Thursday, March 31, 2016

Dear OKL lookbook, Where have you been all my life?

We all love One Kings Lane for its quality, variety, interviews with designers, and beautifully staged room vignettes. I’ve bought a few things there, mostly on clearance because so much of the stock is out of my budget. Mostly I look. And look and look and look. And then I look so more; so much beauty!!

So how is it I never noticed until now they have an online lookbook with many, many room vignettes (five pages of them!!) I never encountered in the deluge of emails they send me? And get this: Each image is easily and immediately “shoppable,” which means lots of mapped links to the same or similar products!

Here are a few of my favorite OKL lookbook rooms. Of course they don’t transfer with the shoppable links, but if you follow the headline link I placed with each photo it will take you to the shoppable images on the One Kings Lane website. Have fun, and let me know in the comments what you buy.

A Nursery You & Baby Will Love

One Kings Lane

Quite honestly, this is a room most any adult would love living in, minus the crib. (Well, leave it in if you want. You can always lower the side and use it for extra seating.) I just love the giraffe picture and figurine, but most of all I want that print of the black shirt and yellow bowtie.

Casual Meets Classic in the Living Room

One Kings Lane

I’m not a white sofa fan, but I love that wing chair dressed in black-and-white ikat. The mix of high and low also pulls this room together—seagrass and hide rugs under a glam glass top mirrored table, that modern webbed chair side-by-side with the wings, and a paper lantern in the same room as a marble fireplace. The room is a model of how to mix antiques and modern pieces, and the two-tone paint job adds architectural definition.

Modern Ease

One Kings Lane

I love how all the color in this room comes from accessories—art, books, a vase, flowers. A neutral ground—walls, floors, major furniture—allows all the color and texture to pop.

Perfectly Composed Bookshelves

One Kings Lane

The writer in me loves the vintage portable typewriter repurposed to hold ephemera. It’s the first time I’ve seen one of these in a vignette where it was actually given a purpose other than to look interesting. Makes me wish I’d hung onto mine.

A Globetrotter’s Sitting Area

One Kings Lane

Or a globetrotter wannabe, which would be ME. I’m groovin’ on the mix of textiles, the funky deer lamp (?) and the pudgy-cheeked Japanese girl figurine.

An Adventurer’s Dream Bedroom

One Kings Lane

Or an adventurer wannabe—again, ME. I’m crushing on those leopard ottoman cubes and the print of the woman with the magnifying glass. And how about that necklace hanging as part of the gallery wall? Neat idea!

A Fun & Funky Kitchen

One Kings Lane

I don’t often post kitchens, but this one absolutely stole my heart. It’s the bar stools, I’m sure. The pendants are pretty rad as well, especially hung as opposites.

An Art-Lover’s Bath

One Kings Lane

Ditto for baths. Expensive tile and over-the-top tubs and showers don’t do much for me. I like function. And, well, maybe romance, which this bath has plenty of. The art is great, but what I really dig is the Moroccan/Middle-Eastern vibe from the rug, fouta towel, dressing table and bench.

The Study of Your Dreams

One Kings Lane

That’s an understatement, to be sure. I love the pops of red against the navy blue and white, as well as the no-fuss styling of the bookshelves.

An Inspiration-Filled Office

One Kings Lane

Color, color, color! Did I say I love color? I do. I’m also envious of that wing chair on wheels used as a desk chair. I have a wing chair without wheels in my office, and I often work at it using a laptop desk. I never thought of putting wheels on it and using it AT my real desk. Hmmmm…

Here Comes the Sunroom!

One Kings Lane

What I wouldn’t give for a sunroom with a glass roof! All the blue-and-white chinoiserie makes my heart go pitapat, too.

Follow the link to start your exploration of the One Kings Lane lookbook

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Old Europe meets modern Israel in chic boho Tel Aviv home

Assaf Pinchuk

Looking at the front of this house you
might guess you happened upon it while strolling a backstreet in southern France.

But the home is actually nestled in the old-city Jaffa environs of metropolitan Tel Aviv.

