This blog has taken me longer than what I had hoped. I started it back in August and I swear time just ran away from me…. when did we hit November?
Well, no matter - we are here now and I am proud to share with you, probably, my most favourite subject ever.
Bohemian style has always been a small passion of mine. I was always marked as unconventional or ‘least likely to conform’ and my sense of style was always a mismatch of colours and themes. I have occasionally bent towards trends and fads over the years - but only to blend them in with what I already have or own. Growing up, I could never get a grasp on one trend - as I seemed to like everything and want to collect mementos from everywhere I went and travelled. It took me a little while to really hone it and realise that I could make it all work - I just had to be smart about it.
Before we begin let's dive in more to where the term originated. The word 'Bohemian' as we understand it today is derived from the French expression "La Boheme" which was used to describe people from the region of Bohemia. Bohemia was the original name of the Czech Republic back in the 12th century and was part of the area known as Greater Moravia. When the country began it’s Civil War in 1618 - also known as the Thirty Year’s War - many people took up in caravans and fled their home land. Many Romany, and “Gypsies**” had come through Boheme and the French referred to these people as Bohemians. This is how the name came to it’s current day understanding.
Now, Bohemian style is typically a collection of art, findings, souvenirs and artifacts that have been collected over time and all put up to be displayed. Technically you could have all sorts of styles everywhere and it would still be bohemian, I personally feel that to define what type of Bohemian style you have - it is good to take a step back and look at what the majority of what you collect and display, and then continue with that trend. You can still pepper other elements of boho in there, but try to stick to the one type to help it not look cluttered or messy. There are many variations of boho - and I could have gone on and on with all the different types, but that would have taken me even loooonger to finish so I have narrowed it down to the most popular at the moment and given you seven to work with, and a final list of things that you should aim to have in your home to really tie in the whole look!
Take a look, follow the links to any of the stores that I have featured (all pictures used with permission of course!) and let me know if you have a favourite - or if you have decided to take on one of these great bohemian looks!
Love AJ xx
whites, natural, cane furniture, bamboo, shells, blues and soft greens, the beach, tropical plants
1 Tavi Canvas Print Mimi & Mark 2 Kalif Nomadic Rug 3 Seagrass Basket Grey Dutch Warehouse
4 Balero Natural Cushion 5 Senegal Grain Basket 6 Globe Vase AYTM 7 Avalon Boho Basket
8 Cascade Cuttlebone Hanging 9 Mr Pinchy 10 Log Coffee Table 11 Koda Cushion Cover
12 Adobe Stock 13 Great Barrier Reef Canvas 14 Black Bolga Basket 15 White Coral on Stand Mimi & Mark
Juju hats, animal prints - safari, tribal wall art, jewellery to display, Bali, Africa, Thailand, earthy colours, beads and bones
1 Raffia Wall Hanging Dutch Warehouse 2 Raffia Wall Hanging Dutch Warehouse 3 Adobe Stock 4 Rattle Snake
5 Banded Weave Basket Bohome + Roam 6 Beaded Tassel 7 African Grass Baskets
8 Fishbone Cushion Bohome + Roam 9 Mandala Basket 10 Adobe Stock 11 Gary Gazelle Canvas Mimi & Mark
12 Opulence Rug 13 Sumba Stone Men 14 African Mudcloth Ottoman
luxury, velvet, brass, gold, silks, jewel tones, herringbone, mid modern century, art deco, vintage, extravagance
