'Pop Culture'

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 availableĀ 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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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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