'Pop Culture'

Royal Wedding Venue ~ St. George’s Chapel

April 20, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Everyone enjoyed the post I did last week on the florist who has been chosen to do the flowers for the upcoming wedding between Britains’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle so I thought we would continue on to look at different aspects of the upcoming nuptials from a design perspective and for fun on Fridays. The wedding ceremony itself will be held in St. George’s Chapel within the walls of Windsor Castle, the longest occupied castle in Europe. Windsor, of course, is one of the homes of Britain’s monarch Queen Elizabeth who mainly uses it on the weekends. Windsor is in the Birkhall region of England and is a little over 20 miles outside of London. Michael and I visited the Castle on our first trip to England in February of 2014 and I have to say it’s still one of my favorite places we have visited. The chapel itself was established in the 1300’s by Edward III and has been the scene of many weddings and christenings and is the burial place for many former English Kings and Queens. The Queen’s parents, George VI & Queen Elizabeth, are buried in the chapel as well as her grandparents, great grandparents, and King Henry VIII. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will walk down the main aisle of the chapel on Saturday, May 19th to tie the royal knot, join me today for a look at the chapel as well as some recent weddings that took place there. Have a wonderful weekend and Enjoy!!! (image via)

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Royal Wedding Florist ~ Phillipa Craddock

April 10, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Last week it was announced that Phillipa Craddock will be doing the flowers for the upcoming nuptials between Britain’s Prince Harry and American, Meghan Merkle. Craddock is a well known high-end florist in London, with shops in Selfridge’s Department Store and a stand-alone shop. Craddock is a favorite among the fashion industry crowd in London and says she is thrilled to be working with the couple on their big day. Recently Craddock told House & Garden Magazine, “Working with [the couple] has been an absolute pleasure. The process has been highly collaborative, free-flowing, creative, and fun. The final designs will represent them as a couple, which I always aim to achieve in my work, with local sourcing, seasonality, and sustainability being at the forefront.” Meghan Merkle’s favorite flowers are Peonies, they will be mixed with White Garden Roses, Foxgloves, and Seasonal Beech. All the flowers will be coming from the Crown Estate, Windsor Great Park and Royal Parks, following the wedding the flowers will be donated to charitable organizations. Today I’m sharing photos from Ms. Craddock’s website of some of the amazing arrangements and events she and her staff have worked on, I can’t wait to see what she creates on May 19th at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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At Home With Designer Vern Yip

April 3, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I’ve always enjoyed watching design shows on TV hosted by designer Vern Yip so I was excited the other day when I stumbled onto a Traditional Home online article about Yip’s home he shares with his partner Craig and their two children. Yip was born in Hong Kong but grew up in Virginia where he graduated from high school in 1986 and attended the University of Virginia and earned degrees in economics and chemistry. Yip was all prepared to attend medical school when he changed his mind and decided to study architecture instead, graduating from Georgia Tech with a Masters in Architecture. Today Yip is known for his classic designs imbued with color and personality and hosting shows on HGTV and TLC’s Trading Spaces. Vern Yip is now based in Atlanta and lives in a 1925 home. I love the design of this family’s home, there are so many traditional elements such as paneling, wide baseboards, large arched windows, and wood floors all done with lots of colors. Of course, you could also totally carry off this decorating scheme using neutrals for a very sophisticated look and feel. Join me for a tour of Vern Yip and Craig Koch’s Atlanta home and be inspired. Enjoy!!!

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Le Creuset Celebrates Mickey Mouse

April 2, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Can you believe Mickey Mouse is 90 years old this year? In celebration of everyone’s favorite mouse turning 90 Le Creuset is teaming up with Disney and Williams Sonoma to present the Mickey Mouse Collection, this is where two icons come together to create something cute and useful. I love cooking in Le Creuset pans and dutch ovens, they go from range top to oven, cook everything perfect every time and the glazed cast iron cleans up easily. The Mickey Mouse 4 1/2 quart pot comes in red and is decorated with Mickey’s profile on the sides of the pot as well as the lid’s knob. In addition to the dutch oven, there are stoneware ramekins available in the shape of Mickey’s profile that are perfect for holding ingredients while cooking or you can also bake individual casseroles and desserts in them. If you and your household are Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse fans check these out, great gifts for the upcoming Mother’s Day holiday or something for that college grad who can’t get enough Disney. Enjoy!!!

