Category Archives: Artwork

Garden Note #88: Seed Packet Plates

opt-creative-packaging-seeds-crate-&-barrelSet of six plates with graphic vegetable designs. Perfect for outdoor entertaining or displayed on a kitchen wall.

Endpapers #9

“Before mass printing in the 20th century it was common for endpapers of books to have paper marbling. Sometimes the endpapers were used for maps or other relevant information. They are the traditional place for bookplates or owner’s inscription…” – Wikipedia


I find the most appealing endpapers to be in children’s books. This  sample is from Vol. 1 of ‘ Best in Children’s Books‘ c. 1958.

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Historic Map Works

maryland-050-optHistoric Map Works is an online site for map enthusiasts offering a number of area surveys in the U.S and other parts of the world. They also have amassed an assortment of black and white images of old houses, properties, bridges, etc. Many of these are available as prints suitable for framing.


Spring Cleaning


Illustrated French poster c. 1955

Grab Bag- Pedlars Friday Vintage


” Every Friday at 8 am we launch a fresh collection of fantastic-value vintage finds, assembled for us by the best dealers from around the world. Everything here is supplied with a Certificate of Authenticity. You can find out what’s coming each week on our instagram…” - Pedlars

A.P.C. Quilts

q40-five-of-diamonds-quilt-apc-optThe popular clothing company A.P.C. is taking their unused fabric from previous collections and creating some nice limited edition quilts.


Artwork- Helen Frank

newyorkandfrancepaintingshelenfrank-optKitchen in Provence by Helen Frank, oil on paper 2013

Helen Frank is a gifted artist and a dear friend of my mother. They’ve known each other since high school and attended Rhode Island School of Design together. Back in December, Helen had an exhibit that Mom couldn’t attend so I went in her place. I hadn’t seen any of Helen’s work before. It was such a pleasure to see her colorful, impressionistic paintings first hand and, of course, give her a big hug from Mom.


(Photo- Portrait of Helen Frank © 2014 Martha Browne)

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Can you believe…


…this historical room interior is a miniature?

During the 1930-40s Mrs. James Ward Thorne designed and crafted 68 miniature rooms with amazing attention to period detail. Be sure to check out the rest of her collection here.

Artwork- Brett Amory


Brett Amory‘s subtle oil paintings are a cross between Edward Hopper’s somber work and Walker Evan’s depression era photography.


Display- Colorful Rugs


Whether laid on the floor or hung on the walls as artwork, rugs can make a colorful statement. These samples are from Gudrun Sjödén.