Tuesday, July 18, 2017

5 bombastic boho bedrooms, plus links to full-house tours

The spring and summer issues and online content from my favorite design magazines know no bounds when it comes to boho home tours. But it’s the bedrooms that have me crushing.

Each of the five I’ll share with you today is a very different variety of boho, but all get their charm from an eclectic combination of furnishings that reveal their owners’ stories in lush layers.


1. Adirondack Camp Boho


bohohome.com @bohosusan
James Merrell photo

Interior designer Anthony Baratta, inspired by a butterfly wallpaper he used in the 1990s, commissioned decorative painter David Cohn to re-envision it on the walls of this master bedroom in the winter house of a wildlife photographer’s Adirondacks compound. Cohn also painted the scenic panels on the birch and hickory bed.

What makes it boho? The campy mix of whimsy, of course: a funky bed, the mix of textiles (with a bit of Scandinavian thrown in), the shabby chic lighting, the cottage bedside table, the ship-lapped ceiling.

For the full tour: This home appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of House Beautiful. Grab a copy off the newsstand, or point your browser HERE.


2. Beach Boho


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Alexandra Rowley photo / HGTV Magazine

The beach house designer Michelle Curtis decorated for her family only looks like it’s in California. Actually, it’s near that other coast, in Westport, CT, to be exact. Curtis designed the fireplace in this room specifically to look like a sunset over the ocean.

What makes it boho? The mix of rustic in the fireplace and bed, global influences in the bedding and rug, and ties to nature in the wood side table and agate-slice wallcovering. There’s also a California vibe going on in the Hollywood regency stools and the beachball patterning in the accent pillows. To make a long story short, it's the mix, man!

For the full tour: Pick up a copy of the July/August 2017 issue of HGTV Magazine to see the rest of this cooler-than-cool space, or check it out online HERE. I’m not usually much for looking at children’s bedrooms, but the ones in this house are just about the neatest I’ve ever seen. You won't want to miss them!


3. Greenwich Village Boho


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Peter Murdoch photo

At first glimpse you might miss the bedroom and fixate on that to-die-for Danish modern credenza in the adjoining living room. But don't do it or you'll miss the knockout sleeping space in this 600-square-foot apartment in New York’s Greenwich Village. 


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Peter Murdoch photo 

Designer Joshua Greene decorated his massive-for-Manhattan bedroom by first covering the brick wall behind the headboard with a geometric hand-painted wallpaper. It all makes a dynamic backdrop for his art collection.

What makes it boho? Ethnic textiles and quirky finds mixed with classic furniture and modern art. BTW, that’s a vintage flag that Greene found in Kyoto at the foot of the bed

For the full tour: Check out all of Greene’s bachelor pad in the June 2017 issue of House Beautiful. If it’s no longer available in your area, try HERE. And don’t miss additional photos posted HERE.


4. Exotic Lands Boho


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Tria Giovan photo

This over-the-top master bedroom is from the storied Woody House on the easternmost tip of Long Island, NY. Architect Peter Marino helped the owners reconceive the home, and it’s his custom fabrics that dress the bed, except for the coverlet, which the owners purchased in Mumbai.

I’m crushing over those lavender midcentury lamps myself, which look smashing with all that red.


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Tria Giovan photo

Being in the room, with its whirling mix of pattern, is almost like being inside a kaleidoscope. In fact, I think I could live 24 hours a day in just this one room, spinning and spinning until I passed out dizzy on that chaise.

What makes it boho? Pattern, pattern and more pattern. Pattern everywhere! Did I say pattern? Also the ethnic textiles in the mix.

For the full tour: This bedroom appeared in the July 2017 issue of Architectural Digest. Continue your tour HERE.


5. French Connection Boho


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Shade Degges photo

This California home may be an eclectic modern mix elsewhere, but the daughter’s bedroom is a Francophile’s died-and-gone-to-heaven haven. 


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Shade Degges photo

Expert textile-mixing is the word of the day, with traditionally French patterns used alongside contemporary styles by Peter Dunham. I’d have no trouble curling up right there in that window with a good book and not moving for days, wouldn’t you?


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Shade Degges photo

A 1950s Italian chair makes for a studied contrast alongside a traditional mirror and elaborate marble fireplace.

