'Tile'

Bubble Tile

August 1, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I’m kind of obsessed right now with tile that I call Bubble Tile. I had seen it in tile showrooms but couldn’t get anyone to use it in a project until a couple of years ago I was working in the home of a new client at Christmas and she has Bubble Tile on the floor of her powder bath. It’s so cool, it looks like you are walking on bubbles, the tile is made up of different sized round pieces of tile, all in the same colorway. Today I want to share some of the uses of Bubble Tile and show you some of the newer variations of it that have come out. I just can’t get over how fun this tile is and all the fun things you can do. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Adding Drama: Hallways

July 20, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Hallways for most of us are areas in our homes that we simply pass through going from one room or area to others several times a day, but I think we should take full advantage of hallways. Our home is not an open concept home, it was built in 1962 and all the rooms are separated by walls except for the current kitchen and living area. We have a hallway from the living room that leads back to the bedrooms and bathroom, but the hall is across the front of our home and passes by the front door so when you enter through the front door the hall acts as an entry way also. I think hallways are the perfect place to have some fun, whether it’s with the artwork you hang, light fixtures you choose, family photos you display, or the colors, patterns, and textures you put on the walls. Our hallway is home to some vintage posters we’ve collected over the years and had framed, I would love to raise the ceiling in the hallway and install a couple of beautiful pendant lights as well as some track or recessed lighting that can be used to light artwork. Today we are going to look at Dramatic Hallways and get some ideas on what you can do to liven up one of the most traveled areas in your home. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Shapely Wood Flooring From Jamie Beckwith Collection

June 29, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s really amazing what companies are achieving in the area of creative flooring, we have tile that looks like wood flooring and now we have wood flooring that looks like tile. Today we are going to look at some of the amazing offerings in wood floors from the Jamie Beckwith Collection. I love when you visit the Beckwith website they talk about how their products are for use not only on floors but also vertical surfaces, meaning walls. The first wood tiles that caught my eye are the ones that look like Moroccan tiles from the Enigma collection in the Sextant shape. Today we are going to look at several of the different shapes their flooring is available in. I hope you find these tiles as inspiring as I do and remember to LOOK UP, they don’t just belong on the floor. Enjoy!!!

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Fauxsaics By Nick Misani

May 26, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I never cease to be amazed at the creative abilities of humans, especially the ability to create the look of something out of something else, case in point are the digital creations of New York artist Nick Misani. Misani is known as a skilled artist in typography and in his new Fauxsaics collection, he combines his typography talents with photography to create extremely realistic digital art. Each piece is based on a city, whose name appears in the work, the colors, tile text, and the backdrop of each work is meant to reference the city and all are created digitally including the digitally inserted images of the artist’s feet. As an example, the Fauxsaic for the city of Boston is done in traditional black and white with letters and decorations that would be at home on the front of any Boston Pub and the date of the city’s incorporation. To see more of Misani’s work visit his website here, for now here are more images from his Fauxsaic collection, Enjoy!!!

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Modern Farmhouse: Subway Tile

May 23, 2017

By Tab Byrum

As we look at the Modern Farmhouse concept one thing we see a lot of is the use of Subway Tile, a couple of years ago I talked about Subway Tile in depth, click here to see the post I did and explore this tiling option even more. Enjoy!!!

Modern Farmhouse: Interiors

May 23, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We are continuing our look at the building and decorating trend often referred to as Modern Farmhouse, today we are stepping into the Modern Farmhouse and taking a look at the interiors of some of these homes and what they all seem to have in common. As with all “types” of homes, Modern Farmhouse has certain things you can almost always find: Use of light colors, Use of natural elements, lots of wood and tile, industrial type lighting and other industrial elements. It’s easier to show you than just talking about it so let’s begin our tour and look at some of these beauties on the inside and I’ll explain more as we go. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Carrie Fisher’s Abode

April 3, 2017

By Tab Byrum

One thing I love to see is where the rich and famous live, so last year when Carrie Fisher died so unexpectedly I was naturally curious about her home in Los Angeles. Carrie lived in a “hacienda style” home that sits on 2.66 acres in the Coldwater Canyon area of Beverly Hills. Carrie Fisher lived in the home for over twenty years having purchased it in 1992 or ’93, the home was originally built in 1910 and rebuilt in 1919 and over the years has been lived in by other notables like Bette Davis and costume designer Edith Head. Earlier this year we were able to see the documentary Bright Lights, starring Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, and were able to get a good look at the house and all of its contents. Fisher was known as quite the shopper and her home showed it as it’s filled with collectibles including Biedermeier Furniture, Star Wars memorabilia, Indian rugs, artwork and the list goes on and on. The red tile roofed home is 4,210 square feet and has four bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, tennis courts, swimming pool and a guest house. One notable thing about the guest house is there’s an upright piano in one of the bathrooms, it was here that singer/songwriter James Blunt recorded the song Goodbye My Lover. Of course, now there are many rumors surrounding the property, I’ve read her daughter Billie Lourd will live there, it will be turned into a museum or it and its contents will be sold. Don’t forget there’s another house on the property where her mom, Debbie Reynolds, lived for several years. Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see what happens, in the meantime here’s a look at photos from the home from an Architectural Digest article originally printed in 2004 and reprinted last Fall. Enjoy!!! 

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Exposing Yourself…To Brick

March 28, 2017

By Tab Byrum

One thing I LOVE is when the brick is exposed and used as a wall treatment on the interior of homes and businesses, I think the brick adds a whole new look and feel to a room and really warms it up and gives it a definite masculine feel. One thing we have today that allows the exposed brick look to be accomplished without tearing down sheetrock or knocking down walls is thin brick. Thin brick is used much like tile and installed the same way. Some people refer to the thinner version of brick as thin brick veneer and many times it’s attained by using reclaimed brick from buildings that are being renovated or that have been torn down. Exposed brick can be used in any room, whether it’s in the kitchen with the cooktop or ovens, as an accent wall behind a bed or at one end of a room, exposed brick is a great way to add color, texture, and interest to rooms without breaking the bank. I’ve gathered a few examples for you today, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Pantone Fall 2016~ Warm Taupe

September 2, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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I love rich neutral colors and Pantone’s Warm Taupe is definitely a color I can embrace. Taupe is definitely in the brown family but with some gray in it to tone down the dark hues, it works wonderfully with other neutrals like gray and pairs beautifully with both black and white. Pantone suggests using Warm Taupe with all the other colors in their Fall 2016 line-up, I can definitely see Warm Taupe pairing beautifully with all the colors, especially Airy Blue, Sharkskin, Dusty Cedar, and Bodacious. Let’s take a look at Warm Taupe and its many color uses in the world, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Glorious In Gingham (or Buffalo Check)

July 6, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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I have always liked Gingham plaid, I like the pattern it creates, I like the traditional red, blue and green colors it has come in, I like the newer versions in black, gray and more muted tones and the larger patterns referred to as Buffalo Check. Gingham kind of gets a bum rap since most people view it as a “country” fabric and only think of it for picnic blankets and square dance costumes. Gingham plaid is one of those fabric patterns that mixes well with other patterns and can definitely be made more glamorous, there’s nothing more chic than a mixture of gingham plaid and French toile fabrics as well as gingham and florals, polka dots and complementary solids. Nowadays you can find gingham patterned flooring in exaggerated sizes, wallpaper in a wide array of colors, bedding and accessories. Join me for a look at Gingham and how to mix and match it to add a simple classic to your home. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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