A Summer Break

Nibs Readers,

This is just to let you know that I’m taking the months of June, July and August off from blogging. Posting will resume in September.

Have a great summer!

Warm regards,


The Short Wedding Dress Club- June 2011

What started out as a fun article on short wedding dresses became an email club for almost two years. As of September 2010, the monthly inspired short dress is now a regular feature on ‘Nibs.’

Fashion details- Cotton eyelet dress from designer Alexandra Grecco. Click image to enlarge.

Note- Thanks Sally Jane Vintage for the suggestion. :)

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The Short Wedding Dress Club- You can view all the previous SWDC cards here!

Decorating@Nibs- Fireplace Mantels

Last week I got word that the homeowners wanted back into their place and I’d have to remove my stuff from the room I was using to photograph this mantel series. I was disappointed since I had planned to do six more. Oh well…it was fun while it lasted.

Fireplace Mantel #12Christmas In The Pine Tree State

I pared down to just a few objects for this Christmas display but made sure they were all interesting and/or had plenty of texture. By the way, if you’re wondering what the pine tree state is…it’s Maine. :)

1. Fabric wallcovering has the look of burlap

2. Large pine cone wreath

3. Vintage tourist plate from Maine

4. & 5. Brass holders with candles resembling tree branches

6. Plaid fabric sample hung by curtain rings (this idea came from a short article on wool textiles in World of Interiors Magazine)

7. Antique woven chair

8. I bought the Christmas pine tree on sale at Crate & Barrel. The ornaments I made from old photographs, scanned onto cardstock and then glued to stained embroidery hoops.

A peek at a new series- place settings!

(Styling & photos- Martha B.)

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American 4 Square

The American Foursquare was part of the vernacular architecture in the United States.¬† This house consisted of four rooms on the first floor, four rooms on the second and dormers in the attic…all contained in a box or square shape. I thought the title was appropriate for my collection of images c. 1890-1940 since they coincide with the years of the Foursquare’s popularity.

Original hand-painted photograph

Dated on the back- 1933

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American 4 Square- Series