Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Newport Mansion

A drive along Bellevue Avenue will afford you two things, a vista of the Atlantic Ocean and the famous Newport Mansions that call that view their backyard. Opulent yet a family home, Chateau Sur-Mer, is a magnificent Victorian mansion on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island that I toured over the weekend.

Built in 1852, featuring a slate mansard roof, a stone facade filled with William Morris wallpaper, silver, Chinese porcelain and paintings, I ask why have I not explored the mansions for years when they are only 40 miles away?
This picture is from a interior design company that reproduces William Morris fabrics and wallpapers, as photographs were not allowed I felt this best reflected the library, my favorite room. As Lisa commented, can you image the parties they must have hosted?

Friday, June 26, 2009


Happy Weekend! A party to celebrate a very productive week would be fitting but I will be content and resolve to unwind and benefit from the quietude. Partake in the party from Velvet Strawberries and enjoy.......
Image: Velvet Strawberries

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Grand Opening

This is a computer rendering of a building project that I recently completed. Attended the Grand Opening for this major office renovation for a large international company yesterday that I am proud to say that I worked with the architect on the design and layout of the building, inside and out.
The above image is the building prior to renovations.

Subsequent decisions on design and decorating I made exclusively such as exterior building finishes, colors, materials and interior paint, wallpaper, carpet, rug, lighting and more. My clients are an exceptional couple in their personal and business associations.

The day of the opening, a refined and exceptional event. This was not the first project I had the privilege of creating for my distinguished clients. I look forward to many more. Thank you . Images: Brayton Homestead Interiors

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

"Rain Rain go away..."

" Rain rain go away and come again another day" or bring me to Paris so I can play in the puddles! Love it, don't you adore the square stone pattern?
Image: flikr

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Gentle mystery

Eyes wide open, a gentle smile yet a bit mischievous , she contemplates her wonderful life.....
A charming vintage doll at a local museum just makes you ponder, enjoy........
Image: Brayton Homestead Interiors

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Lovely Fresh Air

Happy Wednesday! The sun is shining! Open the French doors and allow the fresh air to gently enter in..........

Monday, June 15, 2009

Garden Guardian

Lovely carving on stone column overlooks a stately ocean front home nearby. Don't you love the patina growing the color of gold?

Glass vase with cabbage roses and gold~ just added to my shop, HOMESTEADonBRAYTON. Love the heart shape.

Daisies abound in my garden between the original stones, what a welcoming site.
Images: Brayton Homestead Interiors

Saturday, June 13, 2009

A Study in White

Passed under the Parisian white limestone archway with it's kaleidoscope of colored glass tiles and cascades of Della Robbia carved flowers while shopping in Paris.

With a Parisian salon feel, Shabby Chic slipcovers and sisal carpet refresh a living room.
White, cream, taupe and pink, so welcoming, Tres` chic.

White and pink with robin's egg blue for accent. The painted blue stair runner balances the contrasts of the formal and informal.
Images: Brayton Homestead Interiors, Shabby Chic, Absolutely Beautiful Things

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

100th blog follower- Flattered and Humbled

Please let me thank you all for helping me reach my 100Th blog follower. I am grateful and humbled by your response to my blog. When I started in February 2009 I never imagined the satisfaction I would receive in creating my posts. It has been an educational journey thus far, a cause for reflection on ones life and work. The fact my blog is received and enjoyed by you makes it all the more rewarding.

Thank you Shawn from COUNTRY FRENCH ANTIQUES for listing me as a "New Discovery " and adding me to your blog list. Her blog has the qualities I aspire to .You should check out her blog as well as all the other wonderful bloggers that I would also like to thank for their inspiration and support.
Please continue to come back and enjoy....
Images: Marie Antoinette, Country French Antiques

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

More Needlepoint Love

More needlepoint and yorkie love!
Needlepoint of a yorkshire terrier against blue silk plaid creates a lovely pillow!
My yorkie, Krumpet, posed in front of another custom made pillow. I had several pillows made, each with a different piece of needlepoint, this one I just had to keep for myself. At Brayton Homestead Interiors we love needlepoint new and vintage. We can even turn your needlepoint pieces into a pillow using our designer fabrics and trims. Makes a nice Christmas gift...!
This illow was features in POLYVORE.

Images: Aileen Ann, Brayton Homestead Interiors

Saturday, June 6, 2009

My 1st Blog Award!!!

I am so pleased to have been given the ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD, from Aquarian Bath, my 1st blog award! Thank you so much for acknowledging my blog, I am so grateful and honored. That readers are enjoying my blog is so wonderful. It is my pleasure to list a few blogs that I enjoy and I pass the award to them!
Embellished Bayou
French Blue
camdesign interiors
red planet
Vanderhoek Art
Paris Hotel Boutique
Attractive Home Design for Less
Lisa's Retro Style
Garden Antiques Vintage
One Little Bird
Lily Shay Style
Country French Antiques
Thank you again Aquarian Bath. You should check out her lovely blog...

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Magenta Bursts

Happy Thursday!
Soft magenta, pink and chartreuse on needlepoint- I LOVE needlepoint!~ any of my decorating clients would tell you that.
**This pillow is available- email me for pricing**

Magenta bursts of color against a graphic white trellis - a pretty scene of peonies spotted driving. So tired of the rain, cannot wait for sunny days.......
Image : Brayton Homestead Interiors

Monday, June 1, 2009

Rose Romantique

Swish swish, she rustles as she passes by. Prom, graduation and wedding season is here and I know what I would be wearing to the prom, this vintage pink wonder in Rose romantique from Lisa's Retro Style. Congrats to my nephew Korey on his college graduation.
I do hope Rhett gets here soon..
Image: Lisa's Retro Style