The owners built the house new on a half-acre, corner lot but wanted it to blend with the architecture in the surrounding old city. 

The French influence is genuine though. While the husband’s business took the family to Paris for several years, the wife studied French design at the Ecole Bulle and helped design the house and decorate its interiors.

Assaf Pinchuk

That explains the enclosed front courtyard, which the 390-square-meter home (roughly 4,200 square feet, on two stories with finished basement) wraps around. It’s tiled and shady, thanks to the mature pomegranate and citrus trees planted. The family room portion of the combination kitchen/family room overlooks the courtyard from the left and the study does the same from the right. A gated wall at the street connects the two sides and separates the courtyard from the street.

Assaf Pinchuk

As European as the overall design of the home is, the century-old front door made from two doors combined hails from Jerusalem.

Assaf Pinchuk

To the immediate left when you enter the house is the dining area, which joins the kitchen. The glass door on the right leads to a tiled outdoor dining space shaded by a pergola.

Assaf Pinchuk

Turn the kitchen corner and you find yourself in the family room and TV-viewing area. The rugs on the floor and the wall are Moroccan.

Assaf Pinchuk

The view from the family room area back into the kitchen shows windows clad in venetian blinds in lieu of upper cabinets.

The cheery yellow industrial-style pendant lights were sourced from the Jaffa flea market and painted.

Assaf Pinchuk

Retrun to the central hallway and you see a smaller dining area, as well as the living room beyond. The hallway pictured on the right leads to stairs and the finished game room in the basement.

The living room is floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides and built-in bookcases on a third. Carpet squares define the conversation area.

Assaf Pinchuk

The sofa and chaise in this room are from Paris, while the tables are Indonesian. The room is casual and elegant all at once. My favorite part? The bowls of colorful red bell peppers.

Assaf Pinchuk

Last is an enticing night view from the outdoor dining area at the back of the house into the L-shaped kitchen/family room. The exposed ceiling beams on the first level repeat in portions of the second storey, where the children have their bedrooms.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Get the task-light look for less

Vipp via The Design Chaser
The humble task light (a.k.a. “desk lamp”) used to be the cheapest choice on the home lighting shelf and a favorite of late-night boho studiers. But those dollar days are no more. 

The popularity of minimal and industrial home design has given us more choices in task lighting than ever before, but it's now a choice with a higher price tag. 

So what’s a boho gal on a budget to do? 

Shopping at tag sales and next-to-new shops is always smart, since many task-light styles have been around since the 1950s. 

But if you don’t have the time or inclination to shop secondhand, there are also some trendy choices with down-to-earth pricing, brand-spanking-new, at several familiar retailers. 

For most, you can either order online or check them out first at a bricks-and-mortar store. 

Under $50…

| 1. Threshold Wood Task Lamp, Black | 2. Threshold Hudson Industrial Table Lamp, Ebony | 3. Limelights Adjustable Blue Desk Lamp with Metal Shade |

Under $40…

| 4. Alsy Bronze LED Studio Headlamp | 5. Threshold Crosby Schoolhouse Desk Lamp, Ebony and White | 6. Simple Designs White Porcelain Flower Desk Lamp, Brushed Nickel |

Under $30…

| 7. Pillowfort Desk Lamp in Green, Mint, Navy, Pink, Purple, Red, Yellow | Better Homes and Gardens Orb Hinged Metal Task Light, Oil-Rubbed Bronze | 9. Better Homes and Gardens Traditional Task Lamp, Bronze | 10. Room Essentials Gold-Plated Elevated Task Light | 11. Threshold Task Lamp with Cylinder Shade, Brass and Silver | 12. Your Zone Adjustable LED Desk Lamp | 13. Allen + Roth Embleton Adjustable Desk Lamp with Metal Shade, Brushed Nickel and Bronze | 14. Gray Metal and Wood Pole Adjustable Scholar Desk Lamp |

