Of Dr. Seuss has recently opened in Springfield, Massachusetts, the hometown of the good doctor himself, Theodore Seuss Geisel. The museum opened this past Saturday, June third, and rumor has it that it’s just like walking into one of the dozens of rhyming books Geisel wrote. The first floor of the permanent museum is filled with interactive exhibits that allow kids to explore language, rhyming, invent stories, and encourage creative thinking. The second floor of the museum is dedicated to the personal life of Dr. Seuss and is filled with memorabilia, original oil paintings, clothing, furniture from Geisel’s home including his drawing table, favorite chair and sofa. The walls of the building are decorated with artwork from Dr. Seuss books, the house is filled with color and characters from the famous books. This is definitely on my list of places to visit the next time we are in the Boston area, for now, we’ll have to settle for some images, I can’t wait to go, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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