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Bohemian Style Ideas

Women that Inspire Me: Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman

Bohemian Home Decor Ideas, Bohemian Style Ideas, Women That Inspire Me, Upcycling, Vintage home decor, macrame home decor, Home Design Ideas, Women in BusinessPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends!

I have the second installment of my blog series Women that Inspire Me, and this week I am featuring two women, Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson.

Emma and Elsie are sisters that created the blog, A Beautiful Mess. Their blog features DIY recipes, crafts, furniture projects, home décor, as well as advice about blogging and photography.

Elsie started A Beautiful Mess as a personal blog in 2007, and then Emma started a food blog a few years later. They combined their blogs into one in 2010, and this version of A Beautiful Mess was born.

Their styles are ever evolving, but always inspiring. I can personally thank them for my love of all things pink, brass and marble. But their style is also fun and quirky.

I mean, check out Elsie’s before and after of her den. What a beautiful, zen space.

I also really enjoy that though their homes are beautiful, the spaces also are comfortable and lived in. The site states, “If you haven’t guessed by now A Beautiful Mess is all about living a creative, and sometimes messy, life.”

 

They understand paint gets spilled, dogs shed and sometimes, well sometimes you just make home décor mistakes.

But A Beautiful Mess is not just a blog. It is also “a women’s lifestyle company focused on creating happiness every day through a homemade lifestyle.”

Elsie and Emma also have an online shop, Oui Fresh. Their store sells t-shirts, sunglasses, organizational items and their own line of essential oils and natural lipsticks and lip glosses. Their makeup is non-toxic, cruelty free, gluten free and GMO free.

The pair has also written multiple books. They've written a photography book: A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book: 95 Inspiring Idea for Photographing Your Friends, Your World, and Yourself. They've written a home décor and DIY book: A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home: Painting, Crafting, and Decorating a Cheerful, More Inspiring Space. And they've written a cookbook: A Beautiful Mess Weekday Weekend: How to live a healthy veggie life...and still eat treats.

And if that all wasn't enough, these talented ladies have two apps. A Color Story and the newly launched, A Design Kit. A Color Story is a photo filter and effect app. A Design Kit allows you to add text, stickers, backgrounds, shapes and use different brushes to draw on your photos. I've just started playing around with A Design Kit, but I use A Color Story to filter most of my photos for the shop.

Plus Elsie and Emma try to keep their blog "focused on positivity and love" and they use the "business to try to give back" when they can.

So these insanely talented, creative stylish ladies also try to give back to their communities and are serious about clean living.

In honor of Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess, I am sharing all things blush and brass that I have listed in the shop.  Shop the links below.

Women that Inspire Me: Justina Blakeney

Bohemian Style Ideas, Bohemian Home Decor Ideas, Women That Inspire Me, Creative Inspiration, Women in BusinessPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

I love Instagram. I love scrolling through Instagram and seeing what painters, crafters, interior designers and writers are creating.

I follow a lot of other female makers because I believe it is important to support other women making their art. And believe me, there are so many women creating beautiful things.

When I see what they are doing, I get inspiration for my painting and writing.

Because so many of these women inspire me, I wanted to share some of these women with you. Some of them I’ve spoken about before, and some of them are incredibly well known. And some of them are well known where I live, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

So starting today, I will be sharing a little bit about a woman (or a pair of woman) that inspire me. And then I will share some furniture or home décor I created or sourced inspired by these women and what they do.

First up on the list is Justina Blakeney. I’ve written about her before in my blog post 5 Bohemian Looks Worth Stealing for Your Home. Blakeney is the creator of the design blog, TheJungalow.com and the queen of all things bohemian.

 Blakeney with her husband and daughter in Blakeney's book,     The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected       Homes

Blakeney with her husband and daughter in Blakeney's book,  The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected Homes

Blakeney draws and paints. She is a pattern-maker, interior designer and a writer.

In addition to her blog, she has written two books, The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected Homes and The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes. She is also a designer with multiple product lines.

You can now shop The Jungalow, and there is furniture, art prints, light fixtures, plates, bedding and planters. You can pretty much buy all things boho home décor there.

I love her #newbohemian style, which she describes as having “a passion for color, pattern and plants.” But I also really admire how her creative passions spill into so many different areas. And she doesn’t try to limit herself, but explores all of these different pursuits.

I received a copy of The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes for Christmas, and it is just as chock full of inspiration as her previous book.

The book starts out with several maxims, and below are two of my favorites.

 Photo of image from Blakeney's book,    The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes

Photo of image from Blakeney's book,  The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes

 Photo of image from Blakeney's book,    The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes

Photo of image from Blakeney's book,  The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes

I too believe in vintage and handmade and that objects made with love bring that love with them.

Blakeney is a truly talented women who has created a boho empire. And it all started with her blog, The Jungalow.

