'Seasons'

Hallmark Peanuts Christmas Wrapping 2018

December 13, 2018

By Tab Byrum

If you’ve followed the blog for long or know me then you probably are aware of my love for anything and everything Peanuts, some people like Spiderman, Marvel Superheroes and I love Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang. Every year there are new and wonderful items put out for Christmas featuring Peanuts and this year is no different. Hallmark has become the go-to brand to pick up awesome Peanuts merchandise, especially for the holidays. Today we are going to look at all the fun gift wrap and gift bags you can get from Hallmark to have a Very Peanuts Christmas. This year there are several different Peanuts versions from different decades going all the way back to the beginning. I hope you enjoy this look at Peanuts from Hallmark for Christmas as much as I enjoyed putting it together. Enjoy!!!

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Sundance Ribbons & Trims

December 12, 2018

By Tab Byrum

On Monday and Tuesday, we looked at fun and beautiful Christmas wrapping papers from companies around the world and one of the last ones we looked at was Sundance Catalog and their beautiful and unusual papers based right here in America. While I was checking out the papers and Sundance I also saw an amazing selection of ribbons and trims that coordinate beautifully with their papers and wanted to share them with you today. These ribbons can be used on all kinds of papers whether they’re simple brown kraft paper, white butcher paper or the most elegant papers with damask patterns or the Champagne Paper we saw yesterday from Crate&Barrel. There are velvet ribbons, grosgrain ribbons, pom-poms, and vintage looking ribbons, and no one said they’re only for Christmas, use them year round. Join me today for a peek at what’s available from Sundance and visit the entire selection here at Sundance Catalog.com. Have a great day and Enjoy!!!

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5 Christmas Wrapping Sources, Day 2

December 11, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Today we continue our look at great ways to wrap those Christmas gifts. Yesterday we checked out beautiful papers from some of the less well known and more boutique websites and today we are looking at gift wrap from some of the big stores which you can find in the town where you live or can get to one if need be and online. There’s so much to choose from in colors, style, designs from the traditional Red/Green to bright Pinks, Purples, and Blues. There’s also any style you can think of from Vintage looks to Contemporary and lots of Sparkles. Check out today’s selection and let me know what you think. Enjoy!!!

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5 Christmas Wrapping Paper Sources, Day 1

December 10, 2018

By Tab Byrum

For me, the wrapping of gifts is an art unto itself. Back when I worked in retail I LOVED wrapping gifts and I also loved picking what wrapping papers we were going to use in the store for gift wrap as well as choosing the ones we were going to sell to the public. I’m always amazed every year to see what artists and companies come out with every year that’s new and different. Whether you like traditional, contemporary, dogs, penguins or plain paper with fancy ribbons, there’s something out there for you. Today and tomorrow we are going to take a look at paper selections from 10 different sources, I’m sharing some of the ones that really jumped out at me or made me say, “Ahhhhhh”. I guarantee you can find something that matches your Christmas decor and makes you smile. Today we are looking at papers from some websites that are more “boutique” and tomorrow we are looking at some more well-known sources. Check them all out and Enjoy!!!

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A Few Favorite Christmas Decorations

December 7, 2018

By Tab Byrum

This year my crew and I decorated 14 houses and 2 businesses for Christmas, I try to share as much as I can along the way but sometimes I get busy and forget so I want to share them here today. This is just a small sample of what we’ve done and some of my favorites, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Remember, it’s now how big the house is or about having all new decorations, you can do SO much with what you have by adding a few new things here and there, like ribbon and floral picks. I’ll go into a little more detail with the photos, I hope you like them as much as I do. Enjoy!!!

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Christmas Changes, Part 2

December 5, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I made a couple of changes to decorations this year at a second house I’ve decorated for years and shows the difference one little thing makes. In this case, the change is ribbon, a new ribbon that I added to the staircase garland and on a garland above a mirror in the home’s dining room. My client collects MacKenzie-Childs and especially uses it in the kitchen and dining room of her home, so I found a black and white checked ribbon that coordinates beautifully with all things MC and added to the staircase garland and the mirror garland. Needless to say, both the homeowner and I are thrilled with the results, the checked ribbon adds a big punch of pattern to both places and really makes her MacKenzie-Childs collections “pop”. Join me today for a quick look and tour of the changes and before and after photos. Enjoy!!!

Here you can see where we added the Black and White ribbon to the already existing garland that is decorated with Gold, Silver and Soft Green Ornaments. There’s also a soft green mesh ribbon in the garland and large Silver beaded garland and Pearl garland. This is the side of the staircase that shares space with the dining room where a lot of the MacKenzie-Childs is. 

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OH MY GOSH, IT’S DECEMBER!!!!

December 3, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It seems kind of unbelievable but we’ve made it to another December and it rolled back around SO fast. I love this month for so many reasons starting with today is my Dad’s birthday, Happy Birthday Pop!!!! Also, my birthday comes later in the month and then, of course, there’s Christmas and all the hubbub, pomp, and pageantry that goes with that. I love Christmas lights and all the outdoor decorations everyone puts up both fabulous and tacky. I’ve been busy decorating clients’ homes for Christmas since November 5th, I have another house I’m busy doing today and then another later this week for a client who moved right before Thanksgiving. The rest of this month I’m going to share some of the decorating I’ve done for others and in our home for the holidays, I’ll share some recipes of some of our fave holiday treats including cocktails and give you ideas for gifts for everyone on your list. Today we are starting with a look at images of December and all the 12th month of the year brings with it. I’ll see you back here tomorrow, Enjoy!!! (via)

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Happy Thanksgiving 2018

November 22, 2018

By Tab Byrum

The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest all is gathered in,
And chilly north winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway~
Thanksgiving comes again!
-author unknown

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM TABULOUS DESIGN!!!

Thanksgiving Tips From Barefoot Contessa

November 20, 2018

By Tab Byrum

10 Barefoot Tips For Thanksgiving

 

One of my favorite people to watch on TV and read her cookbooks is Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. A few years ago she shared her 10 tips for making the preparation of Thanksgiving Dinner a lot easier on you the cook and host. Here’s a link to the article in Elle Magazine and it all still holds true today. 48 hours until operation Turkey Time is a go, I hope you have all your ducks in a row and a game plan, check out this great article for awesome last-minute hints. Enjoy!!!

Harvest Pumpkin Collection @ Williams Sonoma

November 15, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I wanted to reshare this post I did back in August on the Williams Sonoma Harvest Pumpkin Collection. I LOVE the black background on these dishes, it’s also available in white and all the beautiful colors of the gourds, pumpkins, and flowers are gorgeous. This collection is beautiful for display as well as for serving for Thanksgiving. Check it out with me again from back in August.

School has started back here in Oklahoma and it’s only two weeks until Labor Day, a time when our thoughts turn to all things Fall and Pumpkiny. With that in mind, we are going to look at a gorgeous new collection of dishes from Williams Sonoma, the Harvest Pumpkin Collection. The designs for this collection are based on Dutch still life paintings with their vibrant colors of oranges, greens, whites, reds, and purples all on an elegant and timeless black background. All of the pieces in the collection are porcelain glazed in black and with a hand-painted 14-karat gold painted rim. In addition to plates for eating there are also serving pieces and a gorgeous cheeseboard. All of these would be amazing to mix with your existing dishes and as always they would be gorgeous decorative pieces hanging on the wall. Join me today for a look at several pieces from the WS Harvest Pumpkin Collection, I’m anxious to hear what you think, Enjoy!!!

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