Decorating Tips From Nicky Haslam


  • FRAMES AND PICTURES  “I frame anything that appeals- postcards, letters, maps. ” Haslam also buys inexpensive engravings and ” frame them up ‘grand’ in rubbed gilt.”
  •  GROUPS OF OBJECTS  “I realize that I have a lot of things in vaguely one color, or theme, and they look happier together in a group. Vary height and proportion for maximum visual impact. I like possessions that smile back at me.”
  •  TEXTURE  Haslam will layer a flokati rug over a hair-cord carpet. “They are cheap,” he points out.
  •  FINAL TOUCHES  “Cushions, tablescloths, curtains, and tie-backs that look deliberately ‘wrong’ or oversize give an instant jolt of character.”

( House & Garden, Special Edition, 2016)

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Inspired By…

…Paul Cezanne’s Still Life, 1865.

still-life-with-bread-and-eggs-1865-optinspiredbycezannestilllife-optA masterful still life painting (top) by Paul Cezanne using simple objects- a pail, onions, eggs, loaf of bread, glass, knife and linen. My photo interpretation (bottom).

(Photo- Martha Browne)

Family Life- Home


By Poet Edgar Guest

” It takes a heap o’ livin’ in a house t’ make it home,

A heap o’ sun an’ shadder, an’ ye sometimes have t’ roam

Afore ye really ‘preciate the things ye lef’ behind,

An’ hunger fer ’em somehow, with ’em allus on yer mind…”


(Our old home drawn by Curtis, age 5. )

Inspired By…

…’Pathmark’ monotype and drawing by Helen Frank, 1982.


The scene of Helen Frank‘s artwork is a Pathmark store (top) that’s closing for the night. A worker has yet to collect all the shopping carts in the otherwise empty parking lot. My photograph (bottom) is taken at a grocery store, too. But it tells a different story. A single cart is a reminder of what was once a thriving business.

(Photo- Martha Browne)

Learning To See


#16. Two pictures- same theme, different perspectives. At 18, Mike Brodie hopped a train and spent months riding the rails all the while photographing his fellow travelers. His youth allowed him to capture those close to his own age…these wanderlust kids riding away from or riding to something. Brodie’s image (above) has no train tracks yet we know where we are. Two male occupants are separated by the sheer size of the rail car, the vast landscape and even their own vantage points. Behind them is a long line of cars. Horace Bristol’s picture (below) depicts a single man living the sort of transient train life that was reflective of so many during the hard depression years of the 1930s. His shot is from the tracks with the familiar line of cars. Bristol’s rider is either catching the train or jumping from it.


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