'Pop Culture'

Balloon Ballerina By Jeff Koons

May 19, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I knew when I started seeing news stories about this latest balloon sculpture by artist Jeff Koons I needed to share the story. I love everything about this, from the massiveness of the sculpture and especially all the wonderful colors of red, blue, gold, and silver. Koons, of course, is known for his large art installations like this one as well as his balloon sculptures created in resin that you can have in your home. This installation is entitled “Seated Ballerina” and was unveiled in Rockefeller Plaza in NYC last Friday, May 12th. The “statue” is a real balloon and will be in place until June 2nd. It’s based on a porcelain ballerina statue and is made of nylon, Koons says the sculpture “conveys optimism and a sense of potential for the future.” Koons also says the sculpture is meant to bring awareness to May being National Missing Children’s Month, if you’re in NYC go check it out and if you can’t get there here are some pics of this amazing inflatable art. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Converse For Mom

May 4, 2017

By Tab Byrum

If there’s one thing ladies love it’s shoes so what better gift for mom than a pair of fab shoes, and while you might balk at picking out mom’s high heels you are always safe with a cool and fun pair of classic Converse tennis shoes. I LOVE Converse and there are so many fun colors and patterns to choose from today, some of them scream FUN MOM!!!! There are pink fuzzy Converse, floral Converse, cartoon Converse and even Converse with a wedge heel. I’ve put together a quick peek at the Converse collection and some of their shoes that are great for the mom in your life, to see the whole collection click here and as always, 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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Balthazar & War Paint

April 25, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Hello!!!!! I hope everyone is off to a great start this week, I’m sorry I didn’t get any posts up yesterday, I was playing catch-up after getting home from my weekend in New York City. I want to do a couple of posts and share with you some of the things we did and places we visited while we were in NYC. One place we always visit while in NYC is Balthazar Restaurant, Balthazar is a French Brasserie that was opened in 1997 by restauranteur Keith McNally, it’s one of the closest places I’ve ever dined that is truly like being in Paris. (above image via)

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Vintage Easter

April 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Hello and Happy Good Friday everyone, I love anything vintage, especially when it comes to the holidays. I thought today we would take a look at vintage Easter images as we prepare to celebrate the biggest holiday of the Spring season. I can never quite put my finger on why I like anything vintage, I suppose it has something to do with memories, a lot of these things remind me of grandparents and great-grandparents. I hope you enjoy what I’ve put together today and have a very Happy Easter. Check back later this morning when I’ll share ideas of using Lilies in your Spring and Easter arrangements. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Carrie Fisher’s Abode

April 3, 2017

By Tab Byrum

One thing I love to see is where the rich and famous live, so last year when Carrie Fisher died so unexpectedly I was naturally curious about her home in Los Angeles. Carrie lived in a “hacienda style” home that sits on 2.66 acres in the Coldwater Canyon area of Beverly Hills. Carrie Fisher lived in the home for over twenty years having purchased it in 1992 or ’93, the home was originally built in 1910 and rebuilt in 1919 and over the years has been lived in by other notables like Bette Davis and costume designer Edith Head. Earlier this year we were able to see the documentary Bright Lights, starring Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, and were able to get a good look at the house and all of its contents. Fisher was known as quite the shopper and her home showed it as it’s filled with collectibles including Biedermeier Furniture, Star Wars memorabilia, Indian rugs, artwork and the list goes on and on. The red tile roofed home is 4,210 square feet and has four bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, tennis courts, swimming pool and a guest house. One notable thing about the guest house is there’s an upright piano in one of the bathrooms, it was here that singer/songwriter James Blunt recorded the song Goodbye My Lover. Of course, now there are many rumors surrounding the property, I’ve read her daughter Billie Lourd will live there, it will be turned into a museum or it and its contents will be sold. Don’t forget there’s another house on the property where her mom, Debbie Reynolds, lived for several years. Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see what happens, in the meantime here’s a look at photos from the home from an Architectural Digest article originally printed in 2004 and reprinted last Fall. Enjoy!!! 

