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The Haunting of Hill House from Netflix

October 16, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Last Friday the 12th I was very excited to watch the premiere of The Haunting of Hill House that was premiering on Netflix and it did not disappoint at all. The mini-series is based on author Shirley Jackson’s 1959 gothic horror novel of the same name. The book has been turned into two previous movies with the 1963 version being my personal favorite. In the original book and film, Hill House is a 90-year-old mansion built by a man named Hugh Crain who lived and died there. Hugh originally built the mansion for his young wife and daughter but his wife was killed in a carriage accident on the way to the house and never saw their home. His young daughter Abigail lives in Hill House with her father until he dies and she continues living there until her own death as an old woman. Many years later Dr. John Montague gathers a group of people who have experienced psychic phenomenon in their lives along with Luke the young man who is supposed to inherit Hill House, two “psychics” also show up, young ladies named Eleanor and Theodora. Together the group experiences sightings, loud noises and all kinds of evidence of ghosts and are scared to death. In the new version, the characters from the original novel are now a family with the Father being Hugh Crain, his wife Olivia and their five children taking on the names of some of the characters from the original book and film. The Netflix series is VERY well done with lots of thought given to paying homage to the book and original film. The special effects are wonderfully creepy with several scenes played out in complete silence for extended periods of time to build suspense, there’s also one “jump scare” that made me jump, clap my hands and laugh at myself. My favorite episode was episode 6, “Two Storms”, that was filmed with a single camera and done with only one break in the filming. The entire episode is like watching a play and was mesmerizing. If you enjoy spooky or horror then be sure and check out Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House and enjoy a wonderful 20th Century novel brought to life for 21st Century streaming and binging. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Agatha Christie on Amazon Prime ~ “Ordeal By Innocence”

August 22, 2018

By Tab Byrum

We LOVE to watch TV at our house, at night after everything is done for the day and we’ve had supper and are settled down we love nothing more than watching something recorded on the DVR or finding something new on one of the streaming services. We really love British television and as you may know the British have a special affinity and knack for mysteries. Recently it was announced that the production arm of the Agatha Christie estate is teaming up with Mammoth Screen to produce seven Agatha Christie novels to be shown on television. Here in America Amazon has signed on to be the distributor and the first of the seven is “Ordeal By Innocence” and it was recently released. “OBI” is the story of the wealthy Argyll family in England, unable to have children of their own Leo and Rachel Argyll adopt five children. After the children are grown a member of the family is murdered and one of the kids is accused of the crime, they are found guilty and sent to prison. The story takes a turn when a man shows up who says he was with the accused killer the night of the murder and there is no way they could have committed the murder. There are a lot of twists and turns in the story and of course, eventually, the mystery is solved but not before taking you on a wonderful journey. From a design standpoint, this 3-hour mini-series was wonderful. It’s set in the late 1950’s so the clothes and cars are wonderful and the decoration of the mansion is gorgeous. I love all the colors used throughout the huge house, especially the blue used in the entry and all the way up the three-story entry hall. If you have Amazon streaming definitely check out “Ordeal By Innocence”, just sit back relax and enjoy it, it’s definitely worth it. Enjoy!!!  (above via)

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Royal Wedding ~ Wedding Reception #1, St. George’s Hall

May 16, 2018

By Tab Byrum

We are winding down our look at anything and everything that has to do with this weekend’s upcoming Royal Wedding. There’s been a little bit of scandal here towards the end of our wait with the Bride’s Father deciding he’s not going to attend the wedding after he was involved with some tabloid photographers. But, as the English saying says, “Keep Calm and Carry On”. Today we are going to look at Windsor Castle where the wedding will take place in St. George’s Chapel and then a wedding breakfast or reception will follow in the castle itself in St. George’s Hall. There will be a second reception/party the night of the wedding being given by Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, at Frogmore House and we’ll look at that venue tomorrow. For our look at Windsor we are looking back at a post I did on Windsor Castle 2 years ago after Michael and I had visited the castle earlier. Click here to visit the post on Windsor Castle

