Holy Smoke

I've been burning a lot of incense lately. And not just incense - candles, smudge sticks - anything that makes a lovely smell and purifies my space. A friend of mine used to call me a Hedge Witch, which is an herbalist who uses tinctures and dried plants to heal and spell cast. From what I understand, Hedgwitchery is loosely based on the old wise woman tradition, one of the oldest eclectic magical traditions. The hedge witch serves as midwife, seer, healer, maker of magic charms. And while I certainly don't practice any black arts, I do embrace the hedge witch image and connect my burning of dried herbs to prayer, healing and space clearing. Do you have a little hedge witch inside of you too? What's your favorite thing to burn in your space?


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Here's a little incense guide if you're interested in trying it out!


Worn Beauty

I love these used up, curated spaces. Someone LIVES here. They sink into things. They surround themselves with the stuff of life. They ruminate. They converse. They sit and do the bills and talk to lovers and loose their keys and inhabit these spaces with all their hearts. I just know it!


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The Case for Rest

Last week, I was in a cabin near Lake Tahoe. I was resting. For the first time in a few years, I slept. I really slept. Twelve, thirteen hours a night. I took naps. I plopped into bed in the middle of the day and fell easily and fast asleep for one, two, even three hours.

I'm a work-at-home mama. I have two young children, one of whom is a high energy special needs child. I am "on" all of the time. I'm in bed at midnight or 1am and I'm up at 5am to the sounds of children, dogs and a small urban homestead. Don't get me wrong - it's wildly rewarding. But I miss sleeping.

Rest. Restoration. Sleep. Quiet. Oxygen. Darkness. Comfort. 
It's more important now than at any other time in my life.
I must, somehow, get more rest.


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The Spring Equinox

In the Pagan wheel of the year, March 20th and 21st mark the spring equinox: that liminal point when the calendar is half way between the solstices (darkest day and the lightest day of the year).  I'll be spending my spring equinox at the Texas Style Council CAMP Retreat for bloggers in Central Texas. In addition to my usual travel gear, I'm packing a little candle, some dried sage and a mini-temple bell for when the weekend presents a quiet moment for meditation. I like to honor these earth-based holidays with a little altar-making and thanksgiving.

Do you celebrate the natural earth holidays? 
How do you honor the spring equinox?


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Photo by Astrid Dellair
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Free Association Friday

subterranean
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nocturnal
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silent
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Sophie Yall photographed by Marie Zucker   |   Jellyfish Chandelier

"Nocturne in Black and Gold" 1875 by James McNeill Whistler

Art Nouveau tile   |   Photo by Natalia Drepina

Bohemian History | Krazy Kat Klub

Every once in a while I run into a little bit of unknown history about bohemian culture in the USA. It's always such a delight to get a glimpse into the counter cultures of yore. The Krazy Kat Klub, a bohemian speakeasy and night club near Thomas Circle in Washington DC, was in operation during the early part of the 20th Century. At the helm of this boho lair was Cleon Throckmorton, a portraitist and theater scene designer who encouraged all sorts of drinking, smoking, art and shenanigans.

In 1919, a reporter for the Washington Post described the Krazy Kat Klub as being “something like a Greenwich Village coffee house”, featuring “gaudy pictures created by futurists and impressionists.” It was also mentioned in the published diary of Washington, D.C. resident Jeb Alexander, who described the club as a “Bohemian joint in an old stable up near Thomas Circle - a gathering place for artists, musicians, atheists and professors.” Sounds like my kind of place!

The big feature of the Krazy Kat Klub was a tree house built in the center of an outdoor courtyard. Visitors could climb into the treehouse, have a smoke and order drinks. Here are some photos of the Krazy Kat Klub and it's clientele below. Notice the sign above the door that says, "All soap abandon ye who enter here!"







All photos via Shorpy

Rings | LuxDivine

Before I had kids, I used to wear a fistful of chunky rings on each hand. Why did I stop? I can't remember. Perhaps they got caught on hair or got in the way of a fast diaper change. Whatever the reason, I think its time to reinstate my oversized ring wearing habits. I'm in love with these gorgeous pieces from LuxDivine. Oh my oh my. I want them all!








And their arm wraps are gorgeous as well!


Woven Textiles | Layer it On

A smattering of boho textiles for a Wednesday morning? Yes, please. Honestly, when my home needs a pick-me-up, layering woven textiles is my go-to decorating trick. Pillows, rugs, tapestries, window treatments and wall hangings are the quickest and least permanent way to spiff up your space. And to prove my point, I submit the evidence below:

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The Conservatory

Oh, what I wouldn't give for access to a green house or small conservatory! I'm knee deep in winter sprouting experiments. My little green babies line the studio windowsill waiting for the frost to break and a shot at life outdoors. I'm running out of room quickly!






Wouldn't it be wonderful if...












