'Travel'

Remembering Paris

July 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today is Bastille Day in France or as it’s known in France, la Fête nationale. We’ve been looking at all things French this week on the blog leading up to this important day in the land of one of our closest allies and of course the home of beautiful design. Whether you are talking about clothes, architecture, or interior design Paris will always be known as the cradle of beauty when it comes to creating and design. We’ve been fortunate in that we’ve visited Paris twice, we were there for a day trip last Summer when we were on vacation with our friends and their family and then we were there for a week in 2012. Today I want to share some images from our trip in 2012, so join me for a stroll down memory lane and the streets of Paris. Enjoy!!!

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Tabulous Father’s Day Gift Guide ~ Grommet Tech

June 13, 2017

By Tab Byrum

In Day 2 of our Tabulous Gift Guide we are going high tech or at least some tech, we’re looking at several items from The Grommet, a wonderful website that keeps you on the cusp of everything new and au currant. If your Dad is like a lot of men then he likes his gadgets, those little helpers that make life more interesting and in some cases easier. Today we are going to look at several items from the Gadget & Tech department of The Grommet that are fun and useful. Whether it’s allowing Dad to use is iPhone camera underwater, helping older dad pick things up off the floor, or cleaning his glasses and electronics the chances are The Grommet has something for him. I’m highlighting 7 different items today but there are many more that you can find here on The Grommet website. Check back tomorrow when we look at another category, Enjoy!!!

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NYC Dining: The Monkey Bar, Buddakan & Vaucluse

April 26, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I LOVE to eat, I love good food and I think that’s because I was raised by people who love to cook and take great pride in what they create and that was passed on to me in my love for good food and cooking. Part of the fun of a vacation for me is where we are going to eat and on this recent trip I took to New York City we ate at three restaurants that are new to us. I’m going to share some images of each restaurant and tell you a little bit about our dining experience at each place. As much as I love good food I also love a great interior in a restaurant, it doesn’t have to be over the top with everything gilded, but just have a definite direction or theme and do it well, the three restaurants I’m going to talk about today all have a distinct look to go with their menus and the looks are all done beautifully. So, join me as we tour The Monkey Bar, Buddakan and Vaucluse, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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New York In Spring

April 19, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today I’m heading to New York City with my friend Donna for our kind of annual trip on or around her birthday on April 20th. This year we are going to be there from today, Wednesday the 19th, until Sunday the 23rd. New York City, like most cities, is really pretty in the Spring, there are flowers blooming in Central Park and on the High Line, the weather is usually still cool enough to be comfortable and the crowds aren’t too bad since it’s before school lets out. Some of our plans this trip are to see a few Broadway shows, we’re seeing Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close, The Little Foxes with Laura Linney, Cynthia Nixon, Richard Thomas and Michael Mckeon and the new show War Paint starring Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole. Of course, there will be lots of shopping, wonderful lunches at The Monkey Bar and Balthazar and pre-show dinners at Polo Bar, Rooftop Haven, and Buddakan. I’ll try to get lots of pictures and share reviews with you of the shows and food after we get home. During the trip,  you can follow me on Facebook at Tabulous Design or on Instagram at tabulousdesign. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week and here’s a few pics of NYC in the Spring. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day ~ Irish Castles

March 17, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to one and all on this beautiful Friday, and if you’re not Irish join in the fun anyway. Instead of looking at something to do with the holiday I thought we would take a virtual trip across the Atlantic and take a look at some beautiful castles on the Emerald Isle. Castles are very interesting, they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and they usually have wonderfully interesting histories. Ireland is high on our list for places to visit and this small country holds some amazing castles with a wide range of histories. So, join me for a tour as we lower the drawbridge and climb the turret steps to check out these beautiful Irish homes that just happen to be fit for a King or Queen. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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LA Dinner & Dessert: Hotel Bel Air & Polo Lounge-Beverly Hills Hotel

