Thursday, December 31, 2009

Front page on etsy

I am so excited to have the vintage Barbie doll dress from my new shop
on Etsy's
Front Page!

features wondrous treasures
in all shades of white
IMAGES: etsy, Brayton Cottage (me)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year wish

I am wishing you the best
New Year
for you and yours...

I had a wonderful wonderful Christmas.
But if truth be told, Santa did not leave
EVERYTHING under the tree I wished for!!
my new/ vintage
did not arrive ... Hehe

to you...

IMAGES: Google images

Monday, December 28, 2009


This is such a perfect time right now
after the hustle and bustle of the holiday...

A chance to reflect on the time spent with family and friends,

postpone thinking about the new year and cherish the time right now.

IMAGES: Google images

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

sshh, Santa is coming...

ssshhh, Santa is coming....

the house is quiet, everyone is sleeping, lights are down low...

down the chimney he will come into my living room and yours...

there is something about an old house
( our homestead 213 years old)
at the holidays...

may your holiday be abundant with love and joy...

from my family to yours
have a

IMAGES: Brayton Homestead Interiors

Monday, December 21, 2009

a Tuscan Christmas

Loved designing this Tuscan inspired kitchen and dining room for a very special client. Tuscan traditional style reflects her Italian roots and love of fine cooking while contemporary glass lighting fixtures create a great contrast.
Did you notice how the swirl of the knobs repeats in the iron swirl on the ceiling light fixtures?

The back splash in kitchen features a lovely traditional wall tile with modern metal tiles of grape reliefs inserted with red glass tile banding. Traditional with contemporary repeats...

Near the kitchen, atop an old roll top desk, a bird cage lamp repeats the design of the wrought iron cabinet knobs. A vignette of greens and snow have winter charm...

Into the dining area~ The contrast of the trio of contemporary lights against the old brick fireplace wall sums up the feel of the house: new/old and traditional/ contemporary.

Lisa helps with preparations and final touches, thanks...

hope you enjoyed the Tuscan kitchen with contemporary accents.
Merry Christmas!
IMAGES: Brayton Homestead Interiors

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Snowing in Massachusetts

It's snowing here in Massachusetts and it is beautiful!
Taking advantage of the time by cooking, crafting and spending time with my wonderful son Doyle and his lovely girl friend Ivy.

IMAGES: Brayton Homestead Interiors- archive of blog

Friday, December 18, 2009

must see Christmas displays

A sea of Pointsettias- a sight to behold
to the Christmas farm we traveled
it wasn't even cold...

My dear sister Aggie, Krumpet and I
shopped for some gifts
when what did we spy...

architectural salvage and vintage
oh my!
Of course there was giftware
and thus we did shop...
but a day with my sister was the best gift of all.
IMAGES: All by Brayton Homestead Interiors

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Angel Wings

Angels spread their wings in many ways,
some forms subtle as a lovely whisper,
can you hear the soft rustle in these beautiful
paper imaginings
HoneySuckle Lane?

some extend their wings with a wider swish
then envelop you like a big cocoon
and make you feel like you could fly.
IMAGES: Honey Suckle Lane, The Bottom of the Ironing Basket~ thanks!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Past and Present

My bedroom present.

For the holiday season, vintage angels adorn the gilded framed dragonfly monoprint I created a few years ago in the studio. I love burgundy mixed with cream and


My bedroom past.

Always crazy for Christmas, not much has changed. Love dark furniture with textures of velvet and chenille. I still have my musical Santa doll and the ornaments on my tree. And, I still love


IMAGES: Brayton Homestead Interiors

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Work Space Wednesday VII

An amble wood desk, a pair of French Bergere chairs and a huge inspiration board are a few of the elements in this room that inspire me. It's snowing here in Massachusetts, a day to be working home in your workspace/ studio!
Image: Ruby Press

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

charming fabrics

Pale pink fabric with contrasting black silhouettes of man's best friend, how sweet? This designer fabric would be perfect made into a pillow, curtain, bag and a dog bed, of course...

And perfect for the season, deer silhouette fabric made into a snuggly yet fashionable sleeping bag...
*if interested, I can order any designer fabrics available to Interior Designers only

Saturday, December 5, 2009

waiting patiently...

My yorkie, Krumpet, waits patiently while I list vintage items on my etsy shop...

some fabulous finds like this vintage pink squiggle cruet set by Hazel Atlas...

some retro fun like this pinky dinosaur planter, where's Pebbles and Bam Bam?
and charming gems like this vintage chenille and pinecone gnome ornament...

Thanks Krumpet,
please enjoy....
IMAGES: Brayton Homestead Interiors/ vintagedchic

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Work Space Wednesday VI

Going to your studio everyday is a pleasure, the space reflects you. So much thought and effort went into the design and it shows. Eclectic at it's finest; it showcases so many of your favorite antiques, art, travel mementos and work supplies of course...

Multi picture groupings are so effective whether they are an eclectic mix or multiples of similar subjects in similar frames. Here I drink my latte at a local coffee house surrounded by a collection of photographs of Italy...

Adjoining the coffee house is an art gallery. This room featured apparel made from unexpected materials, for instance plastic bags, I love it!

An easy transition into multiple groupings of framed pieces is an ensemble of family photographs perfect up a stairway grand or small.
IMAGES: Jac de Viller Photography
Brayton Homestead Interiors
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Domino Magazine

Monday, November 30, 2009

Master bathroom renovation

Soak away the day I say. Another decision for my master bathroom renovation! To refresh what has been chosen thus far (yes it has been a slow process) ~ the French country sink, ceramic wall tile with tile border and a partridge in a pear tree. No seriously, isn't this tub just wonderful?

The floor tile is lovely too, um... My design work for clients is always their personal style aided by my experience, degrees and a passion for design. But Bohemian meets Paris Flea Market meets old world is my own personal mix of styles, what's yours?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Wishes

My wish for you
is a lovely place to be for Thanksgiving...

gathering around the table to dine with family and friends..

When your plate is clean and you have remembered all you are thankful for...

find a place to lounge
grab a book or watch the game and relax...



IMAGES: Brayton Homestead Interiors~ house nearby
2. Beautiful Things to Share
3. etsy
4.Brayton Homestead Interiors- my client's family room

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thanksgiving in Massachusetts

A bit more client work to share with you...

a cornucopia of produce...

Reflects how we celebrate Thanksgiving
in New England
after all
Plymouth Rock is only 40 miles away...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fall at the Homestead

It's Fall at the
I cannot wait for family and friends to gather
here for
My centerpiece is off the table on a
and not in the way...
How will you be decorating this

IMAGES: Brayton Homestead Interiors