Interior book of the month: The New Bohemians

by Housesimple on 20th December 2016

Here at, each month we choose a new and exciting property book to share with you and let you in on how you can incorporate these interiors ideas into your own home. 

This month, we’re going boho with The New Bohemians by LA-based designer, Justine Blakeney.  


Free spirit 

Bohemian interior design is dominated by contrasting textures, bright colours, eye-catching patterns and unique retro twists. This book brings the trend up-to-date, defining New Bohemians as creative individuals – bloggers, boutique owners, entrepreneurs and expats. It explores 20 properties, mostly on the east and west coasts of the USA, which encapsulate this ideal. It’s full of insightful interviews with the owners of these spaces, which include homes, offices and art galleries, as well as 12 stylish properties created by Blakeney with the boho details that have inspired her. 

The book distinguishes the bohemian spirit as one that doesn’t play by the rules – and the same goes for interiors. Within The New Bohemians, you’ll find an 'Adopt-an-Idea' section after the details of each home, which provides décor inspiration, shopping tips and styling suggestions to try in your own home. 


Mix it up 

The key word to remember when giving your home a boho makeover is ‘eclecticism’. The more fabrics, styles and ideas you can incorporate into your space, the better. The result should be quirky, personal and internationally influenced. Start small by introducing a number of bright and contrasting scatter cushions for your sofa. Add a woven rug beneath the coffee table and don’t be afraid to use fabric for decoration – a patterned piece of fabric looks unusual and attractive when hung above the fireplace. 


Modish fittings 

When it comes to furniture, have fun and mix and match styles from different decades for a truly ‘thrown together’ look. A Sixties table will stand out even more against a Victorian dresser. You’ll find plenty of tips like this and more in The New Bohemians. The breathtakingly beautiful photographs in this property book will leave you spoiled for choice when it comes to where to begin.

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