July/August- Person, Place & Thing

candidportraitWIWonporch-optPerson- A candid portrait of a quiet and honorable man…my dad.

daytriptobrevard01-optPlace- We, along with close friends, scouted out the town of Brevard, NC for the day. If you’re in that area, I recommend making a stop at Underground Salvage, Co. They carry all kinds of hardware, doors, windows, sinks and reclaimed lumber.farmersdiscusspoisiongrass-optThing- Local farmers warn me about the dangers offalse dandelion‘ and its toxic effect on horses.

(Photos- Martha Browne)

Decorating Our Farmhouse

farmhousecollage001-optLots of readers have emailed me the question- “What have you been doing inside the farmhouse?” The last time I wrote about decorating, Scott was busy with the bookshelves. Well…we finished those in early November. Then just before the holidays, I managed to paint walls/trim in the living room and dining room. In between paint coats, I shopped for furniture at Goodwill ( I hit the jackpot with a sofa and chairs) and off they went to be slipcovered. Weekly trips to local antique shops unearthed all kinds of wonderful things. This spring and summer we’ll begin working on the kitchen.

(Photos- Martha Browne)

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)