Sunday, September 26, 2010

Magnolia Pearl

Charles and I , my son Doyle and his lovely girlfriend Ivy, spent a wonderful afternoon at a outdoor party. Wonderful company, ideal fall weather, tasty food, and enjoyable music made it a perfect day. I wish to be dressed in these bloomers from Magnolia Pearl when I attend another get together.

The style of Magnolia Pearl, owned by Robin Brown, is breathtaking! Revel in this bathroom.
Entering her space is like entering an "Enchanted World".

Some friends and family might argue that I already live in an enchanted world. Yes, life at the historic homestead is a different way of life, almost eccentric, more another time...

Oh, what color bloomers to pick?

Robin Brown could be considered a Barn Chick. Here she is photographed leaving her wedding!

I admire how she does everything. I hope you will join me for the BARN CHICK PARTY on October 8th being guest hosted by Julie Marie at Idllyhours. And party back here on November 10th.

It is so good to have met all my blogging friends. Robin, in center, embodies the sentiment of friendship here with hers gals. I bet they have a blast. Did I mention I love the floppy hat...

Friday, September 24, 2010

Autumn Inspiration

For French Cupboard's , Autumn Art party, I decided to make a paper mache skeleton jar. I usually make snowman jars for clients, family and friends. Why not a skeleton? I think he looks dapper between the topiaries I made a few years ago, do you?

With his vintage crepe paper tie
and vintage silk covered button...

all aged up
he is my Autumn art.
also joining in Common Ground
Vintage Inspiration Friday-who always inspires me.
Images: Brayton Homestead Interiors

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

White Stripes

White stripes and brown shadows mimic a ball of string.
Concentric horizontal stripes form a bowl.
Alternate beading creates the undulating pattern of a sea shell.
All white, all wonderful, all new items at Brayton Cottage.
thank you to White Wednesday at Faded Charm.
Images: all Brayton Homestead Interiors/ Brayton Cottage

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Nature's Inspiration

I am inspired by nature. While on a leisurely walk I discovered a pair of acorn caps that were connected to each other. Instantly I thought about the fact that I was a twin, and stashed them in my pocket. It's portrait now hangs on my living room bookshelves among vintage books...

My medium of choice is a combination of a traditional printed etching and mono print. First I drew the picture, scratched really, onto a steel plate, etched it in acid, inked it with printers ink, put it through a press to transfer the image onto paper. Loved creating it and the results makes me smile - twin Kev and me...

Nextchapter, Etsy artist, represents acorns in these striking earrings, perfect for fall. Thank you Common Ground for all your inspiration and for Inspiration Friday...
Images: Brayton Homestead Interiors 1 & 2, etsy 3

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Le Cog

I have always loved this picture.
Incredibly sumptuous fabrics in rich Fall colors,
tapestry roosters in full plummage and contrasting checks
a scalloped edged table adorned with rusts blooms
create alfresco dining
Le Perfection!
please join...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Indian Summer

What happened to summer? It swam by so quickly...

I love the idea of hot cocoa and warm apple cider...

but not quite yet,
was wishing for an Indian Summer...

seems I just took this weathervane pic on Martha's Vineyard

and put out the sea shells I gathered on the beach there...
(my back door)

the Homestead is still dressed for summer...

but will be dressed for Fall soon.
Thanks for visiting.

Images: Brayton Homestead Interiors 3-8

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Fall is in the air

Fall is in the air! Accordingly, I decided to change my mudroom around to reflect a hint of fall. Sadly, the summer is ending, but I love the Fall. Pumpkins filled with flowers, roosters abound, and a vintage suitcase luring me to plan a Fall getaway...
p.s. I painted the checkerboard floor then aged it..
Images: Brayton Homestead Interiors

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

White Wednesday ~ My sister bride

I have so much to share with you.
Did you know I have two wonderful
older sisters, my guardian angels?

When I was only four years old my lovely sister Colleen
(shown above)
married her handsome high school sweetheart, Richie
and they just celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary...

so much to share on that later.
they had three great children
and we gave them one big party...

come back to see the party pics
do not forget to sign up for next month's
at Idyllhours
check out White Wednesday.

Images: Linds Paloma, Brayton homestead Interiors 2-4

Monday, September 6, 2010

Brayton Homestead Gates

So excited I had to share with you a sketch I made for gates in the front of my house. Wanted to add gates to the granite columns of the stone wall openings for the driveway. Originally, the gates were made of iron. As I do not have the them, and I prefer a more rustic look, I designed them to be made of wood. I saw them in the progress of being made today, so excited...

Friday, September 3, 2010

September Barn Chick Meeting

Welcome to the Barn Chick September meeting!
This month meeting at my barn
OK- it is really the artist Warren Kimble's barn
that I photographed and love!

please enter my appropriately red side entrance mudroom
yes mine- you may leave your Barn Chick boots on...

a little vintage stool helps corral the mail...

I recieved this surprise package from the lovely
Julie Marie at Idyllhours
after the last meeting
-thank you...

she had such good time, she sent these as thank you gifts.
the lovely barn/apple trivet, fall ornament and barn card
served as my inspiration for this month's theme
all about barns and apples...

Julie Marie will be hosting next months Barn Chick meeting
October 8, 2010

all barns are special, I think.
Thus far this barn in my town has been saved from demolition.
I love the graphic repetition of the windows...

the outside combination of materials
wood sill
and shingles...

and it's high reaching, vault like soaring beams
are gorgeous
must save this barn...

another barn in my town
of Somerset, Massachusetts.
rustic, faded, and photographed in blazing sunlight,
this barn is a beauty...

Did you notice the horse peeking out to say hi?
We both want to thank you for visiting!
see you next month at Idyllhours!
Images: Brayton Homestead Interiors