After indulging in the colourful, layered and textural lifestyles depicted in The New Bohemians book by Justina Blakeney, it got me thinking about whether this interior style is more than just a set of rules in which to decorate your home.
In fact, according to Google, a Bohemian is a person who practices an unconventional lifestyle without the boundaries or practices of rules and usually in the company of others who share an interest to live in a more creative way, integrating music and art into their lifestyle. In some ways, you can envisage how this style of living can transpose into the interiors of a home.
Justina breaks down the bohemian style into six categories, distinguished by unique characteristics including relationships with nature and family and emotive influences like nostalgia and tradition. But there is certainly an underlying theme that is evident in this style:
- each home places a premium on clean lines and functionality.
- each home uses colour, pattern and texture to its maximum for comfort, warmth and character.
- each home incorporates family heirlooms, treasures and recycles pieces of furniture and accessories.
- each home embraces authenticity and a personal style by celebrating hand-made pieces.
I particular love Justina's "adopt an idea" approach to decorating which encourages the reader to find inspiration from the homes they read about and introduce something they love into their own space. I love how this enables you to add a personal touch to your own home!
What are your thoughts about this style? Is there something here that appeals to you? Colour, texture and sense of happiness? It's quite an emotive style of living! If you're looking for more bohemian inspiration from Justina, then you'll want to follow her lifestyle blog, The Jungalow.