Under $20…

| 15. Mainstays Halogen Desk Lamp, Brushed Steel | 16. Get It Together Adjustable Task Lamp, Rich Black | 17. Essential Home Gooseneck Desk Lamp, Silver | 18. LED Gooseneck Desk Lamp, Blue, Black and White | 19. Style Selections Adjustable Stainless Steel LED Desk Lamp with Metal Shade |

Under $10…

| 20. Mainstays Gooseneck Desk Lamp with Brushed Steel Accents, Lime, Blue and Magenta | 21. Black Gooseneck Desk Lamp |

Monday, March 28, 2016

Feather your nest for spring with bird-themed décor

Waking to birdsong is always a certain tip-off spring is on its way.

Then it happens—those early birds are up and about, choosing mates, building nests, laying eggs and hatching them. Busy, busy, busy.

We humans feather our nests in spring, too—cleaning this, primping that, replacing something else, stimulated by the new life popping up all around us. I wanted to share with you some extra-cute, bird-themed finds I ran across in my latest bout of making pretty. May they remind you of spring all year long.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Friday READ: Giveaway + Truth-Is-Stranger-Than-Fiction Links

If you haven't already entered, don't forget that Cara Jean Clay (see 3/21/16 article) is offering $50 credit toward anything in her Etsy shop to the lucky winnter of our first-ever drawing. You have until Monday, March 28, to enter.

Here are SIMPLIFIED instructions on how to enter:
Now, let's press on to this week’s linkfest…

Vintage Barbie and Ken Photos, The English Room

David Parise

Barbie and Ken—creations of the 1960s—are posed by photographer David Parise to live the fun and (not so) innocent life we imagined that time period to be. The dolls are the original models, the clothes are the original outfits, and the photos are fittingly quirky and enticingly priced.

Frank Parise

The collection makes a few accommodations for present-day sensibilities: Same-sex Barbie/Ken couples, inter-racial Barbie/Ken couples, B/K couples of all kinds doing all kinds of cheeky stuff, like Barbie casting her bikini top to the wind and Ken cooking in an apron-only. Parise also shows the REAL start of the selfie craze.

Palm Springs House Untouched Since 1969 Hits the Market, SF Gate

Fit for a Disney princess, wouldn’t you say? Wait until you see the matching bathroom with the sunken tub and 46 MORE photos! And if you just happen to BE a Disney princess, you’re in luck—the 3,350-square-foot house is a steal at $850,000. 1960s Barbie and Ken could be quite happy here, and photographer Parise would be wise to pose some of his snaps at this locale before the new owners tear out all that pink.

Inside the Homes of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Bleubird

This sunroom in Palm Springs belonged to Liz Taylor. Follow the link to see photos of nine others, including Marilyn Monroe’s Brentwood living room, which I’ve pictured on BoHo Home before.

Michelangelo lived here—really! 

Handsome Properties International via Mad About the House

Eight bedrooms and seven baths in nearly 13,000 square feet, overlooking a verdant valley in Tuscany, and it could be yours for a cool $8.4 million. This one HAS been updated since Buonarotti’s time but retains the charm of its heritage. What do you get for your money? Deeds that prove the owner’s claim, original brick barrel and wood-beamed ceilings, and six acres of privacy 34 miles southwest of Florence. Sorry, no original frescoes or sculptures. Follow the links to see all 24 photos.

Beautiful Spaces That Also Make Me Slightly Nervous, Apartment Therapy

Only SLIGHTLY nervous? I love my books, but I don’t want to play Jenga with them. Follow the link to see six more scary, precarious home situations, but take a Dramamine first, ‘K?

10 Indian Interiors in 10 Indian Cities, Design Sponge

When you’re through oohing and aahing over the fright factor from the previous link, you can ooh and aah over the fabulous factor in this one. Drop. Dead. GORGEOUS. (No pun intended.)

British Woman Lives in 1939, BBC News via Apartment Therapy

No foolin' around for this Brit. She even ripped out what she called a “posh” bathroom and had a backyard privy built instead. And yes, of course she’s single. She also admits to few dates beyond the first. The BBC link has a 2.5-minute video you won't want to miss.

