Wallpaper Envy

While visiting my cousins in Montclair, NJ this weekend, I was delighted to find that they had wallpapered a powder room off the kitchen in this whimsical pattern! (Yes, I'm that family member who surreptitiously photographs the half-bath during my visit.) Its too pretty not to share. This trippy Mushroom Forest Wallpaper can be found at Anthropologie

Back in the Studio

After 9 weeks away from home, I'm back in the studio this week. I can't tell you how delicious it is to walk back into the Continental Gin Building, open the door to my studio and take in the sights and smells of creative possibility.

My summer journey west took me through the Rockies of Colorado, the wilds of Eastern Oregon, the Central Coast of California, and home to Dallas via the wide open landscapes of Southern Utah and Northern New Mexico. During my trip I soaked up all sorts of inspiration (a took lots of photos) to bring back into the studio (like the one below). 

This week I'm diving into a few new commissions and finishing a couple of house portraits. I'm also prepping my studio for the Continental Gin's upcoming Open Studio event. I, along with all of the other artists in the building, will be opening our studios on October 20 from 6-10pm and 21 from 2-8pm. It was absolutely necessary to take some time away, but now I'm ready for the exciting work that lies ahead this fall. 

Listening to Bradford Loomis

This summer, my Mama and I went to a bar along the Snake River in Hells Canyon because we heard there was going to be live music and a rib dinner special. Because... who doesn't love a rib dinner? I knew nothing about the musician who'd been booked for the night, but it turned out to be Bradford Loomis. I hadn't heard of Bradford Loomis before, but his music has been a daily staple in my life since that evening in Hells Canyon.

So if you've never heard of him, please go strait to Spotify, or Amazon, or where ever you go to get your music and listen to his albums. I bought Into the Great Unknown and his newer album Bravery & the Bell. They're both fantastic. Loomis brings serious soul and experience to his music and he's made a me a believer. You can see some of his videos HERE, but I've also included some below. Take a listen:

Plein Air

After posting yesterday about artist Danna Ray, I got excited to take my work outside! Here are some lovely images of portable easels set up for plein air painting. Dreamy!

Featured Artist: Danna Ray

Danna Ray is a plein air painter whom I had the pleasure of meeting in the spring of 2016. She was teaching a guache class through Squam Art Workshops, and I was her student for the day. I love Plein Air painting. Leaving the four walls of the studio and experiencing the elements in person is a beautiful way to capture the movement of natural objects and the passage of time on a landscape. Of course the French Impressionists were famous for their plein air paintings, but it by no means a thing of the past. The tradition is alive and well. 

Danna's work is immediate and filled with the grace and mystery of nature. I so appreciate her use of color and the confidence of her brush strokes. Her work is completely gorgeous. I wish I had her sensitivity for shadow, shape, and form. If you don't already, you must follow her on Instagram. You can find Danna in her natural habitat, walking through the deep woods in the Black Hills of North Carolina, or on her website. Until then, here is a taste of her work. 

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Oh, and Danna is also a badass climber. She's basically a super hero.

Girl of the Limberlost

Remember Gene Stratton-Porter's beautiful book Girl of the Limberlost? It was published in 1909 and was one of many books, essays, and poems she wrote about the Limberlost Swamp near her home in Indiana. Over 100 years ago now, Stratton-Porter was bucking societal norms by living life as a scientist, naturalist, and writer. The images included below are inspired by her Girl of the Limberlost.

Art Nouveau Woodcuts and Prints

After my time in the Pine Valley of Eastern Oregon, I'm feeling very drawn to these Art Nouveau era images of forested places. Some of them are from Europe and a few from Asia. They put me in a wonderfully contemplative mood. 


Maura Enders: The Queen of Table Settings

No one sets a table like Maura Enders. No one. Her "more is more" philosophy gives every meal a holiday vibe. I don't know what happens in your home, but in mine, we're often throwing food together at the last minute. We barely sit down sometimes. Maura's table settings make a great case for the slow food movement and for making your meal as appetizing as possible. Cook slowly and fill your home with delicious aromas. Set the table with care. Sit down and take it all in. 

Michael Pollan, the food writer who brought us The Omnivore's Dilemma tells us that to properly digest a meal, the body needs time to smell the food and see the food cook. This process gets our salivary glands going and primes the stomach with the proper acids before introducing food to the system. If we just throw down a burger without notice, the body has a hard time digesting. 

Maura Enders' table settings inspire me to slow down and honor the food I prepare for my family. You can follow her on Instagram where she shares photos of her 1940s Cape style home in Princeton, New Jersey. There's also a great interview with Maura HERE

The Details of Daily Life

I'm currently visiting the beautiful town of Ashland, Oregon. The thing that strikes me about the homes I visit and the gardens I pass by on my walks is the abundance of cottages and craftsman homes. The cottage style seems designed not just for beauty, but also for optimal comfort. These vignettes remind me of the words of William Morris, the father of the arts & crafts design movement. He said, "The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life."

