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Bohemian Late Summer Décor by Etsy.com

Image courtesy of Summer Text On The Beach by hin255 from http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/.

Image courtesy of Summer Text On The Beach by hin255 from http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/.

There’s magic when summer and bohemian décor meet – nostalgic, romantic, whimsical, memories of the Age of Aquarius and prayers for a New Dawn. In honor of summer and all free spirited souls, we look to bohemian inspiration for ways to keep the summer experience going all year long.

Etsy.com sellers capture the imagination with their bohemian wares, adding a touch of whimsy to your home and even your automobile. Curated items for the gypsy spirit in all of us below:

Boho tent teepee (you know you want one, too!). Sold by HippieWild, $380.00. From https://www.etsy.com/listing/239145761/.

Spiritual Gangster Sign. Sold by HollyWoodTwine, $29.99. From https://www.etsy.com/listing/235693860/.

Multi Coloured Bohemian Ceramic Coasters, set of 4. Sold by ShopCrystalCove, $17.62. From https://www.etsy.com/listing/234118445/.

Bohemian Auto Jewelry. Sold by BohoCircus, $12.95. From https://www.etsy.com/listing/227114278/.

Customized Dreamcatcher. Sold from ICatchUrDream, $50.00. From https://www.etsy.com/listing/204999670/.

Wall Decal Headboard. Sold by gLaMaPeeL, $85.00. From https://www.etsy.com/listing/230345416/.

Bohemian Kantha Pillow. Sold by BohoCircus, $89.00. From https://www.etsy.com/listing/230127240/.

World Map Decal Be Fearless…Sold by PulpKitchenGraffiti, $25.00+. From https://www.etsy.com/listing/234009854/.

~Your Curator of All Things Bohemian Spirited, Kimberly Jo Cooley

That Cali Life…

Image courtesy of porbital, from http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

Image courtesy of porbital, from http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

There’s something magical about being in California – there’s an air of adventure, wonderment, and beauty that envelops the daydreams of natives and visitors alike.

I hail from beautiful Northern California and my passion for my state is unabashed and free flowing. My “California Love” Pinterest Board has hundreds of photos https://www.pinterest.com/syryn22/california-love/.

The ever present sunshine, an abundant array of cultures, great food, and awesome views, California captures the imagination, as we know there are countless songs that sing the praises of this great state. I can drive to San Francisco, Los Angeles, or San Diego. I can dip my toes in icy Lake Tahoe. I can hike in Gold Country or in the massive Redwood Groves of the North Coast (my absolute favorite thing to do). I can chill in at a tucked away jazz club, while I sip an espresso in our college towns.

Etsy has a Californian-whimsical-anything-sells-and-goes feel, just like our street vendors who reign our city and towns’ streets.

Those who dare to live in California, know there’s no other place like it.

So, it’s no wonder there’s an affinity to create clothing and home décor that represents this great, beautifully diverse and alluring state. Even the curve of our borders oozes wild sex appeal! Here’s some California inspiration from our vendors from Etsy.com:

Etsy seller: PaperFinchDesign. California print, $12.

Etsy seller WoodKeeps. California Dreamin’ Wood Coasters, $34.50.

Etsy seller WeLoveCalifornia. California Grown Globe Zip Up Sweatshirt, $34.

Etsy Seller WeLoveCalifornia. Gold CA Love Necklace, $34.

Etsy seller MonkandHoney. California coffee table and bench, $900+. Ships from Fullerton, California.

Etsy seller CaliforniaRustic. California Flag Hat Rack, $66.

Etsy seller thePathLessTraveled. California silhouette luggage tags, $3.90.

