Boho Dreaming

bb7adae06b9d34ac25422b1893a78965Boho style. An eclectic mix of gorgeous patterns, colours, textures and items reflective of the free spirited Bohemian ways. A trend that blends together different cultures and different time periods. It’s a style we have seen come and go for many years now, and one that we will still see for years to come. It is currently one of the hottest trends of 2017 as has evolved into a creative, free flowing interior style. The Boho interior trend is accomplished by creating a decorative space inclusive of different colours, patterns and textures that work together harmoniously. From the gorgeous white on white spaces with added touches of raw timber, through to a bright and bold culturally inspired Boho style, there’s a Bohemian theme that can work in most homes. I img_20170111_114609_452adore a rustic interior fitted out with a medley of Boho inspired pieces full of texture and pattern. But just as much, I love seeing a modern space which has been decorated with a mix of both Boho inspired and more modern designed pieces. So how can you add this beautiful style into your home? It’s easier than you may think. Especially right now when there are many small Australian small businesses offering gorgeous Boho inspired pieces at affordable prices. For anyone who saw my recent social media post on my Boho bedroom makeover, you can see that it only takes a few key pieces to create a dreamy Bohemian themed space. I have today teamed up with amazing Australian company Lost Design Society to share with you how to source some amazing products and replicate this gorgeous style in your own home.

photogrid_1484305329879So who is Lost Design Society? This Melbourne based, youthful online homewares business with a passion for eclectic and handmade homewares offer a stunning range of items sourced from across the globe. LDS launched their business on Instagram in September 2016 and release new collections regularly via their website. Each collection is only available for a short time period, with some often being exclusive to LDS, sourced from boutique handmade suppliers, such as the current live collection of Hmong Cushion which is available for the rest of January. These are perfect for the Boho style and are something I have in my own home. The Hmong cushions, found here on the LDS website, are a product that gives back to the local community that creates them. Unlike mass produced items, you can really feel the amazing quality of handmade fabric. These cushions are made to last and are a classic piece to have in the home that you know will last the test of time. A piece that grows on your as it gets a little rough around the edges from lots of loving use. I have the inside word that LDS are planning some exciting new Boho related ranges which will be released soon, including handmade Turkish Tableware, Morrocan & Indian Textiles, Rattan & Bamboo Furnishings & much more! So if beautiful, handmade items are your style, keep an eye out on the Lost Design Society website, or Instagram page.

There are many types of Boho style, with four well known styles:

MODERN BOHO. Probably the most favoured Boho theme of 2017. Combining modern trends with the 70’s Bohemian design, this look includes a lot of white on white with various textures including timbers, furs and earthy plants. Throw in a couple of vintage furniture pieces, along with some fairy lights and on trend prints, and you’ve got yourself a chilled out, on trend hang out zone.

MULTICULTURAL BOHO.  A gorgeous style of Boho design which takes you away to a foreign country. A combination of cultural items merged together to create an inviting, eye-catching space. Think colourful glass lanterns, low timber tables, ottomans and floor cushions which give a relaxed, outdoorsy feel. Bold, rich colours with strong patterns are often used in this style to create an area which not only looks but feels like you are in somewhere like Morocco or India.

EURO BOHO. Think Peacock or hanging cane chairs, beaded embellishments, tassels, lace and crochet decor. This relaxed Bohemian style lets combine a mixture of collected items and putting them together as you please. It’s a bit of a messy, eclectic look. But it works! It’s a interior style that reflects you and your personality. Free-spirited.

