'Design Terms'

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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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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French Bergere Chairs

July 13, 2017

By Tab Byrum

In keeping with our theme this week of all things French in celebration of Bastille Day on Friday the 14th, we are going to look at a piece of furniture given to us by the French, the Bergere Chair. The Bergere Chair is an upholstered armchair that is upholstered on the back, seat, and armrests. Much of the wooden frame of a Bergere Chair will be visible with the seat being the only “over upholstered” part of the chair. When I was in retail we sold a lot of Bergere chairs and they are still very popular today in many forms. I’ve seen Bergere Chairs in many different styles and sizes, some come with ottomans, some have the wooden supports of the seat back showing, some have elegant curves to their body, and some are very straight. The chair made its first appearance in France during the Règence period and has never left the worlds of interior and furniture design. Join me today for a look at these beautiful pieces of furniture, who knows, maybe a Bergere Chair is what you are needing in your life. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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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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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

Modern Farmhouse: Farmhouse Sinks

May 24, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Earlier today we talked about a lot of the features used in the design and decoration of Modern Farmhouses, one of these features is Farmhouse Sink. Farmhouse sinks are big and beautiful, they come in several different finishes and provide a lot of space to work. In February 2016 I did an in-depth look at Farmhouse Sinks that you can click here and see. Enjoy!!!

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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Modern Farmhouse: Interiors

May 23, 2017

By Tab Byrum

We are continuing our look at the building and decorating trend often referred to as Modern Farmhouse, today we are stepping into the Modern Farmhouse and taking a look at the interiors of some of these homes and what they all seem to have in common. As with all “types” of homes, Modern Farmhouse has certain things you can almost always find: Use of light colors, Use of natural elements, lots of wood and tile, industrial type lighting and other industrial elements. It’s easier to show you than just talking about it so let’s begin our tour and look at some of these beauties on the inside and I’ll explain more as we go. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Women’s History Month 2017~ Syrie Maugham

March 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Syrie Maugham

 

During the month of March, we will be celebrating Women’s History Month by looking at some of the amazing women who have made their marks in the world of Design. Today we are looking at the life and career of interior design legend Syrie Maugham, a woman who developed her own style in design and living, click here to see the more in-depth post I wrote on her birthday in 2014. 

Raised Plank Ceilings

January 11, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The above picture for me is heaven in a home, I love a ceiling that isn’t flat. One thing I really want to do on our house on the inside is to raise the ceilings, our home was built in 1962 and the ceilings are your traditional 8 feet high. We don’t have a high or tall roof line on our house so it wouldn’t take the ceilings up a lot, but any height added would be a great improvement. I always think it’s amazing when you enter a home, especially one that’s an older home, and the ceilings have been raised, it really makes a difference in the feel of the home and makes it feel much more spacious. Another thing I really like are ceilings that have been planked using boards or beadboard paneling, I love when you look up and see all those lines going in one direction and the feel of uniformity it adds. Another think I like are exposed beams, I love seeing the architectural elements of any building. If the beams are thick I like them to be stained if they are usual 2×4’s or 2×6’s used in construction I would paint them to go along with the rest of the ceiling. I really want to explore this option more when we get to that phase in our house, as for now here are some great pics to ponder and let me know what you think. Do you have raised ceilings in your home or have you had them done? Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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