What makes it boho? The mix of textiles, pattern, and furniture periods; in short, layers.

For the full tour: You won’t find this bedroom in any recent design magazine, but you can find it online as part of Architectural Digest’s web exclusive content.


If you want more…

  • Subscribe to my favorite interior design magazines by following the (affiliate) links below. Amazon’s prices are terrific, and auto-renew is a breeze! 
  • Shop (and follow!) my Etsy store, BoHo Home By Susan, for vintage finds and a few of my boho DIYs. I have vintage and next-to-new home décor items for sale on ebay too! New merchandise gets added daily, so check both places often. 
  • Sign up to have BoHo Home posts sent to your inbox using the subscription link in the sidebar (top right). Or follow with Bloglovin, a social-media platform that allows you to set up an account and access all the blogs you want to read in one place. 
  • Find additional content from BoHo Home on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, and Houzz, and give me a follow EVERYWHERE!! The more the merrier!


           

Saturday, July 15, 2017

BHH FACT / Desk + Window = More Creative Work Life

bohohome.com @bohosusan
Compass.com via Emily Henderson Styled

I’m going out on a limb here and recommending that EVERY desk should be parked under a window. Rather than a distraction, the view to the world outside helps feed your creativity.


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Ideal Home

When I see a desk under a window I think of this passage from a favorite book, Brenda Ueland’s If You Want to Write:

So you see, the imagination needs moodling—long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering…the dreamy idleness that children have, an idleness when you walk alone for a long, long time, or take a long, dreamy time at dressing, or lie in bed at night and thoughts come and go, or dig in a garden, or drive in a car for many hours alone, or play the piano, or sew, or paint ALONE, or an idleness—and this is what I want you to do—where you sit with pencil and paper or before a typewriter quietly putting down what you happen to be thinking.


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Felipe Scheffel photo

Or an idleness where you sit at your desk, pause in your work, and simply gaze out at whatever happens to be there. You will eventually start to notice things beyond when your neighbors come and go, though that can be a story in itself.


bohohome.com @bohosusan
David Merewether photo / Wealden Times

Here are just a few of the amazing things I’ve witnessed gazing out the window over my desk:
  • The couple across the street arguing—I could see the red in her face as she got in the car, slammed the door and screeched the tires down the street while the husband stood, bewildered in the driveway.
  • The underbelly of a preying mantis as it hung from my screen.
  • The removal of a tree from my neighbor’s yard, section by section, like dismantling a life.
  • A squirrel digging up food he remembered burying in a very specific place in my yard.
  • The habits of birds at the feeder—nuthatches walking down the tree, woodpeckers digging out bugs, finches gossiping, cardinals picking out the safflower seeds.
  • A hawk approaching, the birds hiding in a bush, the hawk diving into the bush—mayhem!
  • A stealthy squirrel outwitting another predatory hawk.
  • A tiny turtle crossing my sidewalk and disappearing into my flowerbed
  • A frightened raccoon in a storm, taking shelter in my bushes.
  • A female cardinal who bloodied her beak, determined to scare off the interloper she perceived in the window reflection.
  • A deer resting under my plum tree, then loping off down the middle of my suburban street.


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Via Barney Frank

More from Ueland:

I tell you and reassure you: at such times you are being slowly filled and re-charged with warm imagination, with wonderful, living thoughts…What you write today is the result of some span of idling yesterday, some fairly long period of protection from talking and busyness.


bohohome.com @bohosusan
GR-Bolig

Inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Paul Costello photo

I learned that you should feel, when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountaintop, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten—happy, absorbed, and quietly putting one bead on after another.


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Via Anna Gillar

This may be the setting I find ideal...


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Nicole LaMotte photo

...windows with views to AT LEAST two planes.


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Via Habitually Chic

And remember, that means UP, too. One of the nicest days in memory was spent in a friend’s work area on an enclosed solarium porch with a view to the sky above. We may not all be that lucky…


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Via Mad About the House

…but even brick walls have secrets to reveal.


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Manuel Rodriguez photo

So the next time you position a desk, go for right under the window.


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Design Dump

It doesn’t matter if the space you have is a little…


bohohome.com @bohosusan
The Everygirl

…or a lot.