WESTERN BOHO. With a 60’s knod, this look contains bright patterns and items such as canopies, tie dye fabrics, low to the floor beds, hemp items and butterfly chairs. Think rustic timbers, Tribal rugs and succulent plants including cacti. The addition of leather to the theme gives an almost relaxed, Wild West feel.

img_20170111_114718_239When I think of the Bohemian style, one of the first things to come to mind is Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks. That free, hippie style and fashion trend translated into interior decor is wonderful! Take inspiration from Boho inspired fashion, art, photography, books etc, and translate them into your interior. Pick the type of Boho style which best suits you and your interior. The style I prefer, and would introduce into my own home is the crisp, clean, bright look with lots of raw elements and greenery. If you like an ethnic element, go in more of an Indian or Moroccan direction. Still starting with that neutral base but adding your theme and keeping it Boho rather than a strong cultural theme. There kind of is no wrong way of introducing a Boho vibe into a space. It’s a free spirited style and so you have to flexibility to create your own design and make your own style. Don’t be overwhelmed by this trend. You only need to add as much as you are comfortable with. Although colour and pattern can be a bit much to some, once you get the hang of working with them, you will become addicted to mixing together different items and creating your own unique Bohemian blend.

img_20170111_114859_427Start with a base of neutral tones, allowing you to add pops of colour, texture, and pattern as you go to build up the theme. This way you can add in layers bit by bit until you find the right amount suitable for your interior. As I always say, start with larger items and work your way down to the smaller ones. Art, floor rug, lighting, soft furnishings and finishing with decor pieces. This allows you to fill the space as needed. Make sure you stand back after each addition to see what the room needs next. For a Boho theme, have a strong idea of what type of style you are going for so you don’t go too off track with the design. Once your furniture is selected, look at finding some art pieces to take inspiration from. From here you can add in some gorgeous patterned cushions, textured floor rugs and thrown blankets, and a mix of homewares including items such as lanterns, ceramic pieces, statues etc. As a finishing touch, add some ambience with some candles and maybe even some type of fairy lighting if that fits your style of Boho theme. And always finish with greenery! All decor styles need plants, but especially a Boho theme.

img_20170111_114824_605Remember that the Boho theme, like the Bohemian way of life, is laid back and free flowing. So your approach to using the decor style should be the same. Do your research, find the Boho style that you love most and which will work best in your home. Browse online and find stores with products you love and even put together a mood board of items before you start to see if they work together. Feel comfortable with the style and you will find it will come together easily. Most importantly, have fun with it and be experimental! It’s what decorating is all about and it’s the Bohemian way.

ZoeTHE DIY DECORATOR

*Lanterns & Blue Cushions via Lost Design Society. Use discount code ‘THEDIYDECORATOR‘ for 10% off purchases for the rest of January when shopping online with Lost Design Society. 

 

 

CHOOSE WISELY

img_20170109_135640_010When purchasing furniture items, take your time and don’t rush in to it. It is a big commitment after all! Even though I am known for bargain buying and DIY home decorating, I strongly believe in spending good money on well made furniture items when it comes to pieces like sofas, beds, dining tables and occasional furniture. Why? Because they are going to get used. A lot! If you buy cheaply made pieces, don’t expect the life expectancy to be very long. You are better off to save your pennies and buy a well made piece rather than purchase a very low priced item which doesn’t even last out the year. This doesn’t at all mean that you need to spend a fortune. If you take the time and do the research, you can pick up some great pieces at affordable prices and even find some great sale or clearance items which are perfect for your interior. Today I’m going to share some tips with you on making sensible and affordable furniture purchases to help you save money, how to buy items that will stay in style, and how to keep your home looking amazing for years to come with these carefully selected items. I’ve teamed up with Warehouse Furniture Clearance who are Brisbane’s largest furniture clearance house to show you how well priced, well made, on trend furniture pieces can be found and how to use them within your home.

photogrid_1483678303887First, a little about Warehouse Furniture Clearance to give some background on the company. Hidden in a 5000sq meter warehouse, WFC specialise in end of line, deleted ranges and clearance furniture items from some of Australia’s largest retail groups. Public events are held 6 times yearly on selected weekends. A huge advantage of what they offer is that there is no waiting for your items, you can take it straight home or have it delivered as what you see in the warehouse is what you get to take home. Each event is a new treasure hunt with newly sourced items available at hugely discounted prices! WFC specialise in Bedroom Furniture, Dining Room Furniture, Lounge Room Furniture and Outdoor Furniture. Because they are a clearance house, the stock changes constantly so to keep up to date with the latest stock on offer visit their Facebook and Instagram pages or join their mailing list. All furniture is from Australia’s leading importers and suppliers to the largest retail stores in Australia. The reason for the lower prices is because items are overstocked, End of Line, Deleted Ranges or Samples pieces. Currently, freight prices are not viable for sending items from Brisbane across Australia but it is something that the company are currently looking into. http://www.warehousefc.com.au

