It started out as one tiny air plant. Purchased at The Renegade Craft Fair. Just one. One that I knew I would probably kill. One that let out a tiny scream of fear when it saw me approach. One that I took home and forgot to water. One that I accidentally left overnight in a bowl of water. Subconsciously making up for the week prior. One tiny air plant who lived to tell the tale and was soon joined by a snake plant, soon joined by 6 succulents (only 2 remain, but that’s another story, poor little guys), soon joined by 2 fig trees because I got really brave.
Soon after the plant brigade, a rug or two (or six) rolled in. Quickly followed by indigo and Hmong pillows and a wedding blanket. Although I’m not even close to living in a jungalow, I’m feeling the bohemian decor. Yep, I’ve fallen head over heels in love with rich textiles, big leafy plants, rattan, Azilal rugs…that whole funky, laid back Moroccan vibe with a 70’s twist. But then again, who hasn’t? It’s only like the biggest interior design trend on Pinterest right now. Bold hues, fantastic prints that somehow don’t clash, no lack of shrubbery. I feel like I’ve stepped into a Free People advertisement, and we are on our way to Coachella. Don’t believe me…here’s a bit of pinspiration to start your Tuesday morning off right.
Ever since I purchased Justina Blakeney’s latest book The New Bohemians, I’ve been hooked. Flipping through its pages nightly before bed, dreaming up ways to fit the bohemian decor vibe into my mid-century modern clean lines. And if you read my post about rattan a few weeks back, you’ll see how I’ve introduced bohemian decor to certain spaces. Not everywhere. A touch here. A touch there. Little splash of sheepskin. Couple rattan chairs. A kantha quilt. It really works together quite nicely. Softens the masculine MCM edges.
So how do you incorporate bohemian decor into your own place? Real quick, Style Lesson 101: Add plants. When you think you have enough plants, add 4 more. Layer in copious amounts of textiles with bold prints. Rinse and repeat. Now add in a pouf and piece of rattan. You’ve got the hang of it.