Monday, March 30, 2009

What to choose?

Even I, an Interior Designer, ponder on decorating decisions. Began putting together ideas for my master bathroom renovation. Even in a small bathroom every selection counts! I want this beautiful ceramic hand painted Slavko " Old French style sink" . So perfect to adjoin my bedroom, featured earlier “Paris Flea Market Bedroom”. Do you agree?
Image: Etsy

Saturday, March 28, 2009


Come sail away with me to Neverland, or fly. Don't you love this chandelier? What it is about the juxtaposition of an elaborate light fixture that glimmers in an otherwise understated room that works so well? Look close at those lovely metal chairs, love! All that glamour atop a simple painted floor. Oh........
Image: Domino

Friday, March 27, 2009

Treasury "Jewels"

Check out this kaleidoscope of wonderful work on etsy.
My treasury aptly named "JEWELS"

Sunroom retreat

I want to hide away in this gorgeous sun room. It has all the comforts of home and more! Imagine the overhead glow of chandeliers and the moonlight? A comfy chair, fresh fruit, beautiful flowers and a cup of tea, OK, maybe it would be Merlot. Enjoy the view......
Image: Country Living

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Easter best

So nostalgic today- had to share a picture of my two older sisters. Better sisters could not be imagined. Dressed in their Easter outfits, is this not precious!!

Loving Dad

I am hoping you are enjoying my blog, maybe a decorating tip, viewing an artists' work or just looking. Forgive a somber moment, I wanted to share that today is the anniversary of my dad's passing 39 years ago. I write this as it was yesterday. What a wonderful and loving dad, highly respected police Detective and loved gentleman. Sadly missed. thanks..

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Memories of Paris Carousel

Closing my eyes and remembering taking this picture of the lovely carousel in Paris! It was so enchanting, oh wait,
I can hear the music too!. Enjoy....
p.s. this was taken outside of the Hotel de Ville, "city hall " on Rue de Rivoli. There was a majestic ceremony of men in uniforms on horseback in the background of the carousel.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Treasury- "Eat Cake"

Happy Tuesday!
I seem to be on a sweet theme, yesterday~ peeps, today Paris pastries! Did not realize when I started. Please enjoy my new etsy treasury aptly named " Eat Cake". French inspired, it features food and fashion at it's best. You know I love Paris!
Thanks for looking...........

Monday, March 23, 2009

Peeps and malted milk eggs

Do I love how this room feels like Easter to me, the colors of blue, yellow and pink. Makes me think of a big basket of Easter candy~ oh yum, pink peeps and malted milk eggs. Swooning over the walls, what a great way to recycle vintage wood and go green!
Image: Coastal Living

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Humpty Dumpty

HUMPTY DUMPTY sat on a wall
HUMPTY DUMPTY was handmade by me….He was hand drawn on fabric. I have had him copywritted as he his my original one of a kind creation and has many projects planned for his future (not scrambled eggs). My Mom quilted my twin brother and I each a Humpty Dumpty when we were babies! Check out my Humpty on my Etsy shop and have a great day….
Image: Brayton Homestead Interiors

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Hot Chocolate

Warm browns and rich leather create old world charm. This is the living room I designed for a lovely family, a young couple and their three children. The color palette and textures combine to achieve a sophisticated yet comfortable space. My signature ~ Comfortable Tradtional. Isn't it welcoming?
Image: Brayton Homestead Interiors

Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring, finally......

Go outside and play in the dirt!! Start thinking about your outside rooms! Love the work of Freida Maria. Many years ago my sister brought a pencil outline of my foot to Holland and returned with a custom made pair of wood clogs for me. My sister is the most wonderful person. I still have the clogs; they are more comfortable than you would think. But, they are wood!
More decorating tips tomorrow....
Image: Frieda Maria

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Pare down

A fresh spring look can be obtained by paring down your rooms. OK, this pic may be extreme, but isn't it inviting? An old rule is to go around your house and remove three things, you will see and feel the difference. Recognize earlier tip of adding greenery? A gorgeous chaise lounge never hurts either!
Thanks for checking my design tips ~ more to come....
Image: A Life's Design

Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Pat's Day to all!
Krumpet, my yorkie, is dressed in his finest for the occasion!
Come back tomorrow for another Spring decorating tip! Thanks...
Image: Brayton Homestead Interiors

Quintessential Spring!

