Category Archives: Displays

Decorating@Nibs- More Fireplace Mantels

What’s a novelty fabric/wallpaper print? In a nut shell, novelty prints use familiar objects in a cool, repeating pattern. Of course, from a distance it’s hard to tell what the objects are. But then you take a closer look and…surprise!

Fireplace Mantel #26- A Novelty

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Process-

1. Cover the walls in a novelty fabric (or wallpaper). I chose a print with scissors…that’s right, scissors. :) This one is from Joann’s.

2. Prime and paint the mantel ‘China White’ by Benjamin Moore.

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3. On the mantel- I didn’t want a scissor theme display. Too predictable. Instead I played off the print colors- gray (tarnished antique tea set, photographs and mats) & yellow (textured vase, flowers and lemons). Also, note how the model’s hand complements the natural wood frames.

4. Other- If I were to keep going with this design I’d love to use this DWR chair or a set of them for…say a breakfast nook.

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(Photos & Styling- Martha Browne)

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Fireplace Mantel Series

A Page From…

…’Food & Wine Magazine,’ 1998.

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“What you need to have in your kitchen-

1. A great stove is worth every penny.

2. Install a strong exhaust hood.

3. Consider concrete countertops.

4. Lay down a rubber restaurant-kitchen mat.

5. A bar refrigerator can save kitchen space.

6. Recycle materials can pay off aesthetically and financially.

7. Put an island on wheels.

8. Adapt restaurant equipment.”

Note- All of these recommendations still work for a 2015 kitchen.

Fireside Chats

A series of magazine images where the fireplace takes center stage.

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#3. Jean-Claude Huon uses his bedroom’s painted brick fireplace as a giant backdrop for artwork and chic garden arrangements.

(Photo- John Coolidge for Elle Decor, 2000)

On My Reading List

#5. Decorating- ‘Perfect English‘ by Ros Byam Shaw, 2007.

” In the context of decorating, ‘Perfect English’ is something of a contradiction…We like our chic to be shabby, our grandeur to be faded— perfection is a very non- English quality.” - Roger Jones

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(Photos- Chris Tubbs)

Idea- Angled

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Old homes always pose some challenges for decorating. Here the low, angled ceiling dictated the wall placement for the bed. But instead of fighting it, the designers chose to craft a headboard following the roofline.

(Photo-Ochs Design)

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Fireplace Mantel #16- Toile de Jouy

Idea Series

Garden Note #90: Japanese Ikebana

I bought the book ‘Japanese Ikebana For Every Season‘ by Rie Imai and Yuji Ueno out of curiosity.

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Ikebana is the term for the traditional Japanese art of flowering arranging. The book is divided into four chapters based on the seasons. It has dozens of suggestions for flowers with interesting containers. Several pages showed quirky things re-purposed and I couldn’t resist giving it a try. A rusted faucet discovered in my shed became the vase for a single Ranunculus blossom.

(Photo & Styling- Martha Browne)

Decorating@Nibs- More Fireplace Mantels

Christmas has come and gone…so why am I posting a holiday mantel display? As I was going through things in our basement (initial packing for our move) I came across these ornaments. And I just had to do a quick arrangement for my series before putting them in a box.

Fireplace Mantel #25- Christmas Village

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Process-

1. Use Ikea fabrics- wood plank (for the walls) and logs (for the firebox). The mantel remains Benjamin Moore’s China White.

2. On the mantel- Collection of handmade small scale homes and barns, HO scale figures/deer, diorama trees, folk art wooden hearts/stars garland, and natural wreath with craft store burlap ribbon.

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(Photos & Styling- Martha Browne)

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Fireplace Mantel #23- A Swedish Holiday

Fireplace Mantel #14- Retro Christmas

Fireplace Mantel #10- Christmas Portrait