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Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Dorothy Draper

March 22, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Dorothy Draper

 

Designer Dorothy Draper is our focus today we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month by looking at the lives and careers of women who’ve made history in the world of design. Dorothy Draper is known for her use of color especially in her work renovating and redecorating hotels across America. One of Dorothy Draper’s greatest achievements is the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. You can still purchase materials created in the Draper aesthetic from Carleton Varney, you can learn more about Dorothy Draper here in an in-depth post I did on her life in 2014. Enjoy!!!

Tabulous TV ~ Feud

March 22, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I love TV, I have always loved TV, I was that kid that his mom had to make him go outside sometimes because there was always something on the boob tube that I want to watch. Something that I also love as much or more as good television is backstory, I want to know why things happened and how they happened, so Ryan Murphy’s new show Feud takes care of both these things for me. Feud tells the story of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and everything that happened with them and around them as they were making the awesome psychological horror film, Whatever Happened To Baby Jane in 1962. Baby Jane tells the story of Jane Hudson and her sister Blanche, two aging actresses living in their Hollywood mansion and yearning for the days gone by, Blanche is confined to a wheelchair and Jane is her caregiver and we see how they treat each other and the bitter fighting that goes on between these two grown siblings. Feud not only gives us a look at the making of Baby Jane but also at the feud between these two Hollywood legends who disliked each other for apparently many reasons including jilted lovers, Academy Awards and lost movie roles. (above image via)

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We’re Going To Disneyland!!!

March 16, 2017

By Tab Byrum

So you’re on vacation in California, you’ve done everything you have planned, it’s Friday morning and you’re sitting in a nice little café having breakfast trying to decide what you want to do, your partner looks at you and says “Let’s go to Disneyland” and of course I said OK!!!! I had never been to Disneyland, it’s always been on the list of things to do and Michael hadn’t been since 1975 so it might have changed a little (not much). I’ve been to Disney World and everything that Florida has to offer in the Orlando area so I was excited. Let me say that I’m so glad we went and in the same breath I don’t have to go back for a while, first off Disneyland is SO much smaller than I ever thought it would be, not that being a smaller amusement park is a bad thing but there were a whole lot of people jammed into a small space.

We had an awesome time, we arrived around 2:30 in the afternoon and decided to stay until the park closed at midnight (we made it to 10:30) and that was a great plan. Being there in early March was a good thing, I was told the crowds were much smaller than starting in later March with Spring Break through the rest of Spring and Summer. We rode all the big rides: Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones Adventure, Runaway Mine Train, The Jungle Cruise and loved them all. One of the great things going on right now at Disneyland and Disney World is they are bringing Star Wars into the amusement parks, Space Mountain has already been changed over to a Star Wars themed ride and much of what is Tomorrow Land has been changed over to Star Wars. We ate supper, enjoyed the Main Street Electric Light Parade and saw about half of the fireworks show before they shut it down because of wind. It was a wonderful afternoon and evening in the Magic Kingdom and I know we’ll be back.

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Tabulous Tomes ~ Janelle McCulloch’s Paris

February 27, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I recently purchased a few books from one of the popular sale websites and the first one I’ve had a chance to flip through is Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart, and it’s glorious. The book is written and put together by journalist and photographer Janelle McCulloch. McCulloch specializes in design, architecture, and style and has written for numerous design magazines, including Vogue Living and Elle.  McCulloch’s Paris takes you on a tour of the City of Light and is divided up into the different arrondissements or neighborhoods that make up the city. She goes in-depth in each arrondissement telling you what to see, where to stop and rest, where to stop for a bite to eat or a cup of hot chocolate. The first half of the book is all about the 18 arrondissements, the second half is about where to specifically find things, there’s a whole section of the best books stores in Paris and gets specific such as where to buy books for gardeners and cooks. There are sections on where to buy tableware and linens, homewares, decorating stores and on and on. The book is filled with gorgeous photographs taken by Janelle McCulloch and is a wonderful addition to any personal collection for a Francophile or as a gift. Check out Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart, you won’t be sorry. Until you do here are some images from the book, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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