Trending: Flower Power and Bohemian Chic Decor

I am obsessing on all the gorgeous bohemian chic looks available in home décor these days! I think what I love most about the trend is the intermingling of various décor styles, architectural periods and time-worn treasures. It can be bright or neutral; vintage or modern; organized or messy; natural or man-made; worldy or home-grown – it truly is a décor style that can blend with everyone’s favorite look.

Some of my favorite combinations include: shabby cottage chic + bohemian; mediterranean/global + bohemian; French/Paris Apartment + bohemian; and Floral Garden Chic + bohemian.

Being a gloomy, rainy, cold and dreary day in June, I thought today I would focus on the flower-full looks of bohemian décor that are reminiscent of days of Woodstock, peace, love and hippie chic.

Here is my own personal Remix of Bloomin’ Bohemian shots found ‘round the Web:

Livin on a Prarie - a peek at Rachel Ashewell's chic Texas B&B, the Prairie - minutes from the Round Top Flea Market.

Livin on a Prarie – a peek at Rachel Ashewell’s chic Texas B&B, the Prairie – minutes from the Round Top Flea Market.

Floor to ceiling windows, floral decals and brightly colored throw pillows make it feel like you are in an interior garden.

Floor to ceiling windows, floral decals and brightly colored throw pillows make it feel like you are in an interior garden.

Bohemican Chic fashion designer, Nanette Lepore's dressing room is just as gorgeous as her clothing designs.

Bohemican Chic fashion designer, Nanette Lepore’s dressing room is just as gorgeous as her clothing designs.

Wall flower closet.

Wall flower closet.

Jewel toned backsplash diy-ed with designer paperstock.

Jewel toned backsplash diy-ed with designer paperstock.

Bathroom or Art Gallery?

Bathroom or Art Gallery?

Magnolia Pearl Bathtime - A little bit shabby and a lot chic - from Robin Brown's cottage, featured in her decor book, A Bit of Velvet and a Dash of Lace book.

Magnolia Pearl Bathtime – A little bit shabby and a lot chic – from Robin Brown’s cottage, featured in her decor book, A Bit of Velvet and a Dash of Lace book.

Clawfoot Peacocks - I love the mix of different patterns and colors in this boho vintage inspired bathroom.

Clawfoot Peacocks – I love the mix of different patterns and colors in this boho vintage inspired bathroom.

With this beautiful hand painted mural, it's like taking a bath in a field of flowers.

With this beautiful hand painted mural, it’s like taking a bath in a field of flowers.

Rock AND roll. This boho glam dressing room is a great example of how opposites really do attract - mixing bright florals with a black chandelier and cowboy boots with frilly frocks.

Rock AND roll. This boho glam dressing room is a great example of how opposites really do attract – mixing bright florals with a black chandelier and cowboy boots with frilly frocks.

If you never thought that a retro bohemian look could be paired with an ornate French gothic style, this sleek boho glam kitchenette is sure to prove you wrong.

If you never thought that a retro bohemian look could be paired with an ornate French gothic style, this sleek boho glam kitchenette is sure to prove you wrong.

This vintage inspired, ultra feminine bedroom reminds me of Betsey Johnson - the Queen Bee of boho fashion - every time I see it - from the flirty tulle frocks on the wall, hot pink french chic furniture to the bold yellow and big floral wallpaper.

This vintage inspired, ultra feminine bedroom reminds me of Betsey Johnson – the Queen Bee of boho fashion – every time I see it – from the flirty tulle frocks on the wall, hot pink french chic furniture to the bold yellow and big floral wallpaper.

All in the Details - At first glance this bedroom seems fairly subdued until you see the ornate lace canopy hanging from the rafters; the gilded mirrors and wall sconces and the gorgeous boho chic floral fringed bedspread hanging behind the headboard.

All in the Details – At first glance this bedroom seems fairly subdued until you see the ornate lace canopy hanging from the rafters; the gilded mirrors and wall sconces and the gorgeous boho chic floral fringed bedspread hanging behind the headboard.

One for my dream kitchen - the retro Smeg fridge - available in a huge assortment of candy colors!

One for my dream kitchen – the retro Smeg fridge – available in a huge assortment of candy colors!

Lovin' the aqua and gilded French bombay chest in the corner!

Lovin’ the aqua and gilded French bombay chest in the corner!

A mish mash of subdued floral hues

A mish mash of subdued floral hues

High drama in this bohemian boudoir with an Eastern influence

High drama in this bohemian boudoir with an Eastern influence

Mixing Shabby cottage chic and bohemian decor with a Spanish flavor - bellísimo!