~Your Curator of All Things Californian, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Eclectic Rhapsody

Eclectic is bohemian’s quirky cousin in décor. Check out these eclectic home accessories from Etsy.com:

Pink and red handmade garland is a nice, eclectic touch, $22. https://www.etsy.com/listing/175213928

Vintage Beige Western Electric Rotary Phone, $35. https://www.etsy.com/listing/169312077

Decorative Slab of Wood, $25. Great for the coffee table. https://www.etsy.com/listing/184671721

Distressed wood serving tray, $40. https://www.etsy.com/listing/185773748

Mustard Yellow Burlap Wreath, $50. Ohhh, I want this for my front door! https://www.etsy.com/listing

Eclectic Inspirational Ceramic Wall Sign, $25. Great housewarming gift. https://www.etsy.com/listing/176692912

~Your Curator of all Things Beautiful, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Boho Toss Pillows

Want a quick and easy way to bohemify your home? Toss pillows! Here’s a round up of curated bohemian toss pillows from our seller peeps at etsy.com:

Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/182960074. 2pc Blue Indian Bohemian Pillow, $25.

Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/185534500. Purple and Pink Pillows, $29.

Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/165479345. Appliqued Pillow, $14.

Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/151093216. Purple throw pillow – metallic gold print on purple denim, bohemian pillow, organic cotton pillow cover, $42.

Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/183255824. Waverly Paisley Pillow, $38.

~Your Curator of all Things Beautiful, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Bohemian Decor From Etsy

Here’s a list of curated Bohemian accessories for the home, from the folks at Etsy.com.

Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/128342407/. Abalone bowl – 4 to 5 inches, $7

Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/176573580/modern-antler-art-print-teal-gold-yellow. Various sizes, 8 x 10 $38. For those who love antlers, but hate the cruelty towards animals.

Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/164866735/. Throw pillow, 20×20, $43

Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/124619228/gypsy-girl-stretched-canvas-print-large. Reminiscent of the prints my parents had in their own home during the 1970s.

~Your Curator of all Things Beautiful, Kimberly Jo Cooley

It is *finally* raining in Northern California, I’m house bound, so it’s time for a little décor roundup. This week’s battle of styles is a rematch between bohemian and whimsical, only this time we take a peek at various living rooms. What’s your favorite?

Bohemian:

Modern day Boho Chic. I’m a huge fan of extra seating in the form of floor pillows. A tell tale sign of Bohemian is lots of different patterned pillows. White walls allow the accessories to pop. Image courtesy of http://www.pinterest.com/pin/447686019178966335/.

Image courtesy of 25.media.tumblr.com and Pinterest.com

My bohemian couch with my little bohemian daughter.

Love a turquoise wall…bohemian spread over the couch with a collection of photos in different frames, exquisite and wild. Image courtesy of http://www.lisasherryinterieurs.com/.

Whimsical:

Whimsy color scheme – love the quote wall and the quilt over the white couch. Image courtesy of Copyright © Little Miss Momma, from http://www.littlemissmomma.com.

The playful dog pillows compliment the dark slate gray walls…love the playful elements in concert with the sophisticated furniture pieces. Image courtesy of Village at http://www.pinterest.com/pin/236720524136222668/.

My idea of whimsical…different patterns…the touches of whimsy are throughout this room, right down to the curly lamp. Image courtesy of interiormagz.com, also on http://www.pinterest.com/pin/264445809339842749/.

Love the picture of the word “Love.” The pops of color against the pale blue is classic whimsy. Gorgeous image from http://brittanickel.tumblr.com/post/35747878336.

The accessories make the whimsy statement – a squirrel porcelain statue, some pops of turquoise and a repurposed end table – golden! Image courtesy of http://thehappyhousie.com/?p=4607.

~Curator of all things Beautiful, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Bohemian Accessories for You, Me and Our Abodes

I am bohemian in my clothing, lifestyle, home, and spirit…I love to scope out standout, eclectic pieces. Check out the home and style accessories all curated from www.etsy.com.

For You and Me:

