'Real Estate'

Truman’s White House Renovation

February 19, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Hello everyone and Happy President’s Day!! On this day that we remember all the people who have served our country as Commander In Chief I thought we would take a look at the beautiful home they live in for the time they serve in office, The White House and the major renovation it underwent in the late 40’s and early 1950’s. When the Trumans first moved into the Executive Mansion in 1945 they found the White House in a state of great disrepair, the house had been added onto several times even the addition of a third floor without adequate foundations to hold all the weight. There are stories of during the first two years of the Truman administration of rooms literally swaying on the second floor when people were walking across them and huge chandeliers on the first-floor swaying. It soon became evident that it was no longer safe for the President or anyone to live and work in the White House. President and Mrs. Truman moved across the street to Blair House and a total and complete renovation ensued on the White House. After four years, 1948 to 1952, the Trumans were able to move back in the home and feel safe and proud. The White House Historical Association have amazing pictures, some of which I’m sharing today, of the work as it went on in the house and the final results. Join me today for a trip back in time as we see how the people’s house was saved and made safe and beautiful for all of us. Enjoy!!!

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Ricky Martin’s Family Home

January 26, 2018

By Tab Byrum

In the latest issue of Architectural Digest, we are taken for a tour of the Beverly Hills home of boy band favorite Ricky Martin. Martin found fame in Menudo, a Puerto Rican boy band that was loved by girls (and boys) of all ages. Today Martin and his husband, Jwan Yosef, find themselves coming off two years of hard work which included a world tour and a year-long residency in Las Vegas, all the while caring for and raising their twin sons Matteo and Valentino. For now, Martin and Yosef have decided to settle down in Beverly Hills in a beautiful modern home. The house is filled with gorgeous furniture, all of it perfect for the house. Yosef is an artist and several of his pieces hang in the home as well as several pieces of an ever-growing collection the two men are putting together. Nate Berkus was called in to help the two busy artists put their new home together, Martin and Yosef say they didn’t want a completely decorated home, just the basics done so they could fill in the rest with things they find along the way. I have to say the home is gorgeous and has to be very inspiring to the two men to keep creating. Yosef has already turned a former yoga room into a studio and there are plans for Martin to build a recording studio. Enough talk, join me for a tour and as always, Enjoy!!!

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Checking Out Itty Bitty Bungalow

January 24, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Over the weekend I was flipping through Facebook and I came across a post about a very charming house. I investigated further and found the blog Itty Bitty Bungalow which is run by Bradley Huber, a 28-year-old school teacher in Rochester, New York.  Huber is chronicling the remodel of his bungalow on his blog and I have to say I LOVE this house. I have a weak spot for bungalows, my grandma’s house was a bungalow, I love the straight lines of a bungalow, their large front porches and all the beam work that goes into them. Huber has done an amazing job on his small home, 860 square feet, from all the great choices in paint colors to the addition of a fireplace that didn’t exist when he bought the home. I’m sharing photos from Huber’s blog today, check out Itty Bitty Bungalow when you have a chance and take a tour, you won’t be sorry. Enjoy!!!

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Rockefeller Maine Getaway For Sale

August 3, 2017

By Tab Byrum

A few weeks I told you about the New York City home of David Rockefeller that recently came up for sale for $32.5 million dollars and I recently found out about another piece of Rockefeller real estate that came onto the market, Ringing Point. Ringing Point is the name given to the house and grounds in Maine that David and his wife Peggy owned on Mount Desert Island. The house has seven bedrooms and was designed by Peggy Rockefeller in 1972, in addition to the main house there is a guest house with its own two car garage and a building that Rockefeller used for his private study. Mrs. Rockefeller also took great pride in the gardens she designed on the grounds of the estate and they flow effortlessly into the natural moss covered ground and soaring pine trees. As you’ll see in the images I’m sharing today the house is fairly simple compared to the NYC townhouse I shared with you in June and has a wonderful warm feeling to it. If you decide to buy let me know, I’d love to come for a visit, for now, join me for a photographic tour. Enjoy!!!

