Category Archives: Interiors

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)

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)

The Writing Hut

“…George Bernard Shaw’s daily routine was formal and invariable, particularly after his wife died, in 1943. In spite of all his blasting away of set patterns of humanity, he was conservative by nature. He was up at seven every morning, took two hours to read the mail and eat breakfast, then went to write in the hut he had built for himself out in the garden…”

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“…The Writing Hut, at the bottom of the garden, was where Shaw did his creative work. He himself designed the small structure, and it is suspended from a metal armature so that it can revolve to follow the sun…” – Elizabeth Lambert for Architectural Digest, 1982.

(Photo- Derry Moore)

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.

~candid spaces~

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

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(Photo- © 2014 Martha Browne)