When I see ‘Bohemian Chic’ I think of the thousands of girls draped in lace, crop tops and pompom galore that flood Indio, California to attend the infamous Coachella music festival. It is reminiscent of Woodstock in 1969 that marked the height of Bohemian culture during which thousands gathered to promote art, music and peace. The counterculture of the Bohemian style came to fruition in France after the French Revolution when artist patronage was cut, and artists were forced into a gypsy lifestyle of art and poverty. The mix matched patterns and colours that make up the chaotic style came from the exchange of cultures that resided within gypsy settlements. Fast forward almost two hundred years to the 1960’s when love and free spirit floated through the air and the Bohemian counterculture of art and community was revived in the face of the Vietnam War. Today, the Bohemian style has become more wide spread in popularity and no longer represent the resistance culture it once used to.
So, what if we as artists, designers and free spirits revived the true spirit of what the Bohemian style once embodied during the height of its popularity in the 60’s and 70’s? We break the mould of the modern and combine multiple patterns and vibrant colours into one room. We move plants back into the house to bring in clean air and a reconnection to mother nature. We choose to remove the chairs and couches that create physical barriers and instead utilise handmade rugs with plush cushions and pillows to create a space for one’s community to gather and relax. What if we chose to renew the counterculture that once thrived off of the resistance of barriers and a sense of perfection and embraced the fact that life is much like the Bohemian style: chaotic, mix-matched and yet beautiful in an unconventional way.
This bold style reflects not only a creative and artistic mind but a soul that longs to travel, if done right the Bohemian style can transport you to an exotic land. We at Décor A List are inspired by the vibrant colours and endless patterns that originate in Morocco. Morocco has been a country of trade and exchange of cultures coming from Africa, Asia and Europe. The warm, red hues seen in the tanneries in Fez and the cool, vibrant hues of blue that come from the streets of Chefchaouen brings a harmonious interaction of colour, pattern and culture. We are provoked by the life of the creator in the small street of Morocco that hand sow exuberant rugs that represent their unique culture of trade and art. The Bohemian style pushes us past our comfort zone to utilise colours we would not dare to touch normally but teaches us to see beauty in the chaos of life.
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Written by Sondra Kinney