Terracotta, which means "baked earth", is one of the oldest most beautiful materials on the planet.  It's also one of my favorite colors.  Living in Texas, I have ample opportunity to enjoy this color because of the influence of Mexican art and architecture.  I just love it.  Its earthy, dynamic, sensual, neutral and looks good on the walls, on the floors, on the furniture and on you.









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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?

Fabulous K

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


Hi.  My name is Sarah and I'm a librophiliac... or is it librophile? 
I guess that I bleed books and I love books!











And on a personal note:

Whenever I'm redecorating the house, or taking on a home improvement project, you can usually bet that my Mom is in town.  She is always suiting up in a pair of old jeans, grabbing the paint brush, the caulking gun or some other bit of equipment and busting out her mad skills.  Without her, I would be living in filth - I wouldn't know how to snake my pipes, or edge a window, or grout, or plaster, or do anything really.  So Mom, thank you for all you do and continue to do - I love you and hope you have a WONDERFUL 60th birthday!

Here's the birthday girl on her farm in Eastern Oregon:

...and here she is, brand new in 1951.

Autumn color and a giveaway winner!

There is a tree behind our house that always has beautiful foliage, but just this week it suddenly turned bright red.  It's absolutely gorgeous.  The red leaves are blowing all over the neighborhood and it makes me giddy to see them tumbling around.  Fall can be so glorious.

All photos by Rachel Whiting 


The winner of the HerbstKind art print giveaway is Alison.

Congratulations, Alison! 

All Hallow's Eve

Just a reminder that tomorrow begins an entire month of giveaways as part of our Great Holiday Gifts Guide!  If you're looking for totally unique, truly beautiful, and very affordable gifts this season, then stay tuned.  The fun begins tomorrow and lasts all month long!  Until then, here are some great decorating ideas for your pumpkins and gourds.  Have a safe and happy All Hallow's Eve!

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Autumn Breeze

Yesterday was a brilliantly breezy day in Dallas and this morning as I write, its 55 degrees.  In honor of this welcomed shift I want to introduce some beautiful fall color into my home.  Home decor and design is one of the easy ways for me to mark the changing seasons with my family.  And I'm not talking about decorating the mantel with pumpkins or little Mayflower replicas.  I enjoy changing the entire look and feel of my home. Sometimes this simply involves re-arranging the furniture, pulling out some of my darker autumn and winter decor.  Today, I'll tuck away the brighter objects and floral prints for next spring and re-introduce some rust colored velvet pillow covers, a few beautiful pieces of dark pottery and clear the decks for Fall.  What do you do to mark the changing seasons in your home?

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Orange Velvet

Maybe its because Autumn is underway. Maybe its because I'm thinking about my son's Halloween costume. Maybe its because I miss that terrible orange velour sofa that inhabited my college roommate's bedroom. Whatever the reason, I'm definitely feeling the orange velvet today. Just imagine the possibilities.

Sumptuous Textiles

All of this linen, velvet and paisley make me giddy for autumn. I love the annual process of changing out summer quilts and draperies, setting fall tables and watching the weather turn my back yard into a wonderland of fall color. These textile photos from the de Le Cuono catalog remind me that autumn is not far off.

All photos via de Le Cuona

200 Followers and Free Art!

La Maison Boheme has reached 200 followers? Yes! Free Art? Yes. Let's celebrate by visiting Make it Perfect to partake in the lovely selection of free art prints available. I just made three on my home printer to stunning effect and will have them up on the walls as soon as I find frames. Cheers everyone! (I wish I could pour each and every one of you a glass of bubbly!)

Vitamin C

My midwife told me to eat an extra orange a day - I'm combating muscle cramps with vitamin C. But, truth be told, this is how I like my orange: bold, bright and cleverly used as an accent color!

Orange Dress by Kelly Reemtsen

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Cabbage Rose

Halloween is almost here!

I usually don't decorate for Halloween, but I've got a kid now and we've got to do something, right? So I picked up a pumpkin from the grocery store and hacked it up into a jack-o-lantern. The photos below have me rethinking my decorating approach. Maybe instead of butchering an orange gourd in honor of my son's first real Halloween, I should try something a little more elegant.

Orange Crush - a bathroom for Bettina

Halloween is still a month off, but an orange bathroom might be a great way to ring in the fall season. Don't be intimidated by going bright bright bright in your bathroom. It's only paint. You can always change your mind! Bettina, hope you find something inspiring in the photos below!

Or you can look into orange tiles.
Or you could just go with orange towels as a trial!
Love the green marble top table as the Jack and Jill sink.

Orange Chair

When Anthropologie came out with the "Astrid Chair" in this orange print, I about fell over. I loved it. I still love it. If I could afford one, I would go out right now to Anthropologie (maybe a 24-hour Anthropologie for junkies) and buy it without hesitation. I know that I could find an older style chair and reupholster with some orange print fabric, but my crazy consumer head says, "I want THIS exact chair!" Here's a photo of my girl:

I really like the idea of having a happy punch of orange in my living room, even if its not my beloved Astrid Chair. Here are some groovy alternative options: