New Fashioned

On the surface a floral sofa and velvet ottoman can sound old fashioned but that can change by showcasing them against crisp white walls and an eye-popping green painted floor. It’s what I like to call new fashioned.

(Photo- William Abranowicz for AD Magazine)

Bedroom Library

It’s always fun to find new ways of storing books. As I was wandering around a friend’s place I couldn’t help but smile when I came across this display of books above the modern canopy bed.

(Photo- Martha Browne)

On My Re-Reading List

#37- Interior Design- ‘Upstate’ by Lisa Przystup, 2020.

“My husband and I spent eight years happily orbiting the universe of our Greenpoint railroad apartment, but then a strange (yet wholly expected) thing started to happen. With each clamorous trash pickup outside our window and every pointless 311 call I made to complain about the same minivan playing music at 3 a.m., the walls of our apartment began closing in and, like many before us, we looked to upstate New York…”

(Photo- Sarah Elliott)

Antiques- Make Do & Mend

Centuries ago mending old pottery was often a necessity. You just didn’t throw away something that could still be used. So the bowl or plate would be taken to a skilled person who would use metal staples to make the repairs.These imperfect pieces are now becoming very popular among collectors…myself included.

Note– Photo shows the front and back of repaired antique plate.

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Saying Goodbye To Our Farmhouse

Life doesn’t always turn out the way you plan. Seven years ago I would never have imagined we’d sell our 19th century farmhouse and move away. But due to unforeseen circumstances my husband and I are leaving the southeast. What’s that old adage…when one door closes another one opens? So, we’re taking a deep breath and crossing the threshold of a new door.

(Instagram photos of our farmhouse- Martha Browne)

On My Reading List

#34- Interior Design- ‘Every Room Should Sing’ by Beata Heuman, 2021.

“Working out your style is never straightforward. We are bombarded with images of how the ideal home should look. You are given the top ten interior trends to follow, only for them to change a few months later, leaving you sitting in your newly renovated Memphis-style kitchen…feeling not quite right. Interior design has long been an aspirational field, and it is easy to become preoccupied with trying to copy the perfect look. But the truth is that if you try to completely imitate another person’s style, you will always fall slightly short…

…There’s a lot of joy in expressing one’s individuality. It is freeing. It can be exhilarating. It can also be pretty irresistible when you see the unabashed, true character of another individual. It may be very different from yours, but it is all the more alluring for it. Therein lies the secret of any work of art that touches me, books that make me think, rooms that linger in my mind and people whose spirit intrigues me.”