Namaste Tree of Life Wrap Silk Bracelet Bohemian Yoga Bracelet Hamsa Hand Of Fatima Om Spiritual Bracelet Yoga Zen Jewelry. Image courtesy of http://www.etsy.com/listing/127223850/.
Turquoise antiqued tribal chandelier earrings is the only accessory you’ll need for a bohemian ensemble. Long Bohemian earrings mint patina filigree dangle earrings boho earrings Bohemian jewelry. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/111366504/.
Tangerine Orange Mosaic Earrings -Vintage Tangerine Orange and White Mosaic Bohemian Antique Brass Earring Drop Dangles. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/93847293/.
A beautifully simple necklace is a statement piece with a colorful boho dress. Gold Boho Necklace, Moonstone Bohemian Necklace, Moonstone Necklace, Moonstone Pendant. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/129730958/.
Practical boho bag with an eclectic twist. Hobo Bag, Burlap, Batik, Sling Bag, Green, Geometric, Boho, Hippie Purse, Crossbody Bag. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/177466530/.
A dream catcher on your hand? Divine! Peace Catcher Bohemian Dreamcatcher Slave Bracelet Hippie Tribal Copper Native American Inspired. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/102526846/.
A tribal infinity scarf takes a simple white tee and jeans to the next boho level. Tribal Infinity Scarf Black and Tan Bohemian Circle Loop Scarf 9″ x 60″ L – Ethnic Tribal-Black. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/177962953/.
I’d take this bag over a designer bag any day of the week…sorry, I’m over the mass produced Coach and Michael Kors purses…NAVAJO. Fringe leather bag / bohemian bag / boho leather bag / leather boho bag / tote bag / gypsy. Available in different leather colors. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/98895315/.
Lovely sandals to wear with a paisley print maxi dress or some distressed jeans and a white tee. Reserved for Margarita. SALE. Sz US 11.5. APHRODITE. Leather wedges / leather high heels / sandals / thong sandals. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/177850977/.

For our homes:

Moroccan pillows are a nice, inexpensive bohemian accent. Moroccan Style Classic Relaxed Coastal Bohemian Toss Scatter Cushion Blue. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/177975727/.
My grandmother would have loved this and I love it for the both of us – gorgeous chandelier. She had seventies jewel beads hanging between her kitchen and formal living room. Jeweled Bohemian Princess Petite Crystal Chandelier. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/161704735/.
I am in love with The Tree of Life tapestries – they are an instant bohemian touch, especially for the apartment dwellers. Tree Of Life Wall Art, Indian Tapestry, Bohemian Tapestry, Hippie Wall Hanging, Picnic Blanket, Indian Bed Cover Or Bedspread. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/157376970/.
Whimsical and bohemian artwork is summertime all year round. Birds Flowers Bohemian Art PRINT Decorative 13 X19 by Karen Fields. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/.
Not only is the end table cute, the owl on top is adorable and whimsical. Bohemian Chalk Painted End Table. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/174676629/.
A collection of pillows is the staple for a bohemian look. Set of 4 Nordic Bohemian Indie Pillow Covers Scandanavian Throw Pillows Cushion Covers Linen Cotton Covers Tribal Home Decor Morrocan Décor. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/172616147/.
I’m addicted to poufs. I use it at as foot stool, extra seating, or coupled with a wooden tray as an end table. Classic boho chic. Bohemian Patchwork Pouf Ottoman in purple, Vintage Indian Pouf, pouffe pouffes, Foot Stool, Round Pouf Ottoman, Bean Bag, Floor Pillow Poof. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/173525644/.

~Your Curator of all things Beautiful, Kimberly Jo Cooley

The Inspiration: Elle Decor’s Animal Print Rug

The dream rug inspiration:

Image courtesy of “A Manhattan Living Room” by Olivia Rassow, from the website http://www.elledecor.com/most-popular-elle-decor-rooms-pinterest/manhattan-living-room?src=spr_FBPAGE&spr_id=1452_40223365. 2014 Hearst Communications, Incorporated.

The Realistic Budget:

Check out www.o.co, www.zulily.com and www.domesticmodern.com  for beautiful, expansive and inexpensive animal print rugs. I’ve purchased two rugs from o.co two years ago for under $300.00, and they still feel and look good.

