On Trend in Europe: The Handcrafted Hippie Home Look

On Trend in Europe: The Handcrafted Hippie Home Look

Janel Laban
Oct 18, 2011

Today, a look inside a second trend house from the Woonbeurs Amsterdam design show — one that goes in a very different direction than the Modern Romantic style we looked at previously. This small showhome was put together by the editors of a magazine that embraces the DIY, crafty lifestyle and illustrates a look that I'll call Handcrafted Hippie Home. It's warm, textural, colorful — an interiors incarnation of the word "cozy" …

… as interpreted by 101 Woonideeën magazine.

The color palette is orange, gold, gray, green and ecru, along with lots of black. This look is all about texture on a big, bold scale. The designers included supersized yarn knit accessories, a crochet room divider and a raw wood wall installation in the entryway. Pattern plays a role in this style as well; from the statement wall covered in a large scale avian print wallpaper to the suzani-inspired upholstery on the mid-century rocker, the pattern choices lean away from shy, retiring "polite" small prints.

The look incorporates vintage furniture in classic shapes, mismatched pieces and reuse such as the industrial plastic bins repurposed as kitchen storage and a well worn wooden filing cabinet, including office-style hang tags as decoration.

The overall style is free-wheeling, mismatched, welcoming and rough around the edges with one key exception - the color palette is restrained, updated and precise, making this an interesting exercise in how you can pull off a haute hippie look by keeping an eye on a more formal, strict sense of color use throughout the space.

The Modern Romantic Look

Woonbeurs Amsterdam
101 Woonideeën
Sanoma Media

Images: Janel Laban

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