Decorating Our Farmhouse

For two years I’ve been searching for the right painted portrait for our fireplace mantel. The gentleman (above) has caught my eye several times while at the antiques mall. I finally took the plunge and got in touch with the dealer. I asked if I could borrow the portrait for the sole purpose of seeing it above my dining room mantel. The moment it went on the wall I knew it was perfect. But not the price tag. I held my breath and made an offer. The dealer declined. So…with great reluctance…the portrait got returned.

(Photo- Martha Browne)