'Pop Culture'

The Friends Apartment in 2018

July 30, 2018

By Tab Byrum

One of the constants that remained throughout the tenure of the TV show “Friends” was the huge rent-controlled apartment where Monica and Rachel lived, their apartment was the hangout and go to place for the six friends and all of their dates over the 10 seasons the show was on TV. The apartment was very eclectic in decoration with lots of color going on, remember the purple front door with the small frame around the peephole in the door, and the purple wall around the door. Of course, the purple gave way to a bright “tealish” color in the kitchen and then green back by the bathroom. There was a mix of fabrics on all the furniture as well as the window treatments around the HUGE multipaned window that looked out on ugly naked guy across the way. Vogue recently gave us a look at what that same apartment might look like today in 2018 in three versions. The first look is if Monica and Chandler had stayed in the apartment instead of moving to Connecticut, the second version is if Monica and Emma had moved in after Monica and Chandler had moved out. The third version is if Joey moved back to NYC from LA and was able to take over the awesome rent controlled space. Today we are going to take a look at different versions of the apartment worked up by the design firm Modsy, so join me for a tour and Enjoy!!!

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Oprah’s NW Island Getaway

July 20, 2018

By Tab Byrum

The Queen of all media continues to grab up palatial properties around America, especially on the west coast. Word is Oprah Winfrey recently purchased 43 acres on Orcas Island, the largest island in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington State. With the purchase of land, she also acquired three thousand feet of unspoiled beach that faces west as well as a compound that features a 4 bedroom home that measures more than 7,000 square feet. The compound also has a guest house, measuring almost 3,000 square feet, that houses four bedrooms and 3 bathrooms where either guests or staff can reside during visits to the island. Join me today for a tour of the island and the beautiful home of Oprah that she paid almost $8.3 million dollars for. Enjoy!!!

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Out Of Print ~ Inspiration From Literature

July 13, 2018

By Tab Byrum

As you may know, I LOVE books and I was really excited to find out recently about the Out Of Print company and website. Out Of Print is dedicated to celebrating literacy and stories while promoting literacy in underserved communities, each purchase made on Out Of Print helps support literacy programs and book donations to those in need.  Out Of Print has an amazing choice of things you can buy, all of them inspired by great works of literature and their cover art. I particularly love all the t-shirts available with some of my favorite books on them, both children’s books and novels. There’s everything from British works like Jane Eyre and Jane Austen to American novels 1984 and To Kill A Mockingbird. There are also great kids books like Are You, My Mamma, and Curious George and everything is available in both men’s and women’s styles of t-shirts. If you’re not into t-shirts they also have tote bags, socks, boxers, jewelry, mugs, and much, much more. I will definitely be placing an order in the near future to celebrate literature and help those have better access to literature who don’t know. I hope you enjoy this look at t-shirts and pay Out Of Print a visit soon. Enjoy!!!

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Carole Radziwill’s SoHo Redo

July 6, 2018

By Tab Byrum

She has a famous last name and now thanks to Real Housewives of New York City she has a famous face and today we are checking out her beautiful remodeled and redecorated NYC home. Carole Radziwill is one of the NYC Housewives famous for crazy antics and saying what she thinks as well as being a member of a famous family. Her husband was Anthony Radziwill, cousin to Caroline and John F. Kennedy Jr., his mother Lee is Jackie O’s sister. In a former life Carole was an award-winning TV producer at ABC and after the untimely death of her husband from cancer as well as JFK Jr. and his wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, who was Carole’s best friend, she has now stepped in front of the camera as an NYC Housewife. Carole Radziwill has also written two best-selling books, one entitled What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Lovea memoir on her personal life, career in TV and the battle she and Anthony Radziwill faced with fighting his cancer, and in 2014 she published The Widow’s Guide To Sex and DatingRadziwill recently remodeled her SoHo condominium and the redo was prompted by her sofa which originally belonged to her famous mother-in-law. Today Carole and her designer, John Bossard, have updated the apartment from golds and browns to a sleeker look of blues and silvers. Join me for a look at gorgeous photos of the home from Architectural Digest and will get some more details with the images. Enjoy!!!

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Pottery Barn Red, White & Blue 2018

June 25, 2018

By Tab Byrum

If you decorate for the 4th of July I definitely think you can leave it out for the entire Summer months, most of the holidays we have in the Summer have a patriotic theme to them. As I’ve told you before a Red, White and Blue color scheme is one of my favorite color combinations and I like to use it in everyday home decor, just not in a literal patriotic way. Today I want to share some of the fun things Pottery Barn has to offer this Summer for all your decorating and entertaining needs during the 4th of July holidays and could easily take you through the Summer and into Labor Day. Enjoy!!!

