The Bohemian gift guide. Eight folklore, vintage and handmade items on Etsy

Minimalist Scandi? Wonderful. But my house usually looks like a colourful bomb site, so I’d better stick with the theme. I love colour and pattern and what better way to brighten up the dark winter than to gift or receive some bold handmade or vintage items for your home or wardrobe. Looking for something bohemian and folklore? Here is what I found for you on Etsy!


1. Snuggle up with a Velvet Floral Cushion

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What a vibrant explosion of colour on this cushion. Ideal to jazz up an old armchair or comfy sofa. I love the orange and teal blue combo. And the fact that it’s velvet is even better. Size 60 x 60cm. €69.95 + free shipping UK. Find it at HouseSamples


2. Send a handmade Bohemian card

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Those rich colours, wonderful. Hand painted roses and neon pink lettering. Yes, I’d like to receive a card like that any time, thank you very much. Printed onto thick card using original watercolour illustrations with die cut typography backed with bright pink neon backing paper. Materials: 300 gsm card, 90 gsm neon paper, kraft envelope. €4.66 + shipping. Find this card and many more on MissBespokePapercuts


3. Wear a psychedelic vintage shirt

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How about this Vintage 1970s Psychedelic Print Shirt Dress? Pair it with jeans, belted or free and loose – you’ll sure to make a statement! This one is loose fitting, so fits a size S/M/L. €45.25 + shipping. Check out many more fab vintage clothes over at SecondVerseVintage


4. Keep your feet warm in woolen Aztec socks

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Socks must be the all time favourite Christmas gift. These would definitely make me very happy if I found those under the tree on Christmas day. How cosy and colourful. hand knitted sheep’s wool socks, great to wear in boots or at home. €21.57 + shipping. Find them at NouMoon


5. Brush up on your Russian Folklore knowledge

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How obscure would you like your gift to be this year? I tell you, this Russian vintage store on Etsy is something else. Postcards, art and books with the most beautiful vintage and folklore illustrations. The postcard sets pictured have lots of wonderful photographs of furniture and illustrations done in traditional folkore paint techniques. Masterpieces of Russian Folk Crafts, Khokhloma Folk Painting — 32 Vintage Prints, Postcards (16×2 Complete Sets with covers) — 1974, 1976. €11.58 + shipping. Check them out at RussianSoulVintage.


6. Put some folklore on your wrist

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I love this watch. Made in Poland, the watch is custom-made and has a leather strap. It’s made from stainless steel with a high-quality graphic placed on the clock face. The watch is equipped with a Japanese quartz mechanism and a replaceable battery. There are many other floral and folklore designs available, as well as different colour leather straps. €21.29 + shipping. ludowelove


7. Bohemian earrings

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Etsy is a goldmine when it comes to beautiful jewellery and it was hard to select just one pair. If you are looking for earrings or other unique jewellery, I recommend having a browse and look for yourself! These beautiful handmade tribal earrings are made from brass, inlaid with Malachite. €29.14 + shipping. Find them at TreezasEclectica


8. A vintage folklore bird ornament from Russia

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Another piece of gorgeous Russian vintage. Definitely worth searching for eastern european items on Etsy if you love folklore and colour! A bit different from the vintage from the UK. This beautiful bird ceramic ornament is from the 1950s. The colours are typical of the Russian folklore colours and show a beautiful craftsmanship. €23.00 + shipping. Find this one and more on NaphtalineTreasures


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boho interior design: pink walls and kilim stair runners

I am quite drawn to pink this year, probably because it has made a bit of a comeback in the world of interiors. It is surprising how good it looks, especially if you love a bit of boho interior design. It is soft, sophisticated and still giving a space a lot of personality.

I also came across this amazing stair runner made out of (pink!) kilim rugs. Kilims are an all time – timeless – favourite of mine (and also of many Instagram followers it seems, as my post of this picture had a record amount of likes!), so I will definitely keep the idea in mind if I ever get asked to revamp a hallway/stairway. I also included some nice chairs. Because…legs…and shape. Yum! What have you been inspired by this week?

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Bohemian interior design ideas with folklore fabrics

I am sharing some bohemian interior design ideas today, featuring fabrics and textiles. If you have ever visited markets abroad, especially with a strong folklore tradition, you know you’re likely to find some gorgeous woven or embroidered textiles. Rugs, blankets, stacks of fabric.

