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

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

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YES, FINALLY!

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!

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

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

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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....

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Amsterdam Flower Market, flowers, Amsterdam, flower market, plants, nature, succulents, cacti, garden, gardening, travel, terrarium, Dutch
...sigh...

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

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

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

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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?

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

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Haworthias...

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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!


Adieu work week! Hello busy weekend!

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It's Friday and I am more than ready to say goodbye to this work week and begin my weekend! How about you? I highly doubt your answer is anything other than HELL YEAH! Anyway, if you don't already know, BP has successfully capped the gushing oil wellhead!!! However, other than the fact that it's the first time in nearly three months that it has not gushed obscene amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, we still can't breath a sigh of relief! No, no. There are still many fears about how long the cap can be sustained, there's a horrific possibility that the extreme pressure might not allow it for long. In the meantime, they do not believe there are any underground leaks, but I'm not about to believe anything BP says! They are working on performing tests and continuing progress on drilling the relief wells and all that mumbo jumbo. Jeez. I really hope the worst possible scenario does not come true, which is that pressure will circumvent the cap and an explosion will occur akin to that of a volcano.... leaving us with an underwater volcano of gushing crude at an impossible depth. As it is the effects on our coast and marine wildlife are devastating, perhaps even on the people along the coast who are constantly breathing the overwhelming fumes! We could be cleaning up the oil in the Gulf of Mexico for years to come.

Okay okay, onto brighter topics, after all it's Friday... my weekend plans! This weekend is going to be busy busy!! Tomorrow my boyfriend and I plan to get out of the apartment fairly early and trek up to Sunrise for a visit to IKEA. I really need Ikea to help me with solve storage and space saving solution issues, as I have been feeling a little bit overwhelmed with my plethora of unorganized belongings! Also, I must acquire a new lamp shade for my blue glass hobnail antique lamp, a cheap shelving unit, a bar stool for my bar-height desk and perhaps even one of those basket woven fiber storage ottomans! Phew... I hope I make it out of there without spending more than $100.... yeah right. Oh! And I must stock up on those enormous packs of scented tea lights for me and my mom, those things last forever!

I need a new shade for my beloved antique blue hobnail glass lamp... errr...work of art.... the current lime green one is getting shabby...

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What else? Oh! I want to try and squeeze in, finally, the last steps in refinishing an antique record cabinet that one of my great aunts gave me....

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I sanded this beauty over TWO years ago and to this day she sits with a fabric runner on top for some pizazz! Now that I think of it, I could have saved myself a lot of trouble had I known that my mind would change about staining it a dark chocolate color. Why is that? Well, when this piece was given to me it was covered in about two inches of a grimy yellowish cream color, ECK! So, after repeated stripping I finally broke through to the wood and then sanded her down nice and smooth. The problem with that is that now I think I want to paint her instead of stain the wood! Sheesh! What color you ask? Turquoise! Of course! Now, I know you may be wincing to yourself, but I plan on using a very soft powdery turquoise color so as not to be too bright and obnoxious (more on the color soon). Also, I think painting the inside a richer and slightly darker version of turquoise would really make a statement when opened! The gold inlay detail on the doors will stay as is, it will be the rustic reminder of its past and I think it will contrast wonderfully against a light turquoise blue. Last but not least the finishing detail, HARDWARE! This cabinet opens by pushing the doors in, but I have the PERFECT antique drawer knobs to stick smack dab in the center of those doors!! Here they are....

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...And maybe, just maybe I will get around to finally hanging some of these...

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But that's just SATURDAY! LOL... Sunday my boyfriend's best friend and his fiance are coming down from Long Island, New York to visit. They are staying in a time-share resort up in West Palm Beach and we'll be making the drive up there to spend the day with them.

I must do as much relaxing as possible tonight if I am to make it through this weekend!!!

Oh, and I'll leave you with some sneak peek images of the shelving we finally put up in the den/craft room last weekend, I'll save the room reveal pictures for when we finally finish getting it in order, whenever that will be! So you know, I created these little vignettes no sooner had the shelves gone up, be sure that it has already changed since I took the pictures and will remain in a constant state of change here on out. I like it that way! Things never get boring because I rotate my decor around....

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone, I will try and get in a post or two but I can't make any promises! ;)