'Pop Culture'

Pop Chart Lab Creations

November 13, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I LOVE a good chart, I always have. For me to be able to write it out and see how things are related or not related is awesome. I think that’s why I’ve always been fascinated by Family Trees, you can see where or who people came from and why they may be the way they are now. When I taught school I always enjoyed using charts in teaching and I found that the kids usually liked making charts and for people who are visual learners it helps them see the relationships or how the subject evolved. Pop Chart Labs has taken the art of making charts to the next level combining pop culture and art to create both beautiful and fun charts that break down some of our most favorite things. Whether it’s film, TV, fashion, beer, coffee, or dogs there is a chart at Pop Chart Labs for that. At PCL researchers spend a great deal of time researching and learning about particular subjects, then the design team takes that research and turns it into eye-catching art disguised as a chart. All of the charts are made in America, printed on museum-grade paper using environmentally friendly inks. Join me today for a quick look at some of my favorite charts and remember Pop Chart Lab posters would make great holiday gifts this Christmas season. Enjoy!!!

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Haunted House ~ Winchester Mystery House

October 27, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I remember when I was a teenager reading a story about the reclusive woman, Sarah Winchester, heir to the massive Winchester Rifle fortune and the massive house she built in California outside of San Francisco. Sarah was married to William Winchester and his father Oliver had created the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, when her husband died in 1881 she inherited the company and $20 million dollars, equivalent to $500 million today. Following the death of her husband and their infant daughter Sarah moved to California from the East Coast in 1884, she bought an eight-room farmhouse in what is now San Jose, California. She immediately began renovating and building onto the house, construction on the house continued for the next 38 years, day and night 7 days a week. Today the house is known for the winding hallways and the staircases that go nowhere. Legend says Sarah Winchester was haunted by the ghosts of all the people that had been killed by Winchester guns and she built the house to keep the ghosts confused. Today you can tour the Winchester Mystery House and of course, there are special tours going on right now during Halloween. There’s also a movie coming out about Sarah and her monstrous mansion, starring Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester, the film is called Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built,  the trailer was released yesterday and I’ve added it to the photos below. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Monster Art Prints From Monster No5 and Etsy

October 25, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s just not a Halloween for me unless I get to watch all of the classic monster movies from Universal, these are the original Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolfman just to name a few. So, I was excited when I was recently searching Etsy for fun Halloween finds and stumbled across Monster No5‘s site and the great artwork based on the Universal Monsters. The prints are available in this fun and retro color combination of yellow, turquoise, and gray or black and white and are done in an archival print fashion. The silhouettes are done on matte paper and are 8×10 in size. I hope you like these as much as I do, I definitely want to add a couple to our Halloween decor. Join me for a peek and as always, Enjoy!!!

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13 Halloween Cocktails ~ Part 1

October 24, 2017

By Tab Byrum

A week from today is the big day, Halloween, are you ready?? I’m anticipating a lot of people will be hosting or attending parties this coming weekend since Halloween itself is on a Tuesday, so I thought we would take a look at some spookily delicious Halloween cocktail recipes. If there’s one thing that will help scare up some fun during this festive Fall holiday it’s a great cocktail, so I thought I would share 13 recipes with you today and 13 more on Thursday. So, grab a cocktail shaker and a glass and let’s get our spook on, Enjoy!!! (Click on the cocktails names under the photos in orange to get the recipes)

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Vintage Halloween Decor From Etsy

October 5, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I love Halloween and my favorite things to decorate with are things that many consider Folk Art or handmade by artists and anything Vintage, today we are going to take a look at a few things available on the Etsy website under the category of Vintage Halloween. Some of the items we are going to look at today are truly vintage or antique pieces and some of them are new but are made to look vintage or antique. There are pages and pages on Etsy to scroll through and see what people have for sale in the way of Vintage Halloween or what people have created themselves. Remember to click on anything orange in the descriptors to visit the website for the item. I hope you enjoy this little stroll down memory lane and let me know if you use any vintage or antique pieces to decorate for Halloween, have a great day and Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Halloween Fun At MacKenzie-Childs

October 2, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I seem to have a thing for crows, spiders, and pumpkins, at least that’s what I was drawn to for Halloween from MacKenzie-Childs. As always, they’ve combined classical shapes with their signature colors and created fun and frightening items to add fun and sass to your home this Halloween. Some of the items can even be carried over for Fall and Thanksgiving if you do it right. Here’s a quick peek at some of the NEW items at MC for Halloween 2017. Enjoy!!!

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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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