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I have come back with suitcases full, from the souks in Marrakesh and the markets in Ecuador. You can often get carried away, blinded by the bold colours and beautiful patterns. Once home, you end up wondering what to do with all that fabric. Mine ended up neatly folded away in the wardrobe for years waiting patiently to be put to use. Sounds familiar?

I thought I’d gather some ideas today for things to do with textiles from exotic markets, so they will hopefully take pride of place in your home from now on. Because they are ideal to give any room the Wow factor and a good splash of personality. And more importantly, they will take you back to the wonderful places where you found them… Show them off!

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1. Frame them

Bohemian interior design needs plenty of art on the wall. Got a small bit of beautiful fabric? It is a great idea for any smaller bit of fabric (or even wallpaper!) you love and want to show off. Hang them in a group and create a gallery of your favourite textiles.

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2. Throw them on your bed

Layer, layer, layer. Those large rugs and blankets look fabulous spread over your bed, and keep your warm too. Don’t be afraid to use different patterns and colours. It is what makes great bohemian interior design. Combine them to create the perfect boho feel.

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3. Make cushions. And then make some more.

A pretty obvious one, but cushions are a great way of using your souvenir – or any found or vintage – textiles. It is also great to use outdoors on the patio or veranda in summer to bring back that holiday feeling.

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4. Hang ’em up

Larger pieces of fabric or rugs can be put up as wall hangings behind your bed, above the sofa or in hallways. They make a great statement and are essential aspects in bohemian interior design. Add a rod to the top to prevent sagging.

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5. Upholstery

Last but not least, there are some amazing examples of oriental kilims and other folklore fabrics used as upholstery on chairs and ottomans. It seems a shame to cut up your nice fabrics, but at least this way they will get used and admired for many years.

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Like what you see? All image sources and more ideas can be found in my Textiles Pinterest board.

Oriental rug roundup. Over-dyed, kilims and faded vintage rugs.

Choosing a rug can be quite tricky. There are so many nice ones in a million different colours and styles. Plus, when they are large they have a big influence on the style and feel of your room, so it is important to think about the look you ultimately want to achieve. I am currently very much in love with the vintage oriental, or Persian, ones and I was lucky enough to find a giant red one for little pennies on Gumtree last year, including the worn patches for added ‘character’! I have gathered some great images for you below of fabulous oriental rugs and how to use them in your interior. Enjoy!

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A beautiful rich oriental rug is looking great in a bright bedroom. Wonderful blue ombre curtains too.

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The nice thing about traditional rugs is that they go quite well in a contemporary setting, combined with other vintage pieces but also in front of a modern sofa on your living room floor. Very versatile and timeless, making it a good investment.

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Don’t forget your hallway! A colourful runner can make a great statement. This should also be not too expensive as they are a lot smaller. A good place to find vintage rugs is your local auction house. Just browse their online catalogue and see what is coming up.

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A way to add a pop of colour to a bright room with lots of whites is to add a vintage red rug. Goes very well with the Eames chairs too.

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A vintage rug and a velvet sofa. You don’t need much more to create a beautiful, cosy room.

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I also love faded blues and indigo patterns right now. If you are not really into the traditional reds, try and find an ‘overdyed’ rug in a blue or green shade. Great if you combine it with natural wood, greys and whites for a calmer look.

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Kilim rugs are another traditional type of wool rug from the middle east, usually with geometrical patterns or stripes, but instead of the Persian rugs shown above kilims are flat woven. They come in fabulous colours and can really give your room a stylish boost if your looking to brighten up the space. A lot of high street shops now sell kilims in both traditional patterns and contemporary styles, including John Lewis, West elm and Ikea.
You can also try sourcing gorgeous vintage kilims on Etsy or other online stores such as kilim.com

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A modern style kilim by John Lewis

Five easy ways to create a Bohemian decor

Five easy ways to create a bohemian decor with vintage and house plants


Bohemian decor is all about indulgence, decoration, oversized drapes, large house plants, and plentiful soft furnishings. Add the exotic furniture and souvenirs from travels far away and you get the picture.

Romantic escapism, day dreaming, artistic flair and heaps of personality and soul. Few things are new, most are found, inherited or collected, lots reused and re-purposed. I am probably too much of a mid-century modern fan to go all floral and decorative in my own house, but I do have a weakness for the more exotic interiors and love taking ideas and inspiration from them.But did you know bohemian and mid-century styles go surprisingly well together? I wrote all about this in another blog post here.

