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)

Family Life- Home


By Poet Edgar Guest

” It takes a heap o’ livin’ in a house t’ make it home,

A heap o’ sun an’ shadder, an’ ye sometimes have t’ roam

Afore ye really ‘preciate the things ye lef’ behind,

An’ hunger fer ’em somehow, with ’em allus on yer mind…”


(Our old home drawn by Curtis, age 5. )

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.


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)

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.


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.


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,  Barclay pedestal sinks, Kohler soaking tub, Rejuvenation Lighting, Pottery Barn hamper, Anthropologie plates and vintage enamel top table.

(Design, Photos & Styling- Martha Browne)