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.
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.
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:
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.
Oh, and Danna is also a badass climber. She's basically a super hero.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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!
|Pine Valley and Halfway, OR|
|The irrigation ditch on my Mama's property.|
|My Mama's barn.|
|The Snake River.|
|Black & White Bead Tote|
|Blue Diamond Tote|
|Black & White Woven Fringe Tote|
|Pink Jacquard Weekender Bag|
|Chindi Denim Tote|
|Yellow Carpet Bag|
|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.