The Science of Crying, Time 

Not home-related, but definitely Susan-specific. Yes, I cry easily but not as often as I used to. Now I know why. You’ll say gee whiz, too.

3 fake-‘em-out makes that put the crafty in crafts 

1. Paper Daffodil Tutorial, Design Sponge

Last week peonies, this week daffs. Anybody want to share their bouquets? 

2. DIY Faux Stone Mirror, Design Sponge 

I’m lukewarm on the mirror, but these "crystals" are really cool on their own. 

3. DIY Yarn Wall Hanging, Burkatron

This is the quick route to the trendy-once-again macramé look that is, I think, actually better looking. 

And finally, the image of the week: BYOB (Bring your own BAR-BIE)

David Parise

Cheers! And have a great weekend!



This week on BoHo Home...

M: 3-21-16
Dancer captures
nature dance in clay
TU: 3-22-16
Top tool picks from
a master gardener
W: 3-23-1
My master bedroom
refresh, Part 2
TH: 3-24-16
Camp like you do 
(& don't) remember

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Get to know 'summer camp’ boho home decor

Would you believe the owners of this Mill Valley, Calif., camp reno moved here from a Greenwich Village, NY, rental apartment? That's coast-to-coast boho home!

They lived in the city, yes, but both grew up going to rustic summer camps—he in Ontario and she in the Adirondacks. All I can say is, they must had some great memories of that time, based on what they've done with this property.

"A house can be a vessel for change. To envision how it will shape your life and then to live the way you'd hoped—it's kind of profound.”
Mark Harris, owner

No "kind of" about it, in my book. 

Granted, owners Mark and Blythe Harris had the help of architect Gil Schafer and interior designer Rita Konig. As a team, they managed to keep the flavor and feel of a quaint summer camp without eschewing modern convenience, functionality, and downright beauty. If the summer camp in Harris Hill, NY, that I attended as a kid looked even remotely like this, I would have cried when I had to go back home.

Eric Piasecki

I love the matchstick blinds used on these French doors. Nothing divides the light in a room into more glimmering slices than a matchstick blind. It was my window treatment of choice in my early apartments because it was cheap. Why did I ever give it up?

Eric Piasecki

A window seat with a window you can climb in and out of—now that’s my kind of camp! What a great spot to curl up with a book and nod off on a lazy summer day. And more matchstick blinds—be still, my heart!

Eric Piasecki

The table lamps appear to be wired in and through the table, then plugged into the floor socket below the one on the left. I love the eclectic gathering of art on the gallery wall as well, and that plate of figs is calling my name. Anyone for fig cobbler? Yumm.

Eric Piasecki

We never had a bar at our summer camp, but it’s a great idea for the counselors, who I know from experience could have used a stiff drink. Those gorgeous green crystal lamps are a fun counterpoint to the rattan pendant, and I love the locker built-ins.

Eric Piasecki

This is my favorite room in this house. I love the mix of high and low—crystal lamps and a French Provincial caned bed alongside all those rustic pieces and vintage textiles. And more matchstick blinds!!

Eric Piasecki

Here’s yet another great nap spot, right off that killer master bedroom. You’d likely find me curled up on this sofa, my head at the end where the sun hits. There’s nothing much sweeter than waking up to feel the warmth of the sunshine on your face, unless it’s falling asleep under the stars on a warm summer night.

Is that Taps I hear playing on a bugle? G'night!

See/read more about this renovation at Elle Décor.

Don't forget to enter
our giveaway

In honor of the first day of spring (Sunday, March 20), Cara Jean Clay (see 3/21/16 article) is offering $50 credit toward anything in her Etsy shop.

Here's how to enter:
Entries will be accepted through Monday, March 28, and the winner determined through a blind drawing. BoHo Home will notify the winner through email, forward contact information to Cara Jean Clay, and announce the winner's name on the blog thereafter. It will be the winner's responsibility to contact Cara Jean Clay to use the credit. No portion of the credit can be redeemed for cash.

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