Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Williamsburg inspiration at Brayton Homestead


Christmas at the Brayton Homestead is inspired by my recent trips to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. It started with a gold tone metal ornament holder in the shape of a tree that I purchased years ago.Although  a bit dated it seemed perfect for my house this year.It has been an incredibly exciting year; topping off the events is Fifi O'Neil coming to style my house then the homestead featured in Country Sampler magazine.
The snowman ornaments that I made  accompany a mix of tartan bows red apple ornaments and green icicle ornaments.


More Williamsburg inspiration on my kitchen fireplace mantle;.simple greens flow up and around my watercolors of fruits and vegetables. I collect interesting artificial fruits whenever I find it. A vintage French etching of a rooster centers the mantle arrangement.   


A peak of my paper mache snowman on my counter. Been been making them for years and love putting them out each year. Love that I can leave them out all winter, especially with our Massachusetts weather!



The idea of putting a candel in a wrought iron holder I saw while shopping in Williamsburg. Theirs was a lovely red lantern, but I improvised and really like it. was 


Merry Christmas from all at the Brayton Homestead. 
to you and yours.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day



Have a wonderful Labor Day. This is my friend's front porch with flags and flowers! Annuals and perennials all mix beautifully. Here are more of my  favorite finds and photos of the week.



My companion at all times, Krumpet. One can never be down with him around. Look at that face! The painted checkerboard floor  I painted was featured in Country Sampler article about my home.
See left column top pic that was published.  


and this graphic from Graphics Fairy for labels that I am crazy about!


Cool enough evenings to light my outdoor fireplace, oh so fun, next time marshmallows! I have had it for years and it still works and makes the side stone patio look inviting.. 


New changes coming to my Brayton Cottage shop, here in rough form. Stay tuned to my new collection of skirts " BRAYTON HOMESTEAD COLLECTION"



Busy at work on my computer, using the Mona Lisa mouse pad made my friend  made me :she sells them on Etsy. 


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Karen

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Country Living Fair finds adorn my Guest Bathroom



I have posted pictures of my guest bathroom before but I wanted to share two items that I purchased at the Country Living Fair and added to the room. This small bathroom was originally the bourning room when the house, the Brayton Homestead, was built in 1796. 


The fair was so fantastic!  I have not stopped thinking about all the lovely antiques, jewelry and crafts I bought and all the incredible things I did not. A black lidded mason jar soap dispenser completed a long search for just the right vessel for my favorite ginger hand soap and there it was at the fair.   


Behind the doors on the right are a washer and dryer with shelves above; so easy to get laundry done. Another shutter door hides a shower. The bathroom project came out better than I expected and offers so many uses. 


Has been a few months since the CL Fair and getting things placed. The black and white hide was the other new addition to the room from the fair.


Louver shutters are repeated on the windows, top and bottom. They offer many configurations for season and light changes. I like to use shutters  on client work for that same reason. Will share more finds from the Country Living Fair. Enjoy and thanks for visiting!
Karen

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

my Tutorial to make a Patriotic table centerpiece




Happy Fourth of July from all at the Brayton Homestead. 
It is an especially fun holiday to decorate for. This season it started with the bottom half of my dad's
rusted tackle box. If you do not have a tackle box, a wood box, ceramic dish or white
ironstone tureen would be great.


I have held on to that box for decades! A few pots  of pansies right in their plastic containers went in first,  white then red then white, 3 square pots in all.  


Then I added dollar store flags in each pot. Not liking that I could see the plastic of the pots, I cut a strip of read check gingham cotton fabric and places it around all three pots, tucking it in a bit but not enough to get wet when I watered it.


I forgot to mention that I took a few plastic cups of rocks from my stone driveway and placed them in the bottom of the tackle box. I would recommend using clean rocks, white or grey, available by the bag in many craft stores. 


The homestead, circa 1796 begs to be dressed with red white and blue, and is easy to
decorate. A small addition of color as in this tackle box patriotic arrangement could fit in any room in your home.


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Karen