Above is a picture of St. George’s Hall in Windsor Castle, this will be the venue for the Wedding Reception or Breakfast immediately following the wedding. St. George’s Hall is 180 feet long and its architecture is Gothic in style. The room is decorated with weapons and suits of armor as well as the shields of all the current and past Knights of The Most Noble Order of the Garter, you can see the shields on the ceiling and the walls on the right. The hall is often used for State Banquets held at Windsor Castle as well as large parties and some military events are held here. This is a beautiful place for a reception and will be amazing filled with people in bright colors, big hats and of course wedding cake. To read more about the Hall and Castle, click here. (above via)

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Marvelous Designs Of Mrs. Maisel

January 4, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I’m not a TV or movie critic but I know what I like and when I see something that’s entertaining to watch and ALSO beautiful to look at I want to share, that’s how I feel about the new Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The show takes place in the late 1950’s in NYC and stars Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam Maisel, Midge to her friends and family. Midge is living the idyllic 1950’s housewife life, she has a gorgeous apartment in a building with a doorman, a successful husband and two children, a BOY and a GIRL. Midge’s world is turned upside and she discovers a talent for stand up comedy she didn’t realize she had. The story follows what it was like to be a woman in 1950’s America trying to climb the ladder and be successful, along the way we meet her wonderful parents played by Marin Hinkle and Tony Shaloub, they are always there for their little girl but at times she does push them to the limit. Anyway, the story is awesome but half of the entertainment value comes from the beautiful sets and the costumes worn by everyone. The series does an excellent job of portraying NYC in the 1950’s, from the clothes and decor to the cars and cabs on the street. If you love a good dramedy filled with self-deprecating humor and beautiful EVERYTHING then check out The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon TV this weekend, it’s awesome. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Game of Thrones Jewelry

August 18, 2017

By Tab Byrum

With only two episodes left in this season of Game of Thrones all of us avid watchers and readers of the books are sad, but if you are into jewelry I have some good news for you today. There is a line of jewelry out that is completely inspired by Game of Thrones, Daenerys Stormborn, and her Dragons. The pieces are all made of Sterling Silver and have amazing detail. Many of the pieces are inspired by the three Dragons that the Dragon Queen has at her beck and call and you can see the meticulous work that’s been done on these pieces to simulate scales, horns and the beautiful shapes of the dragons. The pieces have been created by a joint partnership between HBO and the MEY company, the current collection is called Breaking Chains and is inspired by pieces worn by the characters in the Game of Thrones show. Join me for a look and if you love the show or have someone on your gift list who is then think about adding one of these special pieces to their collection, you can see the entire collection here. Enjoy!!!

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Dr. Seuss Museum

June 9, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The Amazing World Of Dr. Seuss has recently opened in Springfield, Massachusetts, the hometown of the good doctor himself, Theodore Seuss Geisel. The museum opened this past Saturday, June third, and rumor has it that it’s just like walking into one of the dozens of rhyming books Geisel wrote. The first floor of the permanent museum is filled with interactive exhibits that allow kids to explore language, rhyming, invent stories, and encourage creative thinking. The second floor of the museum is dedicated to the personal life of Dr. Seuss and is filled with memorabilia, original oil paintings, clothing, furniture from Geisel’s home including his drawing table, favorite chair and sofa. The walls of the building are decorated with artwork from Dr. Seuss books, the house is filled with color and characters from the famous books. This is definitely on my list of places to visit the next time we are in the Boston area, for now, we’ll have to settle for some images, I can’t wait to go, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Tabulous TV ~ Feud

March 22, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I love TV, I have always loved TV, I was that kid that his mom had to make him go outside sometimes because there was always something on the boob tube that I want to watch. Something that I also love as much or more as good television is backstory, I want to know why things happened and how they happened, so Ryan Murphy’s new show Feud takes care of both these things for me. Feud tells the story of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and everything that happened with them and around them as they were making the awesome psychological horror film, Whatever Happened To Baby Jane in 1962. Baby Jane tells the story of Jane Hudson and her sister Blanche, two aging actresses living in their Hollywood mansion and yearning for the days gone by, Blanche is confined to a wheelchair and Jane is her caregiver and we see how they treat each other and the bitter fighting that goes on between these two grown siblings. Feud not only gives us a look at the making of Baby Jane but also at the feud between these two Hollywood legends who disliked each other for apparently many reasons including jilted lovers, Academy Awards and lost movie roles. (above image via)