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New York City In June

June 18, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Hello everyone and Happy Monday!!! I hope you had a great weekend and were able to celebrate Father’s Day if it pertains to you or if your Dad is still here to celebrate. I just got home from a fun trip to New York City and I wanted to share with you what we did, where we ate and shopped while we were there. I went to NYC with my friend Donna and her daughter Bella who recently turned 16, for her birthday Bella asked for a trip to NYC with her mom and me and we surprised her and made it happened. NYC in the Spring is always fun and last week the weather was hard to beat. We did A LOT of shopping since Bella had asked for money from her family for her birthday and she loaded up on fun clothes and accessories to wear this Summer and when school starts back in a couple of months. Join me for a quick tour of the Big Apple and I’ll do my best to share all of our fun. Enjoy!!!

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Celebrity Homes: Ellen Degeneres & Portia de Rossi

June 15, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Ellen Degeneres is known as a great comedian and a consummate host on her daytime talk show and her wife Portia de Rossi is known for both her acting talents and her new art curation company, General Public, but when the two of them put their design hats on it creates beautiful homes. Over the years this Hollywood power couple has bought, redecorated and sold numerous houses, garnering them a reputation as real estate high rollers and their most recent acquisition will only add to that reputation. Degeneres and de Rossi recently bought a beachfront property outside of Santa Barbara that’s home to a 6,000 sq. ft. house, 883 sq. ft. guest house, tennis courts, swimming pool, all on 1.13 acre of beach with magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean. The home is contemporary in style with white walls and lots of beautiful light colored wood throughout the home. Join me today for a tour of the home as we inspect photos and I’ll go into more detail with the images. Have a wonderful day and a great weekend, Enjoy!!!

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Bethenny Frankel’s New SoHo Loft

June 1, 2018

By Tab Byrum

If you’re a watcher of the Real Housewives of NYC then you are familiar with Bethenny Frankel, she was on the show in the beginning then left the show and is now back on the show. Bethenny has made a nice fortune for herself dealing in New York real estate both in NYC and in the Hamptons as well as creating her Skinny Girl Cocktail empire which she sold for over $8 million a couple of years ago. Earlier this year Bethenny unveiled her new apartment in the SoHo area of NYC and as Architectural Digest says, “it’s sleek and chic”. The apartment is a two bedroom apartment, just right for Frankel and her eight-year-old daughter, the home has several features I like that I’ll talk about below with the photos of the apartment. The apartment is very neutral as far as color with a lot of black, white and gray in the main living areas and Frankel’s bedroom with some color showing up in her daughter’s bedroom. So, grab a cup of coffee and join me for a home tour of an NYC Housewife and Enjoy!!!

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Royal Wedding Wrap Up

May 21, 2018

By Tab Byrum

OK, surely you didn’t think we could skip out on looking at all the amazing design that went into making Saturday’s Royal Wedding happen…did you? Today we are going to look at all the things we talked about leading to the Royal Wedding, from the flowers and the cake to the dress and jewelry. I personally thought it was a beautiful wedding, it was much smaller and more intimate than William and Kate’s wedding 7 years ago but that was because this wasn’t an official state occasion, thus the absence of Presidents and Kings and Queens from other countries. I’ll talk a little more about all the ingredients that made this wedding a feast for the eyes. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Royal Wedding ~ 6 Wedding Tiara Possibilities

May 18, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Tomorrow is the big day and we know quite a bit, things like the flavor of the wedding cake, who the florist is, the venue of the wedding and BOTH wedding reception/parties. But there are three questions everyone is waiting to be answered, who designed the wedding dress, what does it look like and what tiara will the bride wear or will she even wear a tiara. Today we are going to take a look at some of the possibilities as far as choices Meghan Markle has in tiaras. Now, the jewelry vaults of the British royal family are VAST, Queen Elizabeth has a massive collection of jewelry at her disposal and a lot of it, especially tiaras, she loans out to other members of the royal family to wear on special occasions. In the past, she has loaned wedding tiaras to her daughter, Princess Anne and granddaughter-in-law Kate Middleton, in 1986 the Queen and Prince Philip purchased a tiara for their new daughter-in-law Sarah Ferguson. Today I’ve gathered images of 6 tiaras that I think are possibilities, all of them unique in their design as well as being antique pieces of jewelry. One of the tiaras doesn’t belong to the Queen but does have a strong connection to Prince Harry. So, join me for a look at the possible crowns that will grace the head tomorrow of the newest royal bride and the beautiful design that has gone into all of them. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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