Best of Tabulous Design ~ Houndstooth

August 7, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today we are taking a look back three years to a post I did on Houndstooth fabric, its many uses, and many incarnations. Houndstooth is still one of my favorite patterns and I have two chairs in storage that I would like to do in Houndstooth, hopefully later this year. Today join me for a look back here at this fun and timeless pattern. Enjoy!!!

Poppies and Poppy Red

August 7, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s no secret that red has always been my favorite color but I find myself wanting it in smaller doses, not necessarily rooms painted red but red in artwork, fabric, and accessories. One of my favorite shades of red is Poppy Red, to me, it has more orange in it and not as much blue as darker shades. Poppies it turns out is one of two “birth flowers” assigned to the month of August so I thought we would take a look today at Poppies and how they inspire designers and artists both in the literal form of the Poppy flower and the color. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Best of Tabulous: Remembering Louis Vuitton

August 4, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today we are looking back at one of the first Tabulous Tastemaker posts I did celebrating the life of Louis Vuitton. Vuitton founded one of the most famous fashion houses that’s still around today, an impressive achievement 196 years after Vuitton’s birth. To see and read the original post you can click here. Enjoy!!!

Dick Cavett’s Montauk Home

August 4, 2017

By Tab Byrum

If you are like me and of a certain age then you remember the Dick Cavett show in the 1960’s and 70’s. For those of you too young to remember, Cavitt hosted a talk show where he was known for letting the famous people and celebrities of the day just come on and talk and be themselves. Cavitt got his start as a comedy writer for Jack Parr and Johnny Carson. CBS Sunday Morning recently did a story on Cavitt and his beautiful home in Montauk, New York called Tick Hall. Cavitt and his wife Carrie purchased the home in the 1970’s and restored the home to its original grandeur but then the entire place burned to the ground while some roof work was being done on the house. Cavitt and his wife decided to rebuild the house EXACTLY as it had been. The couple used old photos and their personal photographs to help architects reconstruct the home that was originally built in the 1880’s by the legendary firm of McKim, Mead, and White. Today the 80-year-old Dick Cavett has decided to sell his beautiful home and the remaining land around it, asking price is $62 million dollars. Cavitt’s wife Carrie died in 2006 and he says deciding to sell the home was one of the hardest decisions he’s had to make. I’m sharing some beautiful images of Tick Hall with you today, a truly gorgeous home and setting. Enjoy!!!

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Rockefeller Maine Getaway For Sale

August 3, 2017

By Tab Byrum

A few weeks I told you about the New York City home of David Rockefeller that recently came up for sale for $32.5 million dollars and I recently found out about another piece of Rockefeller real estate that came onto the market, Ringing Point. Ringing Point is the name given to the house and grounds in Maine that David and his wife Peggy owned on Mount Desert Island. The house has seven bedrooms and was designed by Peggy Rockefeller in 1972, in addition to the main house there is a guest house with its own two car garage and a building that Rockefeller used for his private study. Mrs. Rockefeller also took great pride in the gardens she designed on the grounds of the estate and they flow effortlessly into the natural moss covered ground and soaring pine trees. As you’ll see in the images I’m sharing today the house is fairly simple compared to the NYC townhouse I shared with you in June and has a wonderful warm feeling to it. If you decide to buy let me know, I’d love to come for a visit, for now, join me for a photographic tour. Enjoy!!!

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Best of Tabulous: Artist Jane Troup

August 1, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today in the Best of Tabulous we are looking back at a post I did three years ago on artist Jane Troup. I still love all of her works, especially those featuring animals both out in the wild and of dogs. Take a look back with me at the colorful and collectible work of Jane Troup by clicking here. Enjoy!!!

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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Enjoying The Crape Myrtles

July 31, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not a great lover of all things Summer. I don’t enjoy the heat, I don’t enjoy the bright sun or the hot wind that often greets you as you step out of the house but one thing that I do enjoy this time of year are the flowers and especially here in Oklahoma, the Crape Myrtles. Sometimes we have a hard time getting anything pretty to bloom in this part of the country during this time of year, but this year we had a wet Spring and have had some occasional showers during the Summer and the Crape Myrtle bushes and trees are beautiful. I recently drove around Oklahoma City taking photos of Crape Myrtles that I can share with you, I love all the colors they come in. For years the bright, dark Pink variety was what you saw the most of but now you see a lot of a lighter Pink color as well as a light Purple, and White. I’ve noticed that many people are planting them to line either side of a walkway forming an allée which I really like. I recently shared our beautiful new fence so now we are looking at how we can improve our backyard, especially around the perimeter and I definitely think Crape Myrtles will be a part of it. Until I get my own planted and growing we’ll just have to enjoy the photos I’m sharing today, let me know your thoughts on Crape Myrtles and what your favorite color is. Enjoy!!!

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A House For Dior

July 28, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The south of France has always been a place where people go to escape, whether it’s to escape a busy city life or just to escape, the south of France is a place we’ve seen depicted in movies and read about in books where people want to get away from it all and just relax. That’s how it was for famed clothing designer Christian Dior, and when you have the means to buy a home in a place you love maybe you do, and if that home is in the south of France it might be a castle and this one is. Christian Dior purchased the Château de La Colle Noire in 1950 and truly felt at home here. After buying the home Dior immediately set about restoring it to original glory but sadly he died in 1957 and his sister, who inherited the home, was unable to keep it. Today the house has been reclaimed by the Christian Dior empire and has been fully restored to the way Dior wanted. The home is decorated with beautiful fabrics and antiques from floor to ceiling and a new book has been published focusing on the beautiful end results of the restoration of De la Colle Noire, today we are going to take a look at images of this beautiful home that inspired Dior’s iconic perfumes like Miss Dior in 1947. Enjoy!!!

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A Peek At The Pirelli Calendar 2018

July 27, 2017

By Tab Byrum

 

The Pirelli Company is one of the largest tire manufacturing companies in the world so you may not put tires and high fashion together in your mind but on paper, it works, at least in a calendar. Every year Pirelli puts together their famous Pirelli Calendar, available to the trade only and in limited edition and over the last several years it’s become a high fashion event. The calendar was originally conceived and created in 1963, it was discontinued in 1974 during the energy crisis of the 70’s but brought back a decade later. Today the Pirelli calendar is a much sought after collection of high-end, high fashion photographs with many famous celebrities gracing the pages. This year the theme is an all African-American Alice In Wonderland, Vanity Fair recently shared a behind the scenes look at the putting together of the calendar and I’m sharing those pictures today as well as a few from previous years. Enjoy this timely work of art and let me know if you’re one of the lucky people in the world who receives this coveted gem, Enjoy!!!

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