Category Archives: Displays

Decorating@Nibs- More Fireplace Mantels

I enjoyed decorating a friend’s simple antique mantel sixteen different ways that I went hunting for one like it for myself. After months of searching, I came across a mantel that was perfect for my new series on color. Now let’s have some fun and decorate!

Fireplace Mantel #22- Fall’s Bounty

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I wanted this mantel to celebrate Fall and Thanksgiving without being too predictable. So I skipped the bright orange pumpkins, black paper crows and jars of candy corn.

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Instead, inspiration came from rural French decor with a few added surprises of my own.

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Process-

1. Prime and paint walls/trim & moulding warm beige (custom mix).

2. Prime and paint mantel dark brown (custom mix).

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3. On the mantel- Two wheat stacks, garden sickle, wire script ‘merci’, mercury glass pumpkin, antique bottles with corks, pottery, wooden spatula, vintage faux fruit, ink drawing c. 1900, clay figure and old books.

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4. Other- Linen cloth frill, printed log fabric (check Ikea for availability), country chair, hand carved walking stick, string of old keys and clay plate.

(Photos & Styling © 2014 Martha Browne)

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(iPhone 5c image- © 2014 Martha Browne)

Garden Note #89: Scarecrow

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Here’s a quick and easy way to make a scarecrow.

Materials

Push broom, old bathrobe, Shenandoah Switch Grass (or other type of grass) and rubber bands.

Instructions

1. Shove the broom handle end into the dirt. Make sure that it’s sturdy.

2. Slip the sleeves of the bathrobe onto the bristle part of the broom.

3. Tie fabric belt.

4. Cut grass and make three separate bundles. Secure each with a rubber band.

5. Tuck grass into neckline and sleeves.

(Photo & Styling- © 2014 Martha Browne)

A Page From…

…’The Stuff Of Life

by Hillary Robertson, 2014

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The cozy bedroom of Liza Sherman includes an old fireplace mantel as a headboard, several antique mirrors, portraits (one is Liza herself) and a creative mix of textiles.

(Photo- Anna Williams)

Grab Bag- Leaf Garland

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A garland of metal leaves is perfect for the front door or fireplace mantel.

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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