Spirit House Made With Recycled Windows

I am so excited to share my latest tour on Houzz.com. This amazing space was dreamed up by Tymmera Whitnah of New Bridge, Oregon. Tymmera is an artist, dancer, drummer, traveler and a collector of experiences. Her Oregon home lies at the narrowing north end of Eagle Valley in a tiny town called New Bridge. Here she raises llamas, throws pottery in her studio, hosts belly dancing classes and tends to her country home. Even with all these different activities, what distinguishes her property is a glass house, constructed entirely from recycled materials, that is perched on a hill in the backyard.

During her first trip to Bali, Tymmera fell in love with the architectural style of structures elevated on poles. She dreamed of creating her own similar open-air space on stilts with only a roof above it and simple stairs to reach it. Tymmera planned and built this incredible space with the help of her Dad, some family friends and a pile of reclaimed wood from her grandfather's barn. Check out the full article HERE and see how she did it!

Fallen Log Postcard Holder

Texas has already seen its share of storms this fall and our neighborhood is littered with fallen tree limbs. So this weekend, my son Walker and I set out to harvest some of these limbs for a little craft project: photo and postcard holders. The idea came from Amanda Soule's book, Rhythm of the Family: Discovering a sense of wonder through the seasons.

Walker, 6 years old, was very keen to use a real hand saw. We picked out a few lengths of wood and cut them into small and large lengths to be used for our holder. Then we cut a 1/2 inch score into the top of the branch to hold the photo. After some light sanding (a job that Walker really got into) our holder was ready to display photos and postcards.

Not only was this a fun and short project my kiddo thoroughly enjoyed, it was also a great opportunity to explore our neighborhood, notice the flowers and take in some autumn air. These little holders will make great Christmas gifts as well - hand made with love by a proud six-year-old.

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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Repurposed Screen as Garden Gate

While visiting a home in Halfway, Oregon this weekend, I happened upon this beautiful and lush vegetable garden. To keep the deer out, the homeowners constructed a high fence framed with fallen tree limbs. Metal folk art sits atop the guide posts and the garden gate is a repurposed painted screen door.

Photos by Sarah Greenman

I Love Bulk Trash

This weekend was bulk trash pick up in our neighborhood.  A friend of mine once told me that she rents a truck and prowls the fancy Dallas neighborhoods during bulk trash weekend.  I've heard of people scoring entire Restoration Hardware patio sets, beautiful Midcentry sofas in mint condition, pairs of Victorian wingback chairs, lucite console tables and more!

This weekend I scored two wooden rocking chairs from the bulk trash.  They needed a paint job, some new screws and a little wood glue.  I also found a door with little square windows.  It was damaged around the edges, but not so badly that it couldn't be repurposed.  I painted the name of our home on the glass panes and hung it from some rings and an "S" hook.  The weight of the door (this mother is heavy!) rests on the ground and the hooks keep it upright.  So, thank you bulk trash for the free spring update!

Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall

The wall treatment below, created by Dallas based artist Sarah Reiss, is blowing my mind. It's made completely of reclaimed wood. Its made of gymnasium floors, bowling alley floor, shiplap and barn wood.  Isn't it spectacular? You can see more of Sarah's work at her Etsy shop: R&R Designworks.


Do you want to make something like this in your own home?  I do!  For a fantastic tutorial with lots of informative photos, click HERE. This link will take you to the BowerPower Blog where Jeremy and Katie Bower repurposed free pallets to build the accent wall below for their son's nursery. 


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Handmade Gifts

It's going to be a handmade Christmas this year in our home.  We're a little short on cash (who isn't these days) and I have a huge stash of fabric in my closet.  I saw this adorable fabric bucket on Lotta Jansdotter's site and thought I'd try it out.  They'll make great gifts and can be used for just about anything.  I'm not a seamstress by any stretch of the imagination, but I can sew a strait line and do some minor pattern making.  So, here are some of the gifts I'll be stitching up this year.

