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.

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Inspiration in the Color Purple

Regal, lilac, lavender, plum – whatever you want to call it – I love purple. Whether it is bold or adds a splash of color to your home, here is a glimpse at some tres chic interiors and how they have incorporated purple into their décor.

 

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Orchid walls and matching bergere chairs. Gorgeous!

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A fresh, floral and ultra feminine take on a classic french provincial vanity set. I’d love to get ready each morning here!

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House beautiful adds a pop of color with a regal plum door and periwinkle barrel chairs. I feel like I’m dining in a garden! rococobedroom

The princess and (the purple) pea – a very regal boudoir.

 

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Even on the street, this regal sofa looks ultra glam.

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Architectural digest fetures a purple library done very Paris chic. I love mixing modern and vintage elements.

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What is it about lavendar that is so soothing? One look at those ethereal curtains and soft reflective lighting and I think I’ve figured it out.

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The new purple. Bold and modern against stunning turquoise and teal.

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Tufted magenta gives a fresh look to an old favorite.

 

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Unexpected elements against a classic purple and green background.

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Leopard and purple create a refined and regal look.

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Shabby purple chic.

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Architectural Digest combines the best in plush velvet and great architectural detail.

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Daydream in gold and purple – the ideal window seat.

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Elle Decor redefines regal plum.

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A perfectly paired tablescape.

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Intricately carved and curved amethyst daybed poised for a nap.

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

Weekend Thrifty Treasures

It’s that time of year again and flea markets, yard sales and estate sales are popping up more than ever. This Memorial Day I was driving to my local Salvation Army for their holiday 50% off sale to pick up a gorgeous brass and ornately detailed vintage Victorian style head and footboard when I spotted a tag sale on the side of the road. Right away my eyes were drawn to the two, too-cute Drexel nightstands that were parked right out front for all passersby to see. I couldn’t pass them up – but with my mind set on the vintage head and footboard I knew was at the SA – I decided that if the nightstands were still there on my way back (and the price was right), that I’d pick those up too.

As luck would have it, my vintage brass head and footboard was still available at the SA so I grabbed the tags to purchase. I looked around for some vintage frames I’d seen the other day, too, but they were long gone. However, to my great surprise, I stumbled across an excellent condition Louis XVI arm chair that was hidden by a monstrous pile of books that had been placed on its seat. When I drove around back to pick up my furniture finds, what did I see by the dumpster but the second, matching arm chair to my Louis XVI love! I asked the man working if they were throwing it away, to which he replied, “Yep, take anything you want over there.” My eyes lit up at the thought of not one but two Louis XVI arm chairs. The one by the dumpster was still in god condition but a piece of the wood that was supporting a leg had come unhinged from its screw – nothing a drill couldn’t easily repair! And so, I left the SA on my way to the tag sale with a car full of great vintage finds.

Check out my two new favorite finds (picture of headboard found online – very similar to the one I got; chair on right is my new Louis!)

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Having only spent maybe 15 minutes at the SA down the road, sure enough, “my” two matching French Provincial nightstands, in their signature white and gold, were still there in their spot by the side of the road. I couldn’t pass them up! Now I just have to decide, do I keep them? Sell them as is? Or paint them in my newly created chalk paint that goes on so easily, so smoothly and so beautifully. What do you think? Is it time for another transformation? I think I’m going to try my hand at painting at least one of them in a paint that I bought from Home Depot, Behr’s Sterling, to match (as close as I could) Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey.

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Did you get to any flea markets or yard sales this weekend? Share with me any treasures you uncovered recently. I’d love to see them!

What’s Old Is New Again

Right now I’m obsessing on the two new china collections from Royal Albert at Macys, Polka Rose and Vintage Pink. PolkaRosePinkVintageRose.pngFirst made in England, Royal Albert’s beautiful Bone China collection Old Country Roses is truly an original Shabby Cottage Chic staple in fine and casual dinnerware. I found a beautiful small scalloped plate from the Original collection at a local thrift store; it almost looks like a star with curvaceous points all around the plate; but I haven’t been able to come across any more from the 1962 set. It is no longer made in England (but made in China and Indonesia) so the originals are truly special. scalloped candy dish

However, now Old Country Roses is available in hundreds of different patterns and shapes in dinnerware as well as in fabrics, soft furnishings and linens. And as I mentioned, you can even buy it at Macys!

You can find the old staple pattern of beautiful bright and light multicolor flowers against a white background and gold trim; and now you can also choose from their recent expansion on the design, Royal Albert’s new vintage inspired collections called Polka Dot Rose and Vintage Pink Old Country Rose.

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Polka Dot Rose is a beautiful soft, minty blue-green with white polka dots; and Vintage Pink Old Country Rose is a beautiful pink rose pattern on your choice of a pale pink background or white. Shabbylicious and ultra-gorgeous! Even the hot pink box with the white crown it comes in is beautiful.

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I am loving that Macy’s online allows you to buy a mix and match assortment of each – that way I don’t have to decide between all the pretty plates.

Do you have any favorite vintage items that you have been scouring for? Have any of them been remade for sale in modern day retail stores? Share your pix and stories with me here.