Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New Book, New Blog, New Website.

It has been forever since I have updated my blog and so much new stuff has been happening I cant wait to share it all. I will have a new blog launching at the beginning of August, which will contain many more exciting sections for my readers to visit. These include a look "Inside the Studio" where you can see what has been going on in my design room, latest collections and collaborations. "Fabric of the Month" where I will share with readers new inspiration and how fabrics and patterns are developed. Also there will be a lot more about the world of fashion and how it inspires us every day in our own lives. My new book The Well Dressed Home will also be released Sept 29 2009 and you can check out a sneak peek here. You will find pages filled with fashion inspired décor for your home. To preorder the book send us an email and ask how to order your signed copy today.

Summer is supposed to be relaxing but for me it is a whirlwind. Our new site will also be launching at the end of August and it will be easier than ever to purchase our products. I will continue to update you along the way... until then check out our new catalog for the brand new Annette Tatum Nursery and Home Collection.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Inspiration of the Day...

ABC Carpet & Home in New York is always a must when I am visiting the city.

Inspiration day 6:

Monday, April 6, 2009

Inspiration of the Day...

Beautiful trims from F&S Fabrics. Lots of colors and textures.

Inspiration day 5:

Monday, March 30, 2009

Inspiration of the Day...

With each step remember to walk with these three words...
Bountiful, Beautiful and Blissful.
Jen Gotch's Polaroid images are always inspiring...

Inspiration day 4:

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Inspiration of the Day...

The Christian Dior couture shows are always a source of inspiration for me. I love the color palettes and grandeur of each piece. This particular dress from the spring 2009 show is amazing... with a ribbon of ruffles, a balloon of a traditional floral at the bottom and of course shades of pink. Go to the Dior website to watch the catwalk video. I am always amazed that the models can walk down the runway in the ornate ensembles without falling down.

Inspiration day 4:

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Inspiration of the Day...

The random assortment of pattern and color. I love this find of wallpaper covered boxes all assorted in such a lovely way.

Inspiration day 3:

Monday, March 23, 2009

Inspiration of the Day...

I love this photo of my daughter Lena running on the beach. Free as can be... hair flying in the wind... arms wide open and ready for change. This past weekend was the Spring Equinox and I experienced the change of the seasons in many ways. The freedom of childhood still is possible for all of us. Welcome Spring!

Inspiration Day 2:

Friday, March 20, 2009

Inspiration of the Day...

I have decided that it is important each day to stop and breathe in the highlights of life. So every day I am going to post an inspiring image (taking the weekends off...) that uplifts me. Recognizing the beauty in elements, places, people and events. In these times the power of what we choose to pay attention to can have a great effect on our daily experience. As we live our busy lives stop and enjoy the inspiration that can be found every day.

Inspiration Day 1:

I love this place located downtown in Chinatown... the random order and color are lovely. What a beautiful surprise when you look up!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Creating a Cover

For the past two years I have been working on a book for Clarkson Potter which is titled “The Well Dressed Home” due out in September 2009. It has been a real lesson on patience, learning to create with others, and finding out for myself that anything is possible. What started out as a burst of creative “what ifs” in my office in 2007 and has lead to my first published book on design and how fashion influences our home décor. I am grateful for the experience and look forward to sharing it with you all. Here is the story of our final days of creating the perfect “cover” for “The Well Dressed Home.”

Many ideas have been suggested as to what the cover of the book might look like. If I think back to my first visual of this book, let alone its cover, it has changed so much from what I had originally thought. It has been an evolving process that has taught me that it important to explore all ideas. The original concept has morphed and grown in so many ways that I have outgrown my earlier ideas. What I have learned is that “simple” is best and that inspiration and ideas are often best when presented in a subtle manner. We all live in layered homes. Ones that are a mixture of ourselves, those in our lives and the journeys we have taken. There lies the beauty, in the details of our lives.

Some of our favorite spots on our journey were Shareen Vintage, Palace Costumes, American Rag, Warner Bros Cotume Dept, Walnut and

After scouring Los Angeles and the internet for dresses we did finally find 3 candidates to shoot for our cover. In our search here are some of my favorite contenders that deserve honorable mention. Part of the puzzle for finding all the right elements was to be able to match the dress to a wallpaper sample. We wanted to show the relationship between fashion and home décor as simply and as beautifully as possible. To show you how it is all connected. That beyond color there are many other ways in which fashion influences our home décor style. From pattern to texture to details they can all be found in our closets and living rooms in a design that reflects our own unique style.

Setting up proved to be a styling challenge. Getting the dress to lay right on the mannequin. Trying to get the wallpaper as smooth as possible. No creases… hard to do. In the end our stylist Hannah, photographers Karyn Millet and assistant Bret Gum captured the perfect shot. Our cover was done.

It has been a great journey putting together the visuals for “The Well Dressed Home.” Thank you to all that helped make this possible. I look forward to the second half… getting the book on the shelf and sharing it with all of you. Look for my new book in September 2009 from Clarkson Potter and see what dress made the cover and the events that will follow with its release.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Color of Love

I apologize for not having made an entry for over 2 months… I seemed to have gotten all caught up in the seasons and then the changes that have had me moving since the beginning of the 2009. We like many are in the process of re-evaluating and adjusting to a new economic climate. At first I was worried about all the bad financial news which seems to be the topic of conversation where ever you are. It has become sort of a collective mind set to focus on what is not working. But over time I have decided to embrace it as an opportunity to lean into the things that I really love. I am simplifying and taking time to enjoy the things I really love.

I love color and I love looking for inspiration in everyday life. Fashion, details and treasures often prove to be the starting point for my creative thoughts.

I still love to print new patterns. I love that when you print on fabric it can be transferred to any genre. I love wrapping a new floral around a pillow or stretching a stripe out for curtain panels. The flexibility of fabric is a wonderful thing when combined with color and space.

I recently began developing a new collection called the ANNETTE TATUM studio collection of fabrics for nursery and home. It will be available in March 2009 and I am very excited about it all. My inspiration for the line and color palette comes from a two year book project with Clarkson Potter that I have been working on due out in Fall 2009. I have finally found a connection that offers a constant stream of inspiration... Fashion.

Recently I have been preparing the final strike offs for the line... Here are some of the steps involved in bringing a line to market. Often times an idea has to be caressed into being… from inception to final print the process can be very exciting. You never know what it will really look like until it is done! There is an element of surprise every time. Color is a funny thing. You have to see it for real to appreciate it.

Recently I met up with a woman named Philippa Radon who has become my friend. Philippa is an extremely well trained and talented color specialist in which I have learned so much from in a very short time. She has opened my eyes to looking at color not only alone as a pigment but actually exploring the relationship that colors have to each other when placed in the same space. I have been practicing with her in my own home. Changing colors in rooms and hallways and even playing with wallpaper and prints in bathrooms. Look for my house transformation story coming soon! One of the fun new sources I have found was Walnut Wallpaper... check them out here.

Color of a Quote

“I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.”

-Coco Chanel

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