Pretty Palettes :: May Inspiration
I love the idea of a free-spirited gypsy-wander energy that the bohemian style embodies despite the fact that it would never work for me! In clothing, there seem to be only long-haired waifs that can pull off this uber-eclectic style. But in room decor, with an anything-goes mentality, that might be more of a one-size-fits-all style.
Isn’t this space inviting? This interior is the one room in the home of husband-and-wife interior designing team Linda and John Meyers of Wary Meyers Decorative Arts. This room is comfortable, cozy, eclectic, colorful and dripping with style. She says that she wanted to live inside a jewelry box, so they matched the Tiffany blue for the walls, and the textiles are like the jewels in the box. The Meyers have done a lot of different interiors, all with this sort of bohemian flair, typically casting an eye back at 70s icons and fashion, but their own home is where their style shines. They have written a book about transforming spaces with upcycled treasures called Tossed & Found, and they have encapsulated their style into a line of candles and soaps. Their own home has been written up extensively in decor style blogs, books and magazines (I found this on every major decor site), and it is not hard to see why.
At first glance, a bohemian designed decor seems about an excess of abundance, textures and mismatched furniture. It is not easy to do to pull off a look like this that is at once effortless and balanced. This is a dynamic look, one that takes a fair amount of creativity and imagination, but one that can be suited to a lot of different tastes. It is not haphazard, and everything in it has a purpose or adds to the overall beauty. At it’s core, bohemian decor is hallmarked by a few traits:
Vibrant color scheme
Variety of patterns and textures
Eclectic pieces as focal points
Although this list goes for a boho decor, this same set of features could be applied to boho jewelry. You can make your jewelry layered with rich colors and mixed patterns. You can use natural materials like leather in tandem with more flashy elements like rhinestones and pile it on for a controlled clutter look. There is a comfort and ease to this style, and a sense of true individuality.
So with a bohemian style in mind, here are the beads that I selected from the Bead Gallery line at Michaels:
L to R:
10472570 – Copper plated swirl bead cap
10471458 – Amber (brown + white) Acrylic flower round
10322073 – Coral painted glass faceted 8x10mm
10320980 – Amber dragonfly large glass assorted
10436580 – Silver plated dragonfly
10471762 – Aqua large wood wheel
I am delighted to welcome my Pretty Palettes partner for May, Miss Kari Asbury. Miss Kari designs under the name Hippie Chick Designs, so I am pretty sure that this month’s theme is right up her alley! About her own work she says, “I create jewelry with an eclectic twist on bohemian style for women of all ages using a blend of mix-media, fibers, art beads, glass beads and semi precious gemstones to create a distinct style.” She loves to take part in challenges and makes jewelry that is wearable and fun, including having her work in the hands of some celebrity stylists.
Please check out her new blog and show her some love!
We will see you back here on May 25th for the reveal of our bohemian flair!