'Wall Treatments'

Truman’s White House Renovation

February 19, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Hello everyone and Happy President’s Day!! On this day that we remember all the people who have served our country as Commander In Chief I thought we would take a look at the beautiful home they live in for the time they serve in office, The White House and the major renovation it underwent in the late 40’s and early 1950’s. When the Trumans first moved into the Executive Mansion in 1945 they found the White House in a state of great disrepair, the house had been added onto several times even the addition of a third floor without adequate foundations to hold all the weight. There are stories of during the first two years of the Truman administration of rooms literally swaying on the second floor when people were walking across them and huge chandeliers on the first-floor swaying. It soon became evident that it was no longer safe for the President or anyone to live and work in the White House. President and Mrs. Truman moved across the street to Blair House and a total and complete renovation ensued on the White House. After four years, 1948 to 1952, the Trumans were able to move back in the home and feel safe and proud. The White House Historical Association have amazing pictures, some of which I’m sharing today, of the work as it went on in the house and the final results. Join me today for a trip back in time as we see how the people’s house was saved and made safe and beautiful for all of us. Enjoy!!!

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Elegant Lacquered Walls

February 5, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Lacquered walls are something that has been around forever and have always been one of my favorite wall treatments but unfortunately as with all beautiful things they are not cheap and take a lot of time. Recently I’ve been saying a lot more use of lacquered walls in home decor and it seems to look best in strong colors but by the same token lacquered walls in Gray will appear very elegant and timeless while Red lacquered walls will be strong and dramatic. The ideal situation is to have lacquered walls done when building a home because of the smell of paint and lacquer but it can be done in an existing home. Remember though you have to have the smoothest of smooth walls because any imperfection in the surface of the walls of a home will show through in the shiny, reflective walls. Today I’m going to share a look at some gorgeous lacquered walls, let me know what you think. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Flavor Paper Wallpaper

February 2, 2018

By Tab Byrum

As you know by now, I LOVE wallpaper and the more unusual the better. I recently saw a story on small businesses and one they focused on making a difference in Brooklyn, NY is Flavor Papers. Flavor Papers creates and distributes an amazing collection of wallpapers, some of which are based on artwork by artists such as Andy Warhol. There are also collections that focus on Pop Culture icons like Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe and selections focusing even on neighborhoods like Brooklyn and the area of Brooklyn known as DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass).  The collections are fun and sometimes a little scary, I love the one with bats instead of birds and would be amazing in a powder bathroom, a bar area, dining room and study. Join me today for a look at some of the Wallpapers from Flavor Paper and you can see all of their available papers here on their website. Enjoy!!!

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Checking Out Itty Bitty Bungalow

January 24, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Over the weekend I was flipping through Facebook and I came across a post about a very charming house. I investigated further and found the blog Itty Bitty Bungalow which is run by Bradley Huber, a 28-year-old school teacher in Rochester, New York.  Huber is chronicling the remodel of his bungalow on his blog and I have to say I LOVE this house. I have a weak spot for bungalows, my grandma’s house was a bungalow, I love the straight lines of a bungalow, their large front porches and all the beam work that goes into them. Huber has done an amazing job on his small home, 860 square feet, from all the great choices in paint colors to the addition of a fireplace that didn’t exist when he bought the home. I’m sharing photos from Huber’s blog today, check out Itty Bitty Bungalow when you have a chance and take a tour, you won’t be sorry. Enjoy!!!

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15 Interior Design Predictions For 2018

January 2, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I always think it’s interesting to see what “experts” say the trends will be in Interior Design and Fashion when we begin a new year, so I thought we would look at 15 predictions that recently appeared in Vogue Magazine concerning what’s HOT and what’s NOT in 2018. We are going to look at seven predictions today and eight more tomorrow. Some of these I can totally get behind and some of them caused me to roll my eyes, trends always bug me a little because I think you have to decorate your home the way you want it to be, I always tell my clients that it’s their home and they live in it so it needs to be what they like. One of the trends we’ll be talking about is a curated home as opposed to a decorated home, that’s one I can totally get behind and I’ll go into more detail later. As for now, here are seven purported trends, let me know what you think and as always, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Pantone Fall 2017 ~ Marina & Autumn Maple

