New Bohemian Vibe

I found this book, The New Bohemians, by Justina Blakeney that is somewhat of a revelation into my movement over the years through the different nuances of Bohemian lifestyle. In the sixties I took on a relaxed but colorful style, I really remember it as a more “new beatnik/hippie” look in both clothing and decor, all driven by music of the time. Then as the seventies rolled around I was living on my own, with hardly two coins to rub together, so my decor included lots of plants hanging from macramé ropes next to macramé wall hangingand more plants perched on window ledges and on stacked shelves. The rest of the furniture was a mix of color and style…pull up a pillow to sit…it was all so free – really, as in no cost. My Boho style then was Earthy…everything handmade, natural, and did I mention plants?  everywhere…hanging, crawling or wandering from their clay pots. Plants are very Boho, so much so, that the book includes a penultimate chapter called PLANT-O-PEDIA, a ‘home ain’t a Home without plants,’ 5-pages of photos and information about houseplants!

Those days were a time of discovery & creativity – more time than money does tend to lead to more creative ideas.

Source: Pinterest  Don’t you love the fresh clean-lines? More bedroom Inspiration HERE

The New Bohemians features photos of twenty homes that are divided into six themes. The six themes (or 6 defined variations of Boho Style): Modern, Earthy, Folksy, Nomadic, Romantic and Maximal are defined, shown in photographs so it is easy to find your Theme preference. At the end of each Theme chapter, is ‘Adopt an Idea’ for that theme.

She also includes DIY projects to create-the-look. The book is so well done and comprehensive, I find new things every time I pick it up. The photographs are inspiring and so interesting to study.

I pulled out a few of my Boho items to include in my photos; pottery, fabric coverlets, jewelry, rugs, macrame, carved spoons, all gathered from my rooms. I was surprised how much I am still deeply into Bohemian style!

I have always felt free to surround myself with things I love, even if they seem odd to others. That’s Boho; it is an environment and it is a lifestyle not constrained by rules – it is total freedom.

I once took a “test” to determine my Decor Style…well, I’m a sucker for those things, so truthfully, I have taken many of those sort of decor style “tests.” They always seem predictable but are still irresistible. There’s one test in particular I remember because my personal : ) Decor Style Result was “__-Funky-Boho.”  I see the “_” as a phase, which is more dependent on where I live. At present, it is Cottage style, but that style would change real fast if I moved to, say, the desert or to a city loft. The Funky-Boho, well that’s more Me.

I am pretty sure there’s a little bit of Bohemian in everyone…

What kind of Boho are you?

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Can’t get enough of the New Bohemian? Justina Blakeney has a really cool blog, the Jungalow, check it out.

You can follow my Pinterest Boho board HERE


Father’s Day bonus video

Since it’s Father’s Day I have a special treat video the guys will like. Makin’ Bacon that is crispy without it turning dry or burnt is Simple to do, using this little trick…

Source: YouTube, America’s Test Kitchen.

I like this method better than cooking bacon in the oven because it doesn’t heat up the house.

Happy Father’s Day!


Weekend Wanderings 6.18

Happy Father’s Day! Just a quickie post. I was shopping and came across a really neat footstool. No, I did not buy it…altho, I did return to it several times and finally took this photo. I find taking a photo to be enough, a lot cheaper than a purchase and less time than a Return. What do you think of the footstool? Maybe, like me, it takes you back to a time when Bohemian vibe was your style…or as my dad would say as he walked into my 70’s apartment, “Where are the gypsies?” There’s a new wave of Bohemian style happening, not all is hippie-dippie 70’s throwback.

Truthfully, I like this stool, or at least part of me does. The younger Boho-Me luvs it. Now my mature Boho-Me just likes it. I held onto some of my old boho treasures and still luv to work them into my more simplified style. They make me feel good, that’s the only way I can explain it. Colorful, qworky, tactile, global, artisan pieces…they all have memories attached, so I continue to hang onto them.

Come back Wednesday to rediscover your Boho! I’m sharing a interior decorating book I found about the new Bohemian style. It inspired me to gather some of my old Boho to use in some still life photography, and to scatter a little Boho spirit around the lake cottage. The experience reminded me how happy Boho makes me feel.

‘Til then, have a great weekend and enjoy some quality time with the Dad/Guy in your life.

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A Bee’utiful Summer Tablescape

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My girlfriends and I got together for a Bee’utiful Summer Brunch at the lake cottage last weekend. I took that opportunity to create a tablescape using Yellow & Gray plates that I recently bought at Home Goods. When I first … Continue reading

Weekend Wanderings 6.10

Last week I shared the Sunflower Seed Packet printables that I made to store my sunflower seeds for planting next summer. During the process of writing that Post, I wandered upon this Youtube video. Do you remember seeing news reports, about … Continue reading

DIY – Upcycled Seed Box + bonus Seed Packet Printable

Do you ever buy seeds based solely for the artwork or illustration on the seed packet? I do, and I must admit that I have quite a collection of those never-planted but really cool-looking seed packets. That brings me to today’s DIY…remember the small wooden box I purchased at a yard sale, a while ago? It finally got an Up-cycle Remake. It is now a little storage box for my many pretty seed packets. One thing leads to another, so of course with this (Thing 1) new wooden seed box, I had to design (Thing 2) pretty Seed Packets for the sunflower seeds my neighbor gave me from her garden. I love to design my own pretty packets to hold seeds that I get at the end of  the season. I save my seeds because it is so much cheaper than buying new ones each year.  I included downloadable printables of my pretty Sunflower Seed Packet, and a Blank seed packet template for those inspird to paint or draw their own artwork for special seeds.

It is Simple to make a DIY Vintage Seed Storage Box, I bet you have a metal, cardboard or wooden box that you can Upcycle. Your box may need a change of stain or paint to give it big change, then you can add inside-lid artwork, and a label holder, to remake it into your own vintage Seed Storage Box.


Light sanding, and a coat of gray & golden oak (mixed) stain gives my box a vintage weathered-look.

To make my little seed box Vintage, I decoupaged a graphic of a fruit packing label on the underside of the lid. I found the perfect label graphics on the bottom of a Trader Joe’s shopping bag. I copied it, using my home printer, onto regular white paper, then decoupaged it. After the decoupage medium dried overnight, I gave it a light wash of golden oak stain for “age.”

In the good o’ days, Seed Boxes were traditionally covered with advertisements of a seed company, and used to display their seeds in the local store. Real seed boxes are really pretty but pricey, that is, if you can find one in an antique shop.

Here’s mine…

These were my Inspiration vintage seed boxes…

After decoupaging & aging the label, I gave the outside of the box a coat of wipe-on clear sealer, then a few days later, hit it again with another light coat of sealer. The sealer was streaked with dull sheen, so I took a very fine sanding foam pad and went over the entire outside of the box to make it all matte finish. I used a light touch and it went quickly. Perfect…glad I didn’t have to do another coat of sealer.

The Seed Box Upcycle did not cost me anything up to this point, because I used supplies I had from other projects.  To add a little pizazz to the box I added a brass label holder. I usually have extra label holders too, but was out so I ordered these and these. I used an old typewriter font to make the label No.3 Seeds. The No.3 is meaningless but looks better than plain Seeds : ) other text that I considered was, Herbs or Heirloom Seeds.


Don’t forget to grab your PDF freebie printable Download to make a Seed Packet:

Blank Seed Packet Template freebie printable, for a creative moment.

Sunflower (Navy) Seed Packet freebie printable

Sunflower (White) Seed Packet freebie printable

Do you Save Seeds from your Garden?

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