the modern bohemian: textiles

I was recently asked in an interview to define my style, and on a good day I would say I strive for some modified version of boho-chic.  In the winter I inevitably find myself a little more posh, a little more Jackie…but in the summer the gypsy in me comes out and I rock the boho look, bangles and all.  Honestly as I sit here writing this I am more hobo than boho in sweats and flip-flops, but I am sitting outside in the lovely breeze, which I find very bohemian indeed.  So, this is the first in an installment exploring the bohemian style and to start we are going to look at textiles (don’t worry- full interiors will be coming soon!).

defining bohemian interior style

Some snippets I borrowed attempting to define bohemian-modern in terms of interiors and textiles:

[pullquote type="3"]light-filled modern homes with… hippie interiors brimming with texture, color, a connection to the outdoors, and quirkiness. – Designer’s Library[/pullquote]

[pullquote type="3"](a) love with the imperfections of a block print, the saturated colors, and the true artistry and dedication. –Rikshaw Design[/pullquote]

[pullquote type="3"]To me Bohemian style is all about an artistic, nature inspired and well traveled look. It’s easy to achieve in most spaces because it’s all about layering. The keys to this look are bright warm colors, primitive materials and romantic details. –Jason Martin Design[/pullquote]

[pullquote type="3"]…an updated spin on the exotic, handmade object; a vibrant mix of sophistication and romantic allure. – John Robshaw[/pullquote]

achieving the bohemian look in textiles

First a sampling from John Robshaw Textiles, a staple for boho-chic linens (I find the pillows exceptionally fabulous)

achieving the bohemian look in bedding

Here are some of the fabulous quilts and bedspreads from Ouno. They are made from collected vintage scarves and the company strives to operate in a eco-friendly, sustainable way.

achieving the bohemian look in rugs

And now for the floor…First two beauties from Anthropologie
…and two from ABC Carpet & Home

So, I think I could go on forever showcasing beautiful textiles that encompass the boho-chic vibe, but this was a good start.  Looking for bohemian pieces means traveling the world in any way you can…via internet or plane.  It means searching out bold patterns and COLOR! It means using age-old processes and timeless prints.  Go BOHO!


  1. Jessica Shay

    Hey Chels! Absolutely love the website! Especially this post – I’ve been obsessed with ABC Carpet & Home rugs for ages!

  2. Love Robshaw and Rikshaw! You have such excellent taste! XO

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