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Ultralinx

The window is where you want to work.


bohohome.com @bohosusan

And moodle, of course.


bohohome.com @bohosusan

Build in, if you prefer.


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Via Desk Layout Ideas

Even add shelves.


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Via Beautiful Things That Make Me Happy

Just keep the desk under the window.


bohohome.com @bohosusan

It’s okay to share the view, too…


bohohome.com @bohosusan

…as long as it doesn't interfere with individual moodling.


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Hudson Valley Lighting

You won’t be sorry.


If you want more (& you should because there’s always more that wants YOU)…


bohohome.com @bohosusan

  • Check out the (affiliate) links below to get books by Brenda Ueland and books on the power of solitude, imagination and daydreaming.
  • Shop (and follow!) my Etsy store, BoHo Home By Susan, for vintage finds and a few of my boho DIYs. I have vintage and home décor items for sale on ebay too! New merchandise gets added daily, so check both places often. 
  • Sign up to have BoHo Home posts sent to your inbox using the subscription link in the sidebar (top right). Or follow with Bloglovin, a social-media platform that allows you to set up an account and access all the blogs you want to read in one place. 
  • Find additional content from BoHo Home on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, and Houzz, and give me a follow EVERYWHERE!! The more the merrier!


     

            

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Extreme global boho collision ahead!

bohohome.com @bohosusan

Textile designer John Robshaw’s Connecticut country house will stop you in your tracks with its mesmerizing mix of color and pattern. 

Although the 2,000-square-foot space set on eight acres is an early-19th-century cottage, Robshaw made a point to decorate in counterpoint. “I enjoy that kind of collage in which things don’t quite make sense,” he says.

Robshaw began his career as a painter and traveled to India in the 1990s to create indigo washed textiles and block prints to be used as canvases. But he soon discovered his passion was for the fabric itself and has since created beddings, fabric, and accessories he sells on his own website. Along the way he helped stimulate the current appetite for richly colored and patterned interiors that use Asian and tribal geometrics in new ways. Current collaborations are with artisans from Zimbabwe to Laos.

“Left to my own devices, I am definitely extreme,” Robshaw admits. That’s why he engaged interior designer Sara Bengur to help bring him down to earth. “She reminds me that you have to have some negative space. You can’t just endlessly layer.”


Cases in point


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Richard Powers photo / Elle Decor

A closer look at the home’s side entry reveals those plain white walls pave the way for the show-stopping, custom-made coral settee with a whimsical Byzantine back. 

Cushions are covered in a daring rose and violet linen stripe (from Robshaw’s collection) that makes the pet parrot hanging in a nearby cage seem like a native species. “He fits in here,” Robshaw chuckles. “You close your eyes, and you think you’re in a tropical forest.”


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Richard Powers photo

The living room sofa and its fabric are from Robshaw’s collection for Duralee. The armchair, banquettes, and bone inlay side table were all designed by him as well. The coffee table is from India, and the dhurrie rug is a custom design.

And how about that lavender fireplace? I'm swooning over that one.


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Richard Powers photo

The striped dhurries in the adjacent dining room are by Robshaw, and the armchair in the background and its fabric is also from his collection for Duralee. The vintage light is from India. 

I love the bookcases AND their color.


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Richard Powers photo

The kitchen is an eclectic mix tied together with Benjamin Moore’s Rose Quartz on the walls and Starry Night on the cabinets. Robshaw is as much a mixmaster with paint as he is with pattern.


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Richard Powers photo

The Rose Quartz walls make a striking backdrop for Dutch plates from Sri Lanka and turbans custom-made in India. The chair is also Indian.


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Richard Powers photo

More of Robshaw’s textile designs outfit the master bedroom bed, windows and floor. The crimson chest is a Tibetan antique trunk.


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Richard Powers photo

Although the ceilings are low, which is typical of homes built during this period, Robshaw hasn’t let that stop him from making tall statements with furniture, such as the guest room headboard, which, in shape, echoes the settee in the side entry. The fabric covering it, as well as the bedding and drapery fabric, are from Robshaw’s collection.


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Richard Powers photo

The stunning sink cabinet in the upstairs bath came from Syria, and the shower curtain and rug are from Robshaw’s collection.