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Italian Chocolate Easter Displays

March 30, 2018

By Tab Byrum

With this weekend being Easter this is the perfect time for me to share with you photos of the amazing Easter displays in chocolate and candy stores we saw on our recent trip to Italy. The displays are gorgeous and involve not only amazing pieces done in chocolate but also gorgeous papers and ribbons. We saw beautiful displays in all the cities we visited with perhaps the most beautiful being in Florence. Join me today for a look at how candy and chocolate are used to celebrate Spring’s big holiday in Italy, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter to all. Enjoy!!!

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A Venetian Snowstorm

March 23, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Our second full day in Venice dawned with more snow falling but this time it would continue to snow most of the day. We had a tour of the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica scheduled today but not until the afternoon so we headed out to do some walking and sightseeing. Just like in Rome the residents of Venice aren’t used to seeing a lot of snow, it does get cold here because they are in the north and really not a long way from the Alps but the Adriatic Sea helps to keep the temperature more temperate. Today though, the snow was falling fast and furious, as you’ll see in photos I’m sharing it was so heavy at times that you couldn’t see the monastery across the bay. I’m sharing a few snowy pics from our afternoon tour but I’ll do another post on the palace and Basilica later next week, for today though, Enjoy!!!

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Tabulous Home Tour: Jennifer Aniston

February 23, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I was sad to hear that Jennifer Aniston and husband Justin Theroux are separating, it’s not like I have a personal stake in their relationship but I do want everyone to be happy. ( I know, it’s a character flaw of mine) At the same time, the news came out about their relationship Architectural Digest featured their home and today I’m sharing those images with you. The house was designed and built in 1965 by architect A. Quincy Jones, Aniston bought the Bel Air home after selling another Los Angeles home and moving to New York City but paparazzi made that move impossible to complete. Aniston says when she walked into this home there were things that were “way too cool and sleek” but she loved the bones of the house and knew she could make it her own. Designer Stephen Shadley helped Aniston with the house, he says Jennifer is drawn to materials made of wood, stone, and bronze.” He goes on to say that “things have to be warm and inviting.” I love this home and what Aniston and Shadley have accomplished in it, I often dream of living in a modern home but am never quite sure I can go all the way modern, but in this home a lot of classic elements are brought in and used to make this sleek, contemporary mansion feel warm and inviting. I hope Aniston finds happiness in this home and I hope you like the photographic tour. Enjoy!!!

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Happy Valentine’s Day 2018

February 14, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Here’s a sigh to those who love me,
and a smile to those who hate:
And, whatever sky’s above me,
Here’s a heart for every fate. 
Lord Byron

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A collection of hearts for you on this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!!!

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Flavor Paper Wallpaper

February 2, 2018

By Tab Byrum

As you know by now, I LOVE wallpaper and the more unusual the better. I recently saw a story on small businesses and one they focused on making a difference in Brooklyn, NY is Flavor Papers. Flavor Papers creates and distributes an amazing collection of wallpapers, some of which are based on artwork by artists such as Andy Warhol. There are also collections that focus on Pop Culture icons like Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe and selections focusing even on neighborhoods like Brooklyn and the area of Brooklyn known as DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass).  The collections are fun and sometimes a little scary, I love the one with bats instead of birds and would be amazing in a powder bathroom, a bar area, dining room and study. Join me today for a look at some of the Wallpapers from Flavor Paper and you can see all of their available papers here on their website. Enjoy!!!

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Rose Gold Trend

January 31, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Towards the end of 2017, I had read several times that Rose Gold was going to be a hot trend in home decor for 2018 and I’m definitely seeing a lot more of it than ever before. I was out yesterday at West Elm and Anthropologie killing time between appointments and saw several things done in the pinkish hue. As near I can tell Rose Gold is Gold that has quite a bit of Copper Alloy in it, the more Copper the redder it is. I’ve seen Rose Gold used in jewelry over the years and am still trying to decide what I think about it in home decor. For me I think a little will go a long way, maybe just a touch of it on a lamp or a vase. Today we’re going to look at Rose Gold in our homes and how we can use it. Thoughts?? Enjoy!! (above via)

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