A New Home for La Maison Boheme

10 years ago, I began blogging at La Maison Boheme. Initially the blog served as an online dream journal where I could catalog my favorite design ideas and inspirations. La Maison Boheme quickly became a community where I met bloggers, designers, and people who would help me develop and more fully embody my personal aesthetic. 

Now the blog has transformed into a more personal place where I share my art process, my thoughts on parenting a special needs child, and other topics of interest like gardening, radical homemaking, minimalism, social justice, literature, and travel. 

The time has come for me to consolidate my online spaces, which is why I'm leaving the Blogspot platform. From now on, La Maison Boheme will continue via my website at www.sarahgreenman.com/blog. And of course you can always find it (as you did before) at www.maisonboheme.com

Thank you, dear readers, for sticking with me through the past decade! And cheers to a new home for La Maison Boheme! 

Cottage Green

I don't have a cottage, 
but I sure do love these moss, sage and kelly greens cottage colors. 

Postcards from Eastern Oregon

I'm soaking up every beautiful day in far Eastern Oregon at my Mama's home. The Wallowa-Whitman mountain range, the Snake River, Eagle Creek, Pine Valley, Oxbow, Brownlee... this place is heaven on earth. 

Pine Valley and Halfway, OR

The irrigation ditch on my Mama's property.

My Mama's barn.

The Snake River.

Brownlee Reservoir.

Oxbow Dam.

Imnaha River.

Remember to Play

I happened upon this lovely video by Michelle Housel and McKenzie Elizabeth Ditter about dolls and dollhouse making. The video, which accompanies a recent article in Taproot Magazine, depicts a step-by-step process for making a hand-crafted dollhouse from boxes, found objects, clay and paint. It's a great reminder that play is not only reserved for kiddos, but important for all ages.

Foraged Morels

One of my favorite things about visiting my mother's farm in Eastern Oregon is that her neighbors are always dropping by with fresh veggies from their garden or eggs from their coop. Today's surprise was a grocery bag full of foraged Morel Mushrooms. For a city dweller like me, who will easily drop 8 bucks for 5 morels at the Whole Foods, this was a miracle. Tonight, I'll be cooking up a mushroom feast for my family. And I'll probably do something like THIS. Thank you Oregon. Thank you neighbors. Thank you nature!

Home in Oregon Again

Some places are magical because of the curvature of the land, the quality of light, and the verdant energy inherent in the soil. And some places are magical because it's inhabitants. My Mama's home is both. My family and I are staying at my Mama's farm in Eastern Oregon for a month. It's a heavenly place and I love what happens to my brain and my body out here. I slow down. I notice things. I breathe deeper. And I feel truly "home". Here are three snapshots from my first day. And yes, that is a double rainbow at the end of my mother's driveway. A sign? I think so.

Interested in more posts about my Mama's farm? Click HERE.

In the Studio | House Portraits

I delivered another house portrait to a client this week! Such fun. I consider my house portraits to be little painted love letters. These homes shelter the hopes and dreams of the inhabitants and my goal in rendering them is to honor those dreams. They're are painted in acrylic on high quality archival paper, and they're usually commissioned to commemorate a new home, or sometimes even the selling of a home.  Learn more about my house portrait commissions HERE.

Morning on the Dock | A Conversation

For the past four years I have been attending retreats at Squam Art Workshops. My time at these art retreats have infused my life and my work with joy and renewed focus. That's why I was delighted when Elizabeth Duvivier, the founder of Squam Art Workshops, asked me for an interview as part of her podcast, "Morning on the Dock".

This photo is from my time at Squam Lake in 2014.

So here it is! Our hour-long conversation about creativity, theatre, art-making, partnership, parenthood, loss, imperfection, healing, and the sacred transformational power of living out loud. Thank you, Elizabeth, for creating such a beautiful space for this kind of deep-dive dialogue. Read Elizabeth's full article on her website HERE.

Storyteller Series | Cécile McLorin Salvant

Cécile McLorin Salvant has been playing in my house all week. My husband read a marvelous article about her in the New Yorker and we've been listening ever since. I am obsessed with her music, her tone, her wisdom, and her storytelling. And I have to also add that for me as an actor and theatre artist, I so admire Salvant's ability to completely embody a lyric and create a whole world with a song. Watching her sing is like seeing a masterclass in musical theatre. Wynton Marsalis said about Ms. Salvant, "You get a singer like this every generation or two." I must agree. She is a genius and I cant. stop. listening.

On the Road Again

In two weeks time, my family of four (plus a dog) will embark on a two month car-trip through Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, California, Arizona, and New Mexico. We'll be landing for long stretches in Eastern Oregon at my mother's homestead and also in my hometown of Paso Robles, California. 

I'm looking forward to spending time with my most favorite people on earth. But I'm also looking forward to getting out of Texas and out of my routine. The road always offers new perspectives, new views, and new ideas. Traveling always gets my creative juices flowing. I can't wait to turn down the noise of daily life and turn up the fun.