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Basically, I just mined THIS beautiful board on Pinterest for all of these lovely photos.

The Baroness of Bohemia

Oh, look at these opulent details - glass chandeliers, velvet upholstery, heavy floor to ceiling curtains, ornate etched designs, lacquered surfaces, Chinoiserie, gold leaf, tropical taxidermy. Today, I'm feeding my inner Queen with the richly decorated, saturated spaces below. These rooms are the perfect mix of bohemia and baroness.

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This Week In the Studio | Incense

This weekend I cleaned up my art studio and put away all of the Christmas wrapping and holiday refuse. Sometimes when I'm cleaning, I like to burn a stick of incense or a little sage bundle to help clear the energy while I'm dealing with the dust and clutter. I always have a box of Indian incense sticks laying around, which I purchase from World Market. My favorite is Lotus. Today, my studio is clean, clear and ready for me to paint and write. It also smells heavenly. Do you ever burn incense? What do you use - sticks? smudge? cones?









Here are some shots of my studio after the clean and purge. 
I've also got a few visiting plant refugees and seedlings, 
brought in from the 10 degree temps in the back yard.











And here is where I do all of my blogging!



Also, today is the last day of my tastemaker sale at Arcadian Home.
Check it out HERE.

Houzz | Recycled Bohemian Greenhouse

Most of you know that I'm a home tour contributor at Houzz.com. My most recent article is not a home at all, but rather a greenhouse. Thank you to Brandi, of My Flights of Whimsy, who introduced me to her mother, and greenhouse owner, Carolyn Pace. I love unique spaces, and Carolyn's greenhouse is really special.

Carolyn says she’d rather be up to her elbows in dirt than cooking in the kitchen. So when a small tornado demolished her backyard pole barn, the Centerville, Texas, resident worked with her husband, Gary, to transform the damaged structure into a greenhouse. “The old barn was falling apart; walls blowing in the wind and full of debris,” says Carolyn. “The tornado came through and created the perfect place for a greenhouse.” Now Carolyn can nurture her “green babies” all year long.

Click HERE to read the full article and see all of the photos!














And don't forget to enter our current giveaway from Octavia Bloom Jewelry.
You could win a $60 gift certificate! To enter, click HERE.


Eclectic and Bright

By the look of this first photo, I'm still on a floral chintz kick.  But today, I'm looking at bright boho-ish spaces that feature great natural light and cream colored walls. These rooms prove that you don't have to go dark on the walls for a cozy, intimate, eclectic look. Tis the season to keep things light and bright!


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And don't forget about our 75 dollar giveaway from Novica!
Click HERE to enter. 

My Living Room is Finished!

I painted my living room blue last weekend and the results are in!  I snapped photos yesterday morning while fixing oatmeal for my 5-year-old and intermittently picking up a crying 2-year-old. So while they're not top notch photos, you'll get an idea of what I've done!  Presenting my very blue living room:







And just for fun, here's a before shot:









I painted with Benjamin Moore's Symphony Blue, which took four coats.  It was crazy but worth it.  Most of the room is comprised of furniture I already had on hand. However, there are a few new things in place.  The primary purchase was a set of red ikat curtain panels from Castle Creek Designs on Etsy.  They are beautiful and I'm in love with these curtains.  The other new piece is the red tripod table pictured above from West Elm - an early Christmas gift from my husband.  It was on sale!


Where did everything else come from?  Here's the breakdown:

Everything below came from Craigslist:
pair of yellow Midcentury chairs
pair of blue barrel back chairs
brown sofa
both sofa side tables
coffee table
circular table between blue chairs

Thrift Store
all four table lamps, each lamp was 5 dollars or less
(I spray painted two of them in turquoise)

Etsy
red ikat curtains from Castle Creek Designs
grey chevron pouf by Aleta Fae - I won from a blog giveaway at Head Over Heels

Joss & Main
blue Ikat pillows on sofa
lumbar ikat pillow I won from a blog giveaway at Deliciously Organized

Pottery Barn
red paisley throw pillow and blanket
area rug

Stuff I made:


And just for fun... here are photos of our eat-in kitchen and dining room, both of which share space with our new living room... 







P.S.  All of the art in the photos below were painted by my son, Walker. 
Our dining room is like his little gallery.





Thanks to everyone who encouraged me to go bold and paint my living room dark indigo blue.  I love the look of it, as does my family.  It's warm, dramatic, energizing and just plain fun.  Have a GREAT weekend!

Speechless

THIS home is ridiculously beautiful.  What was this space?  A ballroom from a bygone era?  First of all, the crumbling plaster on the walls is so beautiful and the soaring architecture - astounding. But the manner in which the inhabitants have filled this cavernous space is brilliant.  I love all the intimate seating areas, dinning area, books, large scale art that sets off the space, rather than competing with it - all of it is so well done.