'Wall Treatments'

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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Adding Drama: Powder Bathrooms

July 18, 2017

By Tab Byrum

On Tabulous Design you’ll often see me say that a certain paint color, wall covering, or light fixture would be great in a Powder Bathroom and that’s because a Powder Bath is a room that doesn’t necessarily get a lot of use and it’s also the bathroom most of your guest will use when visiting you in your home. A Powder Bath is much like an entry way, it’s a great place to make an awesome first impression. Usually, a Powder Bath consists of a toilet and a sink, although I’ve been in some powder baths that do have a small shower in them, for most parts they are home to facilities to do your business, wash your hands and that’s it. Today we are going to look at some Powder Baths that have an added extra flair from wallpapers to mirrors, lighting and paint you can get a lot of drama and panache in a small room. I hope you get inspired, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Adding Drama: Living Rooms

July 17, 2017

By Tab Byrum

This week we are all about the drama, not in our lives because none of us need any more of it there, but in the decoration of our homes. You can add drama to any room in the house in many different ways, whether it’s using a dramatic color on the walls, rugs or tile on the floors, dramatic art on the walls, you can even get drama from one piece of furniture. Now, like all good things drama can be overdone so you have to be ready to edit yourself and not make it look like your living in a circus tent or a deep, dark cave but instead add as much drama as you’re comfortable with and go from there. Maybe you can add one more accessory, one more dramatic lamp or a dramatic chair or not. I always tell my clients that they are the ones who live in their home every day and it needs to be comfortable for them, not me or anyone else. And, remember I’m not suggesting you need to all of the things we see in the photos, but you can pick one or a couple of things and incorporate them into the decoration of your rooms. To start our look at Interior Design Drama we are going to look at dramatic living rooms, I’ll talk to you more along the way. I hope you enjoy this as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together. Let the drama begin and Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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de Gournay Plain Papers

July 13, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s not all giraffes and exotic birds with de Gournay and their beautiful handmade wallpapers, today we are going to take a look at some of the lovely wallpaper from their Plains Collection. The Plains Collection is made up of papers that are definitely less over the top than the others we have looked at this week but they are anything but plain. Sometimes when you are using wallpaper you are wanting something that will add interest and texture to a room and you want to get that interest and texture “up” in the room and wallpaper is exactly what you need. The papers in the Plains Collection all have beautiful patterns to them, whether it’s damask, polka dots, or row upon row of squares. These papers come in amazing colors and are many times done on paper made of gold or silver. Join me for a look at wallpaper that’s gorgeous and definitely not plain. Enjoy!!! (above Raspberry Crescent Tulip Silk Damask)

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Panorama Papers From de Gournay

July 12, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I have always been intrigued by Panoramic Wallpapers, the kind you see, usually in dining rooms, that depict a scene in some exotic place. As we continue to look at the magnificent papers available from de Gournay we are going to look at their Papier Peints Panoramiques Collection. The papers in the collection depict beautiful scenes, some in bright, gorgeous colors and some in more neutral colors and even sepia tones. I would love to have a room done in one of these papers or to even have a section framed as a work of art which we will see today in the photos I’m going to share from de Gournay. Settle back and enjoy the tour as we lose ourselves in the gorgeous scenes created on these beautiful handmade papers. Enjoy!!! (above is Madame’s Magical Menagerie)

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de Gournay Inspiration

July 11, 2017

By Tab Byrum

In the world of Interior Design, the name de Gournay is one that invokes deep sighs and admiration among designers. Anything that comes from de Gournay is a true work of art, whether it’s a piece of hand painted porcelain, a yard of fabric, or a single panel of hand painted wallpaper, you know that it has been created by artists who are inspired by the world around them, history, and beautiful things. de Gournay conjures thoughts of an ancient French firm that has been creating since France had Kings, but instead they’ve quickly built a reputation for timeless beauty since their founding in 1986. I have recently been seeing a lot of work by de Gournay online and in publications, they’ve recently teamed up with a retailer to create a one of a kind collection. I thought we would take a look at de Gournay and what they create, starting specifically with their wallpapers. They have several different categories of wallpaper but today we are going to start with their Chinoiserie collection, papers that focus on nature and the world around us. The papers are inspired by antique works of art from Asia and are made up of beautiful colors, whether you are wanting something bright and beautiful or neutral and elegant there’s something here to inspire you. Join me for a look at de Gournay wallpapers and be inspired, Enjoy!!! (the above paper is St. Laurent)

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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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Getting The Blues: Chinoiserie Blue

June 22, 2017

By Tab Byrum

If I lived in a large home I would devote one room to Chinoiserie, which is defined as “the European interpretation and imitation of Chinese and East Asian artistic traditions, especially in the decorative arts, garden design, architecture, literature, theater, and music.” There’s something about the look at that appeals to me greatly. I think it’s the use of nature in their designs of pottery, china, wallpaper, and other decorative objects. Probably the best known Chinoiserie decorative product is Blue and White porcelain, I’ve discussed Blue Transferware before and Delft Pottery after our trip last year to Amsterdam and the Netherlands, but today I want to look at Chinoiserie Blue as part of our look at decorating with different shades of Blue. Chinoiserie Blue has a distinct feel to it, it’s very natural as far as the decorations used in Chinoiserie since of course nature is very important in Asia. Chinoiserie is also known for its use of scenes depicting life, whether it’s everyday life or life in a royal palace. Join me for a look at Chinoiserie Blue and how you can do a little or a lot to enhance your home and its decor. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Getting The Blues: Dark Blue (or Navy)

June 21, 2017

By Tab Byrum

On Monday we looked at Light Blue, yesterday was a medium shade of Blue, Chambray and today we are looking at Dark Blue which is one of my favorites, Navy Blue. Navy Blue for me is a wonderful rich color, it coordinates well with other colors like white, orange, gray, light blue and on and on. Navy Blue can give you the dark mysterious feeling you might want for a room without going to black, Navy Blue is also a great accent color in decorating for fabrics, lamps, and accessories. I also think Navy Blue makes a wonderful backdrop for metallics, both gold and silver look wonderful against Navy Blue, think a gilded mirror on a Navy Blue wall. If you want to add some drama to your decorating but are tired of black then be sure and check out your Navy Blue options as in dramatic Navy Blue hallway in the above photo. Now join me for a look at some more beautiful Dark Blue room decorating, let me know your thoughts on Navy and Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Modern Farmhouse: Features

May 24, 2017

By Tab Byrum

There are several things that are quickly becoming fixtures of the Modern Farmhouse look, some of these might be considered standard and some are more possibilities if you like them. I thought today as we continue to look at the Modern Farmhouse type of home we would look at these features and how they’re used. I like many if not all of them and remember that they can also be incorporated into whatever type of home you have or might be thinking about building. It’s time for the show, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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