Decorating Tip From Grace Coddington

“…This home isn’t actually designed. It’s just full of stuff because my life is full. I can’t help myself. I keep thinking I’m very minimal, but actually, I’m the worst. I’m finally ready to own up to the extent of things that I’ve amassed- at the ripe old age of 77!”

Grace Coddington, contributor for Vogue Magazine, book author and “…lazy country lady.”

(Photo- Eric Boman for Architectural Digest, 2018)

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Vocabulary #66- Gingham

gingham- lightweight plain woven cotton material typically checked in white and a bold color.

(Photo- Amanda Brooks)

Decorating Our Farmhouse

For two years I’ve been searching for the right painted portrait for our fireplace mantel. The gentleman (above) has caught my eye several times while at the antiques mall. I finally took the plunge and got in touch with the dealer. I asked if I could borrow the portrait for the sole purpose of seeing it above my dining room mantel. The moment it went on the wall I knew it was perfect. But not the price tag. I held my breath and made an offer. The dealer declined. So…with great reluctance…the portrait got returned.

(Photo- Martha Browne)

Garden Note

Repurposing antiques with a garden theme can be such fun. My friend Laurie was getting rid of an old wooden ironing board and asked me if I wanted it. Yes indeed! The ironing board works perfectly as an impromptu plant table. And Grandma’s drying rack adds a nice touch by displaying my ongoing collection of watering cans.

(Photo- Martha Browne)