Houzz Tour | Nat and Dana Pugh

Last week I posted a little sneak peek at Dana Pugh's house. And as promised I'm back this week with the whole she-bang! I love covering homes for Houzz.com because I always meet the most creative home owners. Dana is an interior stylist who spends her days knee-deep in vibrant paint samples, bold patterns and flashy home accessories. But when she returns home from work, she needs a palate cleanser. Neutrals reign supreme at the Pugh house.

Dana and her husband, Nat, have created a serene, creamy-hued dream home using natural materials, vintage furniture and lots of unique found objects. To see the full article and see more photos of Dana's home, click HERE.














photos by Sarah Greenman


Once again, check out the full article on Houzz by clicking HERE.

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My Mama's Spectacular Bathroom Remodel

Last year, my handy Mama and her handy husband, Obbie, built a bathroom from scratch on what was once their canning porch. Their old farm house, which I featured on Houzz.com last summer (HERE), is located in Eastern Oregon. It was in dire need of a new bathroom. They did such a fantastic job, that I want to share it with you here!






My favorite thing about this bathroom is the origin of the vintage turn-of-the-century cast iron sink they installed. My mother spotted it on the side of a river near their home. She could only see a piece of it sticking up out of the ground with her binoculars. She and her husband waded across the river, carried it back across to their truck and hauled it back to the house for cleaning. After having it resurfaced by a professional in Portland, OR, it was ready for their bathroom!







The 100 year-old claw foot soaking tub was found at an antique / consignment store in Central California and transported to their farm house. My mom refinished and painted it herself.




My Mama found the awesome green vintage bath fixtures below at a salvage place in Portland, OR. They were the color inspiration for the whole bathroom.









And just when it couldn't get any better - they built an open, door-less walk in shower. It's handicap accessible, built with my son, Charlie, in mind. I love love love love love it!






The door to the bathroom opens into the laundry and mud room. Because there wasn't much space for a swinging door, they did a barn door style installation. The door was picked up at a garage sale and Obbie added the privacy glass. Isn't it brilliant?




And here are my sons trying out the soaking tub while their grandma looks on.





Vintage Handkerchiefs

My Great Aunt Lois passed away this spring and over the last few weeks, some of her things have been arriving at my home. Mostly quilts, family photos, albums, a little bit of art and some small furniture items she collected over the years. She also left behind an incredible collection of hand embroidered and vintage printed handkerchiefs. She is definitely of the "handkerchief era" and has quite a variety. I've been washing, drying and pressing them all week. There are 36 total. Now... what to do with them? Any ideas?









Leaded Glass

I'm a sucker for leaded glass.  I first fell in love with leaded glass because of a Craftsman home my Mom rented on 16th Street in Paso Robles, CA.  Craftsman homes are famous for their decorative windows.  I always see salvaged leaded glass windows at consignment and antique stores.  I should stop passing them by and start bringing them home.  I'm not sure where I'd put it, but my house is calling out for a little leaded glass filigree.

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I also love to see leaded glass used indoors for cabinets, cupboards and interior doors.

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Check out this sweet little window below.  I love when smaller windows are tucked away near the ceiling.  It acts like a piece of art hung high on the wall but also allows for good natural light, without the peeping tom aspect.

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Aged Perfection

I just finished the new issue of House Beautiful, which I look forward to reading every month.  I always find wonderful ideas to take away.  But I always feel a little put off when I see spread after spread of rooms which have been designed with all new furniture or completely refurbished furniture and fixtures.  Isn't it okay to have old, worn pieces in our homes anymore?  Of all the things in my home, the pieces I love most are worn, frayed and loved into aged perfection. 

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La Maison Boheme on Etsy is Restocked

This is just a little shameless plug for my vintage Etsy shop.  I hope you can stop by and see some of the new items I've added this week.  And thank you to Guilliana who featured my shop on her blog this week - see it HERE.  I'll be adding more items this weekend, so please check back again soon.


