The mixture of rich textures, lush colors and vibrant textiles creates dimension and life in any space. Irene Edwards, Executive Editor of Lonny Magazine shares her essentials for creating a perfect bohemian home. From layering with local market finds sourced from Morocco and Latin America to liberally using textiles to color and texture a room, Irene lends a well traveled eye to the bohemian look. We glimpse through some of the boho luxe homes that Lonny has visited, including Carolina Irving's. Irene offers up some of her Shop Latitude home picks to recreate the bohemian home inside of your own.
What are some of your favorite bohemian homes stories that Lonny has done?
Carolina Irving's New York apartment is near and dear to my heart.
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What are the essentials to create a beautiful bohemian home?
Textiles come to mind immediately for this lush and layered look. Rugs, wall hangings, pillows, blankets and gorgeous upholstery immediately convey a worldly and eclectic look. I also like to bring in pattern in pieces such as lighting and mirrors.
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Bohemian style can include such an array of styles, colors and techniques, what is the best way to work in different ideas into one cohesive space?
There are a few schools of thought on this one. Some people like to keep it simple with a disciplined palette (one dominant color and one complimentary hue). Others will just go for it and layer, layer, layer. This definitely has the potential to make an interior feel too busy and overrun?but honestly, I think that if you surround yourself with pieces you love and that have meaning for you, it's hard to go wrong. The only rooms I actively dislike are those with no personality.
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What are your favorite shopping destinations around the world for finding bohemian or artisanal style home products?
Morocco is my all-time favorite thus far, but I have yet to visit India so I feel like I am sadly lacking in that capacity. Mexico and Latin America in general is another area of the world I will never tire of visiting (or shopping in!). Let me loose for a day in a local market?whether it's the Braderie de Lille or Guatemala's Chichicastenango?and I am one happy camper.
Photos Courtesy of Travel and Leisure and Fivepointfive.org
Do you have a favorite bohemian home away from home? A favorite hotel, second home or destination you love to visit and stay?
Given the choice, I always prefer renting a villa or apartment over staying in a hotel. When I worked at a travel magazine, I was lucky enough to stay in some of the best hotels in the world?Bali's COMO Shambhala Estate and Jackson Hole's Amangani come to mind?but I still think there's nothing better than being able to take over a whole house, go out and shop the local grocery store or food stalls and cook all your own meals if you want to. It really gets you into the local frame of mind. In terms of a vacation rental site I really love, right now my go-to is Kid & Coe, which is great even if you don't have kids.
Photos Courtesy of Como Shambhala Estate, Bali
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