No Pretense

Fashion details- CO dress with cap sleeves.


IDEA- Simple Window Treatment

Fabric panels with grommets in the top two corners are attached to window frames by cup hooks. Leave one corner down (see above) to get the view outdoors. Too much sun? Pull up the panel corner and slip on the hook. As easy as that.

(Photo top right- Eric Borman for The World of Interiors, October 2010. Photo bottom right- William Abranowicz for House Beautiful, July/August 2018. Photo left- Stephen Kent Johnson for Architectural Digest, June 2019)

Checks & Dots

Fashion details- Claudie Peirlot check coat, Pretty Polly dotted tights with By Far shoes and Aspinal Of London bag.

(Photo- Charlie Gates for British Elle Magazine,  May 2019)

Country Mouse

Materials- 4′ x 8′ sheet of smooth plywood, assorted exterior house paint colors including black, graph paper, sandpaper, blue tape, pencil, artist brush, t-square, ruler, drill and screws. You will also need the use of a circular saw and a person experienced with it.

Process- Look through quilt books at the local library and choose a simple design with several colors. If you feel confident enough, try a more complex design. Draw it out on graph paper. Once you’ve finalized the design, it’s time to cut your 4′ x 8′ sheet of plywood to the desired size. Afterwards lightly sand all edges. Paint (at least two coats) the back and sides black. Let dry. Carefully plot out your design on the front using a pencil, ruler and t-square. Then apply painters tape to sections of the design and start painting. Make sure these areas are completely dry. Continue to tape other parts of the design and paint. Touch ups can be done with a tiny artist brush. To hang finished quilt screw it into side of the barn or other outer building.

(Photo- Martha Browne)