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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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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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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Mixing Old & New: Warehouse Conversion

April 28, 2016

By Tab Byrum


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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Conversion Therapy: Shopping Mall To Living Space

February 18, 2016

By Tab Byrum

You hear more and more talk about how large indoor shopping malls are going the way of the dodo bird, that people don’t want to be cooped up inside but would rather be able to walk from shop to shop in the sunshine, I personally like a good indoor mall especially in a place like Oklahoma where the weather is never the same for very long and you have 25 mph sustained winds on any given day as well as ice storms, tornadoes, and blistering heat. So if some indoor malls are going to be closing what’s to become of the large structures on large pieces of land, if what’s happening in Providence, Rhode Island is any indication they may be turned into homes.


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Tabulous Closet Inspiration

October 13, 2015

By Tab Byrum

Everyone always says bathrooms and closets are the things you need to make amazing to increase the value of your home and while I agree with that I also think closets are important, I mean do you really ever have enough storage? We live in a home built in 1962 and there is definitely NOT enough storage, we are even seriously considering turning one of the bedrooms next to the master bedroom into a walk-in closet for the both of us to share.


While I was contemplating this idea I was looking at closets and realized this needed to be a post, what do you definitely need and what is just extra? I think I would like hanging racks for clothes on most of the walls and shelves for our shoes, there’s a window in that room looking into the backyard, we could put shelves on each side of the window for us each to have a shoe area. I would like to have an island of some type in the center with lots of drawer storage and nice flat area on top to fold clothes and to put suitcases when packing for a trip. Here’s a look at some of the ideas I really like for closets, Enjoy!!!

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119 Year Old New Home In Elle Decor

September 3, 2015

By Tab Byrum

We all love a great home conversion and I’ve talked about converting both schools and churches here on the blog, but this is a new one.


A historic courthouse in North Carolina is being transformed into luxury apartments, this building was first constructed in 1896 and the last time any work was done on it was in the 1960’s. Today the building houses 58 different apartments, ranging from studio apartments to three bedrooms. Check out this article and photos on Elle Decor (click here) and see what’s being done in the world of building recycling. Enjoy!!!

Beautiful Before & After

June 15, 2015

By Tab Byrum

Our friends over at House of Brinson have recently teamed up with Pottery Barn in the renovation of their 19th Century home. Their most recent project was a guest bedroom that they took from old and tired to fabulous and chic. I love the fact that they hung a powerful and bold wallpaper in the room and embraced the color black, embraced it so much that they painted the walls black. Click here to visit the Pottery Barn blog and check out this beautiful makeover, Enjoy!!!



All images are courtesy House of Brinson and Pottery Barn.

9 Images Of An Amazing Conversion

May 30, 2015

By Tab Byrum

I did a post a couple of weeks ago on churches that had been converted from houses of worship to private homes and in some cases businesses, so I was excited when I saw this Elle Decor article and photos about a couple in Philadelphia that saved a portion of a church that had been abandoned for 40 years. Check out what can be accomplished with hard work, determination and a wonderful eye for design. Enjoy!!!


Click on Elle Decor above or below in orange to go directly to the article.

Image courtesy of Elle Decor

From Garbage To Gorgeous

May 28, 2015

By Tab Byrum

Check out this House Beautiful article on a California home that had literally become a garbage dump in the Los Feliz neighborhood of LA, but has now been turned into a jewel. Just goes to show there really can be a diamond in the rough if you’re willing to dig it out….and dig through someone else’s garbage. 



Click on House Beautiful above or below in orange to go directly to the article.

Images courtesy of House Beautiful.

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