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Bohemian Chic: Or, Nothing Really Matches but it Looks Great Anyway

January 30, 2017

Bohemian Chic: Or, Nothing Really Matches but it Looks Great Anyway

I had a lightbulb moment some time ago when I realized that “bohemian” was a legitimate decorating style. With new inspiration and search keywords in hand, I discovered the interior design style I think any busy family on a budget could embrace with ease. We have never bought a new piece of furniture, and 90% of our furniture has been free, but I get complements on our style all the time. Textiles with a lot of varied textures, floor friendly seating arrangements, colorful rugs, lots of handmade items, beautiful baskets or cloth bins to organize the clutter of life, and lots of plants are the hallmarks of bohemian style. Most of these also translate to kid friendly and low maintenance. Still not sure what I mean? Here’s some inspiration I pulled together from Pinterest:

Image via Dept. of Agra Culture
Image via Decoholic


Image via Thoughts From Alice


Image via Cup of Jo

I know it won’t appeal to everyone, but if any of these look like homes you’d like to curl up and read a book in, bohemian interior design might just be your style. Thinking back to the homes I have loved visiting throughout my life, none of the cleanest, most organized, well-coordinated ones make the list. As we settle into our still-newish home (we’ve been here less than a year) I try to remind myself of that. On our current budget, new furniture is nowhere near attainable, and it’s incredibly freeing to have found a design style that works with our thrifted/gifted/free on the side of the road/Craigslist finds. Do you have a guiding style to your home? Do you wish you did but don’t know how to get started? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.


  1. I love it! Perfect for someone like me who loves to "hygge"... I never liked those homes that when you step inside, you feel very conscious, like, the sofa, with all the throw pillows perfectly aligned, is not meant for sitting but for mere display... I want a home where you don't have to worry about messing things up a bit because messy somewhat complements the overall look. Plus did you say low maintenance? Bohemian chic is the best 🌻

  2. Jenn

    I love an eclectic look! There's so much pre-made, matchy-matchy, monochromatic stuff going on these days in terms of home decor (speaking of Pinterest...). My philosophy is simply collecting, making, or receiving as gifts things that I love over time and filling my home with them. It's easy these days to head down to Target or Crate and Barrel and decorate a whole room beautifully in one go, but what's the story behind all that stuff? "I bought all of this brand new in 2015?"I prefer "I got this at Goodwill in college, my mom made that in the 70s, and we saved up for ages to buy this." If you arrange things carefully, you can make anything look good.

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