img_20170109_135730_309Trends. They suck us in and make us spend money. They are fun and I LOVE them! But they do often change and soon enough you find yourself becoming bored with your interior as a new trend has caught your eye. Sure, if you have the money you can simply start again. Out with the old trend, in with the new. But it’s not practical and it’s money down the drain. So how can you stay on top of trends whilst keeping the majority of your existing items? My advice is to keep your furniture pieces and change the cheaper items like homewares and soft furnishing pieces. If you buy the right furniture to begin with, you’ll be amazed with how changing a few items to compliment them can give your interior a whole new look. It may be temping to buy an on trend furniture item. For example, if you are a lover of the 2017 Pantone colour of the year greenery and want to add some of the tone into your interior, don’t rush out and buy a green chair. Unless it’s something you are 100% committed to and it is perfect for your interior, opt for a more neutral option. This isn’t every decorators opinion, but my advice is to buy neutral furniture. Grey, beige, white, black. Keep your base simple and add in your trends and colours in with items like cushions and throw blankets. Buy a nice green cushion or two to pop on your armchair to add the green in. Then, when you discover the next trend, you can simply purchase another cushion instead of purchasing a whole new occasional chair. I feel exactly the same when it comes to building and renovating an area like a kitchen or bathroom. Keep the finishes simple and add the colour in with decor pieces. Neutral finishes and tones just don’t date like colour does. How many red kitchens are there from the early 2000’s which people now regret installing? Picking and purchasing neutral can save you a lot of money in the long run.

img_20170109_135836_001Followers of my social media pages know that I love affordable homewares. Whether they be unique, handmade pieces from small businesses or mass produced, on trend items from large retailers. I am a sucker for home decor! And especially affordable ones! In regards to the mass produced items, a lot of people make the comment that the items are cheaply made and do have faults or do not last. Of course they don’t! They are cheaply made so that they can be cheaply sold. Does this put me off buying them? No. But it does make my wary of my choices. If it’s an item that will simply sit on a shelf and look pretty but not be used, then it doesn’t matter that it’s fragile. But if it’s an item that would be used a lot or placed in a high traffic area, then I probably won’t purchase it as chances are it will break. You get what you pay for. There’s no point complaining that a cheap item you purchased broke only a few weeks after obtaining it. You need to spend more to get more. As I mentioned before, save your dollars and buy the better product if it’s quality you seek. My Warehouse Furniture Clearance ‘Brewster’ occasional chair is structurally well made with a gorgeous quality fabric and is large enough for even my over 6ft husband to sit on. It’s a neutral piece which can be dressed up to suit our current interior situation and I know is something that will last in our home for many years to come. Because it’s a properly made furniture piece. Not a $50 bargain buy which is likely to be an awkward smaller size, doesn’t assemble properly and the stitching starts to come undone after a few uses. Like I said, I’m not against these cheaper purchases as they are great for certain budgets, but when buying these items you need to consider functionality and getting the most out of both your money and the life of the furniture piece. It can be disappointing when that life is only a few months long.

So basically as a budget aware decorator, my advice is to spend the money and buy the properly made furniture pieces made by the proper furniture makers. Spend your hard earned dollars here and then save money by buying cheaper home decor pieces to dress your new furniture pieces and create your on trend, dream interior. Do the research. There are places within Australia such as Warehouse Furniture Clearance that offer the perfect pieces at discounted prices. If you invest in well made, neutral pieces, they are guaranteed to last you years and grow with you, your style and your home.

ZoeTHE DIY DECORATOR