Friday, May 2, 2014

Current Inspiration: Buttoned Up Bohemian


There are some designers that do bohemian style really well.  And while I love that relaxed, chilled-out, hippie vibe (dude, I'm from California) my version of bohemian design is a bit more "buttoned up".  And, I think the unexpected mix of boho and super traditional is where it's at.  :)  Think fancy, glossy, traditional furniture and tailored upholstery mixed with eclectic textiles and natural elements like horn, seagrass and animal hide.  The combo tends to feel relaxing, unpretentious, and a little easy-breezy (as any bohemian vibe should), but the unexpected element of "fancy" makes the space feel a little more polished.

I just finished a project for a local Philadelphia client, and the vibe was very much "buttoned up bohemian".  So, these are some of the inspiration images that are covering my desk this week.  I love how these rooms seem to tell a story.  Such an interesting mix...


 Nathan Turner


 Betsy Burnham


Betsy Burnham


Nathan Turner



Kristen Panitch


 Kristen Panitch


 Kristen Panitch


Kristen Panitch


Thom Felicia


Thom Felicia


Peter Dunham


Thom Felicia

I think the trick to achieving this look is by combining textures and finishes, adding layers of pattern, and unexpected shots of color.  Here is a modified version of that design board from my recent presentation (with a few links down below)...




master bedroom - 




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4 comments:

Yuko Jones said...

Oh my gosh, I love this buttoned up Bohemian thing! I've never heard of it but I really like the unexpected touches and combinations. Thank you for introducing me to this new world!

Kelly Robson said...

Haha! Thanks, Yuko. I made it up! This is about as "hippie" as I get. :)

xx
Kelly

Gazebo and Bali Hut Super Store said...

Whoa! One of the amazing and attractive home I have ever seen so far! I love the Kisten Panitch living room, most especially the style and design of its wall. Great combination of these wonderful collections!

Sebastian Chuter

Monnaie Ernakulam said...

Beautiful interior designing and interior furnishing!

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