Interiors- Safe Harbor

Seaside homes are synonymous with summer. And this one, from the current pages of Elle Decor Magazine, is a visual treat.

safeharborelledecor01-optInterior details- Both sofas are 19th century. Plaid Ralph Lauren fabric covers the sofa in the foreground. An antique nautical trunk came from Brimfield. Walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s ‘Setting Plaster.’ Floors are original to the house.

elledecorsafeharbordining02collage-optThe colorful mural of Provencetown Harbor was done by Rafael Arana. Gateleg table, chairs and light fixture are all antiques (top). More Farrow & Ball paint- ‘Tanner’s Brown‘ for the custom cabinets and ‘Cream‘ for the beadboard (bottom left & right).

elledecorsafeharborlibrarybedroom-optLeather wing chair was found at Chelsea Antiques. The unusual light fixture is actually a salvaged boat hatch. Unexpected ‘Dash of Curry’ by Benjamin Moore covers the paneling.

(Photos- Douglas Friedman for Elle Decor, July/August 2015)

Family Life- The Next Chapter

Now that our old house has sold, we’re busy with non-stop sorting, ridding and packing. Whew! I can’t believe we’ve amassed so much stuff. My advice is to get your home in order before a major move.

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I’ve had lots of questions about where we’re going and about our next place. My husband and I are heading south. And this is a peek at our destination- a restored farm house c. 1870.

(iPhone 5c image- Martha Browne)

On My Reading List

#9. Photography-‘ Small Town America‘ By David Plowden, 1994

“…My concern about the transformation of American culture in the last half century, and its effects upon our culture has been implicit in all my work, and those familiar with it know that I have been saying the same thing many times over in different ways. I look at my photographs as portraits of our ancestors. As such they serve as reminders that we have all walked in someone else’s footsteps; that it is impossible to cut oneself off from the past. Yet all one need do is to walk down Main Street to see we look upon history as something we have outgrown. Living, as we do, in an age of dazzling scientific achievements makes it easy to dismiss history as something pass√©. Before we do, it is well to remember what we do today will be considered history tomorrow.”

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‘ The Western House,’ Springville, New York, 1992