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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Boho Chic

The bohemian look seems to me, to be a mix of gypsy, hippie, and middle eastern/India style. It has a touch of oriental too. It is a relaxed earthy look and feel. It's all things bright and beautiful..., naturally.

Bohemian or Boho Chic is such a colorful and dramatic style, at least in decorating.  It seems that in clothing it might be more of the neutral shades - it's earth tone, free, loose, and natural.

Here are a couple of my favorites -

(notice how they mix and match the colors, textures, and styles)



and this one, from here, almost includes an American Indian look.

The definition of Bohemian or Boho might sound a bit hard...
"... a shortened form of bohemian, meaning someone who doesn’t conform to society and is often focused on art."  (definition here)

When it comes right down to it, I guess I'm not conforming to society by thinking that I have to follow the exact decorating rules, or the exact wedding announcement rules, etc.  Who's idea was that anyway to use only certain styles or certain words, etc.
I like the last part of the definition - "focused on art".  I do believe the boho look is "art felt" and "heart felt". 
It says what the creator wants to say.  That's good enough for me.
I like that idea! There are some times that we must conform (like with our morals), but in decorating I think the boho definition fits perfectly, no matter what look you want.  Create the look you love!

Here is another definition -

"Someone who tries to live by the ideals of truth, freedom, love, and all those beautiful-sounding concepts.
Someone who kinda does their own thing and as a consequence has a kinda weird fashion sense."
(found here)

I kind of like that definition?!?!?!? (well, maybe not the weird part)

Another definition - I "bolded" the part I like most, and crossed out the part that is not acceptable to me.  (I'm really not conforming here ;) ... ah oh!  maybe I'm more bohemian than I thought.)

"somebody who leads an alternative lifestyle, they are not hippies because they can have an extremely wide range of different tastes in music, fashion, art, literature etc they are usually very creative people. they are above all optimists, even if they can be very cynical too(it does make sense...sort of). they like wearing a mixture of weird clothes and mix different fashions together just for the heck of it. they like weed. generally very laid back and relaxed." (from here)

This may be one of my favorite definitions I have found -

"In the fashion world, bohemian, or boho, refers to a a state of mind regarding fashion that is individual, romantic, and free-spirited. This style is often called hippie-chic, or even hobo-chic." (from wikihow)

So, having said ALL that - this post is about the decorating part of the bohemian lifestyle - and the decorating part, in this post, is in reference to decorating for a wedding or special event.

(Info Overload - there is more info at the end of this post.)

I've put together some photos that speak Bohemian to me. 

Boho is at it's best when it includes flowers, blankets, pillows and poufs. It is great with flowing fabric and tapestries, canopy or tent style backdrops, hanging lanterns, and glistening glass and gold.
bohemian decor
bohemian dinner party

Great boho looking poufs from here

or this from here


Backdrop, poufs and pillows from Weddbook,
also the headband, the guitar, and the vases, the sphere hanging in the center, drift wood, etc. all say bohemian to me.  This seemed familiar to me, that's because I've shown this before, here.
This is the laid back and relaxed look and feel of boho.

I found the info and photos at Inked Weddings very informative and just what I expect when I think Bohemian.  A few of the photos on this post are also in that site.
Boho is a gorgeous mix of bright jewel tone colors and beautiful metals. Love the gold, but it's not limited to only gold, additions of silver and brass here and there, even some black metal and rustic metal make the look lovely too. Just look at these lovely flowers, and awesome hanging décor.

Color and nature, glass and metals - it's all here -
 Boho is beautiful flowers, thistle blossoms, and other natural elements like rose hips and seed pods. And don't forget the foods like peaches, figs, pomegranatesoranges, lemons, etc.
Nature is used in a wonderful way for this boho look from The Sweetest Occasion
 Have you noticed the candles, lights, and lanterns - tea lights galore?  They are a boho look. 
Shiny metals, candles, bright flowers, from Elegant Wedding

Color, wood, metal, glass, votives, and flowers from Every Last Detail

Bohemian Beach Style Dictionary Shoot {Part 2}

Lanterns and color and table décor from Inspired By This
I love assorted things (glasses, plates, chairs, lanterns, etc. Maybe that's why I like bohemian so much.)
There was even a camel with this lovely look at
Inspired By ThisThese colors are more neutral, with a bold pop of color in the flowers. It's so relaxing!


Food and a great assortment of nature combine for a boho refreshment table found at Green Wedding Shoes

Hanging décor, pillows / poufs, guitar, flowers, glass, shiny and rustic metals - all together a great combo - from 100 Layer Cake


Earthy assortment of flowers from Wedding Bee

Boho is beads and glass like this jar from  
Dishfunctional Designs - they do boho, check out their Bohemian and Boho posts.
I've shown this before(here), but here it is again, from Green Wedding ShoesI think this backdrop is a lovely look. The head band is boho for sure.

flower strand backdrop


Flowers in the hair are often considered bohemian, but they don't have to be limited to that.
Style Me Pretty shows several beautiful photos of Hair Flower Inspiration.

Luna Bazaar has many votive holders and lanterns that fit the boho look.
World Market and Pier 1 imports have items that fit the bohemian look too.

I took some time to reminisce and add some links from the past that also speak boho.

- Beads as curtain tie backs here.
- A little more gypsy in this post, but the first photo has some great colored pillows - perfect for boho.
- Here is a jeweled cake stand (yellow and clear beads).
- The first two flower arrangements in this post, and the first one in this post are lovely for a boho look.
- Bead curtains and chandeliers in this post, and there is also a bead tree and bead heart there too.
- The second photo in this post shows some great looking painted cans and bottles.
- A lovely backdrop here, and here.
- Assorted glassware here, here, and here.
Tents and canopies here, here, here, and here.
- A few other posts include these - here, here, here, here.
Oh! I love this look!


Bohemian Design exists on pinterest - of course:

Check out this board for many beautiful looks, including this hanging mobile,

RESERVED FOR FRANCES Hanging mobile fairies pink teal green metal frame

these curtains,

and this lovely look


More lovely looks at this board, including
some with a more washed out color - quite beautiful,

a lovely bed in front of a straw wall - awesome look,

and more beautiful bold colors


This board seems to be bold, but not so busy with pattern and color.  I really like this board - It's a bit more relaxing with things like
this beautiful evening beach setting,

this lovely outdoor area,

a lovely outdoor building,

these lovely flannel lanterns,

this lovely canopy tent,

and these beads - wow!


This board has one photo I wanna add


Boho Weddings at this board
a lovely look


Info about how to decorate bohemian style from ehow
("The rules of Bohemian is that there are none.  You use pieces in unconventional ways.  And you must use what you have or obtain pieces very, very cheaply.  Think outside of normal, or outside of the box." ...)

More about how to decorate bohemian here
("This style is similar to eclectic, as it often incorporates a blend of cultures, art and style.  Another way to describe bohemian style might be "hippie chic".  The bohemian lifestyle is that of the unconventional artist, musician or wanderer; a gypsy at heart.  Vintage collectibles and décor also fit in perfectly in a bohemian style room." ...)

FYI - BohemianLit.com might be an informative sight.
 Check out the Boho room designs at Houzz and Better Decorating Bible


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