Mixing Shabby cottage chic and bohemian decor with a Spanish flavor – bellísimo!

Who would ever want to turn down the lights in this glowing bedroom?

Who would ever want to turn down the lights in this glowing bedroom?

One more peek inside the Magnolia Pearl Ranch - in her book, Robin Brown says she took what was an ugly brown flea market-found fridge to a car paint store and had it dipped in candy pink.

One more peek inside the Magnolia Pearl Ranch – in her book, Robin Brown says she took what was an ugly brown flea market-found fridge to a car paint store and had it dipped in candy pink.

Magnolia Pearl Guestroom - Another look inside Robin Brown's cottage (that was put up for sale in 2012) - obsessed with this satin pink bed, lace bedskirt and crochet cover.

Magnolia Pearl Guestroom – Another look inside Robin Brown’s cottage (that was put up for sale in 2012) – obsessed with this satin pink bed, lace bedskirt and crochet cover.

Sugar and Spice. Sweet tones, poufy prom dresses and classic ornate French Provincial furniture prove that feminine decor can never be too flowery.

Sugar and Spice. Sweet tones, poufy prom dresses and classic ornate French Provincial furniture prove that feminine decor can never be too flowery.

Or two...or three...or four...

A pop of color or two…or three…or four…

Flower-full from top to bottom. Hippie chic sheer dresses, bloomin' pillows and even a wallpapered garden on the ceiling.

Flower-full from top to bottom. Hippie chic sheer dresses, bloomin’ pillows and even a wallpapered garden on the ceiling.

Not Your Granny’s Crochet

What was once prominent in home décor and a fashion statement of the 70s, crochet is back in a big way and better than ever. It is shabby cottage chic; bohemian, romantic prairie style and of course, vintage. What used to be associated with ugly granny sofa covers and blankets, is now retro chic and gorgeous. Seen here in dresses, curtains, revamped sofa covers and more vintage style repurposed diy crafts, crochet fabrics are everywhere. Are you groovin’ on this hot trend?

 

 

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A traditional vintage crochet valance lets plenty of light shine in creating an airy, romantic window dressing.

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This crochet tablecloth, updated with repurposed aqua mason jar vases each holding a single flower, proves that beauty is in simplicity.

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Vintage tablecloths repurposed as curtains create a bohemian vibe as they welcome visitors into this home.

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This casual crochet dress is very reminiscent of the 70s; All she needs is a flower tucked in her hair. Groovy.

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Crochet fashion isn’t just for the beach – paired with a tulle and floral veil, crochet takes center stage at summer weddings (Above and below).

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Crochet and lace – what could be more romantic on the runway?

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One of my favorite closet/bedroom pics – the crochet bedspread and tea stained crochet blanket draped over the bed sitting atop white washed wood floors, this bedroom is the ultimate in prairie romantic chic.

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This DIY-er transformed a tablecloth or doily into a gorgeous basket filled with vintage photos and sheet music.

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Gone are the days of crochet blankets hung on the back of sofas in 70s greens, yellows, oranges and browns. Gorgeous shabby cottage chic covers adorn this sofa and wing chair by sewing white crochet, chenille and floral fabrics together.

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Interiors Fit for A Prince

Congratulations to William and Kate! In honor of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, I thought I’d pay a royal tribute to some gorgeous English inspired interiors. When I think of English decorating styles, I picture plaids and large floral prints, toile, Laura Ashely, Scottie Dogs and furniture with caster legs.

Here are some of my favorite English countryside pictures and some that really pay tribute to British heritage!

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Never Sacrifice Style No Matter What Size Space

I live in a small apartment so I am always scoping out ideas for spacious organization tips and chic decoration trends. I especially love vintage décor and anything with a French flair or Parisian influence that will make my studio feel more like a home.

Some of the best tips I’ve read:

– Divide and conquer. Divide your apartment into livable sections. With limited space, you really want to take into consideration the things you will do at home on a daily basis and the things you have aquired that you need to store or display (You know, the stuff you just can’t bear to love without. The rest should be sent to Goodwill .) For me, not including the kitchen and bath, this entails (1) a closet/vantiy area, (2) a living room area and a (3) bed(room).

– Do double-duty using multipurpose furniture and accessories. My favorite – an ottomon (any size, shape or fabric – as long as it has a lift up top) and vintage steamer trunks. Both can serve as an alternative to a coffee table, extra seating and storage.

– Monthly clean outs. If you love shopping, like me, try to shop by the motto, “buy one, discard three”. Sometimes easier said than done – but try (read:do) and you will live so much happier with less clutter. (I so much prefer the label shopaholic than hoarderJ)

– And NEVER sacrifice style – no matter what size space you have.