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Oscar Winning Home ~ Jeff Bridges

February 24, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s Oscars weekend and we have a winner’s home on the blog today.  I’ve always enjoyed Jeff Bridges as an actor and this year he’s nominated for an Oscar for his role as the sheriff in the film Hell or High Water, it’s his seventh nomination and his beautiful home with an ocean view is for sale. I recently saw this article about the house he and his wife raised their daughters in and have recently placed on the market. The home is almost 9,600 square feet and has five bedrooms and is meant to resemble a hilltop estate in Tuscany only this one has glorious views of the Pacific Ocean. The home also has an antique stone fireplace in the sunken living room, the kitchen has its own dining terrace and there’s a secluded area that Bridge’s wife refers to as “his fort” where he relaxes in his hammock and sometimes works on pottery. If five bedrooms aren’t enough there are two guest houses and walking trails to a local hot spring, all this can be yours for $29.5 million. Let me know if you decide to take a look, I want to tag along. Here’s some pics, Enjoy!!!

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Adele’s New Abode

June 3, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Rumor has it that singing sensation Adele has purchased a new home in Los Angeles and it’s a beauty. The house is 6,600 square feet and reportedly cost $9.5 million which is down from the initial asking price of $9.9 million. The house is very light with lots of windows and a white color scheme throughout, there are also 4 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. The house sits in an exclusive gated Beverly Hills neighborhood where Adele’s neighbors will be Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Anniston. The singer is currently on a sold out world tour and is rumored to soon sign a $130 million dollar record deal. Until she has her housewarming party and invites all of us over to see her new digs we’ll just have to be happy with photos from The Daily Mail, Enjoy!!!

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Living Large, Being Small

May 24, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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Downsizing or living smaller is definitely becoming a trend in this world, whether you’re in favor of it due to personal, economic or environmental reasons one thing for certain is you don’t have to give up style and comfort to do it. I was very intrigued recently when I read an article about The Cottage Co., a company dedicated to “building pocket neighborhood communities of compact homes” in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. As you can see from the pictures I’m sharing today the homes all have a definite cottage/farmhouse feel to them and neighborhoods are landscaped beautifully. The homes feature great front porches to sit on and enjoy sunny days, there are wonderful kitchens with tons of storage and dine-in space as well as beautiful bedrooms and bathrooms. Many of the homes feature skylights and vaulted ceilings to help your smaller surroundings not feel so small. I’m definitely interested in this concept, wouldn’t this be a great thing to do in areas of cities that have gotten run down? Hopefully, there will be more companies like The Cottage Co. popping up across the country, in the meantime enjoy these images from their website and click on their name above in orange to visit their website. Enjoy!!!

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Mixing Old & New: Warehouse Conversion

April 28, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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This week we’ve looked at the term Juxtaposition, repurposing antique furniture using new fabrics and mixing design periods as far as art and interiors so I thought today we would look at mixing old and new by taking an old building and converting it into a new home. We’ve looked at conversions before with old schools and barns and today we are going to look at taking old warehouse spaces and making them livable spaces for you and your family. Warehouse spaces are great because most of the time they offer huge amounts of space in the form of high ceilings and big open areas. It might take a lot of planning, work and money to convert a warehouse space but most of the time they turn out awesome. Here’s a look at the ultimate in old and new mix-ups, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Smoky And Sexy In The Mountains

April 7, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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What do you do when you want a retreat in the mountains but you don’t want everything to be log cabins and pinecones? You call in a professional, and that’s just what a California family did when they brought in designer Jamie Bush, Bush says when he asked his new clients what they were looking for in their new home they had two words, “Tom Ford“. The couple says they love the integrity of Tom Ford’s clothing creations along with the cut of the clothes and the quality of fabrics, the homeowners are both techies and have three children. I love this house, the colors that are used, the textiles and the juxtaposition of a sleek, contemporary look against the mountains of Tahoe. Jamie Bush did an amazing job, have a peek here and head over to Elle Decor for more information, Enjoy!!!

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Fun Friday ~ 1960’s Hawaiian Manse

February 5, 2016

By Tab Byrum

I love to peruse real estate websites and see what’s for sale and how they’re decorated, you can get some great ideas both on what to do and what NOT to do. I was looking at Curbed recently and saw this Mid-Century dream home in Hawaii.

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Construction on the house was completed in 1963 and since then the same family has owned the home, the current owner is the son of the original builder/owner. 53 years after it was originally built the home still retains all its charm, with a spiral staircase, terrazzo floors, glass walls and a large pool. The house is 4,000 square feet and sits up above a cul-de-sac with views of both the ocean and volcanoes. Join me for a little tour of this mid-century marvel and let me know if you make an offer, at $3.6 million, someone is sure to grab it up. Enjoy!!!

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