Hogarth + Doc Martens = Fun

The favorite rebel shoe of punks past and present is the Doc Marten combat boot. I myself, have owned a few pair. This month, Doc Martens has released a new series in collaboration with Sir John Soane's Museum on Hogarth's most famous art series, "A Rakes Progress". I love the satchel, but I think I might need the boots! You can see it all HERE.


Hogarth Pascal Boots by Doc Martens

"The Levee" by Hogarth


Hogarth Pascal Boots by Doc Martens


"The Heir" by Hogarth

Hogarth Leather Satchel by Doc Martens

"The Orgy" by Hogarth

Hogarth Collection by Doc Martens

"The Arrest" by Hogarth

This is not a sponsored post. I just love these shoes.


Culture Maps | Books, Music and Movies



I love getting book recommendations from friends. One of my favorite ways to start a conversation is, "Well, if you liked that book, then you'll definitely want to check out..." A friend of mine just turned me on to a website that recommends movies, music and books based on your preferences.

You enter the title of a band, movie, or book into the respective search, and the results produce a cloud of answers. The closer the clusters are to the center, the greater chance you’ll like them. The closer any two names are, the greater chance someone will like them both. It's kind of brilliant. Give it a whirl!





Here were my results based on Joni Mitchell in the music category,
"Raising Arizona" for the movie category and
Gabriel Garcia Marquez in the literature category.




The Deeper Business of Beauty

If we did not know Lupita before, we all know Lupita now. Having just won best supporting actress for her break-out role in 12 Years a Slave, she has catapulted from her graduation from the Yale School of Drama into the stardom stratosphere. She is a spectacular talent. And she is also on a mission. Please watch the video clip below - it is a speech she gave at the Black Women in Hollywood Awards hosted by Essence Magazine.









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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.

Paul Simon Tonight!

It was my wedding anniversary last week, and my lovely husband picked up two tickets for us to see Paul Simon in concert tonight!  I'm so excited, I can hardly stand it.   I think my favorite song, if I had to pick one, is "Hearts and Bones".  What's your favorite Paul Simon song?







Sarah Saw Something

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



Have you heard about MINTYNelya, Susie and Jenny just opened their boutique of awesomeness this weekend in Atlanta.  If you are lucky enough to live in this fair city, head to MINTY for a look at all the available decor goodness.  I wish I could go!




I've obviously been living in a hole for the past 7 years because I just discovered this fabulous pop artist yesterday for the first time.  I know, I know... I need to get out more.  I'm off to buy her album, Body Talk.  Here is a sampling from Swedish recording artist and song writer, Robyn




Although it is more than a week old, I ran into THIS lovely questionnaire ("Are You a 21st Century Romantic?") brought to you by my favorite domestic explorer at A Bloomsbury Life.




And finally, don't miss THIS Amanda Stone Talley original art giveaway at The Zhush

Mamma Mia from Live.Like.You.

Jill from Live.Like.You. just announced her new collection, Mamma Mia, all inspired by the film.  She's created and curated an amazing collection of home interior items that groove on the Caribbean Boho vibe as seen in the film.  I love the hot color pops against the washed cool backgrounds.  And really, Meryl Streep makes everything look good!

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Here are some of my favorite things from the new collection:



Do you love it too?  Good, because Jill is giving La Maison Boheme readers
a 10 percent discount! Go to the Live.Like.You. site and start shopping
with this code: MammaMia10.



The Home as Studio

The photo below of John Lennon and Yoko Ono quietly writing together in a communal space got me thinking about transitional rooms that provide a haven for creative pursuits.  When designing my own home, it is my goal that almost every room be at the ready for a painting project, journal entry, quiet reading or some other creative endeavour.  I love when rooms call out for creative play and thoughtful art. 


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Fit for a Princess

Isn't the Royal Portrait awesome?  No stuffy thrones or garb.  No signs of parental pushing or royal strain.  Just two beautiful kiddos getting ready to marry.  I love that this photo shows them on equal footing wearing the same thing.  I think its really ground breaking for British Royalty.  Did you see the wedding?  I don't have TV, so I missed it.  Fill me in!





...and here is the dress!  (Very Grace Kelly.)




Alright everybody, its Princess Time!

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Last day to enter our current giveaway to win
a gorgeous summer dress from Shabby Apple!

Click HERE to enter.

