'Seasons'

Rome: A Snowy Day At The Vatican

March 22, 2018

By Tab Byrum

We went to sleep on Sunday with rain falling and woke on Monday morning to snow, we had heard there was a possibility of snow but no one seemed to be taking it very seriously. We had booked a special tour of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel for this day and the tour was scheduled to begin at 7:30 am, before the doors usually open to tourists. We got up and headed out about 6:30 and by the time we did the snow was falling very heavily and there was a strong wind, so armed with down jackets and umbrellas we set off for The Vatican. We had about a mile walk and it wasn’t too bad, we arrived at the Vatican and it was gorgeous. We finally met up with our tour guide after some confusion of where we were meeting, her name was Sabrina and she was charming. Sabrina told us this was only the third time it had snowed in Rome in her lifetime and the last snow had been six years ago. Sabrina led us to the tour entrance of the Vatican and we set off first for the Sistine Chapel and I’m so glad we did, by the time we entered the Chapel they were telling us that the Vatican was going to be shut down due to the weather and the inability of employees to get to work. We got in and spent about 20 minutes in the Sistine Chapel, if you ever have the opportunity to visit the Chapel do it because it’s breathtaking. The colors are so intense and to think that Michelangelo did all of this on scaffolding and ladders. Unfortunately, you aren’t allowed to take photos of the chapel ceiling but I do have lots of other photos to share of the parts of the Vatican we toured and some beautiful photos of our snowy day in Rome. We weren’t able to tour St. Peter’s Basilica or the Vatican Museums because they did close for the remainder of the day, oh well, we’ll just have to go back. Enjoy!!!

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Tabulous Look Back: Daffodils

March 1, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Hello Friends and welcome to March!!!! We’re just 19 days away from the first day of Spring and with that comes warmer temps, Spring storms and hopefully lots and lots of beautiful flowers. The birth flower assigned to the month of March is Daffodils, a fun flower for both its shape and its color. Today we are looking back at a post I did a few years ago on Daffodils featuring photos of Daffodils and Crocus we took in the Spring of 2014 while on a trip to England. Click here to see these beauties in bloom and Enjoy!!!

Some of the beautiful Daffodils we saw on the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, click here to see the full post.

Tabulous Look Back: February Violets

February 27, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Violets are the flower assigned to the month of February so we are looking back at a post I did on the color given the same name as the purple-hued flowers. I think the color Violet is my favorite shade of Purple, click here to visit my post and I hope you enjoy looking at Violet beauty as much as I enjoyed putting this together. Enjoy!!!

A violet twist in a cone, just one of the many beautiful Violet things to see here in my post on Violets from a few years ago. 

Williams Sonoma Easter Baking

February 26, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s never too early to start planning ahead for the next holiday and Easter will be here before we know it. I love to bake but don’t do much of it anymore with the main reasons being time and I’ll eat it, but that doesn’t stop me from looking at all the beautiful baking accessories and tools available to create beautiful cakes and make holidays more fun. Williams Sonoma has some amazing Nordicware pans to create beautiful Bunny cakes as well Carrot Cakes and of course pancake molds for the perfect Easter morning breakfast. Join me today for a look at what’s available and think about baking something extra special for your family’s Easter celebration this year. Enjoy!!!

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Happy Valentine’s Day 2018

February 14, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Here’s a sigh to those who love me,
and a smile to those who hate:
And, whatever sky’s above me,
Here’s a heart for every fate. 
Lord Byron

(via)

A collection of hearts for you on this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!!!

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Valentine Goodies From Williams-Sonoma

January 29, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s still a couple of weeks until Valentine’s Day so you have time to order special goodies for your sweetheart and Williams-Sonoma has some gorgeous and delicious things to choose from this year. Whether you need a special dessert for a home-cooked Valentine’s dinner or just something to say I Love You or maybe I Like You…A Lot, Williams-Sonoma has some great choices. Visit their website here to see all the choices, I hope you like what I’ve collected here for you today. Enjoy!!!

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Kitchen Valentines from Crate & Barrel

January 23, 2018

By Tab Byrum

The kitchen is a room that’s pretty easy to decorate for the holidays, whether it’s jars on the island with holiday candies, a holiday trivet on the stovetop, or holiday dishtowels. Crate & Barrel always has fun stuff for all the holidays and this year they have some great stuff for the kitchen. Join me today as we check out the hearts from Crate & Barrel for your kitchen, Enjoy!!!

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Happy New Year 2018

January 1, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Happy New Year to all of you, I hope this first day of a new year finds you in a good place both physically and emotionally. I have a lot of plans for Tabulous Design in 2018, I’ll tell you more about that later on but know that I’ll keep trying to bring you all the latest news and current trends from the worlds of interior and holiday design as well as inspiration you can use in your own homes and daily lives. I have some fun projects planned and we are in the planning stages for some fun and inspirational trips. Again, a Happy New Year to you all, thank you for checking in with me every day, please keep on and Enjoy 2018!!!

12 Favorite Christmas Songs – Old & New

December 19, 2017

By Tab Byrum

 

One of my favorite things about this time of year is the music, I’ve always loved the traditional Christmas carols and I also love lots of songs that come from Christmas TV shows and movies. I thought today I would share 10 of my favorite songs with you and some of them have videos that go along with them. My list is varied from Charlie Brown to George Michael and Bing Crosby, a little something for everyone. Enjoy!!!

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Food & Gifts From Vermont Country Store

December 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Yesterday I focused on Christmas Candy from Vermont Country Store and today I want to look at some of the other edible treats available from VCS. There are all kinds of fun, delicious, and unusual things available on the VCS website that would be great gifts in addition to just being delicious. Really good food items are always a great gift, whether it’s for someone on your list or for yourself, or maybe you want something new and unusual to serve on Christmas morning. Whether it’s Vermont Maple Syrup for pancakes or wonderful breads from Germany they’re available here. Join me today for a culinary tour and order soon if you’re going to do it, there are only 10 days left until Christmas. Enjoy!!!

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