Family Life- Decorating

Moving is one of the top ten most stressful things a person can do, but decorating a new place can relieve the stress…at least it does for me. It’s been over fifteen years since I’ve done a whole house and I’m having fun shopping for fabrics, paint colors and antiques.


Right now the dining room is at the top of the my list. This room will serve multiple functions- dining, library and a bed for overnight guests. Our first project was to design and build shelves for the loads of unpacked boxes of books. We left the back exposed and used cleats to showcase the house’s planking.

(Photo- Martha Browne)

Endpapers #11

“Before mass printing in the 20th century it was common for endpapers of books to have paper marbling. Sometimes the endpapers were used for maps or other relevant information. They are also the traditional place for bookplates or owner’s inscription…” – Wikipedia

triciafoleybookendpapers-optDesigner Tricia Foley cleverly had her inspiration boards photographed for the endpapers of her new book ‘Life|Style: Elegant Simplicity At Home.’

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Fireside Chats

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


#4. Playwright George Bernard Shaw covered his wood fireplace mantel in the dining room with photographs of men he admired including Gandhi, Lenin and Ibsen.

(Photo- Derry Moore for Architectural Digest, May 1982)

~candid spaces~

A series of photographs showing home interiors, exteriors and gardens as I found them. No effort was made in styling.

foyerwithsetteecandidspace-opt(Photo- Martha Browne)