Beams in the Kitchen

My mom is in the process of remodeling her kitchen in Eastern Oregon. She and her husband tore out the inner ceilings to reveal not only a vaulted roofline, but also wood beams! I'm so excited to see what she does with the space, but until then, her home improvement projects has me thinking about beamed ceilings in the kitchen.


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And just for fun, here's a shot of my Mom's kitchen under construction!



Room of the Day

I stumbled upon this bedroom while browsing Pinterest yesterday. Good Lawd, I'm in love! The rich color of the wood, the gray bed, the curtains, the embellished ceiling and the ornately trimmed double doors make for a knock-out space. Marvelous!



Artist Feature | Paco Camús

Paco Camús describes his pieces as "functional sculptures" and are a cross between furniture and art. His pieces are so unique that it is sometimes difficult to ascertain their function just by looking. I have a soft spot in my heart for all things Art Nouveau, and these pieces seem to stem from that tradition. Hailing from Valencia Spain, Paco now makes his home in Connecticut. He studied Industrial Design and was influenced by comic book art of the '80's. But I'll wager that if he were pressed, he would agree with their Art Nouveau connection. Check out these astonishing furniture pieces below:













And in other news, 
La Maison Boheme hit ten thousand followers today on Pinterest
Wowie Zowie!



Home Tour | Frank Gehry Does Malibu

I just ran into this beautiful home tour in Architectural Digest. The house was designed by legendary architect Frank Gehry in 1968 as a live/work space for artist, Ron Davis. The upstairs living room, formerly the art studio (below), is my favorite part of the house. The huge Larchwood beams are spectacular! Now this amazing place is home to actor Patrick Dempsey, his wife Jillian and their three children.










White, Wood, and a Touch of Gray

What a refreshing color combo.  I need a little serenity on this cloudy day in Dallas, so I'm filling this post with gorgeous, quiet, spacious, calm rooms. My life has been nothing short of crazy this week.  My son has been having seizures, I've been recovering from an ear infection and I've just begun rehearsals for a show.  I need a zen moment.  How about you?


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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.

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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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Browsing Cost Plus World Market

I had a few free moments yesterday, so I popped in to my local Cost Plus World Market for a look-see.  I love this place.  I always find something fun and interesting for my home or my kitchen cabinets.  I can pick up a great bottle of wine, a set of fresh towels, some ethnic jewelry and a little goodie for my three year old.  I haven't been in to the store in a while and I was so happy to see their most recent collections.  These are some of the items I might come home with if I were on a little spree.



The Natural Bath

I'm still on  my earth tone, natural materials kick, but this time I'm focusing in on my bathroom.  Oh how I would love to remodel my master bath!  If I had the funds, I might do something along these lines:





















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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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Two by Two

I don't know about you, but I find great comfort in the use of symmetry.  Whenever I see an out of control corner of my home, or an overly disheveled area, I use a little natural symmetry to restore a sense of calm and order.  Maybe this is due to my OCD nature, or maybe as Paul Valery pointed out, "The universe is built on a plan of profound symmetry, which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect. "

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"I don't know if it's a sign of all the chaos that is happening out there or not, but I've lately craved the structure and order of classical music and the balance and symmetry."   - Helen Reddy


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“The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order, symmetry, and limitation; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful."  - Aristotle

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"The most general law in nature is equity-the principle of balance and symmetry which guides the growth of forms along the lines of the greatest structural efficiency. "  - Herbert Read


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And I wanted to thank Laura of Built With Dreams for featuring my home this weekend on her lovely blog.  According to Laura's About section, Built With Dreams is dedicated to "real homes, where real people live – not “homes” that have been put together for a decoration magazine, but homes that people put together to make of them a cozy place to live."  So head on over and check out the new blog on the block!

Plank Wood Walls

There is something about the look of plank wood walls that, if done right, can make a home transcend it's place and time.  Be careful, though - when done badly, it can end up looking like a 1970's garage conversion.  I immediately fell in love with this first photo, which I found at My Favorite and My Best.  The rest of the photos were stashed away in my dream file.  How many of you live with plank wood on the walls?  Do you love it or do you long for smooth plaster?

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Little Bohemia


Everyone deserves their own little Bohemia - a place where they can make grand statements, live passionately, prosper well, make art, eat heartily, love with abandon and be surrounded by beautiful interiors and meaningful objects. 

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P.S. A very special "thank you" to Shari of Little Blue Deer for redesigning my beloved blog.  I am immensely pleased with the results.  I feel like my blog finally pulled out that beautiful, sexy vintage dress she's had in her closet for years and hasn't worn.  Its time to dress up and step out.  Thank you Shari for making this possible!  And, dear readers, thank you for being here and sharing your thoughts with me.  I am inspired by you all and look forward to the year ahead.