Category Archives: Interiors

D.I.Y.- Real Easy Christmas Displays


#2. Here are two fun and simple things to add to your front door for Christmas. A classic pine wreath is fine but if you can…look for something a bit different. In this case, I used boxwood (similar). Try to purchase the wreath smaller than average size, too. For the door handle, hang a large jingle bell. Red ribbon with white dots is from my own stash of leftovers.

(Photo & Styling- © 2014 Martha Browne)

Decorating@Nibs- More Fireplace Mantels

Other countries can provide such wonderful inspiration for interiors. I loved the idea of doing a mantel design with a nod towards Sweden. My immediate thought was of Carl Larsson and the home he and his wife Karin created. Of course, I always like to mix in things to make it my own. And I encourage you to do the same. :)

Fireplace Mantel #23- A Swedish Holiday



1. Prime/paint walls Benjamin Moore- Fresh Peach #060.


2. Prime/paint baseboard and fireplace mantel Benjamin Moore China White.


3. Prime/paint detail molding Benjamin Moore green #434.


4. On the mantel- Framed print c. 1700s, old photo, brass candlesticks with candles, fresh tulips in a glass vase and lots of garden bulbs.


5. Other- Antique candle holders, framed botanical prints, Steiff teddy bear, wooden shoes (from Margot), family heirloom table, vintage cross stitch tablecloth, D.I.Y. chair cover, gingerbread cookies with checked ribbon, rug and log print fabric (check Ikea for availability).

(Photos & Styling- © 2014 Martha Browne)

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Fireplace Mantel #22- Fall’s Bounty

D.I.Y.- Real Easy Christmas Displays


#1. This idea isn’t anything new but it’s still a good one especially if you’re pressed for time. All you need is a sprig of pine, an ornament, ribbon and a wine glass.


Arrange as pictured above. It’s as easy as that. Make up several of these and display them on book shelves, a fireplace mantel and table tops.

(Photos & Styling- © 2014 Martha Browne)

IDEA- Vivid Print Fabric & Antiques


Wow! A bold fabric pattern from Michelle Nussbaumer energizes the study of this 18th century Swiss chalet. The antiques- Spanish portrait, daybed, rug and Chinese plates all date from 1600 to 1800.

(Photo- Melanie Acevedo for Veranda Magazine, 2014)

A Page From…

…Elle Decor, December 2014.


A custom wood top was made by the homeowner for the vintage kitchen’s wood-fired grill. The copper hood is from the 1950’s. Tile was purchased at the local Home Depot and the wire chair was rescued from the town dump.

(Photo- William Abranowicz)



(iPhone 5c image- © 2014 Martha Browne)

A Page From…

…’Heart And Home: Rooms that Tell Stories‘ by Linda O’Keeffe, 2014.


“…I’m not big on the provenance of things. I’m not at all concerned where things came from or who owned them.That feels like the past. I’m very matter of fact, very it is what is…Occasionally I go through a phase where I don’t want anything chipped and cracked but that generally lasts for about ten seconds.” -Antiques dealer Ron Sharkey about the decor in his old home in upstate New York.

(Photo- Robin Holland)