Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Finding Bohemia

Our homes, just like our bodies, seem to grow and deteriorate at the same time.  Its a beautiful opportunity to appreciate and even revel in the natural order.  One of my favorite chairs is fraying and at a point where most people would replace or re-upholster.  But I love the chair's shabby and well-loved look.  Maybe its important to respect the decay and live with it for a while before mending the holes, shreds and thread bare bits that expose our underbelly.  Living in harmony with wear and tear is one way to find that special kind of bliss I call Bohemia.

Map of Bohemia 1896

via Decorology

via Desire to Inspire

via Abigail Ahern

via Anne Kata

via Design Labyrinth

via Moon to Moon

via Architectural Digest

Leslie Williamson Photo

via Two Tall Blondes


Unknown said...

Poignant bit o prose Sarah. Lovely photos too, makes me hungry to un-re-decorate. Thanks =)

Appletree said...

un-re-decorate. good word!

Karri said...

This post is brilliant. These could be the separate spaces in my dream home. Thank you.

Tereza {Drastic Plastic} said...

I love the first and the last room so so much.

Colleen / Inspired to Share said...

This is such an insightful post! I love that you keep your frayed chair the way it is : ) xo

Connie said...

As I approach 60, I'm glad you are honoring things that are well used/loved. My home-ec teacher called it patina. Love that last room!

anita said...

i love the phrase, "grow and deteriorate",
and i love all these photos.

Vintage is for Lovers said...

The older, the rustier, the more paint chips means more love, more character, and more history. Love the bohemia in everything, especially you! xo Samantha

Meera @ firstsense said...

Such beautiful spaces, so much character and charm. I am all for a bit of bohemia at home!