Garden Romance

I've been spending a lot of time in my garden. I am at the very beginning of creating my garden. None of my fruit trees have been in the ground long enough to bear fruit. My newly planted wisteria is just starting to climb the newly built arbor. And even though I'm just watering one raised bed, harvesting a few home grown vegetables and sweeping a cement pad, it feels like more. It feels older. The garden feels bigger. I feel more full. Someone - I can't remember who - said that gardening is an irrational act of hope. And it's true. After a week in the garden, I feel irrationally hopeful.


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Textiles for a Cozy Outdoor Retreat

Now that spring is arriving in the southern states, it's time to get outside and enjoy a little fresh air. Sweep off your patios, bring out the lawn chairs and grab something soft to sit on. The best way to make a cozy outdoor retreat is with textiles. Your throw pillows, tapestries and area rugs will fare just fine outside for a day. Don't worry, the little dusty pebbles and dead leaves won't harm your Suzani. Enjoy the sunshine while lounging on your favorite blanket!


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Black Cottage, White Trim

They do it all the time in Scandinavia and Vermont!  I love the look of a chalky black house trimmed in white.  And the best part? It matches any color door you fancy. If I had a cottage with this color scheme, I'd go with a mustard yellow door.


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Cutest porch EVER...

Hello dear readers!  While I was away in Oregon, I had the opportunity to write up four house tours for Houzz.com.  This sweet little hundred year old cottage is my first installment.  It's owned by Mimi and Eric Kauffman of Halfway, Oregon. And I think they've created my favorite front porch EVER! To read the article and see all the photos, click HERE. But if you're in a hurry, here's a little peek at the exterior of their home.








Old Door in the Garden

I love the look of a salvaged door in the garden.  I've seen them used beautifully as garden gates or as trellises for vines.  Either way, I think they're completely charming and perfect for a shabby chic or English country garden.

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Courtyard and Table Fountain

I wanted to share one more thing from the house tour I took on Wednesday in the Lake Highlands area of Dallas, Texas.  One of the homes had this fabulous water feature in their front courtyard.  It was designed and built by the same company from yesterday's house tour: New Leaf Construction.  I thought it was brilliant.







The home belongs to Scott and Melissa Powell and is designed in such a way that you can hear the water feature from the master bedroom and kitchen.  What fun to sit down to an outdoor dinner party and enjoy the cool water flowing by your wine glass!  And for fun, here is a shot of the kitchen.  I love the big picture windows above the counters that allow you to see out onto the front courtyard.  And isn't that fire place above the stove groovy?


The Boho Table

The bohemian table always requires a beautiful, worn out, patchy table cloth.  It can be an old quilt, shawl, tapestry, sari or anything really that will lie flat and bring a shot of color and texture to your table.  I'm hosting a party next weekend and am looking to dress a few tables in boho garb.  I'm thinking something along these lines:

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Curb Appeal

It's been almost a year since I won the Joss & Main giveaway hosted by Carlee at Deliciously Organized.  I used the gift card to buy a gorgeous embroidered pillow and a Japanese style light fixture for my front porch.  For over a year, the light sat on a dark shelf in my hall closet until yesterday when I pulled her out and hired a handyman to have it installed.  I would have done it myself, but there was some masonry work involved. 

Then, in May of last year, I won a Ramsign giveaway from Valorie - The Visual Vamp.  Once again, I tucked away my beautiful little porcelain number plate in the hall closet hoping to get it out on the porch at some point.  So, now my little duo of giveaway prizes are proudly mounted to the left of my front door.  Thank you Valorie and Carlee for helping me add a little curb appeal to my Texas ranch house. 

Vintage Door Knobs

The interior knob on my front door needs some serious help.  For six months now, the knob has been coming off the door when pulled in a certain way.  So every once in a while an unsuspecting guest pulls on the knob and the whole thing comes off leaving a brown swipe of grease on their hand, or worse, their clothing.  I have absolutely no idea how to replace a front door knob and lock, nor does my husband.  I may have to call someone in.


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Pastel Patterns

Its January and the dark days and cold nights require a certain kind of clothing- heavy cover-ups and water-resistant coats.  Gray wool, black felt, brown leather are called into action.  But today, I saw a woman wearing a mint green cashmere sweater.  She reminded me that even winter can be light, airy and even a bit whimsical.  Let's change things up and throw a pastel print into our winter wardrobes.

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Howard's End

Last night my husband and I watched Howard's End for the umpteenth time.  It is quite possibly my favorite film of all time.  Its right up there with Tender Mercies and Harold and Maude.  I haven't read the book, which is a shame, because I've always meant to.  I'll add that right now to my 2012 reading list.  Anyhow, today's post is inspired by the incredible artistry of the film.  Enjoy...


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Sarah Saw Something

It's time for another installment of Sarah Saw Something, where I share little odds and ends that I found interesting around the blogosphere this week. 

This home is awesome (via Bliss).  The architecture is fun, rustic, modern and perfectly frames the environment that surrounds the home.   




This week, I found a beautiful blog (I'm sure I'm the last one to know about it) called Miss Moss.  I was totally captivated by these beach photos from the gahetNA National Archives.  Here are two of my favorites. Click HERE to see more.