If you’re a monochrome kind of person, look away now, because here are my top five tips for getting the bohemian vibe going in your own home!


Create a bohemian decor #1: The Peacock chair

Decorative, feminine, exotic…love it or hate it, the peacock chair is a true essential in a bohemian home. Surround it by lush plants in your sun room, drape your scarves on it next to your dressing table in the bedroom or create a cosy little corner with plenty of books, cushions and textiles. They also look amazing outdoors in summer on your terrace in the garden.

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The Peacock chair, here combined with a shaggy rug, floor cushions, cactus plants, rattan accessories and a vintage swivel chair. Img: Moon to Moon

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Could you recreate this private little jungle in your sun room? Image Sarah Kaye


Create a bohemian decor #2: layer your textiles

Do you love traveling to exotic places? Ever been to Marrakesh or Ecuador? I bet you came back with some pretty throws in your suitcase. Use them! Drape them over the sofa, hang them on the wall. Other essential textile items are rugs, shaggy or oriental ones, ideally slightly worn. Check Etsy for some amazing Floor cushions, great for adding some bohemian style to your room.

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Beautiful Morroccan floor cushion from Etsy

 

 

 

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A rug draped over the bed? Why not. And hang those guitars up in case you feel like serenading your loved one in the morning. Image Magic Dream Life

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Totally my style, mid century minimalist furniture combined with oriental kilim rugs. Love it. Image Sfgirlbybay

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Who needs matching cushions anyway? Great mix of textures and patterns going on here. Image The Jungalow


create a bohemian decor #3: house plants

House plants are great to add a bit of bohemian style to your room, the larger the better! Hang them suspended from the ceiling in macrame hangers or just place them on the floor in a big ceramic planter or old tin or brass pot. Did you know plants clean the air in your house, making your living space extra healthy? Better than any artificial air purifier. Here’s some more useful info I shared on the blog earlier.


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Great combination of a large houseplant in an old brass pot, a vintage chest, natural wooden flooring, colourful art and layered textiles on the sofa. Image Pinterest


create a bohemian decor #4: add vintage finds

Love going to flea markets? Collecting weird and wonderful items? Show them off! Vintage finds are ideal items for creating that bohemian vibe in your interior. Group your vintage finds to create little collections and displays, on a shelf on the wall, a table or in the window. Lanterns are great to collect and display together, both inside and outside – because why stop indoors? Create a magical bohemian corner in your garden, on your balcony or decking. Oh and get that peacock chair out when it’s sunny!

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Oooh…this makes me long for summer. Gorgeous lanterns. Image Residence Style

 
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Ceramics and crockery! Mix and match, collect beautiful ‘orphan teacups’, bring back decorative bowls and dishes from your holidays abroad, find fabulous plates in the charity shop. They will look fab all together in your vintage kitchen dresser. Image via Life is in Everyhting Beautiful / Tumblr




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Group fresh green leaves and a single pink rose in vintage bottles together against a dark painted wall. Image via Bloglovin


get a bohemian decor #5. Art. Lots of it. And books. Lots of books.

I have a weakness for art, whether it is big oil paintings, graphic design, prints, black and white photography or sculpture. I LOVE art and when I see something that catches my eye and ‘speaks’ to me, and is within budget  – I have to buy it. You’d be surprised how often you may find original art that isn’t expensive. A little bronze sculpture at a yard sale, a vintage oil painting in a charity shop or a cool film poster at an auction. You really don’t need to fork out thousands to buy original art by famous names to get a great collection going. Just do it.

Try also going around exhibitions in your local area to discover artists in your own community whose work may be more affordable than you think. Or how about framing some of your children’s drawings to add to the mix? Or an illustrated page from an old book? To get the bohemian vibe going, group your framed art on a wall to create a colourful eye catching gallery. Lean them against a wall, overlapping even, or arrange them on a shelf if you like changing them around every now and then.

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Old paintings, framed prints, stacks of books, vintage furniture and oriental rugs. Oh…and that mid century chair…what a gorgeous mix. Image Lonny


Floral paintings gallery wall

These are the type of paintings you could easily come across at flea markets or charity shops. Group similar ones to create a colourful ‘themed’ wall. Image Happy Loves Rosie

Framed plants and curiosities

Not into paintings? Frame your plants and dried flowers! Collections are all about reflecting your own personality, so be creative and think outside the box. Image Our Southern Home



Inspired? Have fun giving your own interior the bohemian touch. And remember:

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