Thursday, April 24, 2014

Rest

Today, I'm feeling run down and in need of a place to hide. I've got a million and one tasks to complete before I depart for the Utah Shakespeare Festival next Sunday. But today, I would like to stay in bed with a cup of tea and my journal. I would like to rest. And since I'm dreaming, I would like to rest in the bedroom pictured below.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Color Theory

It doesn't matter what the decorating books say. 
It doesn't matter what your grandmother told you.
It doesn't matter what's "in" or "now" or "trending".

Instead, let's take our cue from Mother Nature.

If you love it, put it in the mix
and stop asking, "Does it match?"


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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!



Monday, April 21, 2014

Planning for Chickens



For months I've been trying to decide how and when to begin our backyard chicken project. We're interested in raising three or four hens for egg laying. I really want to build a coop myself out of recycled materials, but the idea of me building anything right now seems a little far-fetched.

It's a huge leap to go from a simple backyard veggie patch to live animals and there are lots of considerations as we make our plans. I live inside the Dallas city limits and our backyard is not large. I'll be free ranging the hens on a pretty small plot of land, but I also want them to have a spacious coop and run in case there are times that they can't be out everyday. I also want the coop to be safe. We are situated along a creek that houses raccoons, opossums and coyotes. Even cities as big as Dallas have its share of hungry wild animals. And finally, since our property is so small and we'll have to look at the coop from our living room window, I'd like it to be attractive.

Last week, my brother's girlfriend sent me an inspiring How-To book called "Reinventing the Chicken Coop" by Kevin McElroy and Matthew Wolpe. There are lots of great plans for interesting looking coops. But even with it's easy to follow instructions, I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed.




But my lucky number came due this week, because a wildly talented builder friend of mine has offered to design and create a coop for me! Saved by good friends, once again. Do you remember THIS tree house I covered for Houzz.com?  James Curvan, the creator of that tree house, is going to build our coop! I can't wait to see his design. And of course, I'll be sharing the building process with you here on the blog. James is going to spend the summer collecting used and discarded building materials and then in the early fall, he'll construct the coop.

I know that the fall seems like a million years away, but I like to do things slowly. I want to make sure I've made all of the proper provisions for the hens-to-be. Here is where the coop will go in our backyard:





And just for fun, here are some beautiful coop images I've been collecting on my Chickens & Coops board on Pinterest:








Saturday, April 19, 2014

This Week in the Studio | Free Fall

Thank you to everyone who made my 48-hour flash sale such a success. It was such fun to clean out my studio and send my artwork hither and yon. Nineteen pieces found homes over the past two days!

This week my friend and Nashville based country western singer, Brittany Bexton, launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise money for her new EP. The title track is called "Free Fall", which you can listen to HERE.

Brittany asked that I create a piece of art inspired by her song. Her idea was to offer a limited edition numbered print for contributors who donate at the $60 level! To check out her fundraising efforts, click HERE. It was such a fun exercise to paint something in response to a song. Here is "Free Fall":



"Free Fall"  -  8 x 10 inch acrylic on canvas

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bookish Kind of People

“I would be most content if my children grew up 
to be the kind of people who think decorating consists 
mostly of building enough bookshelves.” 
- Anna Quindlen


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And don't forget, this is the last day of my 48-hour flash sale
Quite a bit of it sold yesterday, but there are still a few great pieces!
Everything in my shop is 50% off.
Shop HERE.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Flash Sale | 50% Off Everything in my Art Shop



In two weeks, I am packing up my little family and heading for a summer of work at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. That means I'll be away from my art studio for four months. That means its time for a 48-hour flash sale!

I have a beautiful mish-mash of pieces that need good homes. So today I want to give you an opportunity to buy that piece you've been wanting at half off. The flash sale runs today and tomorrow (April 17 & 18). All sale prices are marked on the website. EVERYTHING you see is 50% off.

Ready, set, go shop HERE




...and lots MORE