Image Courtesy of http://www.zulily.com/p/green-taupe-animal-print-rug-68310-6785221.html?tid=social_pin_iphone_shareviaicon_na_modal_92ae858480368af04948080e0633351d&pid=6785221&alt=alt&title=Green+&+Taupe+Animal+Print+Rug&is_video=false&ns=ns_201538234|1390096329299. Available in various sizes ranging from $119 – $399

Image courtesy of www.o.co nuLOOM Hand-tufted Animal Shape Zebra Wool Rug (5′ x 8′) $208

Image courtesy of www.o.co, Rawhide Beige Rug (6’2 x 8′), $180

Image courtesy of www.o.co Rawhide Brown Animal-print Rug (6’2 x 8′), $176

Image courtesy of www.o.co, Hand-hooked Bliss Indoor/Outdoor Animal Print Rug (8′ Round), $191

Image courtesy of www.o.co, Skin Animal Printed UV Stabilized Outdoor Rug (5′ x 7’6), $187

Image courtesy of http://www.domesticmodern.com/lightblueanimalprintrug.aspx. Various sizes and prices from $109 – $429

 

Image courtesy of www.o.co, Hand-tufted Pale Blue Leopard Whimsy Animal Print Wool Rug (8′ x 11′), $387

~Your Curator of all things Beautiful, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Battle of the Styles: Whimsical versus Bohemian

I have two home décor styles loves – bohemian and whimsical.  I love the combination of both styles, but there are beautiful elements to both, and one may be the clear winner over the other – you decide. Images courtesy of my curation visit to Pinterest.com.

This week’s battle takes place in the bedroom:

Whimsical:

Courtesy of Pinterest.com and media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com This look really embodies a modern take on the whimsical look.

Courtesy of Pinterest.com and House Beautiful The chartreus birds on the pillow is definitely whimsical. The colors is what gives this room a true whimsy vibe.

Courtesy of Pinterest.com Pink acts as the neutral in this whimsical room. I love the mix of styles – mid-century modern nightstand with a pink, ornate bed is a beautiful contrast of styles and what makes a room whimsy.

Courtesy of Pinterest.com and houzz.com Love the headboard and the cow hide rug.

Bohemian:

Courtesy of Pinterest.com The dark navy walls envelops a person and an unmade bed invites long naps and cuddling.

Courtesy of Pinterest.com Moody purples, various shapes and textures and a tuft velvet headboard updates the boho look.

Courtesy of Pinterest.com I love the Eastern touches and the beautiful contrast of red and green. The dark lacquered four poster bed really anchors the colors in a modern way.

Courtesy of Pinterest.com. Real deal bohemian…what my dream Santa Cruz beach cabin would look like. The layers of rugs and textiles is what makes this look truly bohemian. And the Native American headdress and dream catchers is also a nice touch.

-Curator of all things beautiful, Kimberly Jo Cooley
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Purple lovers rejoice! The color of the year 2014 is Radiant Orchid, and the bloggers and fashion/décor writers are going mad over this color. This week, we’ll take a look at the color Radiant Orchid in décor and fashion. The following images will make a purple naysayer into a convert, thanks to the creative ones on Pinterest. Dive into these divine shades of purple, you will be seeing more of it next spring!

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-Abundant Life Initiative

Modern Boho Whimsy

The below pictures, curated on Pinterest.com are lush and playful. More examples of the use of celosia orange in home decor. Bless the designers and decorators of each of these magical rooms:

Gorgeous! Love the rug!

Courtesy of Houzz.com

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Courtesy of frankdebiasi.com

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Spring 2014 Ushers in Celosia Orange

Pantone, the leader in assessing upcoming colors for the season, offers celosia orange as a color to incorporate into your wardrobe and décor, and I couldn’t agree more. I’ve always loved a pop of orange, because truly this color lifts up the spirits and looks great on all skin tones as well as home accessories. We travel to Etsy.com for very economical inspiration:

1. A cute pillow the includes other Spring 2014 colors:

2. A modern print to hang over your couch or in your foyer:

3. White, cream or aquamarine colored curtains will pop with these orange pullbacks:

4. Updating mason jars is as easy as purchasing this reasonably priced one from etsy.com or painting them yourself for a new/old vase or a container to hold your kitchen utensils:

5. Even the smallest of details can deliver the biggest impact in a room, such as these light switch covers:

6. I am in love with this typewriter. What a classic piece, albeit a little impractical in today’s high tech world:

7. Beautiful and bright wall vases that are beautiful with or without flowers:

8. My hunch is this strong orange will be all over the runways all the way through late fall:

Do you agree with Pantone’s color pick? Share your thoughts and favorite color predictions.

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