Holcombe Waller

Back in 2005, I was was doing an acting gig in Portland, Oregon.  It was a musical retelling of the Siddhartha tale called "One".  The singer who played the Govinda character was Holcombe Waller.  He and I became friends and have been in touch ever since.  He just sent me some information about the release of his fourth album - I have the previous two, which are awesome.  But this new one is genius and I simply had to share with all of you.


NPR recently picked a song from the album called "Risk of Change" as their song of the day.  NPR said, "Like Rufus Wainwright and Antony before him, Holcombe Waller has a gorgeously androgynous voice, both as a singer and songwriter —­ one that cuts through ordinary and extraordinary situations with delicacy and emotional precision. Waller's new album, Into the Dark Unknown, is a come-to-Jesus moment come to life,­ a clear-eyed look at confusion that's as arresting as it is intimate. The album leaves Waller's voice front and center, and the result is strong, theatrical and wonderfully nuanced, all at the same time."
Got a minute?  Here is his newest video:

Sarah Saw Something

Time for another weekly installment of Sarah Saw Something, where I share little bits and bobs that I found interesting in the blogosphere this week. Enjoy!


Love the site, Craft Gawker, for people like me who love to marvel at the craftiness of others.



I love art that requires group participation.  I guess that's why I love theater.






And speaking of group participation, I love this video: 1234 by Feist.





And if you haven't done so already, be sure to enter our current giveaway.  There is a $500 giftcard from Bassett Furniture up for grabs.  Click HERE to enter!


I was inspired to organize my office because of this collection of shelving options from Skona Hem via Swimming With the Stars. So many cool options.


Ladies of the Canyon



Ah, Joni.  Always my fave.  Most of you lovely bohemian readers know this already, but the era of the female singer song writer is not dead.  It is alive and well.  And personally, I'm a little tired of hearing the usual super enhanced radio stuff - Gaga, Britney, Christina... I'm just kind of over it.  So here is a little palate cleanser: if you don't have these musical mavens on your iPod, do yourself a favor and do some downloading!  These sister-friends have been keeping me in good stead lately and I wanted to just pass on the love.  And if you've got a favorite lady of the canyon who isn't mentioned here, leave a comment and point me in the right direction! 

Joanna Newsom

Ingrid Michaelson

Tori Amos

Corinne Bailey Rae

Regina Spektor

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Nest: A blogger on the town

Last night I attended a soiree for bloggers at Nest, a home decor shop in Uptown Dallas.  The party was hosted by two lovely Texas bloggers, Fabulous K and Hello Splendor.  It was great to see so many beautiful people networking and getting the dish on all that Nest has to offer.  Me?  I wasn't networking.  Or dishing for that matter.  I was circumnavigating the beautiful people, complimentary champagne and cupcake in hand, gawking at all the beautiful upscale swag on hand.  There was some seriously pretty stuff to be seen, admired and coveted. 


Some of my favorite things included this Goddess Bust Candle.  
She's crying wax, people!  How cool is that?



I also loved these gray earthenware bowls.


...oh, and these cute little elephant salt and pepper shakers by Jonathan Adler.

...and this salt and pepper duo.

Alright, alright, alright... I liked all the salt and pepper shakers!



My mom took care of my boys so that I could attend the event.  I took advantage of this and after the party, treated myself to a dirty Greygoose Martini with extra olives at a nearby bar.  Thanks to Fabulous K, Hello Splendor and Nest for a lovely night out!


P.S.  Don't forget about our current giveaways from Formosa Designs, which ends tonight, and Burlap and Blue! Make sure you've entered for your chance to win!

Tim Burton on the floor.

I have always loved the signature black and white striped costumes that Tim Burton designs for his films. And I also love the black and white striped flooring and area rugs I see posted recently on all the decor blogs.

Tim Burton on Christina Ricci:

...and on the floor:

Tim Burton on Sweeny Todd and Mrs. Lovett:

...and on the floor:

Tim Burton on Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum:

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Music to my ears...

My favorite little songbird harpist is out with a new album! I just finished reading a lovely article from this week's New York Times Magazine about Joanna's new release entitled "Have One On Me". Check it out when you have a moment. The album is a three CD compilation filled with luminous, rhapsodic, all new music just in time for Spring. I can't wait to spend more time with this album.

A Thank You to Ms. Hendricks

Can I tell you how refreshing it is to see an actress on TV who is not the size of my earrings? Christina Hendricks of Mad Men is a seriously curvy, fabulous woman up there on screen in a role usually reserved for her more lithesome colleagues. Ms. Hendricks, thank you for being you. Here she is on the set of Mad Men:


At the Emmys:

...and some recent magazine shoots. Classy, sexy, inspiring!