Category Archives: Interiors

Garden Note # 91: Future Shed


I’m already picturing this little charmer sitting on my future property.

(Photo- ‘Terence Conran’s Garden Style‘)

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On My Reading List- ‘Terence Conran’s Garden Style’

Our Garden Shed- Part One, Part Two, Part Three

On My Reading List

#7. Gardening- ‘Terence Conran’s Garden Style‘ by Terence Conran, 1991.

“…This book is a logical extension of that established tradition of working outdoors in the garden. It contains a range of projects, from the simple to the more complicated, and shows you how to made a variety of structures, including containers, seats, trelliswork and even a summer house…”


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



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.


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.


(Photos & Styling- Martha Browne)

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Fireplace Mantel Series



(Photo- Martha Browne)

A Page From…

…’Food & Wine Magazine,’ 1998.


“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.


#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


(Photos- Chris Tubbs)