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Stranger Things On Netflix

July 20, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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If you grew up during the 80’s going to the movies, reading the books, wearing the clothes, listening to the music and you have a soft spot in your heart for Science Fiction, Horror and maybe a little Fantasy then you need to watch the Netflix original series Stranger Things. The show dropped on Netflix Friday, July 15 and that’s what we did with any spare time over the weekend, we binge watched the 8 hours of Stranger Things. Stranger Things is a combination of so many things from the 1980’s, it’s part Goonies, part ET, part Poltergeist, part Stand By Me, and part War Games. It definitely reminds you of a story that could have been written by Stephen King and directed by Steven Spielberg. The characters are wearing the clothes we wore in Junior High and High School while listening to the same music. (above image via)

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Gifts For Dad: Game of Thrones Attire

June 13, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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You can pretty much find a t-shirt that shows your support for any cause, movie and TV show, case in point are socks and t-shirts displaying sigils and saying from Game of Thrones. If your Dad or husband is a GoT fan then you need to check out the HBO website for the hugely popular TV series. Here at our house, we started out as book readers of the Fire and Ice series, long before there was ever any talk of a movie or TV series (yes, we’re those people, the book people) and we LOVE the TV show. I had recently ordered some socks I saw online just for fun and that got me to thinking about Game of Thrones merchandise as gifts and after a little poking around on the internet I found the HBO treasure trove. They have t-shirts for all the major houses as well as shirts with some of the famous dialogue and quips from GoT characters, they also have dress socks with sigils of the house on them, that way you can take Game of Thrones to work with you every day and no one is the wiser, here’s a look at a few of the great merchandise available and remember, “I drink and I read, so I know things.” Enjoy!!!

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4 Book Recommendations From Tabulous Tomes

May 13, 2016

By Tab Byrum

I’ve told you before how much I love to read, I always have a book going and I try to read some every night before going to sleep. I love all types of books: fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, mysteries, anything historical, but my favorite genre of books is the biography (and autobiography). I really enjoy getting to learn about people, I think people are fascinating creatures and learning why they did what they did when they did it is so much fun. I enjoy reading about celebrities and movie stars, political leaders and their families, royalty and of course artists and designers from both the worlds of interior design and fashion design. Today I want to share with you a few of the books I’ve finished over the last few weeks and hope to make this a regular feature here on the blog. I hope you see something on here you like and let me know if you decide to read any of them, Enjoy!!!

A Fine Romance by Candice Bergen

 

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I’ve always been intrigued by Candice Bergen’s life story, growing up in Hollywood and Beverly Hills the daughter of Edgar Bergen, a man who gained fame and fortune from being a ventriloquist on the radio. In A Fine Romance Bergen shares her life with us after she leaves home and sets out on her own, the story of her first apartment in NYC and her modeling career which led to acting and movies. Finding love with French movie director Louis Malle and the story of their life together here in America and at their country home in France, as well as the struggles she had as a first-time mother when her daughter Chloe didn’t seem to bond and was distant. Candice Bergen relates what it was like when she finally found almost overwhelming success as the lead in the 1980’s sitcom Murphy Brown, which brought her fame and fortune as well as taking a toll on her marriage. Bergen is very candid about the struggle she and her family faced when Louis Malle was diagnosed with a brain condition that eventually led to his death in 1995. Today Bergen has love again in her life with her second husband Marshall Rose which involved leaving Los Angeles and returning to New York as well as a new relationship with daughter Chloe. If you enjoyed Bergen as Murphy Brown then you’ll enjoy this book that’s both a walk down memory lane as well as a confession of sorts, funny warts and all. 

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