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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12 Homes Going Big With Art

June 8, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Have you ever had a big blank space on a wall and weren’t sure what to do with it? Are you not really into a gallery wall made up of several different pictures and different frames? Maybe you need to think about one large piece of art, big art can have a HUGE impact in a room. Art doesn’t always have to be expensive, remember if you like it and it’s not a million dollars it’s OK, use it. We have a couple of different large French posters we’ve bought over the years that have been moved all around our house, they are among some of our favorite things and we’ll probably always use them. I recently bought a large painting for our bedroom that hasn’t been hung yet, it’s done in the color palette I’m using to decorate the room and it leans more towards contemporary, a type of design I’m trying to incorporate into our home. Big pieces of art bring drama to a room, you can make them even more dramatic by choosing something with bright bold colors or you can take a cue from the rest of the decor of your room. There’s also the theory that you can buy a piece of art and use it as the inspiration for your room, pull colors from the art for fabrics, rugs, and accessories. Today we are going to take a look at some rooms with “Big Art” and see how it’s done. Have a great day and Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Roll & Hill Superordinate Antler Lighting

June 7, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I’ve always had a thing for and really enjoy beautiful lighting, whether it’s a crystal chandelier, a simple table lamp or something more sculptural, lighting for me has always been the jewelry in a room. There’s a rustic side to me and that side loves antler lighting, made from naturally shed antlers, but recently I found lighting made to imitate antler lighting, made of ceramic and it also uses the always popular trend of metallics as well as black and white. I first saw the Roll & Hill Superordinate Antler Sconces in a magazine and that put me on the lookout for what other creations are out there, I was so happy to find ceiling fixtures in different sizes, all the way up to grand chandeliers. All of the fixtures are available in white like in the above photo, some are also available in black and the sconces are available in silver and gold as well. This lighting is a great example of taking inspiration from nature and combining it with some glamor to create something extraordinary. Join me for a look at several pieces of the Roll & Hill Superordinate Antler Lighting and you can see the collection plus so much more on the YLighting website here. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Designer Robert Stilin

June 6, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Recently I did a series of posts on the Modern Farmhouse trend in design and home decor and in doing that series I ran across the work of Interior Designer Robert Stilin. Stilin is based in New York and has more than 25 years experience in designing and decorating homes in his seemingly effortless style. Stilin is known for creating casual elegance using antiques and contemporary art along with clean architecture. Stillin’s design work has run the gamut from beach front homes to country houses and a penthouse office in the Meatpacking District of New York City. Today I thought we would take a look at the work of Robert Stilin, see how he combines old and new to get that perfect look, Enjoy!!!

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Topiary Collection by Richard Schultz

June 5, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I was flipping through a design magazine the other evening, the focus of the article was on the remodel of a family’s NYC condo but in one of the pictures the owners were sitting on their terrace in a wonderful piece of outdoor furniture and the bench was attributed to designer Richard Schultz. I was immediately fascinated by this bench that the magazine described as “lacy,” I began poking around on the internet and discovered the Topiary Outdoor Furniture Collection by Richard Schultz for Knoll. The collection of chairs, tables, benches, and ottomans was designed by Schultz to resemble a shrub that has been trimmed to look like a piece of furniture. The furniture is made from sheets of aluminum that have been bent, stamped, folded and are powdered coated so the furniture can be left outside year round. Since the furniture is bent and folded there are few sharp edges, instead each piece is “a flowing sculptural design” that blends in with its outdoor setting. There are some thirteen different colors to choose from and the collection is offered here on the Knoll website. Today I’ve brought you some images of the pieces available, I just LOVE this. Enjoy!!!

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Friday Art & News: Renoir Home/Museum

June 2, 2017

By Tab Byrum

When I first started the blog, almost three years ago, I tried to do posts every Friday on the subject of Art and the people who create it. I really enjoyed doing those posts and everyone seemed to enjoy reading them, so I’m heading down that road again with posts of Friday about what’s new from the Art world. Today we are looking at the opening of a new museum in the home of an amazing French painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Renoir’s former family home is in Essoyes, France and it opens tomorrow, June 3, after undergoing major renovations over the last four years. $1.2 million dollars has been spent on Renoir’s home, the renovations were done to add elevator access for those unable to climb stairs, climate control to preserve artwork, reinforcement of the home’s walls, as well as restoring the home’s interior and the gardens. Renoir’s workshop, which is on the home’s grounds, has been open for twenty years and receives about 10,000 visitors a year. For the opening of the house, three French museums have loaned artworks by Renoir to be displayed in the house/museum. Renoir and his wife purchased the home in 1896 and spent Summers there with their family. Renoir, his wife and three of their children are buried in the local cemetery, Renoir’s great-granddaughter sold the house to the Essoyes, France City Council in 20112. Today we’re taking a peek at the house as well as some of Renoir’s works, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Hello June!!!

June 1, 2017

By Tab Byrum

It’s hard to believe but today is the first day of June, a new month and as with the beginning of any new month we need to remember and take a look at important holidays and upcoming events during the month of June. Read on for reminders on holidays and their specific dates and some reminders on celebrations that last the whole month. I hope June is a wonderful month for you and check back to tomorrow as we continue looking at design in all its many forms, Enjoy!!!

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Modern Farmhouse: Galvanized Decor

May 30, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Earlier this year I talked about the trend of decorating using Galvanized Metal, a trend that works wonderfully with our Modern Farmhouse look we are discussing this week. Whether it’s outdoor planters, a place to hold the mail, or a galvanized backsplash galvanized metal can handle all of it. To see and read more about this decorating trend click here. I hope you’ve enjoyed our look at Modern Farmhouse, see you tomorrow and Enjoy!!!

Modern Farmhouse: Furniture & Accessories

May 30, 2017

By Tab Byrum

There are a lot of things you can use to decorate your Modern Farmhouse, it all depends on the look you want to have when you are finished. If you want to go all country then maybe you are going to be into rustic antique furniture, lamps made of jugs and spools, and artwork of landscapes and farm animals. If you decide to go the other way and not decorate in a rustic manner in your Modern Farmhouse maybe you’ll choose to incorporate crystal on the light fixtures, pottery and glass lamps, artwork with brighter colors and a more contemporary look. Whatever you decide to use and however you decide to decorate there are plenty of things out there for you to use and to make your house your home. Today we are going to look at a few furniture and accessory ideas for decorating a Modern Farmhouse, Enjoy!! Read More

Memorial Day 2017

May 29, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Remember those who served before.
Remember those who are no more. 
Remember those who serve today.
Remember them all on Memorial Day.
~Emily Toma

Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. (via)

Today is the unofficial start to Summer, a time for breaking with the regular routine of school and activities, a time for relaxing when possible, enjoying life and the warmer longer days ahead. I want to remind everyone today though, of the true reason for Memorial Day, today is the day to remember those who gave all to keep our country a free nation so that ALL may enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We remember the men and women who fought in the Revolution that led to the beginnings of our great nation as well as those who have fought in wars on foreign shores to keep invaders from coming to America. We also remember those who have fought and died in wars that erupted from one country invading a country we call a friend and a war that has been going on for more than a fifteen years now after the attacks made upon us on September 11, 2001. We should all enjoy this day off but please stop for a moment and remember the real reason for today, Memorial Day. 

The Normandy American Cemetry overlooking Omaha Beach, Normandy, France (via)


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