1 Sage Green Cushion 2 Adobe Stock 3 Abstract Flowers 4 Mongolian Sheepskin Throw
5 Adobe Stock 6 Slipper Chair 7 Roundback Chesterfield Velvet Sofa 8 Adobe Stock
9 The Hanna Buffet 10 Paloma Velvet Cushion 11 Tala Metal Lamp Mimi & Mark 12 Bambury Faux Fur Cushion
13 Vionnet Carved Coffee Table 14 Marion Three Seater Velvet Sofa 15 Peacock Buffet Sideboard
16 Obsessed Art Print 17 Milan Velvet Ottoman 18 Astrid Ottoman
blonde and light timber, highland cows, antlers, cow hides, macrame, Ikea
1 Brown Cow Hide Cushion Mimi & Mark 2 Oia Marble Dining Table 3 Adobe Stock
4 Adobe Stock 5 Abode Living Danish Reindeer Hide 6 Adobe Stock 7 Adobe Stock
8 Adobe Stock 9 Beaded Tassel 10 Adobe Stock 11 Teague Bull Framed Canvas Mimi & Mark
12 Adobe Stock 13 Whywood Entrance Bench 14 Adobe Stock 15 Icelandic Sheepskin Rug 16 Cowhide Ottoman
colours, lamps, candles, mother of pearl, furniture with inlays, ottomans in leather, mosaics, Marrakesh, Morocco
1 Moroccan Tower Print 2 Oud Rose Candle 3 Adeelah Pendant Shade Mimi & Mark
4 Anika Moroccan Cabinet Mimi & Mark 5 Black Ottoman 6 Adobe Stock 7 Moroccan Cushion Cover
8 Adobe Stock 9 Medallion Cushion 10 Adobe Stock 11 Abra Wooden Carved Candle Holder Mimi & Mark
12 Moroccan Mirror Mimi & Mark 13 Moroccan Inlay Box 14 Adobe Stock 15 Adobe Stock
16 Mango Wood Carved Tables Mimi & Mark 17 Adobe Stock 18 Adobe Stock 19 Adobe Stock
peacock chairs, rugs, beaded curtains, tassels, France, Italy, Bohemia, vintage art, vintage pieces
1 Adobe Stock 2 European Crystal Carafe 3 Frida Luxe Velvet Cushion 4 Persian Hand Knotted Rug
5 Lumli Cushion by KAS 6 Jilin Ginger Jar 7 French Provincial Adele Occasional Chair 8 Venice Vintage Dressing Bench 9 Adobe Stock 10 Frida Luxe Velvet Cushion 11 Art Deco Japanese Mirror Chest 12 Adobe Stock 13 Adobe Stock 14 Tresor Dining Chair 15 Felicienne Lamp 16 Adobe Stock
17 Cire Trudon - Louis XIV 18 IXXI Girl With A Pearl Earring 19 Vintage Boucherouite Rug
Aztec prints, Native America, North and South America, feathers, bison, pampas grass, dream catchers, cactus, bull skulls
1 Cactus Villa Photograph 2 Adobe Stock 3 Handmade Flat Weave Rug 4 Peruvian Frazada Cushion Bohome + Roam
5 Carved Bull Skull Mimi & Mark 6 Cactus 7 Llama Framed Print Mimi & Mark
8 Arwen Cushion 9 Cowhide Peanut 10 Kilm Cushion 11 Miss Grey Skies 12 Caramel Suede Pouf Mimi & Mark
13 American Bison Print 14 Serax Cactus Vase 15 Adobe Stock 16 Adobe Stock
17 Nueva Raya Rug 18 Floor Cushion Mimi & Mark
To tie it all in…
plants, textures, rugs, candles, layering, textiles, put everything (pretty) on display, trinkets, macrame, mandalas, artworks
1 Adobe Stock 2 Adobe Stock 3 Rattan Mirror Eye Dutch Warehouse 4 Adobe Stock
5 Adeelah Pendant Shade Mimi & Mark 6 Rattan Moon Dutch Warehouse
7 Macrame Wall Hanger Dutch Warehouse 8 Ruskin Canvas Mimi & Mark
9 Carved Wooden Wall Art Mimi & Mark 10 Adobe Stock 11 Seagrass Basket Dutch Warehouse
12 Marigold Weave Rug 13 Henry & Co. Photography 4 Rattan Mirror Star Dutch Warehouse
15 Gabbie Ceramic Vase Mimi & Mark 16 Adobe Stock
All imagery used with permission.
Image sources and credits can be found by clicking the linked descriptions.
All other images purchased from Adobe stock or free image stock platforms.
** Please note that the term “Gypsy” is not used in offence, we recognise that Gypsy is one slur that we often come across in Bohemian culture. It is often used as a synonym for boho, hippie, fashionable, interesting, or wanderlust. But it doesn’t mean that, and there is no “positive” or “acceptable” way of using it. It’s time to take the word Gypsy out of your vocabulary as well as the term “gypped” - excerpt taken from www.mumblesandthings.com, edited to fit this blog.