If you want more…


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Richard Powers photo

I most likely can't wangle you an invite to kick back with Robshaw on his Litchfield County, CT, patio. But you can...
  • Continue your tour of his home in the July/August issue of Elle Décor magazine, or read Nancy Hass’ interview with Robshaw on the ED website. 
  • Explore John Robshaw’s designs on his website. 
  • Check out interior designer Sara Bengur’s portfolio on her website. 
  • Shop (and follow!) my Etsy store, BoHo Home By Susan, for vintage finds and a few of my boho DIYs. I have vintage and home décor items for sale on ebay too! New merchandise gets added daily, so check both places often. 
  • Sign up to have BoHo Home posts sent to your inbox using the subscription link in the sidebar (top right). Or follow with Bloglovin, a social-media platform that allows you to set up an account and access all the blogs you want to read in one place. 
  • Find additional content from BoHo Home on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, and Houzz, and give me a follow EVERYWHERE!! The more the merrier!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Dig this designer’s blueless beach getaway

bohohome.com @bohosusan

Designer Schuyler Samperton’s 650-square-foot Miami Beach getaway may be blueless, but it certainly isn’t clueless. The small space is styled for maximum function. 

But why no blue? “I avoided it,” she admits. “I aimed for a color scheme that didn’t scream beach. I wanted something more electric and alive: pinks, oranges and greens.”

And she got it, but there’s a secret to decorating bright in a small space. “Close quarters doesn’t mean shying away from bright colors, but they do need to remain consistent from room to room. The palette is a mood elevator, cheerful and energizing. It’s like walking into a candy store.”

And I’ve been bingeing on it ever since my June 2017 issue of House Beautiful arrived. See for yourself…


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Annie Schlechter photo

Love that pop of lime green in the entryway console. Notice how the space catches items needed coming and going to the beach AND looks beautiful, both at once.


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Annie Schlechter photo

The dining room wallpaper, usually a no-no in rentals, is removable and cost less than $200. Samperton scored the dining table and chairs from the auction site Everything but the House (ebth.com).


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Annie Schlechter photo

I do love the midcentury architectural backs on those dining room chairs—like a work of art in themselves!


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Annie Schlechter photo

Here’s a lesson in mirror use: Make sure it has something to reflect. This one keeps all those fun colors dancing! 


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Annie Schlechter photo

Samperton chose a vintage rug as a headboard stand-in to save space. That makes sense to me because that particular rug is just too pretty to walk on. 



bohohome.com @bohosusan
Annie Schlechter photo

Another mirror doing its reflecting job—be still my heart!


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Annie Schlechter photo

A 19th century English armoire houses Samperton’s colorful beach wardrobe.


bohohome.com @bohosusan
//////Annie Schlechter photo

And, of course, there’s a quiet corner to sip your morning coffee. Samperton used flatweave rugs throughout the apartment because they’re easy to get the sand out of. I love the layered look here with stripes and diamonds.


Want more? You’re in luck!


bohohome.com @bohosusan
Annie Schlechter photo

  • Check out Samperton’s debut collection of linen textiles, which share the same beachy feel as her apartment (and sneak in a little blue), at Hollywood at Home. 
  • Read all about Samperton’s apartment and get more tips for decorating your own small space in David A. Keeps’ article in the June 2017 House Beautiful, “Living the Lush Life.” 
  • Contine your tour of this space on the House Beautiful website.
  • Shop (and follow!) my new Etsy store, BoHo Home By Susan, for vintage finds and a few of my boho DIYs. I have vintage and home décor items for sale on ebay too! New merchandise gets added daily, so check both places often. You might even want to make it easy on yourself and give me a follow in each spot, K?
  • And by all means, don't miss a day of BoHo Home. Sign up to have posts sent to your inbox using the subscription link in the sidebar (top right). Or follow with Bloglovin, a social-media platform that allows you to set up an account and access all the blogs you want to read in one place. 
  • Find additional content from BoHo Home on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, and Houzz, and give me a follow EVERYWHERE!! The more the merrier!

FOLLOW BY EMAIL

https://activate.bloglovin.com/v/46P4m5t60c
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...