Here are some of my absolute favorite designs, layouts and inspiration photos! Hope you find something to inspire you!

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Apartment Therapy – Small Vintage Studio

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Apartment Therapy – Decorating without a “real” closet

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House Beautiful – Designer Decorated Studio

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One of my favorite blogs! IHeartShabbyChic.blogspot.com

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Always Glamorous – A Paris Apartment Juxtaposes Vintage and Modern

Last week I featured a celebrity home designed by Shabby Chic founder and entrepreneur, Rachel Ashwell, so this week I wanted to feature a glamorous home decorated in Paris Apartment fashion. The two styles – Shabby Chic and Paris Apartment – are my absolute favorite and I think in each décor scheme, you can find a little bit of one and the other.

Each room appears so glamorous, with their rich colors and decadent fabrics but at the same time, it does not have that “museum” “don’t touch” feel – it looks like people could actually live there. That is what I love so much about Paris Apartment style.  I’ve taken the term Paris Apartment straight from my favorite book on Interior Design – by author, entrepreneur and Paris flea market extraordinaire, Claudia Strasser, in which she defines her style by choosing to decorate with what one loves, using items that have a history, and that are always beautiful. Décor items of this style are always luxurious whether they are of the highest quality or rich in color and material, showcasing a mix or vintage, modern and eclectic finds. Each room tells a story with its carefully chosen furnishings and deliberate organization but it is able to appear effortless at the same time.

This stunning Paris apartment was featured a few months ago when Christies listed it on the market. I don’t know what I love the most, from the richly colored walls to the elegant gold mirrors, the gorgeous oriental rugs and the sparkling chandeliers.

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Situated on the popular rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris, for a cool $8.8 million, this apartment could be yours. For any budget, with a little creativity and passion for décor, you could transform your own home into your very own glamorous Paris apartment! What flea market find do you love that you would use in your own Paris style apartment?

See the original article at:

http://www.casasugar.com/Glamorous-Parisian-Apartment-Pictures-28211447?slide=2#/Glamorous-Parisian-Apartment-Pictures-28211447?image_nid=28211447

Comfort in a Cocoon – Creating a Romantic DIY Canopy Bed

               I have always loved sleeping in closed quarters. It feels like I’m in a cocoon, safe, serene, comfy and in my own personal bliss. Exactly the kind of feelings I think one should associate with their bedroom. I tend to defy the traditional philosophies of feng shui, often preferring to have my bad smack dab up against a wall in a corner of the room. Even more so in my current “bedroom” of my studio apartment, my bed is sandwiched between two windows, not centered, not equally distant to any one side or another, but more of in a zig zag formation, one at the left foot of the bed and the other at the top, right of the bed – like a Z. But my bed added to this corner of the room, creates the perfect nook for sleeping, far enough away from the door and hidden by a wall from the kitchen, so as to seem like its very own space.

                To make my bed(room) even cozier, I created a DIY canopy out of floor length velvet plum drapes attached to the ceiling with magnetic curtain rods that frame the long side of my bed. The curtains plus the three walls envelope my bed on all sides and serve to create the feeling of a separate room in what would otherwise be a one room studio. The look is elegant, chic and very Paris apartment style.

I am always looking for ways to make it even more dramatic. These are some of my favorites interior design ideas that I have gathered from the Internet, below.

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How do you make your bedroom romantic or serene? Share your ideas here!

Welcome to Tres Chic Decor! I am so excited to announce my new venture in the flea market/antique business, having moved my online business to a brick and mortar store! I am currently sharing a booth with a friend who is an artist and creator who paints with oil, knits scarves, sweaters and makes jewelry. My inventory is made up of vintage home décor treasures and finds with a little of everything, from smaller items like china dishes, painted frames and vanity trinkets to small furnishings, like lamps, rugs and chairs.

We added a sampling of our inventory into the booth this past Sunday and with much more inventory to be priced for sale and brought to the booth, I am currently seeking ideas for ways to organize the booth to optimize our inventory and selling potential.

I don’t have too much furniture yet; namely a Full/Queen head and footboard, a large 12 light rococo chandelier, a hanging pendant milk glass chandelier, a Victorian heart back chair  and several “to be refinished” projects, from tables to footstools. Among a wide assortment of home decorating accessories, I have lot of frames, mirrors, fabric curtains, books, wall sconces and more.

This is a picture of our booth when we were beginning to set up.

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Based on what I have in stock and what my partner has displayed, these are some of my favorite inspiration photos for organizing the booth. Think Shabby Cottage Chic meets Paris Apartment!

