Refining the Entry Way

Thank you to everyone who commented on my "Stealing from Jamie Meares" post.  After spending a few days with my new entry wall, I'm even happier with it than I thought I'd be.  I've made a few small changes: lowered the art work by about 4 inches and added some foliage for a little color.  So here are some quick photos of the changes.  Again, thanks for sharing your thoughts - I so appreciate that you read and weigh-in.  Happy Sunday everyone!



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.

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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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!

Vintage Glass and Such

I'm a sucker for collections of vintage glass bottles, hurricanes, jars, vases and such.  I especially love the idea of using them as displays for photos as seen in these first two photos.  Such a sweet idea.  This would be a lovely way to decorate your holiday mantle.  Imagine garlands, shiny ornaments and pillar candles laced in and out of glass bottles containing family photos.  I think it would be beautiful!

Apartment Therapy
Shima Studios
Hans Blomquist
via One Day I Saw
via One Day I Saw
via Design Sprout
via Remodelista

P.S.  Don't forget about this week's giveaway from Formosa Designs! 
The contest ends on Friday, Nov. 5th 9pm EST!

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?

via Angelo: Home
via Nan Whitney

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!

Hans Blomquist

I know I've showcased photos by Hans Blomquist here and there, but I wanted to draw attention to his work specifically.  I love the shadowy, rustic quality of his art direction and styling.  He uses fantastic props and I always feel that the photo has a story to tell. 








Repeat Repeat

One of my favorite ways to showcase just about anything and lift its presence in my home is to create a repeated pattern.  It is a sure-fire way to elevate the presence of your artwork or collections.  I love the examples below.

via With Two Cats
via Style at Home
via One Day I Saw
via Chutzpah Rummage
via Home Life
James Braund Photography
The fun part about using a repeated pattern is that your object can be anything - I mean anything - and it takes on a life of its own.  Postcards, clocks, found objects and even as you see below: Pez dispensers. 
via Keltainen Talo Rannalla
Here is my son's artwork in our entryway.  
Its not a great photo, but you get the idea.
Flickr

The other table

You've got your dinning table. You've got your coffee table. You've got your side tables. You've got your little table in the entryway. But what about that other table? You know - the one tucked away in the corner or in the breezeway. Here are some ways to dress it up.

via The New York Times



via Desire 2 Inspire

Hans Blomquist

P.S. Lonny Magazine launched their new website!
You might want to check it out!

Stumped

I picked up a wood stump side table a few years back at Z Gallerie. It was sitting on the floor behind the check-out counter. There was a huge split down the middle - I guess it got too dry. They were going to toss it because it was unsellable in that condition, so I made an offer. Its one of my favorite pieces in the house - even with the big split, it looks great no matter where I put it. Just mind that you don't get a splinter.

via A Little Luxe

And this one is mine.

Tick Tock

Times up! I'm 40 weeks pregnant! I made it to my due date and now, more than ever, I'm ready to evict my little renter. I know that its entirely possible to go well past my due date and that, in reality, a due date is more a "due time frame", but I like meeting deadlines - even arbitrary ones.

PS - Yesterday, La Maison Boheme was featured at Be@Home, a lovely shelter blog! Check it out when you have a moment! Thanks to Michele for the lovely blog review!




Style Me Pretty


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Have a beautiful weekend!

Pretty little arrangements

When I'm in a funk, when I look around my house and think, "I need to change something", or when I just need a little pick me up, I rectify my situation with a very simple remedy. I choose a tiny corner of my home and I make a vignette. (Ha! Spell check just tried to make 'vignette' into 'vinaigrette'. Don't get me wrong, I like a good salad dressing as much as the next woman, but I'm referring to a vignette - a short impressionistic scene or picture.) Anyhooties, I choose a table top or neglected corner and make a pleasing arrangement. See? Simple. Funk, gone.







Ceiling fans make me sad...

...but I live in Dallas where summer starts in April and lasts until November. So while I really don't care for these ceiling mounted monstrosities, I must have them to beat the 100 degree heat that is sure to come. I am now in the process of replacing the horribly outdated 1970's fan fixtures in my home. They're a little pricey, but I like the look of these retro style multi-directional numbers. They might even make having a ceiling fan kind of groovy. What do you think?


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Weekend Ride

My husband is a big bicycle guy. He loves to ride. I used to call him a "biker" until I was corrected. I guess bikers ride motorcycles and "cyclists" ride bikes. Here is some inspiration for your weekend ride.






Feeling Bookish

I would like just one day in the clear this month to sit down and read something wonderful. And I don't just mean an article from Reader's Digest. I mean something with guts, brawn and history. East of Eden is calling my name. So is House of the Spirits.





Basket Case

Remember last season when Pottery Barn did that big basket display? They used mostly French country bread baskets. I wasn't all that into it. I kept having visions of my Great Aunt Ruth's kitchen where she hung baskets on anything that would stand still. The baskets had covered the ceilings and walls collecting dust since 1972. However, bad 70's decor aside, I'm loving these hand-woven African baskets.

Postcards from the edge.

I have two vintage postcards framed and up on my living room walls. One is of my husband's and my honeymoon spot, Vernazza, Italy in the Cinque Terre, and the other is a photo of Mills College in 1921, my alma mater. I have dozens of other awesome postcards but lack the number of frames it would take to hang them all. But looky how lovely these displays are below.