Category Archives: Displays

IDEA- Lighten Up

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Horn lamp & burlap shade (left), blue ceramic lamp base with brass accents & poly shade  (middle) and polished nickel lamp with crystal base (right). All from Jayson Home.

My Imaginary Magazine Cover- UK Country Living

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I couldn’t resist using an outtake image from my fireplace mantel series for an imaginary magazine cover of UK ‘Country Living.’

(Photo- © 2014 Martha Browne)

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Grab Bag- OK Plate

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I need to remind myself that everything is going to be OK.

Decorating@Nibs- More Fireplace Mantels

Over the years, I’ve collected quite a few painted portraits with no idea who the subjects are. They ended up with imaginary names. A few months ago, some friends and I went to a local estate sale. I came home with a wooden chair, two brass candle stick holders and yes… another portrait. This dapper fellow was promptly named Mr. Moore.

Fireplace Mantel #21- Mister Moore

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Process-

1. Cover walls with old drop cloths (detail below right). I suggest using a heavy-duty stapler for this job. Start at the ceiling and work down to the baseboard. Cut any extra fabric off. Side note- You could try stapling the drop cloths at the ceiling and just let them hang loose to the floor.

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2. Prime and paint base molding Benjamin Moore Jackson Tan HC-46 (detail above left).

3. Prime and paint mantel Benjamin Moore English Ochre CW-290 (detail above center).

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4. Mantel Accessories- My portrait of Mister Moore takes center stage. To make it even more interesting, I flipped him upside down. Stacks of old books, cigar box, dried bittersweet, glass vase with daylilies, deer antlers and antique nails are with it.

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5. Other- Old cloth-covered cord pendant light, wire glove dryer, vintage folding carpenter’s ruler, oak chair with leather seat c. 1900 and kilm loom pillow.

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(Photos & Styling- © 2014 Martha Browne)

A See-Through Wall

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During the process of working on a 19th century house, the homeowners discovered stud walls of hand-hewn wood with pegs. They made a bold design decision by leaving one whole wall exposed and using it as display shelving.

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(Photos-Caroline Allison for Garden & Gun Magazine)

Designed By Orla Kiely

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A Lot- Orla Kiely’s first furniture collection includes this larder cabinetsquare table, and fabric covered chairs.

Decorating@Nibs- More Fireplace Mantels

For this latest mantel idea, I decided to go with a dark navy blue. It’s the perfect backdrop color to showcase a carefully edited grouping of collectibles.

Fireplace Mantel #20- Going Dark

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Process-

1. The fireplace mantel, walls and trim all got the same treatment-  a base coat of black (Benjamin Moore PM) and a finished coat of navy blue (custom mix). Instead of a roller, I used a brush. Yes…it does take longer, but the results are so much better. It allows for texture and blending of colors that you just can’t get with a roller.

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2. Several sheets of blue and white delft tile wrapping paper (similar) covers the firebox.

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3. Mantel Accessories- Less is definitely more. An antique frame with an old photo taped in the center hangs above the mantel. The shelf holds two vintage teapots (the red one is from Hall China c. 1940 and the other from Burleigh), a blue/white planter and a wooden lamp base made by my father. Punches of red makes the display eye-catching.

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4. Other- Fireplace tools with brass handles and a stump painted red.

(Photos & Styling- © 2014 Martha Browne)

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