Thursday, January 22, 2015

Shifting Perspectives | Home Art Studio

I'm continuing the house tour today with a look at my home art studio. Yesterday I featured my living room and on Tuesday, I featured my dining space. This room used to be my sons' bedroom. They shared this space and I had my studio in our converted garage. Now that the converted garage has been updated to make room for our house mates, I needed to move my studio. This room is perfect. It's the largest bedroom in the house and is the only room that has wood floors for easy clean up.

This fall, I had a queen sized bed in this room. I was trying to make this a dual purpose space to include guests. But after spending a month with the bed, I realized that it had to go! It was completely in my way.

My goal was to have three areas: one for painting, one for reading and writing and one for sewing. I also wanted enough floor space that I could stretch out, throw a yoga mat on the floor or layout a large canvas on the floor. I'm really happy with the results. And while it's not nearly as big as my old studio, it's just as functional. Here is the new space sans bed:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Shifting Perspectives | My Living Room

Today, we're continuing the house tour here at La Maison Boheme. As I said yesterday, our home has been experiencing some enormous changes. This autumn, I shifted the rooms in our home to better accommodate our family's rapidly changing needs. Now I'm finished and ready to share these spaces with you!

The most impacted spaces are our communal rooms - living room and dining room. I flipped the rooms so that our dining space would be the center of the house, with more room around the edges for my son's wheelchair maneuvers.  The living room, in turn, now inhabits the old dining space, which has a lot of natural light. I wanted my living room to be more intimate - a quieter place tucked away from the traffic of day-to-day life.

I repainted the walls, but other than the expense of a can of paint, all of the furniture here was already in the house. I wanted a sitting area, a separate cozy spot to read and listen to music, and my husband needed a quiet office area to grade papers and accomplish his "at home" work. There's also a big canvas hanging over the sofa - an unfinished piece I'm in the process of working on. I'm not quite sure what I want yet, so it hangs there as-is.

Here's the living room new set-up:

Since I always get questions about where I got stuff, here is my source list.


Sofa: Craigslist (10 years ago in Seattle), originally Pottery Barn

Channel back chairs: 1940's vintage from Craigslist

Rug: Pottery Barn, a house warming gift from my dad

Tea tray / coffee table: Inherited from my Great Aunt - she got it in India

Stump table: Z Gallerie, found in the damaged section due to crack

Brass bar cart: Lula B's in Dallas

Desk: antique breakfast table my husband bought in California

Metal chair:

Pillows and flokati: Ikea

Brass swing arm lamp: sale section Pottery Barn

Record console and storage: craigslist, originally Ikea

Pair of lamps on console: Target

Blanc de chine lamp: thrift store in Utah

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Shifting Perspectives | My Dining Room

This past autumn was a time of huge interior household shifts. My brother had just passed away and I was needing some serious change. Additionally, my son Charlie, who moves about our house in a wheel chair or a walker, needed more space to circumnavigate the house. I also have some larger goals for the house as they relate to my Radical Homemaking goals. I wrote about it in late October HERE.

Here's an excerpt from that October post:
I'm a form and function kind of girl. I don't care for wasted space or money and in my estimation, a home is a living entity in service of the humans that reside there. Through my Radical Homemaking journey, I've been challenged to look at my home in a new way. If it is truly a unit of production and creation, rather than one of consumption and waste, then where are the empty, unused spaces? Where is waste happening? 

At long last, the house has settled into it's new configuration. I have worked really hard to make each space work for my family and serve our individual needs. The following is a list of what has occurred in my household since September:

- remodeled our hall bathroom for wheelchair access

- retooled our laundry space to make room for the bath remodel

- built a chicken coop and invited chickens to live with us

- moved my sons into the guest room

- moved my studio into my sons' old room

- moved my living room into my dining room

- moved my dining room into my living room

- turned my old art studio into a studio apartment for a co-housing situation and invited a wonderful young couple, whom we dearly love, to come live with us. They moved in this month.