Vintage Ceramic Bird


Small Ceramic Pitcher


Vintage Portable Royal Typewriter


Butterfly Playing Cards in Porcelain Box


Mirrored Oval Vanity Tray


Gypsy's Glass Scrying Ball

P.S.  Charlie has been home a whole week now from the hospital and is doing very very well.  You can read all about his recovery (with photos of course) at Help Charlie Heal

xoxo - Sarah

Apothecary, Thy Drugs Are Quick



I do remember an apothecary,--
And hereabouts he dwells,--which late I noted
In tatter'd weeds, with overwhelming brows,
Culling of simples; meagre were his looks,
Sharp misery had worn him to the bones:
And in his needy shop a tortoise hung,
An alligator stuff'd, and other skins
Of ill-shaped fishes; and about his shelves
A beggarly account of empty boxes,
Green earthen pots, bladders and musty seeds,
Remnants of packthread and old cakes of roses,
Were thinly scatter'd, to make up a show.
Noting this penury, to myself I said
An if a man did need a poison now,
Whose sale is present death in Mantua,
Here lives a caitiff wretch would sell it him.'

- Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare










The images above were found via Indigenous Dialogues
a Tumblr treasure trove of apothecary ephemera and more.

Iron Beds

I was at a thrift store the other day in Cedar City, Utah.  (I'm still in Utah, while my husband works at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.)  I saw this crumpled up iron bed in the far corner with some beautiful details and a lot of wonderful wear and tear.  It was 5 bucks.  I wish, I wish, I wish that I was not traveling with a car full of luggage or that I had a way of transporting this special little antique wonder home to Dallas.  Ah, well... I'll just dream about it here instead.

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Utensils

My husband picked up some gorgeous silverware for me this past Christmas and since then, I've taken such pleasure in setting my table. I had never before thought of silverware and eating utensils as beautiful.  Silly me.  Do you collect old serving ware?  Do you have a newish set or family hand-me-downs?  

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Vintage Industrial

I wanted to share with you this very cool vintage store and showroom that I found via Flickr.  If you haven't already been introduced, allow me to present Agent Gallery Chicago, a spectacular circus of curios and collectibles.  Their stuff ranges from old work benches and industrial lighting to bizarre items like medical ephemera from the turn of the century.  I am in love with the moon map pictured below.  To see their incredible collection, click HERE.










Chandelier Installation

Yesterday, after 19 days of hard work, Jenny from My Favorite and My Best showed off her beautiful new and improved butt.  And while I could never ever top such an awesome and inspiring post, I thought I'd show you what I did with the last 19 days.  Remember this little beauty I picked up at a bookstore in Natchitoches, Louisiana a few weeks ago?  In the same amount of time that Jenny created her fine ass, I've been staring at my uninstalled light fixture - sitting in the corner of my bedroom.  I've been waiting for a free moment when both my children were content and/or sleeping and my husband was home to help me.  As you can see, it took three weeks for that combination of events to occur.  Here is a photo of the chandelier hanging in the bookstore:


The monstrosity that you see below has been hanging in my room for a year and a half.  It is the center of an old ceiling fan.  I took the blades off long ago, but the large brass machinery was left behind as a reminder to find something more suitable.



The light box was in pretty good condition.  My fixture is new to me, but actually pretty old - taken out of a house in New Orleans.  The wires on the fixture were not color coated and there was no ground wire, but this is really normal for older fixtures.


The plaster was breaking away, so I hid it under this medallion from Home Depot.  It actually matched the 1970's crown molding in our bedroom.  They're easy to paint, although I didn't do that because I'm lazy.



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This is what she looks like from underneath.




I don't know... now that I look at it, I think I'd rather have Jenny's tight butt.




Just a reminder:
If you haven't entered our current giveaway to win
a $500 giftcard at Bassett Furniture, do it now!

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Sarah Saw Something - Spring Break Edition

Every Saturday I share little bits and bobs that I found interesting in the blogosphere, but this weekend I'm doing something a little different.  I just spent five days on the road with my family driving from Dallas to Atlanta and back. We stayed with family, saw some old friends, met some new ones and had lots of fun.  Here are some highlights!



We took our son, Walker, to the Georgia Aquarium.  He has been to zoos before, but never an aquarium.  This place was off the hook.  If you've got a free afternoon in Atlanta - kids or no kids - the aquarium is definitely worth a visit!


That huge fish up there is a whale shark.





Since we were staying with family, they took Walker and Charlie for an evening so my husband and I could have a night out at the Buckhead Diner.  The decor and the food was amazing!  Even Elton John thinks so.  I enjoyed the best Grey Goose martini, dirty and up with extra olives EVER and finished dinner with a big slice of carrot cake so mouth-watering that I proposed to it.


