Although it looks effortless, the 'Bohemian Chic' look can be a surprisingly difficult style to pull off, particularly when you're on a budget. It requires good flea market and thrift store shopping skills, a strong source list of global stores, a selective eye when you're shopping the big chain stores, and the ability to mix and match.
For instance, this vingette mixes a Shaker-style solid wood bench with a Moroccan fringed blanket, hand-woven pillows, and painted floors that are scuffed 'just so.' All the items shown come from Plumo, an import store based in London.
Learn How to Accessorize with Flea Market Finds
Flea markets are the perfect hunting grounds for Bohemian styles. Rugs are common finds, and they can be layered to get the hippie chic look. Other frequent scores include vintage lighting, tabletop, and artwork.
• How to Accessorize with Flea Market Finds
• Flea Market Guide: Coast to Coast
• 10 US Flea Markets Worth a Trip
Hone Your Thrift Store Shopping and DIY Skills
The best stylists can walk into a thrift store and zero in on the pieces that will complete a room. Keep an eye out for items that can easily be updated with a coat of spraypaint or a good cleaning.
• Thrifty & DIY Shopping Tips from John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon
• How to Collect Quality Furniture When You Don't Have Much Money
• Best Thrift Stores and Flea Markets 2010
Get the 'Well-Traveled' Look without Leaving Home
Mixing styles and patterns from different cultures is key to the Bohemian look. If you don't have the time or money to shop the globe, there are plenty of local and online import shops that bring their finds to you.
• Beyond World Market: Global Shops You Might Not Know
• Hippy Chic: A Guide to Bohemian Living
• Well-Traveled Homes
Be Selective When Shopping at Chain Stores
Part of the appeal of the bohemian look is its unique, individualistic aesthetic. Furniture and accessories from chain stores can help to round out the look, but they should be used sparingly.
• Chain Store Chic: Finding Beauty at the Big Retailers
• Best Budget Stores: Big Box and Outlet
• Top 5 Cheap Furniture Basics
Top Photo: Plumo