Is it just me, or do bohemian style interiors seem so much harder to replicate in your own space at home?
One of my personal on-going projects is the arrangement of my apartment. While it's generally the sort of project I devour with gusto, I've often found it frustratingly tricky to create this kind of eclectic look and still maintain a sense of order.
Maybe it's just a personal peeve of mine (doubtful), but even though I crave a space filled with wonder and curiosity, I seriously need a space that's organized and free of clutter-y distractions.
That's what makes this whole bohemian-modern thing so perplexing (and alluring). It offers a richly lived-in and well-loved vibe, and for the masterful few, a calming sense of unobtrusive order.
For the rest of us, I've pulled together a few common denominators, derived from careful observations of the best of the best (see sources below). Look out Kelly Wearstler, I've made us mortals a cheat sheet!
Instead of talking specifics (i.e. "this lamp" or "that rug"), I've divided everything into key elements... color, texture, and pattern, and given quick explanations for why and how certain details can be used together. Understanding the basics is half the battle, no?
Hopefully, you can use this guide to take a look at what you already have in your decor arsenal at home to see what fits the bill. The next step is mixing old (playful vintage charm) and new (sleek, modern, and effortless).
Be sure to make use of these:
• thrift stores - Oh the endless retro tchotchkes! And be on the lookout for things that can be transformed with a simple coat of paint
• patterned fabrics - perfect for "customizing" the look - pillow covers, and even curtains are a cinch to sew
• Grandma's vintage hand-me-downs
• DIY's - but only the ones that end up looking like something that would fit right in at Anthropologie. No "loving hands at home", in the words of my fashion illustration professor. You know what I mean.
• Anthropologie - my favorite shop for beautiful/retro home goods.
• Target - inexpensive and full of sleek/modern options for the home (*ahem* Nate Berkus ) But be wary of anything too campy or dormitory-esque.
• Ikea - The Swedes have quite a handle on modern and minimal
Finally, gorge your eyes on inspiration from a few of the very best...
/ 1. Furniture Workshop Co-Op founders Poppy Lane & Scott Gibson's Melbourne home via The Design Files, photo by Sean Fennessy, styled by Lucy Feagins / 2. blogger guru & designer Bri Emery's home via Design Love Fest / 3. artist Mary Nelson Sinclair's New York City apartment via Lonny / 4. Swedish designer Lisa Marie Andersson's home via Mackapar (visit Lisa's adorable dress shop, Up the Wooden Hills)