My dear pal Paula Bruso has perfected the art of arranging charming and artisitc vignettes. They abound in every room of her charming New England farmhouse. Here she re-purposes a tool case into a closet of sorts for some vintage childrens' clothes in a corner of an upstairs bedroom.
Paula has a knack for using unusual finds and rustic castoffs in new and decorative ways.
This old garden gate replaces a bedroom door and makes this upstairs room feel like a cozy tree house.
Iron grates, outdoor sinks....she brings it all inside and incorporates it into her nature inspired and garden home.
I marvel at her imagination sometimes and wonder how a pharmacist (which she is) can have such a creative side.
Paula has a love of folk art and handmade creations and uses them throughout her home to create ingenious little scenes and artisitc displays.
A pair of Evi''s spectacular bunnies sit in a corner by the window next to an old dress form.
Family photos, handmade tags and cards adorn this wire holder in the hallway.
This little vignette is on one of the shelves of a tall chimney cupboard.
The back of a door has it's own surprise visual treat.
This architectual piece hangs in her dining room and holds several old apothocary jars, a bird's nest, a tiny cricket cage and a jar of quail eggs.
A few pieces of her brown transferware collection are displayed in the cupboard.
These abandoned bird nests sit on an iron rack above the sofa....topped with an old iron decorative piece.
Here is Paula, perusing the merchandise outside the shops in Essex.
Postscript.......these pictures were taken in September of 2006 and the creative displays and vignettes have been changed many times over since then! Just a reminder.....Paula's home and gardens will be part of a wonderful garden tour on June 20th this year......If you are in the area of Centerbrook, CT.......it is not to be missed!
To live content with small means.... To seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion.... To be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich.... To study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly.... To listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart.... To bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.... In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.... ...........this is to be my symphony.
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