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Do you have any great organization or display ideas for antique and/or flea market booths? Let me know. I’d love to hear your ideas and experience.

My French Revolution: French Provincial vs Louis XVI

As a little girl my room was all decked out in French Provincial furniture and décor elements and I never appreciated it for the beauty that they were. I wanted bright colors and wild patterns. By the time I was 13, my matchy-matchy bureau and desk were overpowered by an electric blue comforter with fluorescent leaves of pink, green and yellow and a shag pink rug (that had been in the house since the eighties). The eighties passed and somewhere in the 2000s I grew up and my tastes subdued – somewhat – and I’ve traded in my child-like love of neon bright furnsihings for a little more grown up taste of glitz and glamour by pairing jewel toned colors with ornate gold accessories. I still have my French Provincial set and have come to love and really appreciate its beauty; but being true to the “electric fluorescent” within me, I love to mix different colors and styles with the matchy-matchy furnishings that exist within my apartment.

My favorite details are those that were expressed in Europe in the 1800s that showcased beautiful patterns of damask, toile in rich materials like satin, brocade and velvet. The furniture they sat in looked so elegant and refined; in creams and muted blues and greens that were made to look even more stunning by the sparkle of floor to ceiling mirrors with the most ornate scrolling details in gold that curved around the edges of an ivory mirror. I do the best to make my apartment mirror the gorgeous styles of yesteryear while maintaining all the modern necessities and conveniences of today. I’ve hung rich plum purple curtains from my ceiling to section off my apartment’s closet/office from the living room/bed area. I love the juxtaposition of the curvaceous lines of my Louis XV end table and Queen Anne Victorian side chair mixed with the fluted legs of my Louis XVI style sofa.  And I’ve hung several ornate gold mirrors throughout my apartment to reflect the light and to trick the eye into thinking the rooms are larger.
One of my mirrors could easily have been part of my original French Provincial set, with its gold on ivory colors, curvaceous bottom legs and fluted decorative railing on top; but in the spirit of mixing (rather than matching), I really want to transform this mirror into a more ornate Louis XVI inspired find like those pictured below. How would you do it? Is it even possible? What ideas do you have that I could add or take away from the current construction of this mirror to make to more fitting with my décor?

Check out the Louis XVI inspired home décor goods in my Etsy store. From Mirrors to clocks, wallpaper, fabric and more. Do you have a favorite decorating style? Are you drawn to any particular artifacts when you’re out treasure hunting? Share it with me here. 
Happy decorating and happy thrifting!

Shabby Rococo Chic

Decorating in Shabby Rococo Chic? I am definitely a girly girl at heart – I may wear a lot of black, but there is usually something pink on me at all times, too.  In my love of shopping, vintage and home décor everything, I’ve been reading a lot of Rachel Ashwell books lately to see how she’s mastered her craft from thrifting to decorating and designing. She coined the décor term “shabby chic”, infamous for its pale pinks, blues and greens (think, painted furniture) paired with crisp clean whites (especially in slipcovered sofas). While I love everything about her style, I, personally, still need a little sparkle, a little brightness, a little bling in my space. While I love the traditionalism of certain décor elements, like a curvy Queen Anne leg, a French Provincial dresser and ice cream color palettes, I also love the ornate scroll detailing of a gorgeous gold, oversized mirror and those decadent glass dripping with crystals.   Think Betsey Johnson (the ultimate Queen of Black & Pink – with a lot of blinged out gold) meets Rachel Ashwell. Pair them together, and it’s definitely my design dream come true. I believe the best fitting term for this style is Rococo. You see Rococo in the architectural details of Victorian décor as well as in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood Regency and even in the color palette of Shabby Chic.

          The word Rococo itself comes from the French; rocaille, or stone, and coquilles, or shell. Not surprisingly, shells are one of the signature decorations in this style’s architectural details and designs.  With its 18th century origins, it is also known as late Baroque, encapsulating the curvaceous lines of Louis XV and the beginning of the architectural fluted posts of Louis XVI. It is famous for its mixture of pastels with gold, beautifully decadent painted murals, and curvaceous S lines in all its furniture and ornamentation. I think it is so elegant, so inspiring and fun all at once. For me, when I think of Paris Glam, I think of Rococo.

Check out some of  the Rococo style home décor goods in my Etsy store. From Mirrors to clocks, wallpaper, fabric  and more.

                Do you have a favorite decorating style? Are you drawn to any particular artifacts when you’re out treasure hunting? Share it with me here.  Happy decorating and happy thrifting!