Inspire Bohemia Goes Carbon Neutral!

I am very proud to announce that Inspire Bohemia will soon be Carbon neutral!!

I came across a website by the "Make it Green" program started in Germany that has begun an initiative called "My blog is carbon neutral." The goal of this initiative is to neutralize the carbon dioxide emissions produced by a blog by planting a tree for each participant. Wait, wait... blogs produce carbon dioxide!? At first you may be like ehhh? but if you really think about what goes into powering Bloggers' network of blogs, not to mention the entire internet(!) it then becomes clear.... However, if you need it put into greater perspective just read this quote from the website and check out the diagram below:

"According to a study by Alexander Wissner-Gross, PhD, physicist at Harvard University and environmental activist, an average website causes about 0.02g (0,0008oz.) of carbon dioxide for each visit. Assuming an average blog gets 15,000 visits a month, it has yearly carbon dioxide emissions of 3,6kg (8lb.). This can mainly be tracked back to the immense energy usage from (mainframe) computers, servers, and their cooling systems."

For each blog that joins the "My blog is carbon neutral" initiative, "Make it Green" and their U.S. partner Arbor Day Foundation will plant a tree in the Plumas National Forest of Northern California that will neutralize the carbon dioxide emissions of that blog for the next 50 years! Arbor Day Foundation is a non-profit conservation and education organization that has made it their goal to reforest 5,500 acres of Plumas National Forest with 792,000 trees after terrible fires destroyed over 88,000 of its forested acres back in 2007.

Together, "Make it Green" and Arbor Day Foundation are not only helping reforest the Plumas National Forest, but they're simultaneously enabling ordinary citizens of the world to contribute to the sustenance of our planet's health by neutralizing and thus reducing carbon dioxide emissions. What a wonderful initiative!

According to the "Make it Green" website there are currently 893 blogs participating... Well, I plan on being the 894th!

This is the least I can do to blog responsibly, and I encourage all of you with blogs out there to do the same. If interested, all you need to do is write a blog post on the initiative and post the 'Carbon Neutral' graphic button of your choice on your blog! For detailed instructions on how to participate and make your blog Carbon neutral please visit this link, or any of the following:

Arbor Day Foundation

It's Friday, wheeeeee!!!!

Hello all! I hope you are all having a wonderful Friday so far, enjoy my new post on Dutch Artist Mariska Meijers!

Also, I think these images from We Heart It are sooo cute!

I'll be back later on with some more posts!

Dutch Artist and Designer Mariska Meijers

Chrisanthemum and Pink Ikat, oil on canvas 40x40cm

I'm excited to share with you a very brave and talented Dutch artist and designer named Mariska Meijers. I call her brave because up until a few years ago Mariska was a corporate attorney! That's right, with no formal training, education or experiences in art or design she took the leap of faith to fulfill her passions, something that should serve as inspiration to all of us.

I am convinced that if one does not do what they love in life, they can never be truly happy or fulfilled! I believe you reach your greatest potential by being true to yourself and your passions. For this reason I admire and respect Mariska, her achievements show that it is never too late to change your mind about how to live your life and it's certainly not impossible to do a squealing u-turn and go in another direction. As long as it is for something that moves you, inspires you, makes you happy and brings out the best of who you are and what you are capable of - go for it!

Moving on.... Artist and Designer Mariska Meijers creates vibrant colorful paintings, depictions of interior spaces including re-imaginings of her very own interior decor. I can relate to this as I often have drawn out rooms in my apartment in other ways I would design them! Her paintings range from watercolor on paper to oil on canvas and her subject matter is predominately eclectic still life interiors. I love her bold use of color, her way of shading with water color paint and most of all, her various patterns and designs of the Ikat nature!

In addition to selling her artwork, Mariska Meijers launched her own stationary line in 2008 and has converted many of her paintings into designer pillows, the first of which launched in May of 2009. For more information about Dutch Artist and Designer Mariska Meijers, and to purchase her artwork and products visit the following sites:

Mariska Meijers is a beautiful and inspirational artist and I am looking forward to meeting her tomorrow, yes tomorrow Saturday July 31, 2010! Mariska Meijers will be having an exhibition for her artwork at the Design Within Reach studio in Coral Gables, Miami, Florida on Miracle Mile. After working in the design industry for a couple years now I have been to the DWR showroom a few times and so I will definitely be there! Did I mention this was Mariska's first U.S. exhibition!? It is! Exciting! Anyway, if you live in or around Miami and would like to attend the art show and reception please R.S.V.P. by visiting the Design Within Reach event website here:

Mariska Meijers at DWR South Florida Studios
Art show and reception: July 31, 2010, 5-8 pm
Art exhibition: July 11 to August 9, 2010

"I don't believe in minimalism. There are no rules when it comes to mixing styles and colours
. A house should give you a happy and warm feeling. With this in mind I create my art and my products."

- Mariska Meijers

Interior with Union Jack, watercolor and ink, 20x20cm

Flamingo Flowers and Pink Ikat, oil on canvas, 40x50cm

Desk, watercolor and ink on paper, 20x20cm

(Images courtesy of Mariska Meijers and should not be used without her permission)

The Amsterdam Flower Market: Part II: Succulents and Cacti


I've strung you along... far too long, no more delays! I'm going to stop nitpicking over writing captions for every image and just let them speak for themselves... enjoy!!!

If you have not yet seen my first post on the Amsterdam Flower Market, which contains lots of pictures, a brief history of the market and information on their tulips, check it out here!


Ahhhh the Aeonium... so beautiful! This is the Aeonium Arboreum. I'd pay 8,50 Euro for that beauty, wouldn't you!?....

This cactus had me in awe.... It is absolutely gorrrrgeous!.....

Nothing short of AWESOME!!!! A sight to behold! They were only 2,99 Euro each or 4 for 10 Euro, not bad at all, but that's because the Amsterdam Flower Market is priced for locals since tourists can't take home plants....


Is that a gasp I hear?? I feel ya.... the cacti and succulents went on forever!

One of the largest most fantastic Burro's Tail succulents I've seen in person, and it was blooming, pink flowers!

Terrariums.... only 15,50 Euro!!! Yes, I got a little grumpy because I couldn't have one!

I was in love with these mini Delft pottery Dutch clogs with a tiny arrangement of cute succulents in them... I want to recreate it with the little ceramic Dutch clog that I bought....

Adorable, no?

This appeared to be the mini succulent arrangement gift area.... too cute!


Up next, Flower Market oddities and more posts on my adventures in The Netherlands, including our visit to an organic food and flower market, a cheese farm, a windmill farm, Marken island, the Volendam museum and more! Then after that I can begin my posts on Paris!