'Real Estate'

The Homes Of Givenchy

March 16, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Earlier this week we looked at and talked about the life and legacy of Hubert de Givenchy, the French fashion designer who died this past Saturday. While doing research on Givenchy I was happy to find photos and information on his homes. At one time Givenchy owned three homes in his native France but from what I can find he had sold two of the homes and retained his beloved chateau outside of Paris where he lived the last years and days of his life. Today we are looking at his Paris home and his Chateau, they are both decorated to the hilt in the classic French style, filled with beautiful antiques, fabrics, books, and light. Join me for a tour of these two homes and hopefully find some inspiration in the decoration and tastes of a design master. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Designer Stephen Shadley

March 5, 2018

By Tab Byrum

A couple of weeks ago we looked at the beautiful Bel Air, California home of Jennifer Aniston and while writing that post I became VERY interested in the work of her collaborator and designer Stephen Shadley. Today we are going to look at some of the other work of Shadley including a few other celebrity homes. I love Shadley’s approach to design and decorating, he’s able to beautifully decorate and display a home whatever the aesthetic, you’ll see how he’s able to do Mid-century design, Traditional American as well as Southwest and New York Chic. Join me for a peek into a few of the homes designed by Stephen Shadley and as always, 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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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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