Happy Monday!
Thank you for stopping by for the Tip of the day.
Could there be anything more spring-like than flowers? Placing flowers in a room brings in nature and breathes life! Try placing them in unexpected containers like pitchers or tureens other than vases. Consider displaying your arrangement in your kitchen and bedrooms not just on the dining room table.
Come back soon for more decorating tips. Leave a comment to let me know you are enjoying my blog. Thanks…
Image: House Beautiful

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Spring Decorating Tip

Lighten up! A major change you can make to any room to give it a fresh springtime look is to make a change on your floor! You might not have consider this surface when you are decorating, but switching your heavier oriental or braided rugs to a natural fiber carpet with less color and pattern will make a difference. Affordable sisal or jute carpets can easily be found at local retailers or ordered from catalogs such as Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel.

Lighten up

I am not suggesting that you rip up your wall to wall but you can layer a small sisal carpet over your existing carpet and under a coffee table~ otherwise it will creep around. I sometimes take away my carpet and leave the floor bare, although this look is not for everyone.
Come back soon for another decorating tip. Thank you and enjoy!
Images: House Beautiful, Pottery Barn

Friday, March 13, 2009

Countdown to Spring

7 days until spring!!
Starting tommorow Ill be giving the first in a series of free decorating tips to spruce up your home for the Spring! Do you like the collage I made of vintage numbers?
Check back for other interior design secrets.....
Image: Brayton Homestead Interiors

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Secret garden

Waiting patiently for all the flowers to spring up in my garden. Here's a pic of my little secret garden tucked in the bend of my stone wall as it was last year just starting.......................
Image: Brayton Homestead Interiors

Kewpies and Charlottes and cherubs Oh My!

My Kewpie necklace was selected for a treasury! Can you believe cottagestylelevendors made this charming treasury full of kewpies and charlottes and cherubs, oh my!!! Could it be any sweeter?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Treasury "Blue Bird"

Please enjoy my newest treasury on Etsy "PRETTY BLUE BIRD with golden friends", a group of artists delightful items to usher in Spring!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Cafe in Paris

As spring approaches I cannot help reminiscing about my trip to Paris. Oh, the cafes, the art, the food! Can you imagine dining in this Parisian café? It was as charming as it appears. I can still taste the escargot, more wine please!

Image: Brayton Homestead Interiors

Monday, March 9, 2009

Treasury "ECLECTIC"

Enjoy my newest etsy treasury "Eclectic" ! Aren't all the items just beautiful and original? Thanks!
Feel free to leave a comment to all these fine artists. Enjoy ...

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Spring flowers

This wonderful weather has me dreaming of spring! Cannot wait for daily walks with Krumpet, planting my flower gardens and designing clients patios.
Image: Martha Stewart Living

Saturday, March 7, 2009


Another photo in the Kewpie series, a charming bisque necklace on an antique ceiling tin, could it be more vintaged chic! Love the contrast of the smooth ceramic against the aged and rusty tin.
Image: Brayton Homestead Interiors

Friday, March 6, 2009

Cupids and Kewpies

I love cupids and Kewpies, take a peak at these endearing icons that warm my heart!
Image: Brayton Homestead Interiors

Thursday, March 5, 2009


Putting away my Valentine décor is a bittersweet experience. I had just made the heart sachets and enjoyed seeing them around the house Easter is next!
There are hearts on my Etsy shop.
Image: by Brayton Homestead Interiors

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Etsy Treasury "SEPIA"

My new Etsy treasury! A treasury is collection of work you create on Etsy using 12 different Etsy artists work of your choice. Feel free to leave a comment to all these fine artists. Enjoy

Monday, March 2, 2009

A Relaxing Sunday...

Yesterday was a relaxing yet productive day. I spent time with my 23 year old son, worked on some client stuff and continued on a watercolor painting of a rabbit- I SEE A THEME HERE!

Also listed a new item - vintage pink hat-on my Etsy shop~ vintagedchic. So Shabby Chic to display old hats.

Image: Brayton Homestead Interiors

oh- a dog's life....

You can see what Krumpet did all day- oh a dog's life..............
Image: Brayton Homestead Interiors

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Paris Flea Market Bedroom

Thought I would post another photo of my bedroom the bunny rabbit jar paper mache jar was photographed in. I love things that are a bit worn and show their age. Love to go to auctions, flea markets and yard sales looking for treasures. Cannot wait for spring! My decorating style is Paris Flea market meets primitive and Shabby Chic!
Image: Brayton Homestead Interiors

Snowing in Massachusetts...

Woke up to SNOW! Haven’t we had enough? It is so pretty though.
Still am so excited about starting my blog yesterday. Please stop by often as I hope to make daily entries.
Enjoy my snowy picture.
Image: Brayton Homestead Interiors