Here are some #jungalowstyle pieces I have available in the shop. I just added this Starburst Wicker Basket with Lid today, and I am kind of obsessed with it.

Be on the lookout for another woman that inspires me in two weeks!

5 Unique Gifts Ideas for that Hard To Shop For Person

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Have one of those hard to shop for people on your shopping list? Someone who has a unique style and likes to think outside the box?

Well, we’ve got your back. Here are five ideas for a one of a kind Christmas, Hanukkah or whatever-kind-of-gift-you-need gift.

1.  Vintage Butterfly Terrarium – For the Nature Lover

Though these look like butterflies, these winged creatures are actually sunset moths. The sunset moth is native to Madagascar, and the brilliance of its coloring and shape rivals most butterflies.

Our vintage glass vitrine features two sunset moths posed on a driftwood branch paired with dried flowers in vase. This glass terrarium would look fantastic on a bookcase, coffee table or anywhere your loved one wants to add bohemian style vibes. This would make a great gift for a nature lover, or anyone who loves butterflies.

2. Hootin' Cute Vintage Owl Bookends – For the Bookworm

We think these owl bookends are extra cute. This bookend pair has definite 70s style vibes. Just imagine setting these little cuties on a bookshelf next to a collection of plants and macrame. This set would make a wonderful gift for the book lover on your shopping list. 

3. Swan Song Vintage Brass Planter – For the Brass Collector

Your favorite brass collector will love this sweet, little swan planter. It would look fantastic with succulent planted in it, or they can leave it bare to emphasize its brass beauty. Check one more thing off your shopping list, and grab this swan planter for that person who adores all things brass.

4. Cabin Chic Upcycled Plaid Valances – For the Cabin Junkie

Got someone on your list whose happy place is up north at the cabin? Or maybe just their version of urban cabin? We created these two matching plaid valances from a vintage Pendleton-style blanket.  Whether their cabin is up north or in the city, this pair will make the perfect gift for anyone who loves that rustic style.

5. Glam It Up Upcycled Wood Table and Chairs – For the Glamour Gal or Guy

This upcycled, vintage table and chair set would make the perfect git for anyone who likes the glamour in glamping, minus that pesky outdoors part. 

We painted the wood dining table and chairs with General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint. Then we painted the caning of 3 of the chair backs gold. And to really heighten the glamour, we covered the 4th chair back with white faux fur. Yes honey, (faux) FUR.

 Upcycled Black, White & Gold Table and Chairs Set

Upcycled Black, White & Gold Table and Chairs Set

There you have it. Those are our five unique gift recommendations for that hard to shop for person on your list. 

 

5 Bohemian Style Looks Worth Stealing for Your Home

Bohemian Style Ideas, Jungalow Style, The New Bohemians, Bohemian Home Decor IdeasPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

Does the sight of a macramé curtain make you swoon? Are you all about patterns, layers and plants galore? Well, your desire for all things bohemian can largely be traced to Justina Blakeney's design blog, TheJungalow.com.

Along with being the founder of the go-to source for bohemian design inspiration, Blakeney is also a L.A. based designer and the author of The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected Homes.

So just what is Jungalow style? And what does it mean to be a new bohemian?

Blakeney describes her style as having “a passion for color, pattern and plants.” But more than just being a plant lady, Blakeney also believes “decorating is about feeling free, having fun and getting a little bit wild.”

In other words, Jungalow style is not about design rules, but more about letting your imagination loose and exploring design possibilities.

Though the Jungalow aesthetic emphasizes freedom, many of these new bohemian style homes showcase recurring design themes. So having just bought The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected Homes, I wanted to share 5 of my favorite bohemian home décor looks from Blakeney’s boho handbook.

1.     Embrace mixed patterns.

Mixing patterns is something I’ve started to do more as I get older and become more confident in my style choices. And Blakeney is a master of the pattern mix. She mixes stripes with ikat with polka dots with florals with paisleys and the list keeps on going.

If you want to try mixing patterns, select some colors you want to work with in your space. Then find pieces in a variety of patterns, but within the color story you’ve selected. That way even with multiple patterns in your space, the repeating colors will create a cohesive feel. And mixing patterns provides a truly one-of-a-kind look for your home.

 Mixed Patterns. Photo from  The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes .

2.     More is more. Or get down with layers.

More than using a variety of patterns, Blakeney is all about creating layered spaces. There is no room for Scandinavian minimalism in a Jungalow style home. Have a beautiful collection of necklaces? Hang them from a branch in your bedroom. Love plants? Why not turn your bathroom into a little rainforest?

Of course, there is a difference between maximalism and hoarding. Your collections should be organized and attractive. And all your layers should enhance the beauty of your space, not detract from it.

 Epic Plant Wall in a Bathroom. Photo from  The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes .

Epic Plant Wall in a Bathroom. Photo from The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes.

