Monday, January 26, 2015

Skates, my favorite winter door accent

We are anticipating over a foot of snow here in Massachusetts. We expect that at least once a season in New England, but that does not mean we welcome it. It is charming to look out the homestead windows and see the white landscape but someone has to also shovel it!  I am sharing some older pics in this post. My go- to winter icon in decorating my doors is vintage skates. The front door  here, at the homestead with black skates a plaid scarf and silver balls and silver stars. The silver reflects nicely with a spot light directed on it. 

I painted these skates picturing a snowman on a blustery day for my friend for Christmas a few years ago.A bit of fur and glitter sparkle placed in front of the fireplace. 

I am not a gifted skater but plan to try it again this winter. I should probably stick with watching the skating competitions, but am going to try.

Here, I simply added big red pompoms to the white skates. They remind me of  the red fur pompoms I had on my skates as a girl. A little fake snow was attached with a glue gun and accented with red check ribbon bow. A great bonus for decorating with ice skates beside that they look inviting is that you can keep them up all season long.
Stay warm and
thank you for visiting the homestead.


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Friday, January 16, 2015


I was asked to take a BLOG CHALLENGE with the great online store, CHAIRISH. The challenge was to create an inspiration board around one of their vintage furniture pieces. To my delight there were many painted/ distressed beauties that I love ! Their vintage painted furniture perfectly reflects my decorating style at my own home, the Brayton Homestead, as well a a furnishing accent I incorporate into many of my client's home at Brayton Homestead Interiors.

There were so many fantastic painted cupboards to choose from. You can find additional cabinets at Chairish and much more.
 As I had recently presented my recycled jean skirts in a fashion show at the East Bay Chamber of Commerce Warren R.I., I was drawn toward furniture with a faded denim patina!
  Doesn't this cabinet remind you of your favorite blue jeans?

 Here I am at the end of the show wearing one of my plaid skirts with lace insert and gold tone buttons from Williamsburg trip.) with my handsome and sweet male model. I made the ascot  and cufsf and accessorized a vintage jacket with authentic hat and haversack/. A young female model struts her style in another of my one of a kind  jean skirt designs with a vintage blue stripe fabric bottom (in pic on right top corner). 

Pictures left to right.
row 1:  1. mirror from Chairish, 2. my pic from Williamsburg, 3. flag chest from Chairish, 4. model in Brayton Cottage show,
Bottom row 2 : 1.cabinet  from Chairish, 2. Elle Decor and shirt Google.  

Not to mention my farmhouse, the Brayton Homestead, circa 1796, has many painted furnishings. It is full with red, white and blue tones, especially checks. .(This picture was of my kitchen in Country Sampler magazine this year.)

Patina pieces can sometimes be found in my online shop (above) and in my dream family room (below).  Vintage furniture adds a warmth to any space. Here, blues, gold and lots of comfort!

Crazy for this carpet too, also from Chairish; bold in color but still soft in tone and pattern. Both the chair and carpet are now on my wish list.

Red always make me smile, big red gates welcome visitors 
to my homestead and never fail to get noticed. 

So, what inspires your decorating ? 
Family, home, patina, color and texture for me. 
Distressed pieces take the worry out of a ding or scratch marring your furniture, it will not show but be more loved and comfortable -like your favorite pair of go-to  jeans! So welcome  your family and friends into your homestead, 

Thank you CHAIRISH  for presenting me with this blog challenge
Thank you for visiting the homestead

Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Beautiful & Exciting 2014!

2014 brought great family time, national recognition of my interior design work, 
my clothing in a fashion show and a class reunion 

Of course I must start out with the most important things, the ones I love. 
Here, my handsome and loving son Doyle with our yorkie, Krumpet. 
This year also brought a significant other to my life, more love! 

The recycled clothing, mostly skirts that I design , make and sell on on my online store, BRAYTON COTTAGE,  were part of a fashion show with 2 other designers. I presented the show with a revolutionary era  look inspired from my recent trips to Williamsburg; also the theme for Christmas decorating this year.
                                                               Yes, a wonderful year!
                                                Thank you for visiting the Homestead,

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 candle in a wrought iron holder was something 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.

Thank you for visiting the Homestead,