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.

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!

Flea Market Fix Up – Weekend Painting Project

Remember the sweet little French Provincial Nightstand I picked up over Memorial Day weekend? I have been pondering over whether or not to paint it or leave it as is; after some initial success with homemade milk paint on a demilune table and several frames, I have decided to try my hand at creating a matching bedroom set from the nightstand and an equally gorgeous vintage headboard. I bought several paint samples a few weeks ago from Home Depot, one of which a light grey, that I have been saving for such a shabby glamorous chic project; and with a tropical storm on the horizon, it’s the perfect weekend to put the brush and paint to work.Original

I have been trying to match up regular latex paints to those offered in Annie Sloan’s collection – because I just love love love her colors (and their namesJ) but I’m not so in love with the prices or the difficulty in finding them. I came across Behr’s Sterling (or as I like to call it, Glamorous Grey) – an almost perfect match for Annie Sloan’s French Grey – and I am ready to put it to the test on both vintage finds. Here are some inspiration photos I’ve been drawing on for this project (mostly from Etsy).HeadboardRedoGreyNightstandRedo

I hope to have some rehabbed and refreshed pix to post Monday!

What weekend projects are you looking forward to working on? Check out Miss Mustard Seed for more fabulous furniture fix ups at her weekly Furniture Feature Friday.

Flea Market Fix Up – Redoing an Antique Armoire

I found a fabulous vintage armoire circa 1930 at a local antique shop for $40 last winter. I thought it was such a steal! And a great project for cold and rainy days. I wrote last week about my new love affair with chalk paint – had I known 6 months ago that it did not require any initial sanding and priming, I’d probably already be done with the Great Armoire project – but alas, one cannot know the things one does not know and so I have made this project all that much more difficult. I first began by attempting to sand away the front doors –but I quickly realized what I thought was wood, was actually a veneer paneling made of particle board. It easily peeled off in some areas – and not so easily in others. I was able to fully peel off one whole panel for the left door but the right door continued to be a trying effort. Discouraged at how much time it was taking, I kept putting off and putting off the project. After my recent discovery about the miracles of chalk paint, I became more enthusiastic about scraping off the remaining particle board on the right door. To my surprise (and likely due to the recent humidity), the remaining pieces of particle board that wouldn’t budge all winter, came off completely in one weekend without nearly as much effort as I expected.  I bought two new pieces of particle board to replace the old pieces I’d scraped off and now after I glue on the new pieces of particle board to the door panels, I will be ready to paint (finally)!!

Now I just have to decide on color – green, blue or pink?!?! Which color would you choose?

Here is my armoire when I first bought it, with the paneling scraped off and below that, some gorgeous inspiration photos, mostly from the online shops The Painted Cottage and Forever Pink Cottage Chic.

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Not Your Kid’s Sidewalk Chalk – Painted Furniture

I have been seeing beautiful painted furniture for years now that is made to look like it’s vintage or “Shabby Chic” and recently I have been more and more curious about the paint people are using to make these re-habbed and re-purposed creations. Most notably, the brand name Chalk Paint from Annie Sloan is the primary material of choice. The paint is beautiful and comes in 32 vintage chic colors, with names like Paris Grey, Louis Blue, Provence and Emperor’s Silk, further evoking a feeling of a time past. (Photo of paint colors from Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint collection on her website.)

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However, with a monopoly on the market (you can’t find Chalk Paint from Benjamin Moore or the like), the price is about double that of regular paint; but if you’re someone like me, who loves to scour for a bargain, the web is full of homemade recipes to make your own chalk paint in a very simple – and very inexpensive manner. My favorite recipe is only 3 ingredients: ANY can of latex paint (3 parts) + Plaster of Paris (1 part) + water to mix; and voila! You have a limitless selection of paint colors and minimal time in adding the plaster of paris (with water) to it.  Plus, one of the biggest bonuses about chalk paint is that you don’t have to sand or prime your furniture before painting it! That was probably the biggest attraction to me – that and the beautiful finish it leaves on flea market furniture finds.

Here is my flea market demi-lune table turned shabby cottage chic with my own homemade chalk paint using Behr’s Sea Sprite (baby blue).  (I forgot to take a before picture but found one very similar on the web – see belodemi lune 2 before030w).SeaSprite

Here are some great blog articles on mixing your own chalk paint:

http://salvagedinspirations.com/best-homemade-chalk-paint-recipes/

http://inmyownstyle.com/2013/02/diy-chalk-paint-review-update.html

http://www.iheartnaptime.net/chalk-paint/

http://www.thevintagefarmhouse.com/2012/10/homemade-chalk-paint-pros-cons.html

Have you tried making your own creations using either Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint or your own homemade chalk paint? Share them with me here; I’d love to see and hear about your experiences.

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.