This week, I thought I'd share with you our new, re-imagined communal spaces. Today, let's start with the dining room, which used to be our living room. You can see before photos HERE. I didn't purchase anything new, I simply re-arranged the existing furniture and art to make new spaces.

My goal for the dining room was to create space around the table for Charlie's wheelchair. I also wanted this to be a center of my home, a place where homework, and piano practice and reading can happen. I cleared the built-in hutch of decorative clutter and made it the home base for all of our children's books. The black sideboard was emptied of dishes and instead, I've filled it with all of our games, puzzles and children's art supplies. Everything is on hand for family interaction.

Since I always get questions about where I got stuff, here is my source list.


Dining set:  came with the house and then I painted the chairs

Rug: Free from a neighbor

Map: Ebay

Black sideboard: family hand-me-down

Channel back chair:  Bough at Again & Again and then reupholstered

Art: by Leo Posilico - family hand-me-down

Curtains and pillows: Etsy

Piano - gift from a friend who was moving

Big turquoise lamp - purchased from a neighbor

Wall color: Symphony Blue by Benjamin Moore

Turquoise side chairs: Antiques Moderne - a Christmas gift from my husband and brother

Monday, January 19, 2015

Book Giveaway WINNER

Happy MLK day to all of you! Today, we're announcing the winner of our book giveaway! From 26 entrants, the winning number is #22!

Congrats to Cecilia Hanna Good Juju Goddess (#22), the winner of our Radical Homemaking book giveaway! Cecilia, you'll be receiving three titles by homesteader and author, Shannon Hayes. Thank you to Shannon for generously donating her beautiful books for this giveaway!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Morning Clean Up

Last night I hosted a gathering of neighborhood mamas for drinks and conversation. It was the first party I've thrown since losing my brother at the beginning of autumn. I felt like it was time to see some friendly faces from my community and have some normal interaction. It was well attended and we made our way through 15 bottles of wine.

The best part about having a gathering at your home, besides the good conversation, is that you have to clean your house. So I decided to take advantage of this rare state of cleanliness and photograph my home. I need to update my home tour anyway - almost everything has changed since I posted a little under two years ago. Next week, I'll be sharing those photos with you, but until then - here's a shot of my morning recycling.

P.S. Don't forget to enter my current giveaway: a trio of Radical Homemaking books by homesteader and author Shannon Hayes. Got more info and enter to win HERE.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Huge Vintage Lamp

This week, I bought an enormous vintage lamp from someone in my neighborhood. Really, this thing is over three feet tall! But I needed a big burst of light in my dark dining room and this lamp certainly fits the bill.

And as for my bathroom remodel, we are definitely in the final throes of this massive project. I'm so pleased with how it's turning out. A few more finishing touches and it will be ready for photos! Here's a little sneak peek. Thanks to the amazing people at Moen who donated this faucet fixture for the project. I think it  looks really sharp.

And finally...

Three random things you should know:

1)  THIS cashmere sweater from J.Jill, usually $249 is on sale today for $101.99. I got it for Christmas from my in-laws and it's my favorite thing ever. It also comes in petite and plus sizes. Go get yours.

2)  And for those of you who just thought to yourself, "Yes - I need plus size clothing that is stylish and doesn't look like a potato sack", I just found a beautiful collection of linen clothing in exactly my style for the more statuesque. (They also have misses styles). Check out Vivid Linen.

3)  There is still time to enter our Radical Homemaking giveaway. Click HERE for details and to enter!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Home Tour | Architect and Artist Tomás Colaço

Today, I'm still pouring over the photos of studios created by work-at-home artists for inspiration as I contemplate my own home studio. The photos below are from the home of architect Tomás Colaço, who splits his time between Tangiers and Lisbon. He is also a professor at the University of Milan. I am especially drawn to all of the atmospheric murals and frescos painted directly onto his interior walls. Take a look...

To see more photos of this home, visit Tomás Colaço's blog HERE.

Also, remember that our Radical Homemaking book giveaway ends on Sunday. If you haven't entered yet, there is still time! Click HERE to learn more and enter to win three books by homesteader and author Shannon Hayes.