Bohemian Summer

Bohemian refers to the residents of the Kingdom of Bohemia, now known as Czech Republic. The French refer with the term bohemian to the gypsies, as they thought Romani people came from, or entered the West through Bohemia. A bohemian can be a socially unconventionally person, often involved in the arts. The original "Bohemians" were travellers or refugees from Central Europe.

 handmade gypsy curtain  Babilon Sisters  - boho chic swing and cushions via  Estiloy Deco  - wardrobe  XO-in my Room  - Overleaf Yello rug  The Rugcompany  - chandelier  Urban Outfitters

handmade gypsy curtain Babilon Sisters - boho chic swing and cushions via Estiloy Deco - wardrobe XO-in my Room - Overleaf Yello rug The Rugcompany - chandelier Urban Outfitters

The British Romani people were using a vardo as their home. Vardo also called living wagon, van, and caravan. The vardo was very popular from the mid-1800s through the first two decades of the twentieth century, roughly 70 years. 

Coach builders, specialised in building a vardo, would get the commissions by families or by newlywed couples. It would take between six months to a year to build a vardo. Vardos can be categorised into six main styles; Reading, Ledge, Bow-Top, Burton, Pop-cart, and Open-lot. 

A wagons' exterior was elaborately decorated, hand carved, painted in bright colours, decorated with traditional Romani symbols, details accented with gold leaves. Incorporated in the carvings were aspects of Romani lifestyle, such as horses and dogs, as well as decorative designs of birds, lions, flowers, vines. The interior typically has built-in seats, cabinets, a wardrobe, bunks in the rear of the caravan, and a china cabinet with glass doors. During the wagon time, in the 19th and 20th century, Romani would burn the wagon and belongings, as part of the funeral rite after the owners death.

 detail wagon  and archive picture via Pinterest - Kirdi pendant lamp  Anthropologie  - Bohemian interior via  American Bohemianism

detail wagon  and archive picture via Pinterest - Kirdi pendant lamp Anthropologie - Bohemian interior via American Bohemianism

Bohemian style is not a trend, it is a way of living: unconventional, free-spirited, artistic. Bohemians have been known as being carefree, they know the art of lounging. Time to unplug from all the distractions of modern society, time to get inspired.

 Vardo wagon via  Flickr  - Moroccon pillows  Patina Rentals  - Gypsy girl via  Moon 2 Moon

Vardo wagon via Flickr - Moroccon pillows Patina Rentals - Gypsy girl via Moon 2 Moon

Those who like the bohemian style are non-bourgeois, travel a lot and/or collect furniture, accessories, art, decoration from all over the world. A house will not be decorated in one time, it "grows" over the years. Furniture is collected, often vintage or ethnic pieces, they have a story of their own.

 stier de Villate via  DuJour  - Caicos napkin  Antropologie  - Vardo wagon  Beltima  - floor cushion  Istanbul Art Craft

stier de Villate via DuJour - Caicos napkin Antropologie - Vardo wagon Beltima - floor cushion Istanbul Art Craft

Bohemian style is perfect for summer: it is romantic, it reflects freedom, optimism. There are no rules to follow: you can make surprising combinations with a mix of patterns, colours, and styles. Colourful floor cushions lend a summer bohemian feel to outdoor spaces.

 macrame wall hanging via  Pinterest  - bathtub  Albion  - small rug Doftrik   IKEA  - Venetian mirror  One Kings Lane  - hand painted tiles via  Pinterest

macrame wall hanging via Pinterest - bathtub Albion - small rug Doftrik  IKEA - Venetian mirror One Kings Lane - hand painted tiles via Pinterest

What can be nicer than, when taking a bath, to be surrounded by hand-painted tiles, glamorous mirrors, handmade accessories, candles, artwork.  A crochet curtain or macrame wallhanging will give a chic twist to the room. Every piece is telling the story of the people living in the house. 

 Vardo wagon via  Red Bubble  - sinks  Mexican Tile Design  - Roma girl via  Flickr

Vardo wagon via Red Bubble - sinks Mexican Tile Design - Roma girl via Flickr

Bohemian style was kind of a trend in the '70s. A simple bathroom can get a twist with a hand-painted washbasin. Think out of the box: this style has no rules to follow.

 wallpaper L'armoire de Marguerite  Pierre Frey  - Butterfly Chair  McGuire  - Barcode rug  Harlequin  - bedroom image via  Feed Puzzle  - 

wallpaper L'armoire de Marguerite Pierre Frey - Butterfly Chair McGuire - Barcode rug Harlequin - bedroom image via Feed Puzzle

A minimal bedroom can get a bohemian touch by adding a wallpaper, embroidered pillows, an exotic looking armchair. Combine without fear flowers and stripes, a crystal chandelier will give the room a precious and glamorous touch.

 chandelier via  Calming Calamity  - interior vardo wagon via D ishfunctional Designs  - fashion image Elle Espana april 2016 via  Burke Ewig  - Moon tiles via  Burke Ewig  - Bowtop wagon  Greg Gypsy Bowtop caravan

chandelier via Calming Calamity - interior vardo wagon via Dishfunctional Designs - fashion image Elle Espana april 2016 via Burke Ewig - Moon tiles via Burke Ewig - Bowtop wagon Greg Gypsy Bowtop caravan

Chic meets boho, sit back and relax like a hippie in a comfortable home, cluttered with beautiful and interesting things.

Bohemian style is

  • always unique
  • mixing colours and patterns
  • very personal
  • timeless
  • free of rules, follow your intuition 
  • quite busy and seemingly random
  • can be done on a budget as often pieces are vintage, collected over the years, inherited

You want to give a fresh touch to your interior: bohemian style is the perfect choice for summer.