Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Bohemian Design

Bohemian   boho hippies  artsy  drifters  spiritual  nonconforming  vibrant colors pattern patchwork
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  I've always loved the mix-matched, vibrant colors and patterns of Bohemian design. It's so non-conformist, carefree and exciting!!
{ Photo courtesy of Home Decoration }
{ Pillows from India, photo courtesy alibaba }
But what exactly is this style and where did it originate? It originated in France in the early 19th century when artists and creators began to concentrate in lower rent, lower class gyspy neighborhoods. It's actually the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, those who move from place to place, may not care about materialistic things, may be involved in music, arts or literary pursuits. They may be wanderers, adventurers, vagabonds. In the United States, it can be seen in the 1960's hippie counterculture. {I've always loved peace symbols and rainbows; I truly am a hippie at heart}

This beautiful rug is one that my clients picked up while on a recent trip to Turkey. Honestly, my photography does not do these rich, beautiful colors justice! Laying area rugs or a rug over carpeting invites a warm, cozy feel. I love layering an area rug over sisal.
Robert Kaufman's Bohemian Rhapsody line of fabrics shown below are eclectic, and filled with beautiful, rich, jewel toned colors. It definitely has this Boho vibe.

{ Robert Kaufman's Bohemian Rhapsody line of fabrics }
Moroccan furnishings, when jux-tapositioned with Bohemian style interiors are a great combination. These light fixtures' intricate designs throw shadows on the walls, creating pattern and interest, especially when it's dark outside or all other lights are out.

~  I hope that 2012 brings you all much happiness and inspiration!! Whatever you endeavor, try adding a little bit of fun and boldness to your life! 

         Looking forward,
                        ~ Stephanie

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