Monthly Archives: March 2011

Decorating@Nibs- Fireplace Mantels

I thought it would be a fun challenge to do a collection of posts on decorating. Not whole room renovations mind you, but rather smaller, more manageable projects. First up will be a bunch of ideas for decorating fireplace mantels. So…check back as I’ll be posting a new mantel arrangement each week. I hope these will provide lots of inspiration.

Fireplace Mantel Idea #4- Eat, Drink And Be Merry

One of the best ways to decorate a mantel is with a personal collection. Here my stash of red & white enamelware is perfect for displaying and dictating the color scheme.

1. Some great kitchens are red!

2. ‘Eat, Drink And Be Merry’ print is actually old wrapping paper from The Conran Shop that’s been dry-mounted onto foam core.

3. Enamelware c. 1930

4. Micheal’s Craft Store ribbon (red with white stitches) highlights the mantel shelf

5. Antique cloth covered cord & socket light fixture

6. Butcher block cart (similar at kitchen supply stores)

Here’s a peek at next week’s mantel!

(Styling & Photos- Martha B.)

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Decorating@Nibs- Fireplace Mantels Series

Penelope Tree

“If someone asks me a question it is very difficult not to answer honestly…”- Model Penelope Tree

(Vintage press photograph of Penelope currently for sale on ebay)

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Collecting Vintage Press Photos

Carole Lombard

~candid spaces~

A series of photographs showing home interiors and gardens as I found them. No effort was made in styling.

(Photo- Martha B.)

~candid spaces~

A series of photographs showing home interiors and gardens as I found them. No effort was made in styling.

(Photo- Martha B.)

~candid spaces~

A series of photographs showing home interiors and gardens as I found them. No effort was made in styling.

(Photo- Martha B.)

Fashion Inspirations

Details- Samantha Pleet button up black shorts and Mociun printed shirt in Boho issue 8, 2010 (top right), Zac Posen cinch waist shorts & matching bandeau, Elizabeth and James classic shirt in Marie Claire, 2009 (lower right), scallop edged shorts, swim top and knit cardigan sources unknown via Pigeon Toed (left).

Note- J.Crew’s page of shorts is worth checking out.

(Collage- Martha B.)

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#1. I can’t wait to slip my feet into these yellow espadrilles!

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Decorating@Nibs- Fireplace Mantels

I thought it would be a fun challenge to do a collection of posts on decorating. Not whole room renovations mind you, but rather smaller, more manageable projects. First up will be a bunch of ideas for decorating fireplace mantels. So…check back as I’ll be posting a new mantel arrangement each week. I hope these will provide lots of inspiration.

Fireplace Mantel Idea #3- Desk Set

You can re-purpose an unused fireplace by making it the backdrop for a desk. The mantel shelf gives storage for stacks of books and a great place for a clip-on lamp. Notice how your eye moves from the two vintage metal globes down to the larger school model- this reinforces the connection between the shelf and the desk.

1. Old maps cover the walls.

2. You can never have too many books!

3. Letterpress wood type ‘C’

4. & #9. Globe collection

5. & 6. Empty wood frames with vintage snapshot

7. Old postcards and letters

8. Square alarm clock

10. Clip-on lamp from Ikea

11. Remington Portable Typewriter c. 1925

12. Anthropologie mug as pencil/pen holder

The desk and chair are Craftsman style antiques.

Here’s  a peek at next week’s mantel!

(Styling & Photos- Martha B.)

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A Page From…

…The J. Peterman Company, Spring Issue 2011.

Fashion- Artist’s raincoat with attached scarf and floral umbrella are both from J. Peterman.

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Fashion Illustrations

Italian Vogue ‘Scrapbook’

Grab Bag- Grocery Store Flowers

Fresh flowers from Trader Joe’s Grocery Store…only $5.99.

Note- The vase is a simple glass tumbler that I purchased on sale for $2.00 at Anthropology.

(Photo- Martha B.)