Fabric Basket

Reusable Napkins

Zippered Pouches or Clutch

Place Mats

Tote Bags or Market Bags

Monogrammed Computer Sleeve


Up-cycled Tee Shirt Necklaces
...and since I'm using a lot of up-cycled materials to make green gifts, I might as well save some money on the wrapping too.  I've got lots of brown paper bags and a stack of old copies of The Times lying around.  They'll be perfect for wrapping supplies.





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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.

Weekend Paint Job

Last year my mom painted her living room butter yellow.  It was a fine color, but I could tell she wasn't completely happy with it.  She also had a gorgeous wood side board that she wanted to paint.  She was feeling a little weird about painting a wood antique, especailly one that she's had in her home since 1992.  But this week, she took the jump and started painting.  Here are the results!

I love it.  I think it suits her style so much more.  It also makes all of the furniture and art pop and look more cohesive.  The color is called Olive Sprig.  I'm not sure which manufacturer.  I'll have to ask her.  Here are some more photos for good measure:

Great job, Mama!  
I love it and can't wait to see it in person!

Side Table

Please stop buying side tables from Target and IKEA... and Pottery Barn too, while we're at it.  The thrift and consignment stores of America are filled with side tables and side table possibilities.  Just keep your mind open about what might serve as a jaunty side table.  A stack of books?  And old children's desk?  A collection of suitcases?  The possibilities are endless!





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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

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Oregon Bunkhouse

Every once in a while I visit a home and think, "Wow. I would love to feature this place on La Maison Boheme." Usually, I don't have my camera and usually I'm too chicken to ask for a second visit. Not this time! Karen Kettlety owns and operates a sheep ranch in the quiet, rural and extraordinarily beautiful community of Richland, Oregon. Richland is in the Eagle Valley just west of the Snake River. Karen's lambs are 100% grass-fed on lush pastures which are irrigated with snow-melt from the pristine Eagle Cap Wilderness. Karen recently completed phase one of her new home, which she is building out of re-purposed and recycled materials. I am completely smitten with the bunkhouse she has created above her garage. Please forgive my less than stellar camera work and enjoy Karen's home and handy work.

Much of the wood used in the loft is reused from the property's pre-existing barn. She also made use of the barn's corrugated metal roofing. Brilliant.
Karen's loft bed is enclosed with a wire garden fence.
...and here is Dot, the retired sheep dog.
The rungs on her loft ladder were taken from a branch that had fallen during a storm.

One of my favorite details is this sliding bathroom door - a great idea for small spaces.
The view from Karen's bathroom window is amazing.

Let's head outside...

Every barn needs a barn owl. I caught this big guy taking a snooze up in the rafters. Isn't he astonishing?

In Karen's own words:

Last year at this time, I was living in a camp trailer smaller than your bathroom, in full view of the end of a construction project that started in April. When I bought this place, I knew that someday I would replace the derelict house I was living in. It wasn't that bad, just that the roof leaked, frogs would emerge from the hearth and hop across the living room, the pipes would freeze in winter and so would I. Recovering from a kidney donation surgery in that cold house the winter of 2007 gave me plenty of time to think that living in a new, cozy, everything-works, nothing-breaks-down house would be nicer to have sooner rather than later. So I launched into planing and design and hoped to be shovel-ready by June. But first, I had to tear down the old house and the cracked and broken root cellar to make room for the new one-bedroom house plus garage with bunk house above. The only thing worth saving in all that mess was an old claw-foot tub and a hive a wild honey bees that had made a home within the double concrete walls of the root cellar. I ended up camping out for nine months in the little trailer with a porta-potty behind the chicken coop and a make-shift kitchen set up under an awning. At the end of January 2009 I moved into the wonderful little nest I had built above the new garage, in the shade of my magnificent English walnut tree. The house itself is still a dream to be realized.

Karen, thank you for inviting me into your home.

Interested in purchasing some of Karen's grass-fed lamb?
Visit her website at www.karensgrassfedlamb.com.