Interior Mash-up :: Bazaar.
I’m gonna start with quoting from an interior blog post by Apartment Therapy that I read a while back, and have stumbled upon via twitter a few times since, and it still makes me laugh (at myself) :
“10 tell tale styles your home style is bohemian:
1. Your favorite colors are tie-dye and suzani.
2. You haven’t seen an actual, honest-to-goodness floor since 2010.
3. You own more plants than furniture.
4. Morocco called the other day and they want all their ottomans, lanterns and pillows back.
5. You know that the only thing that works with pattern is another pattern.
6. You tie your shoelaces with macramé knots.
7. You’ll embrace minimalism right after Elton John does.
8. You have no idea where this “mall” is that everyone keeps talking about.
9. You like your mattresses low, and your canopies high.
10. “Beaded curtain” is a custom setting on your sound machine.”
All joking and poking-fun-at-myself aside, I do thank the styling gods that Morocco erupted into the Western World, welcomed by interior designers, stylists, and bohemians alike (and college students). The owners of these homes are not afraid of prints on prints, layers on layers, reds with pinks – anything goes when you’re inspired by the intoxicating beauty of this land.
Sure, there’s nothing new about this style, and as the Apartment Therapy article suggests, the style bordering on (and then toppling over) cliche these days (you could probably add something about the abundance of beni ourain rugs there now too) – but I still love the dusty smell of vintage homewares, and I love the nostalgia of tapping back into your college days when all you could afford was a mattress on the ground and some sarongs hung around the place…
And to be decorating like this as a 30 something means there’s a liklihood of the room being filled with worldly treasures collected on worldly adventures, or perhaps even a room filled with things to inspire those travels that haven’t happened yet!
These days my house is a lot more paired back, lots of neutral tones and hardly any clutter… (though I do love my Beni Ourain, and a defunct ’50s Italian coffee machine dragged all the way back from Rome still sits as a trophy to a Euro-trip a decade back) but i wanted to pay homage to that beloved bohemian style, because it’ll never go out of fashion really… because lets face it, travel, adventure and lusting over exotic cobblestone streets of Marrakesh/Rome/Istanbul/Paris etc never gets old…