inside a dreamy, bohemian home redesign (that’s family-friendly!)
Bohemian home decor ideas for a family home. Learn decorating tips from interior designer, Natalie Myers, on the aesthetic of boho decor.
Published Sep 30, 2015 5:00 AM
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When we got a glimpse inside this charming beachside home, we were instantly captivated by the polished aesthetic of the boho decor. So we caught up with designer Natalie Myers, who gave us a tour of the stunning space and the inspiration behind its unique design. Take a look!
Location: Playa Vista, CA Who: A young family in need of a more special space with custom touches throughout the decor. The goal: Making the home feel relaxed with a slightly luxe yet bohemian feel.
Kitchen, Dining, and Living Room
Since the kitchen island is the command center of the home, our goal was to make it inviting for family and friends. Its light and bright aesthetic complemented the brassy accents and earthy materials consistently repeated throughout the space.
The dining area, which features a built-in banquet, was dressed with pillows crafted of global fabrics and black Eames chairs. We strived to adhere to a palette of whites, creams, and light grays, accented with warm metallics and subtle shades of indigo and black.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE OVERALL AESTHETIC OF THE HOME?
The space is a mix of modern and luxe bohemian. There are global elements throughout the home, but the overall aesthetic is reserved and clean.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE KITCHEN DESIGN?
The inspiration was a light and bright interpretation of a California-cool kitchen. The cabinets skewed towards a more traditional vibe, so we were determined to bring in a few eclectic touches that would draw one in. The bikini pad counter stools and soft Persian runner were chosen with comfort and style in mind. The oversized pendant lights and brushed brass contemporary pulls provided an unexpected touch of detail. Edgewood cutting boards, bright greens, and graphic textiles were added in as an earthy layer to contrast the clean whites and metallics.
Play Room and Guest Room
The playroom features custom floor-to-ceiling wall paneling, which actually houses a Murphy bed! Since the room doubles as a guest room and play space, we strived to make it playful enough for the little ones, yet serious enough for overnight visitors. We kept the colors neutral and textures soft, allowing the space to swing in either direction.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE REDESIGN?
The act of pushing myself to evaluate what felt young versus old, and striking a balance between edgy and classic. When outfitting a home from floor-to-ceiling, you have to be very sensitive to the overall scheme, making sure that it’s not too trendy, or something that they’ll outgrow in a few years. For me, it’s important for my designs to feel current yet timeless.
This room is directly off of the main living area so it had to relate to the main space in theme. Brass lighting, a Moroccan mirror, and contemporary hardware provided warmth against the grey and white tribal wallpaper.
WERE THERE ANY CHALLENGES THROUGHOUT THE REMODEL?
We had about a three week window to work with, during which the construction of the house would be turned over to the homeowners by the developer. We were essentially working against the clock, attempting to get all of our personalized elements and installations accomplished in time. In the end, it all worked out and I was relieved, to say the least!
WE LOVE THE WALLPAPER IN THE BATHROOM! WHAT DREW YOU TO IT?
The wallpaper is Eskayal Akimbo. I have been admiring it for ages and have been looking for the right project to use it for. I love the tribal-esque pattern, which relates to the overall decor of the home. It seamlessly fits within the intricate details of the decor.
Happily, my clients wake up feeling like they are in a boutique hotel every morning! The room is anchored by the custom edge bed from Croft House in LA, plus the headboard slab, which was personally selected for this exact bed. I layered the linen bedding with neutral textures and added a Moroccan rug as a global accent for the space.
When it came to designing the nursery, we were able to go as boho as we pleased. We opted for abold wallpaper
(Tapestry in Zuni, Cavern Home), which would go floor-to-ceiling and on all four walls. I insisted on adding the indigo dipped macrame wall hanging (by Juniper and Fir) above the bed, to tie it to the indigo-African, mud-cloth Roman shades. Somehow we ended up giving the most attention to the smallest room in the house!
In the little boy’s room,we had to store lots of toys and books in a small space. We opted to go with a more industrial feel, building custom plumbing pipe shelves that hugged the window. For a wallpapered accent wall, we went with a faux, exposed concrete look by Piet Boon. You can’t tell it’s not real until you touch its smooth surface!
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU LEARNED FROM THIS PROJECT?
I learned to dig deeper in understanding the details my clients were attracted to, manifesting their inspirations, and visions for the space.