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

 

Seasonal Closet Cleaning

I live in an abundant universe, which is why I have to constantly share what no longer serves me to make room for what does serve me. Making room for our ever evolving desires is how new things come more easily to us.

When our closet (and lives) are filled to the brim with too many things, we cannot make room for what we presently want. We are too busy holding onto what we used to want. When there’s too much stuff, we are constantly in a state of being overwhelmed, and less in a state of appreciation and gratitude for the items we have and the new things on their way. We can’t even see all that’s in our closet (and in our lives) because there’s too much to see – sensory overload.

Donating allows me the chance to share clothes and shoes with others, maximizing the life of an article of clothing. Selling clothes can be a test in futility, especially if they are not designer, because many shops, such as Crossroads Trading Company have a very specific look they are looking for.  Also, donating feels a lot better than gaining a few dollars.

I am donating the shoes pictured below to a women’s shelter. It’s a win-win – I am giving/sharing my shoes to someone who will wear them and I am making room for my new sandals.

I will donate these shoes to a women’s shelter.

As I remove and store my winter clothes, I pull out the clothes I did not wear at all during that season and set aside for donations. I also try on clothes for fit and check for tears/stains to see if these items should remain in my closet. I do this for each season, which helps me track what I own so I do not make repeat purchases.

For the items I’m donating, I snap a picture for record keeping, just in case the IRS comes knocking and as a reminder that I do give.

Clothes I am storing in clothing storage bags that store easily under my stairs.

It is fun assessing what trends I already have and find when it comes time to shopping, I rarely have to buy whole new wardrobes because of this practice of seasonal closet cleaning. This leaves more budget and closet space for accessories and other quality staples (like shoes) to add to an already sustainable and stylish wardrobe.

One tip I am going to start doing is taking photos of the upcoming season’s clothes that I will be wearing, which will prevent me only wearing a small section of my summer (or whatever upcoming season). I’ll refer back to my outfit pics so I can remember that I have lots of choices. I bet there’s an app for that :-). Happy spring cleaning!

~Your Curator of all things Abundant, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Lighting the Way x

I love this blog post because the images and accessories have a Noir Whimsy feel to them. Amazing images.

Maison Bentley Style

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In my dreams there’s an Abigail Ahern chandelier hanging over my dining room table.  Scrap that – we’re talking dreams..they’ll be two! (and a reinforced ceiling) This one has my heart – it’s made from tiny squares of porcelain that would gently glow on a dark winters night. But at £15,050 a light (the extra £50 tickles my sensibilities) it remains firmly on the once-I’ve-won-the-lottery-lust-list…

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There’s also this one (at a mere £2,750) which makes me want to break open the kid’s air-drying clay and get creative.  The truth is Abigail’s whole aesthetic makes me want to squeal..the dark, brooding colours with the unexpected pops of colour, the quirky touches and an underlining sense of humour that spontaneously make me smile with pure pleasure.

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So it’s rather wonderful that she’s teamed up with Debenhams to design a range especially for them…

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I laugh!

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For the study?

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Guarding the front door?

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Shout Outs: Happy Birthday to Me!

Monday, February 10, 2014 Shout Outs:

I have just sat down with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and my husband snapped a picture of me pre-dive-in.

My Shout Outs go to: Me! I exercised patience, persistence and peace when my plans for a birthday lunch fell through. I found a way to stay in the flow of life and to remain in alignment with my Greater Self, which is a birthday gift in and of itself. I did not allow my present circumstances to knock me off course or take my peace and happiness away.

  • I planned a birthday lunch for myself at one of my favorite crab eateries with my parents, sister, niece, daughter, son, husband and a couple of girl friends.
  • A rain storm blew in, so my husband and daughter stayed home.
  • My dad called in sick and my mom wasn’t going to get out in the storm.
  • My sister wanted to still go, but no sense in having her drive 30 minutes to the south side of town.
  • I went on my own to church and fantasized about crab all through the sermon. I left church and headed to The Boiling Crab, for a take out order.
  • I got to the counter, and realized my wallet was not with me.
  • I forgot my wallet when I changed purses (wondered why my purse was so light!).
  • The cashier and the manager refused to have my son text me a picture of my driver’s license or to call in an order over the phone – something to do with a lot of fraud in the area, etc.
  • I had my mouth and heart set on some crab. The old, younger me, would have raised holy hell. The newer, wiser, older me, was determined not to get out of my flow.
  • I went home, regrouped, ate a delicious sandwich, loaded up my iPod with my favorite radio host’s podcast and headed back to Boiling Crab.
  • I got my spicy sauced crab and shrimp (the Whole Shebang-mild flavor is to die for!).
  • I headed home, but first dropped off some crab to my dad’s and swung by the grocery store for a bottle of wine.
  • I set up my collection of crab eating utensils and toasted the occasion.
  • I ate until I burst.
  • I watched the season premier of Walking Dead. I fell asleep a happy woman.

    With the exception of the blue and black crab cutters from The Boiling Crab, the rest of my utensils are from Crate and Barrel.

Here’s to my newer, more patient and happier self.

The spiciest, yummiest snow crab legs!

Sacramento’s Boiling Crab. This is how good this crab is: I knew all I wanted to do for my birthday was eat crab from The Boiling Crab.

~Your Curator of all things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Battle of the Styles: Bohemian versus Whimsical Living Rooms

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/.

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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.domesticmodern.com/lightblueanimalprintrug.aspx. Various sizes and prices from $109 – $429

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

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

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

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

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

Image courtesy of 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:

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This look really embodies a modern take on the whimsical look.

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The chartreus birds on the pillow is definitely whimsical. The colors is what gives this room a true whimsy vibe.

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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.

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Love the headboard and the cow hide rug.

Bohemian:

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

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

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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.

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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.