March 15, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The last time I went to LA it was on a trip with friends and we stayed at the Hotel Bel Air, while we were there we had dinner one night and breakfast every morning at the Wolfgang Puck restaurant located in the hotel’s courtyard. I wanted Michael to see this beautiful place and experience the wonderful food and atmosphere so I made reservations for us at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air for 6 o’clock. (above image via)

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Los Angeles 2017: Griffith Observatory

March 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

This recent trip to Los Angeles was the fourth time I’ve been there, every time we’ve been I always think we’ll make it up to Griffith Observatory but we never have, until now. We went up into the hills above LA to Mt. Hollywood on Saturday, it’s really pretty up there right now because with all the rain they’ve had this winter everything is very green. We parked along the road to the observatory and walked up to it, it’s all up hill so if you have someone that can’t do hills then leave them at home, Lol, no you can drop them off then park and walk up. The Griffith Observatory was founded on land donated to the city of Los Angeles by Griffith J. Griffith, he donated the land and left funds with the express wish for an observatory to be built and help make astronomy available to the public. The Griffith Observatory opened in 1935 with free admission which remains to this day. The observatory closed in 2002 for a major redesign project, the building was literally lifted up on jacks in one piece and a whole new “building” was built under the original observatory and reopened in 2006. Today that new area houses new exhibits, a cafe, gift shop, and the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater. The theater plays a wonderful 23 minute documentary on the history of the Griffith, as well as information on the recent, remodel and how it was done. I strongly urge you to visit the Griffith Observatory if you’re in LA, it’s well worth the trip to see the wonderful architecture and the view from Mount Hollywood of all of Los Angeles. Enjoy!!! 

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Los Angeles 2017: Touring Paramount And Universal

March 13, 2017

By Tab Byrum

One thing you may have picked up about me from the blog is how much I love the movies, I always have. Michael and I go to the movies quite a bit here in Oklahoma City to see all the new releases, but one of the things I truly love are old movies, so whenever the opportunity arises to get a behind the scenes look at where the movies are made and how they’re made I embrace it. Before when we’ve been to LA we’ve toured the Warner Brothers studio so on this recent trip I decided to book a guided tour of Paramount Studios and of course, Universal Studios is very popular, especially with the amusement park attached to it so we did that tour as well. We had a great time on both of these tours, the Paramount tour was more intimate as there were only 6 tourists and our guide and we were escorted around the Paramount lot on a golf cart. The Universal tour was fun but less intimate with 60 to 75 people on a big tram touring the Universal Studios lot seeing where the magic happens. I wanted to share some pics of our two days and two tours with you today and encourage you to do these tours when you have a chance, the only one we haven’t done is the MGM/Sony tour, but it’s on the list. Enjoy!!!

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Home From LA

March 9, 2017

By Tab Byrum

HI!!!!! Sorry I’ve been delinquent on posting but we took a vacation/work break part of last week and part of this week and I wanted to check in with you today and give you a sneak peek of some things to come. You may remember that last year I attended the Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta and I decided to attend this year’s conference in Los Angeles. (above image via)

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We hadn’t taken any real vacations since last Summer so Michael decided to go with me and we headed out a few days before the conference started and ran around Los Angeles doing LA things. I’ll be sharing parts of our trip with you over the next few days, right now I’m going through pictures and deciding what I want to share.

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To tide you over, here are a few snaps of places and things we saw, check back with us as we explore the City of Angels and all it has to offer. Enjoy!!!

Fave Living rooms From House & Garden

February 7, 2017

By Tab Byrum

As you know by now I love all things British, including their magazines. I’m always excited every month when the newest edition of House & Garden arrives and I can see what’s new on the decorating scene across the pond. On our trips to the UK over the last several years, we’ve been fortunate to stay not only in hotels but also rent flats a couple of times, if you have a chance to do this I strongly encourage it. Living for several days in a flat or home in Britain really helps you become immersed in the culture. For the most part, I love how British designers decorate, their use of color, antiques, natural materials, books, and the mixing of old and new. Today I want to share with you several different Living Rooms that have been featured in House & Garden magazine and tell you why the appeal to me and hopefully you as well. Enjoy!!!

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