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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LA Dinner & Dessert: Hotel Bel Air & Polo Lounge-Beverly Hills Hotel

March 15, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The last time I went to LA it was on a trip with friends and we stayed at the Hotel Bel Air, while we were there we had dinner one night and breakfast every morning at the Wolfgang Puck restaurant located in the hotel’s courtyard. I wanted Michael to see this beautiful place and experience the wonderful food and atmosphere so I made reservations for us at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air for 6 o’clock. (above image via)

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Chilewich Tabletop Textiles

August 16, 2016

By Tab Byrum


You never know where you’re going to find inspiration or something interesting, I had to go all the way to the Netherlands to stumble across Chilewich in a store in Amsterdam. Chilewich is an American manufacturer of placemats, table runners, napkins, rugs, and window shades made from wonderful textiles and designed by Sandy Chilewich. Sandy and her husband, Joe Sultan, are the team behind this successful company producing beautiful, modern looking products. I love the look and feel of the Chilewich placemats, they are what first caught my eye in a display in the Amsterdam store, they are sleek, chic and very attractive. Sandy has been producing her tabletop line since 2000 and it has changed the way tables are dressed in both homes and restaurants. Join me for a look at some of the placemats and runners from Chilewich and check out their website for more products and information. Enjoy!!!

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Exploring Amsterdam

August 15, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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On Sunday, July 31st our traveling companions, the Potts family, returned home to Oklahoma and Michael and I moved on to the Dutch capital city of Amsterdam. I’ve always wanted to go to Amsterdam, when I was a little boy that was the only foreign city that I knew anyone had visited. My dad was stationed in Germany in the 1950’s and he and his buddies traveled to Amsterdam on their leaves, he had told me about visiting the canal city and we had pictures he had taken. Amsterdam is a beautiful city, it definitely feels smaller than London and everything is very compact and for that reason, all the buildings, new and old, go UP. City Central is wonderful and of course,  you can wander up and down the streets along the canals for hours, literally losing yourself in the architecture and flowers. Today many of the beautiful old buildings along the canals are homes to businesses and not people, it’s gotten to be so expensive to own and keep up these amazing old houses. There are cruises you can take along the canals and explore the city and they point out all the sites along the way. We had wonderful food throughout the city, Michael tried several different kinds of beer and I experimented with Rosé wines. Of course, pastries are plentiful and a day didn’t go by that we didn’t have some kind of good Dutch candy or chocolate. All this week I’ll share our adventures in Amsterdam with you and the day trips we took to other cities and the surrounding countryside. To kick things off here’s a look at Amsterdam through our camera lens, Enjoy!!!

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Friday Design Roundup ~ 4/29/2016

April 29, 2016

By Tab Byrum

It’s Friday so it’s time for another edition of Friday Design Roundup. We’ve got news on a little bit of everything from fine art to coloring books and pool floats. Check ’em out, have a great weekend and Enjoy!!!


There’s a new museum coming to Paris and it will house the collection of one man. French businessman and art collector, François Pinault announced this week that he will turn a former Paris Stock Exchange building into a museum to house part of his mammoth art collection. The building dates back to the 1700’s and will be restored by Pinault as part of the 50-year lease deal he reached with the city of Paris. No timeframe has been given as to when the museum might open, but the sooner the better. (information and image via)


Earlier this year I had read that the famed Four Seasons Restaurant in NYC was closing, this was one NYC restaurant that I never made it to, and now we find out that July 26 has been set as the date for an auction for pieces of the interior of the iconic restaurant. The Four Seasons is located in the Seagram building on Park Avenue and has been the scene for an untold amount of power lunches and was a truly see and be seen spot. On a happier note,  the restaurant will reopen in another location. The last day of business will be July 16th and the auction will take place on-site July 26.



Some happy news from the world of British television, Benedict Cumberbatch has been spotted in London in his Sherlock Holmes costume. No word on when new episodes of the Masterpiece series will be available in the UK or the US but with Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman both seen in costume it’s a good sign. I’m betting on this fall, here’s wishing. (information & image via)


Color me in!!!! Word came on Wednesday that there will be a new “David Bowie: Starman” coloring book for adults released soon. Grab a bottle of your favorite vino, a box of crayons, Bowie’s greatest hits and settle in around the kitchen table and spend and evening with the Chameleon of Rock and Roll.



Get out your air pump this summer as you hit the patio and pool, you’ll need it to blow up this new Inflatable Patio Furniture which can also be used in the pool. The new collection is from Pigro Felice, you can create your own custom floats by mixing and matching all the pieces you have to choose from. I’m not much of a hot weather person, but having some of these floaties might change my mind. (information & image via)


Oklahoma Restaurants: Pops

August 17, 2015

By Tab Byrum

This past weekend we took a little road trip and went for a burger at Pops Restaurant along historic Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma. Pops is set up much like 1950’s diner with their specialty being burgers and fries and a multitude of choices in soda pop.

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You can find all kind of obscure brands of sodas here at Pops as well as all your old favorites and many of them are in the original packaging from your childhood.

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