August 18, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today is the last day looking at the top 10 colors that Pantone has chosen for the upcoming Fall and Winter season in Fashion which also transfers over to interior design. Our first color today is Marina, a cool blue color that calls to mind bright blue skies, blue tiled pools, and blue hydrangeas. “Cool with an enhanced vitality, Marina is the only truly cool color in the fall palette that brings with it freshness and brightness,” is how Pantone describes this beautiful Blue. The tenth color on the list is Autumn Maple and its name truly says it all, “A quintessential autumn color, Autumn Maple is tawny and russet, introducing warmth into the palette.” Autumn Maple calls to mind Pumpkins, falling leaves, and Gingerbread. Join me for a look at some images to give you a better idea about these colors, Enjoy!!! (above via & via)

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Pantone Fall 2017 ~ Shaded Spruce & Golden Lime

August 17, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We’re embracing all things green today on the blog, specifically all things done in the shades of Shaded Spruce and Golden Lime, our two Fall colors from Pantone for the coming Fall season. Shaded Spruce is described as “ This is a green you might see in the forest – sheltering and protective as evergreen trees.”  Think a dark green with more blue thrown in, it works well with Green, Pink, and Black and will definitely add drama to any room or outfit it’s added to.  Our second shade of Green for today is Golden Lime, “Earthy tones with a twist, the golden undertones of Golden Lime makes this yellow-green shade a refreshing complement to fall classics.”  Golden Lime also looks wonderful with black, think a gorgeous black suit with a pussy bow blouse of Golden Lime peeking out from under the jacket. I like this color also paired with White, and brighter colors like Orange and Yellow. Take a look at the images I’ve collected for you today to give you an idea of how these colors look and hopefully some inspiration. Enjoy!!! (above images via & via)

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Pantone Fall 2017 ~ Navy Peony & Neutral Gray

August 16, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s day three of our look at the 10 colors of Pantone that are supposed to be the most popular in the coming Fall and Winter months, today we are looking at Navy Peony and Neutral Gray. I love navy blue, it goes so well with so many colors, especially in fashion. Of their Navy Peony Pantone says, “A mainstay for the season for both palettes, Navy Peony is a dependable and an anchoring shade. Solid and stable, the hue takes some of the load off of black as a go-to neutral.” While I won’t be giving up black for navy I do have a lot of navy in my wardrobe and love to decorate with the color. Gray is still a hot color both in home decor and fashion so it’s no surprise that Natural Gray is on the list of top 10 colors for Fall. Gray is a wonderful neutral color and works with so many other colors beautifully, of Neutral Gray Pantone says, “ The standard bearer of all neutrals, Neutral Gray shares the anchoring role with Navy Peony in this palette. It can be used as an accent or a head-to-toe statement shade.”  Join me now for a look at some examples of our two colors and see how strong they are both together and apart. Enjoy!!! (above via & via)

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Pantone Colors 2017 ~ Grenadine & Tawny Port

August 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I always enjoy looking at the colors that color giant Pantone pegs as the colors to watch for, this week we are going to take a look at the ten colors they think we need to watch for in the Fall of 2017. We start off with with a look at Grenadine and Tawny Port. Grenadine is touted as “A powerful, evocative, dynamic red, Grenadine is a confident and self-assured attention-getter” by Pantone, think red bandanas and British telephone booths. The second color is Tawny Port, “Taking the Red family to new depths, Tawny Port is elegant, sophisticated, and tasteful,”  here you can conjure thoughts of Burgundy wine and cooked red cabbage. I’m going to share some images of Grenadine and Tawny Port to pique your interest and inspire. Enjoy!!! (above images via & via)

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Poppy Wall Flowers

August 10, 2017

By Tab Byrum

On Monday we talked about Poppies as inspiration in design because of their beautiful color, shape, and how they look, while I was researching that post I remembered how many great wallpapers there are featuring Poppies. One thing to remember is Poppies come in other colors besides the ever popular red and because of that, groupings of different colored Poppies can create amazing backdrops. today we are going to take a look at walls covered in Poppies, some of them are wallcovering created from photographs and others are stylized Poppies created by artists and transferred onto paper. Remember, you don’t have to cover a whole room in bright papers like these, just one accent wall is all it takes. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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