Historic 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.
Illustrated French poster c. 1955
The American farmhouse. It’s not hard to conjure up visions of front porches, large working kitchens, bathing in free standing tubs, and pot belly stoves or fireplaces to keep the living rooms warm. Think those places are long gone? The book ‘Farmhouse Revival‘ gives proof positive that this much-loved vernacular architecture and decor is alive and well.
(Photos- Steve Gross and Susan Daley)
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” 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
I’ve seen too many people make the mistake of a ripping out an entire kitchen in order to update. Think twice before doing it. Sometimes all that’s really needed is a few great furniture pieces, lighting or accessories to breathe new life into the space. This kitchen, for example, is in a home built in 1958. It still retains the original floor plan, painted cabinets, formica countertop and stove. Here are five things to consider adding-
1. Sconces (set of these)- Rejuvenation
2. Dinnerware in mint- West Elm
3. Wood stool- West Elm
4. Tea towel with vintage coffee pots- Crate & Barrel
5. Chain link fabric mimics floor pattern (use as shades)- Spoonflower
I was disappointed to learn that Crate & Barrel stopped selling their ‘Classic Century’ dinnerware by Eva Zeisel. By the time I got to a local store, most of the pieces had sold out except for a single gravy boat. It was too nice to pass up. But I nixed the idea of using it for gravy and filled it with holiday candy instead. Come Spring I’ll have something else in it. Stay tuned. :)
(Photo- © 2014 Martha Browne)
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Kitchen 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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…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.