Category Archives: Interiors

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)

First Design Job

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I found this old blueprint while sifting through paperwork. It’s from my very first commercial design job. I was hired to update an eat-in deli with new flooring, tile, furniture, etc. I didn’t sleep well for weeks working on this project. How did it turn out? Not too bad. The owners were happy and I got paid. :)

(Artist Rendition Blueprint- Martha Browne)

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)

Related Nibs posts-

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)

Our Bathroom

There are times when I wish I could redo a whole room especially after I come across an inspiring online image, new fabric print or paint color. But there’s one room I wouldn’t touch- our upstairs bathroom. Believe it or not, this space is fifteen years old…and I still love it.

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Classic black and white tiles (subway on the walls and hexagon on the floor) are a favorite of mine. To keep it from looking stark I added craftsman style oak medicine cabinets. The same warm stain is used on the oak beadboard (nailed horizontally) in the toilet room. Baskets offer much needed texture.

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Just wish I could tuck our bathroom into a box and take it with us when we move. :)

Details- Restoration Hardware medicine cabinets & towel bars, Paul’s faucets,  pedestal sinks (going out of business purchase, manufacturer unknown), Kohler soaking tub, Rejuvenation Lighting, Pottery Barn hamper, Anthropologie plates and vintage enamel top table.

(Design, Photos & 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)

Related Nibs post-

Fireplace Mantel #23- A Swedish Holiday

Fireplace Mantel #14- Retro Christmas

Fireplace Mantel #10- Christmas Portrait

And To Bed

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I love these beautiful bed linens in soft muted tones from Toast.

Details- Cho duvet cover & pillowcase with organic ticking sheets (top) and washed cotton duvet cover & sheets (bottom left, right). Green crochet throw is also available.