3.     Don’t be afraid to use pieces with some patina.

Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of beholder. And anyone who truly embraces bohemian style is not afraid of decorating with pieces that have some wear and tear. One of my favorite pieces in my home is an old trunk that has bit of rust, some dents and more than a few paint splatters. I bought this trunk because of these imperfections. The paint splatters and dents just add to the character. Not to mention, it takes the pressure off having a pristine coffee table in my house. Forget to use a coaster? No big deal. It just adds more patina to the piece.

Or maybe you inherited a chair with peeling leather from your grandfather. So of course you want to hang on to it, because it reminds you of him every time you sit in in. Don’t worry! If you’re going for a Jungalow style look, a chair with peeling leather suddenly looks lived-in, relaxed and distinctly bohemian.

4.     Get creative! Repurpose that basket/pillowcase.

Not everyone has an arsenal of inherited pieces to add to their home. So rather than spending a bunch of money buying new pieces, embrace the new bohemian idea of repurposing existing pieces.

In one of the homes featured in the book, the homeowner took a woven trash can, painted it, turned it over and suddenly, it became an end table. Or like another homeowner does in the book, take a chair with a ripped out seat and replace the seat with pillow covers. And voila, you have chair that is even more beautiful than it was originally.

5.     Macramé!

This one should come as no surprise. Macramé is back in a big way, and it pops up all over the Jungalow style blog, as well as in The New Bohemians. My favorite piece of macramé in the book is the jaw-dropping chandelier pictured below. It has three tiers and tassel fringe. And to pair it with that striped ceiling, it becomes the epitome of new bohemian chic.

 Macrame Chandelier from the home of Faith Blakeney. Photo from  The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes . You can see more of her home  here .

Macrame Chandelier from the home of Faith Blakeney. Photo from The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes. You can see more of her home here.

So those are my 5 favorite boho style home décor looks from The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected Homes. Shop some of my favorite #jungalowstyle pieces below. And be on the lookout for more macramé coming soon!

Want an Armchair that Embodies Cozy Charming Chic? Think about a Wingback

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Hi friends.

Over at the Vintage Modern shop, we are all about wingback chairs. I have a velvet, blush-colored wingback in my own living room.

With an open concept living room and dining room, the tall wingback shape provides a nice visual break between the two rooms. I also love the chair because it’s super cozy and adds some serious vintage charm to the living room.

So what makes a wingback chair so cozy and charming? The first versions appeared in 17th century England and were known as the wingback or the fireside chair. The chair was designed to be placed in front of a fireplace with the tall, winged shape protecting a person’s head and torso from drafts, as well as trapping the heat from the fireplace.

These wingback chairs were constructed from wood and little, if any padding or upholstery. Many of the chairs also featured cabriole legs, which is a leg that is shaped with two curves. The upper curve of the cabriolet leg curves outward, and the lower curve of the leg curves inward.

By the start of the 18th century, the wingback became cozier with the use of velvet and embroidered upholstery fabric, as well as being stuffed with padding like horsehair. It was also during this time that the wing chair began appearing in American homes.

American wing chairs were usually seen in the bedroom and were associated with elderly people. The chairs had a firm seat and provided draft protection, so the design provided the needed support for the elderly. It was this association that earned wing chairs the moniker of grandpa chairs.

In 1958, Arne Jacobsen designed the Egg chair, a mid-century modern interpretation of the wingback which featured no straight lines, only curves. The chair was designed specifically for the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark, and its unique, enclosed shape gave anyone sitting in the chair, a bit of privacy in an otherwise public space. The Egg chair is now considered an iconic example of Danish modern style.

The wingback chair has come a long way from being the so-called grandpa chair. Reinterpreted versions are available at Ikea, CB2 and many other modern furniture stores in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, patterns and fabrics.

That makes the wingback a versatile chair that fits well with many different home design styles. A wingback can be more mid-century modern like the Egg chair, traditional, farmhouse, Hollywood Regency glam or have a more lived-in, bohemian look.

After looking for another chair like mine for the shop, I finally found a vintage velvet wingback chair in a darker blush. This chair also has a subtle pink and blue dot pattern, which makes it a slightly more playful version of my chair.  And for some added visual interest, I decided to paint the curvy, cabriolet legs with a light grey chalk paint.

 We decided to add a little flair to our  Vintage Dark Blush Wingback Chair , so we painted the cabriole feet with a light grey chalk paint.

We decided to add a little flair to our Vintage Dark Blush Wingback Chair, so we painted the cabriole feet with a light grey chalk paint.

The result is that the Vintage Dark Blush Velvet Wingback Chair feels a little bit glam, a little bit boho chic and certainly, a little bit traditional. However you decide to style it, it has all of the cozy charm of wing chair, which means it will look equally at home in front of a fireplace, a dining table or in an office.