Last night my husband showed me this beautiful video from GetUp.org and I can't stop watching it.  We all know it's time.

The Smithy

The Smithy was brought to my attention a few months ago by a reader (thank you Jesse).  It's a property in Schoharie County – one of the most verdant, untouched, and wide-ranging landscapes of upstate New York. The tiny hamlet of West Fulton lies at the crossroads of the county in the far northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains.  The Smithy was originally built as a blacksmith's shop in the 1800's and has been lovingly restored over the past twelve years.


















So beautiful.

Click HERE for more photos and information.

Red and Blue

Usually red and blue can get a little patriotic for my taste.  I think "yay America" or "yay France".  But if you take the blue in a different direction like baby blue or aqua, I stop humming the national anthem and things start to perk up!  I love these soft blues and reds together.  They have a worn, but energized feel that really make the spaces cheery and not too serious.

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Guest Post - Fabulous K

Today is my last day away from La Maison Boheme and is also the final guest installment of the dream big backyard series.  Thank you to all my sister-blogger-friends who've allowed me to spend the week focused on tending to my baby Charlie during his surgery and recovery.  Today, please welcome Kelly of Fabulous K.  My question to Kelly?  "How would your backyard space look and feel if money were no object."  




Hello La Maison Boheme readers! I am thrilled to be guest blogging for Sarah while she's taking care of her sweet boy!  Sarah's topic is so much fun; I've enjoyed putting together my perfect backyard space.  If money were no object then I'd be all about the waterfront property, complete with a pool. Waking up to waves in the morning, lounging by the pool during the day; I can't imagine anything better!
 
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Of course I'd have to jazz up the pool area with some 
bright pops of color, bold pattern and crisp, clean, white. 
 

So what do you think?  
Would you come for a visit to my dream backyard?   
A girl can dream, right?

xo,
Kelly
Fabulous K
 
 


Thank you Kelly! Tomorrow, I'll be back with a special 
Baby Charlie edition of Sarah Saw Something.

Guest Post - My Favorite and My Best

Hello dear readers!  Today is a very special day because its Charlie's first birthday!  To read the latest update on baby Charlie, hop on over to Help Charlie Heal.  I've been away this week tending to Charlie during his surgery and recovery and he's doing great. In the meantime, please welcome my sister-friend Jenny from My Favorite and My Best.  My question to Jenny?  "How would your backyard space look and feel if money were no object." 



 hello to all of you.  
i am jenny also known as MFAMB also known as your mom or just that annoying blogger who likes to say fart and talk about poop.

sarah has asked for my participation in this series while her tiny angelbaby goes and gets his brain fixed.
and i am honored to be here.
you should know i have had the distinct honor of meeting charlie and he is delicious and sweet and funny and smart and happy and silly and wonderful.

fartpooppee!!!

today we are talking about what your yard would look like if you were a fancy rich person who could wipe their butt with money if they ran out of toilet paper.  but they wouldn't run out of toilet paper bc they have maids and shopper people who keep tabs on that shit and it never runs out.
but if it did, they would just reach down into their purse and grab a dolla bill and wipe (front to back please).
CUZ THEY CAN!!
so here is how i imagine things..
  
in my life as mrs. moneyface there'd be a LOT of this business...

some sprawling horsey shenanigans...

some manorly wildflowers o'r there...

a fartload of blue hydrangeas err'where..

a private lake with some boats and shit...

my own private officeloungerealitytvwatchingplace that opens onto a courtyard..

only the courtyard looks more like this...

and then there's the swimming portion of this money parade...
private, with trees and chinoiserie pots..

but also this bc i have lots of friends...

and then bc money is no object i also have a brownie tree in my moneybags yard..
it grows brownies!!!!!

you are all invited to my annual brownie gorging harvest party.
(i also have a cow who squirts magical cold milk into our mouths)

go get em charlie!!
i will save the biggest brownie for you.
love,
aunt mfamb


Thank you so much Jenny!  Tomorrow, join us for our last
guest post of the week, which comes to us from Kelly of Fabulous K.

Guest Post - Griege

 As you know, I'm away this week while my son, Charlie, recovers from skull surgery.  In my stead, I've invited some of my favorite bloggers to guest post and given them the green light to dream big.  My question to them?  "How would your backyard space look and feel if money were no object."  So please welcome the lovely and talented Christina from Greige.




Hi, Christina here from greige, I am so excited to be guest blogging for Sarah while she is away and caring for her sweet Charlie!  She asked me to share my dream garden or outdoor space with you and I could not be more excited to as we are in the process of deciding what exactly we want to do with our own outdoor space here are home. 



I love this pool and garden so much, the house is not my style per say but the entrance to the pool is divine with that slight curve at the steps.  The lounges are perfectly located for watching the kids splash in the pool and to take a little time to relax.  




I always imagine my dream garden will have a series of spaces that make me happy,  
I would love to have a cozy space for dining with family and friends too.  




Every great space with a pool simply must have a pool house, 
I am not sure why but it sounds logical, right?


Thank you again to Sarah for having me here!

Enjoy your summer!

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Thank you so much Christina!  Tomorrow, Jenny from My Favorite and My Best 
will be here to share her dreamy outdoor oasis.  Stay tuned!