'Seasons'

Charley Harper ~ Tabulous Tastemaker

July 24, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I haven’t done a Tastemaker post in a while but there was some recent news that made me take a look at the work of artist Charley Harper. Harper was born in West Virginia in 1922 and raised on a farm there, Harper’s life on the farm influenced his artwork his whole life as he became famous for “highly stylized wildlife prints” and other works where he used nature as the focus but rendering it in his own unique style. During Charley’s career, he was known for many things including the illustrations for The Golden Book of Biology which I remember and is still for sale. In addition to book illustrations, Charley Haper did posters, prints, magazine work and often worked with nature conservancy groups like zoos and the Everglades National Park. Charley and his artist wife Edie worked out of their art studios in Cincinnati, Ohio and later formed Harper Studios with their son Brett. Charley Harper died in 2007 after a lengthy battle with pneumonia but his artwork lives on and is still very popular, West Elm has come out with a new collection based on the artwork of Charley Harper that we will focus on tomorrow. Today, join me for a look at the unique and mid century inspired artwork of Tabulous Tastemaker Charley Harper, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Happy 4th of July, 2017

July 4, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Freedom has its life in the hearts,
the actions, the spirit of men and so
it must be daily earned and refreshed ~
else like a flower out from its life-giving
roots, it will wither and die.
                                              ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

 

 

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Hello Summer 2017

June 21, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Summer Time

 

Sizzling Sidewalks
Umbrellas On Beaches
Marshmallows Roasting
Mom’s In Bare Feet
Easy, Lazy Days
Roads Stretched Out Ahead

Trips, Tans and Travel Plans
Insects Buzzing By
My Days For Play
Every Day’s For Fun

~ Kathleen Christopher & Hardy Peterson

 

Hello June!!!

June 1, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s hard to believe but today is the first day of June, a new month and as with the beginning of any new month we need to remember and take a look at important holidays and upcoming events during the month of June. Read on for reminders on holidays and their specific dates and some reminders on celebrations that last the whole month. I hope June is a wonderful month for you and check back to tomorrow as we continue looking at design in all its many forms, Enjoy!!!

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Spring 2017

May 5, 2017

By Tab Byrum

…Spring comes with a bound, Spring the deliverer,
Spring, song leader in woods, chorally resonant;
Spring, flower planter in meadows,
Child conductor in willowy
Fields deep dotted with bloom, daisies and crocuses…
Robert Louis Stevenson

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Vintage Easter

April 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Hello and Happy Good Friday everyone, I love anything vintage, especially when it comes to the holidays. I thought today we would take a look at vintage Easter images as we prepare to celebrate the biggest holiday of the Spring season. I can never quite put my finger on why I like anything vintage, I suppose it has something to do with memories, a lot of these things remind me of grandparents and great-grandparents. I hope you enjoy what I’ve put together today and have a very Happy Easter. Check back later this morning when I’ll share ideas of using Lilies in your Spring and Easter arrangements. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Spring Flowers ~ Delphiniums

April 13, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today we are looking at Delphiniums or you may know them better as Larkspur, another tall flower to add height and drama to your arrangements. Yesterday we talked about Bells of Ireland, but unlike Bells that only come in green, Delphiniums come in a variety of bright, beautiful colors. To learn and see more on Delphiniums click here to see a post I did in July 2014. Enjoy!!!

Easter Tablescape Ideas

April 13, 2017

By Tab Byrum

This week kind of got away from me and I didn’t get the tablescape done that I had planned but I wanted to share table decorations that I came up with a couple of years ago for an Easter table. Everything I used in this tablescape was from the Dollar Store, Big Lots, and Dollar General except for the fresh flowers which you can easily pick up at the grocery store. This decoration was quick, simple, fun and full of bright colors. Remember, you can take any of the ideas from the table and use any one or more of them for your dining table at home, buffet table or even a kid’s table. 

To see the whole blog post I wrote in 2015 click here, and as always, Enjoy!!!

Spring Flowers ~ Bells Of Ireland

April 12, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Dramatic, green, and tall are a few of the words we might use to describe Bells Of Ireland, a wonderful flower that will add those three things and so much more to any flower arrangement. Bells are one of my favorites, they work well with lots of other flowers, including Hydrangeas, Lilies, and Tulips. Join me for a look at arrangements using Bells of Ireland, click here to see a more in-depth post I did on Bells last Summer. Enjoy!!!

Pier 1 Bunnies

April 12, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Easter is this Sunday and if you are needing some last minute ideas for decorations around the house or on your dining table then I’ve got some ideas for you. One great place to start is Pier 1, almost all major cities have a Pier 1 and of course, you can order online, although it may be a little late now. Pier 1 always has great choices in Holiday decorations for all seasons and today we are going to take a look at a few of the many and wonderful choices they have in Rabbits and Bunnies. Pier 1 has rabbits that are cute and homey and rabbits that look very high end as well as some that are very “artsy” looking. Any of these rabbits and bunnies can be combined with decorations you already own or you can pick up some of the other great decorating items Pier 1 has in stock. Join me for a trip down the bunny trail as we pay Peter Rabbit a visit, Enjoy!!!

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