Interiors- Where Do I Start?

When decorating a room, I love starting with a fireplace mantel. It seems that if I get that right (colors, accessories) then the rest of the design decisions (furniture, lighting, etc.) fall into place. And if by chance there isn’t an existing mantel, well…I find a blank wall and put one there. :)

colorfulfireplacemantelseriesofsix-optThe images (above) are all from my series of ideas based on a single fireplace mantel.

Top row- Colorful Colonial, A Botany Lesson, Fall’s Bounty

Bottom row- A Swedish Holiday, Mister Moore, Going Dark

Others- A Novelty, Juxtaposition

(Photos & Styling- Martha Browne)

On The Farm- Meet Cece

Cece is what farmers call a cattle donkey.They use donkeys like her to protect livestock. Once the donkey outlives its usefulness, most are sold and carted off to Mexico for slaughter. Cece was rescued from that fate.

cecebackend01-optShe’s at least 11-15 years old. That’s middle age for donkeys. Some can live upwards to 35 or even 40 depending on their health. When Cece first arrived at Barbara’s farm she stood off by herself. It took her weeks to relax among the other donkeys and us. You’re probably wondering why she looks a tad overweight. She’s not. Cece’s expecting a foal sometime in late summer.

cecedonkeyfront-opt(Photos- Martha Browne)

On My Re-Reading List

#20- Animal Literature. ‘Watership Down‘ by Richard Adams, 1972.

“The primroses were over. Toward the edge of the wood, where the ground became open and sloped down to an old fence and a brambly ditch beyond, only a few fading patches of pale yellow still showed among the dog’s mercury and oak-tree roots. On the other side of the fence, the upper part of the field was full of rabbit holes…”

rabbit-etching-optNote- An interesting article about the author Richard Adams who died in December 2016.