Home Decor Interview:
Sarah Greenman from "La Maison
We stumbled across a really interesting blog recently called
"La Maison Boheme," authored by
the inimitable Sarah Greenman. We were drawn in by its unique character,
artistic flavor, and liberating lifestyle.
So we immediately asked Sarah for an interview, and she was kind enough to
Sarah, a mother of two, is a kind-hearted woman of many talents; she writes, she
acts, she does voice work, she designs, she's a doula, she blogs, and she
somehow manages to balance all this while raising her children.
We wanted to meet the woman behind the blog, and we're very proud to present to
you this special interview with Sarah Greenman. So relax, sit back, and
let's journey into the mind of the self-proclaimed bohemian blogger!
1. Hi Sarah, thanks for joining us today. Please
tell us a bit about yourself, your
"La Maison Boheme" blog, and anything else you'd like to mention.
Thanks for having me at Decor Medley! My design background is mostly in the
theater. I love creating spaces that reveal the inner workings of the
inhabitants. I guess you could call it character-driven design. I began as an
actor and designer and then I added playwrighting to the list.
When I had children, I decided to stay home with them which meant that I needed
a channel for my creative energy. So my blog,
La Maison Boheme (French for The
Bohemian Home) and Etsy vintage
shop were born.
2. First off, welcome back! You took a road trip to Atlanta to visit
family and friends,
which you chronicled on your blog. With so much history in that part of the
country, it must have been a designer's dream. Please tell us briefly about some
of the cool places you saw and visited, and did you buy any items for your home
while you were out there?
Thanks, it was a lovely trip - the first road trip that we've taken with our
sons - seven months and three years old! I have never traveled in the Southern
part of the country until now and am eager to return for more more more.
Atlanta was a treasure trove of thrift stores, consignment shops and all manner
of boutique design spots, but I think my favorite stop on our trip was
Natchitoches, Louisiana. I made the mistake of only allowing an afternoon when I
really needed a few days to fully explore and understand this amazing little
While I was there,
I found an old chandelier that was taken out of a home in New Orleans. I'm
getting ready to install it in my master bedroom. I'd been searching for just
the right lighting fixture and I was so thrilled to find it hidden away in a
3. For those who may not be familiar with the Bohemian style or way of
life, please give them your best summary of what it entails and what draws you
to it so much?
Ada Clare once wrote "The Bohemian is not like the creature of society, a victim
of rules and customs; he steps over them with an easy, graceful, joyous
unconsciousness, guided by the principles of good taste and feeling."
This sentiment is at the center of bohemian life and has become my motto for
living. When making art, writing a play, cooking food or designing a room, I aim
to step over static, outdated rules and customs with grace and a joyous
unconsciousness guided only by my personal aesthetic and intuition.
4. As a blogger and mother of two little ones, you probably have little
downtime for things you enjoy. One of your passions is acting and being a
playwright. How often do you do participate in that? And when you do, is it
mainly local theater, or is it something more?
I haven't had time to do any acting since my sons were born, but that will
change as they grow out of the infant and toddler stage. I'm a stage actor, so I
don't do film or TV.
Most of my jobs are for regional theaters and I've had some voiceover work as
well. I'm still writing, though, plugging away at my scripts. I've had plays
produced in Seattle WA, Portland OR, Oakland CA, and in New York. I'm having a
reading of one of my plays on April 21st at Southern Methodist University in
5. A lot of people are not familiar with the term "doula." Please
explain what this is and tell us a little about your background and
participation as a doula?
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and
is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides
continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before,
during and just after birth.
My journey to “doulahood” began with my work as a certified massage therapist. I
was drawn to working with pregnant women and witnessed the benefits of massage
throughout pregnancy. From early on, I knew I wanted to be a part of the birth
After the birth of my son, I found myself on the path to becoming a doula. This
work is a really good fit for me. If you're interested in more information about
it, please visit my website
6. Whereabouts in California are you from originally? And did you find
it difficult to adjust from California to life in Dallas?
I was born and raised in Paso Robles, CA. I've always been a west coast girl,
living in California, Oregon and then Seattle, Washington before moving to
Dallas. I moved with my husband, who was hired at a university in Dallas. I had
never been to Texas and was 7 months pregnant. To say it was a culture shock is
an enormous understatement. It was like moving so a new planet.
I have to say though, that Dallas has really grown on me. Now, I love it.
7. You joked in a video post on your blog that you do what you love,
but make little money doing it. Obviously we hear a lot of artists say that, and
as people grow older and start families, the financial needs do increase
proportionally. Do you often wish you had chosen a different career path that
was more financially rewarding, even if it wasn't something you loved to do? Or
are you happy with how things turned out?
Oh sure. Sometimes, when I'm eeking out two weeks of groceries at the dollar
store, I think, "Hmmm... maybe I should have founded Microsoft or something."
But I am a very happy person and I think my happiness and my family's happiness
is directly linked to my "follow your bliss" attitude.
And while I don't expect a king's ransom for the work that I do, it is picking
up. It takes guts to be an artist - to be a bohemian and fly in the face of
standards created by others, but the rewards are immeasurable.
8. Sarah, thanks again for joining us, we really enjoyed going through
your blog and reading your story. For this last question, please tell us your
favorite part about blogging, and how has your life changed since starting
"La Maison Boheme?" Thank you
and have a great week!
My favorite part about blogging is that it is a daily practice. To have a daily
catalog of images that inspire me, a place to record my thoughts and connect
with a like minded community is an affirming way of feeding my artistic soul. La
Maison Boheme reminds me to be my truest self at all times.
Thanks for the interview!
That was a great interview and an interesting look into the life of a very
Sarah, thank you so much for opening up to us and sharing your life with our
readers. We hope everyone heads on over to
"La Maison Boheme," and be sure
to also check out her Etsy shop
and doula business.
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