The best dirty martini EVER!

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On our way home to Dallas, we took a scenic detour into Creole country and visited Natchitoches on the Cane River in Louisiana.  This is the town where, among many other important and historic things, Steel Magnolias was filmed.  Its an incredible place and I can't wait to return for further, more in-depth exploration.




I stumbled upon the Kaffie-Frederick Mercantile, which was a magical general store filled to the brim with old and new house wares and home improvement bric-a-brac.  This place was established in 1863, during the civil war.  I could have spent the whole day in this store.






...and then, just off of Horne Street I found a place called the Book Merchant and this sweet old guy was selling, yes, books - but also some wonderful vintage and antique furniture.  


And guess what I found?  Finally - the perfect chandelier for my master bedroom.  If you follow this blog, you know that I have been on the hunt for a medium sized, vintage chandelier for under 200 dollars.  I was so excited to see it hanging in the window that I almost wet my pants. I must admit that I got cold feet once I was in the store.  I didn't really have the money and I wasn't expecting to see "the perfect" lighting fixture.  My husband said I was a moron to walk away from it.  The shop owner said it belonged to his wife and was taken out of the foyer of her New Orleans family home.  So, I bought it!  I promise to post pics when its installed.



It was liberating to hit the road this past week.  Running away from work, bills and the hub-bub of Dallas for a week was just what my family and I needed.  Do you have a spring road trip in the works?

Boho Bedroom

I have a theory that the bedroom might be the cradle of civilization.  What are you ranting about, Sarah?  Yes - the cradle of civilization!  Follow me here...  Where do people start their embryonic journey?  Usually in the wombs of their mothers, who happen to be in a bed.  Where do dreams and thoughts first germinate?  Usually in the early hours of morning while asleep or lying in bed. I'm also thinking of all the artists over the centuries who have use their bedrooms to create their art - the easel in the corner the manuscript on the side table.  Some of my favorite writers (Edith Wharton, Colette, Proust and James Joyce) wrote exclusively in their beds. So you can see that according to my theory the cradle of civilization which mainly includes people, thoughts and art, all stem from the bedroom.  Do you think I have a case?


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Toast Catalog

Toast Catalog

A room by Sara Gilbane and a giveaway winner!

I don't know what it is about this room, but I keep coming back to it.  I usually don't go in for box canopies over the bed, but the colors, shapes and careful details in this room make it truly special.  What do you think?



Sara Gilbane Interiors


The winner of the Velvet Morning art print giveaway is Karen and Paisley Penguin.
Congratulations, Karen!


P.S. Don't forget to enter our other current giveaways from Olive and Ruby, B. Poetic Home and Ramsign!

Painted Screen

Portable folding screens have been used in the home for centuries.  They are used to cordon off space for dressing, to divide a room or to shield the sun coming from a window or heat from a fireplace.  I am particularly fond of the two painted screens below.  I know its ambitious, but I think I could construct and paint something similar.  Mine certainly won't be as detailed or beautiful, but I think I could achieve a similar affect. What do you think - possible DIY?

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P.S.  Charlie is back from his MRI and feeling his normal self again. We won't have any results for a few days, so I'll keep you posted.  Thanks to everyone of you for your positive thoughts and kind words of support.  We feel it!

This Room

I can't stop thinking about this room.  I love every little thing about it.  The stair case, the floor boards, the settee and throw pillows, the oar mounted in the stair well, the shuttered window, the frames on the floor, the books, the worn rug and tray table - its all perfect.  The feel of this room - its patina, grace and bohemian nature - is always what I'm aiming for in the design and decoration of my own home. 

Photographed by William Waldron

Distressed and Delicious

You know how much I love the look of distressed weathered furniture, walls, floors, textiles and the like.  While browsing a furniture consignment store a few months ago, I found a groovy weathered looking trunk and asked the sales lady, "How much is this cool old trunk?"  She made an embarrassed face and said, "I should tell you up front that this is not really that old.  It just looks old."  I assured her that I liked the trunk no matter how it achieved it's present state of distress.  So, this is my question.  Does it matter to you if something is made to look distressed rather than distressed through years of wear and tear?  Discuss.

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