'Seasons'

Labor Day 2017

September 4, 2017

By Tab Byrum

If a task is once begun, 
Never leave it ’til it’s done. 
Be the labor great or small,
Do it well or not at all. 

Happy Labor Day!!!!

Autumn Decor At Pottery Barn

August 31, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I meant to check out Pottery Barn last week when I was doing posts for the Fall Decorating Preview, but I got sidetracked as I’m known to do. As we all know Pottery Barn always has great seasonal merchandise for all of the holidays, their shelves are full of wonderful dishes, pumpkins, lanterns, runners and tablecloths, and candles. Pumpkins are a definite theme this year, with the fun gourds coming in all shapes, sizes, and colors and on a wide array of merchandise. Let’s see what PB has and I’ll go into more detail on the photos. Have a great day and Enjoy!!!

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Fall Preview 2017 ~ Grandin Road

August 28, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today we are winding up our Fall Preview of decorations for Autumn with a look at fun and beautiful items from Grandin Road. Grandin Road is a great company that offers all types of merchandises in all sizes, I always love their holiday merchandise, they have everything you could want or need to decorate a charming cottage or a massive mansion. Today we are going to look at some of their Fall items and we’ll check back in a couple of weeks to look at all their fun and wonderful Halloween decorations. I personally like to put out Fall right now as we head into Labor Day then add Halloween to it at the end of September. Join me for a look at Autumnal items you can use inside or outside your home, Enjoy!!!

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Fall Preview 2017 ~ Williams Sonoma

August 25, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I have a big soft spot for anything vintage that has the look of the 1920’s through the 1950’s and Williams Sonoma has a Halloween collection this year called the Grim Tabletop & Decor that I’m really wild about. It calls to mind the antique postcards and posters from those days gone by. The colors of the collection have a definite antique feel to them with lots of orange, black, gold, green and shades of blue. Fun and whimsical Jack-O-Lanterns take center stage in this collection as they take human form and ham it up for lots of Halloween fun. There are plates, platters, glasses, placemats and even an adorable welcome mat. Join me today for a look at the Grim Collection from Williams Sonoma and Enjoy!!!

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Fall Preview 2017 ~ MacKenzie-Childs

August 24, 2017

By Tab Byrum

As you well know by now I’m a big fan of all the merchandise and creations from MacKenzie-Childs, especially all of their seasonal and holiday merchandise. Their black and white Courtly Check and stripes work so well with so many other patterns and colors, especially the golds and oranges of Fall. They always have a wide array of pumpkins to choose from and this year doesn’t disappoint, with pumpkins featuring gilding, checks, stripes, and polka dots. I always love to see what they come out with in the way of placemats and this year’s new Pheasant design is gorgeous as well as the fun dish towels that will make great hostess gifts. Enough talk, let’s shop. Enjoy!!!

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Fall Preview 2017 ~ Pottery Barn Kids

August 21, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I know it’s hard to believe but two weeks from today is Labor Day, the unofficial end of Summer. So, with that in mind, I thought we would start looking ahead to Fall and see what some of our favorite stores and online retailers have available. I initially set out to see what everyone had available for Fall but found most of them have gone right on to Halloween and today we are going to start with one of my favorite collections I found, the Charlie Brown and Peanuts Halloween table top from Pottery Barn Kids. I always like to check out PB Kids because they have fun stuff, usually with a fun theme in mind. They always use bright colors and fun whimsical characters and this collection doesn’t disappoint. Join me for a look at the Great Pumpkin and how Snoopy and the gang can bring lots of fun and cheer to your home this Fall and Halloween. Enjoy!!!

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Pantone Fall 2017 ~ Marina & Autumn Maple

August 18, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today is the last day looking at the top 10 colors that Pantone has chosen for the upcoming Fall and Winter season in Fashion which also transfers over to interior design. Our first color today is Marina, a cool blue color that calls to mind bright blue skies, blue tiled pools, and blue hydrangeas. “Cool with an enhanced vitality, Marina is the only truly cool color in the fall palette that brings with it freshness and brightness,” is how Pantone describes this beautiful Blue. The tenth color on the list is Autumn Maple and its name truly says it all, “A quintessential autumn color, Autumn Maple is tawny and russet, introducing warmth into the palette.” Autumn Maple calls to mind Pumpkins, falling leaves, and Gingerbread. Join me for a look at some images to give you a better idea about these colors, Enjoy!!! (above via & via)

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Enjoying The Crape Myrtles

July 31, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not a great lover of all things Summer. I don’t enjoy the heat, I don’t enjoy the bright sun or the hot wind that often greets you as you step out of the house but one thing that I do enjoy this time of year are the flowers and especially here in Oklahoma, the Crape Myrtles. Sometimes we have a hard time getting anything pretty to bloom in this part of the country during this time of year, but this year we had a wet Spring and have had some occasional showers during the Summer and the Crape Myrtle bushes and trees are beautiful. I recently drove around Oklahoma City taking photos of Crape Myrtles that I can share with you, I love all the colors they come in. For years the bright, dark Pink variety was what you saw the most of but now you see a lot of a lighter Pink color as well as a light Purple, and White. I’ve noticed that many people are planting them to line either side of a walkway forming an allée which I really like. I recently shared our beautiful new fence so now we are looking at how we can improve our backyard, especially around the perimeter and I definitely think Crape Myrtles will be a part of it. Until I get my own planted and growing we’ll just have to enjoy the photos I’m sharing today, let me know your thoughts on Crape Myrtles and what your favorite color is. Enjoy!!!

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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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