Which type of New Bohemian are you?
Lush with gorgeous photographs, our new favorite book, The New Bohemians, is considered a 300 page Bohemian Bible. Showcasing over twenty creative homes throughout the country, Justina's story is a discovery of how one can define the "New Bohemian." Have you noticed all the new terms that suggest the same eclectic mix of society? Boho hipster, gypster, hippie gypsy, boho hippie, prairie folk, gypsy nomad, and modern bohemian are terms that come to mind.
They seem to all refer to the same sort of person: THE NEW BOHEMIAN
Justina breaks down the New Bohemian into six categories: Modern, Earthy, Folksy, Nomadic, Romantic, and Maximal. Within each of these sections, she devotes pages to lovely home and lifestyle photographs, DIY projects, interviews with home owners, and healthy recipes. Here are a few photo teasers from the book that I found on Pinterest:
THE MODERN BOHEMIAN
"Whether they live in a turn-of-the-century craftsman-style house, a cabin in the hills, an urban loft, or a dome in the desert, modern bohemians mix the clean lines and functionality of classic modern design with the decorative exhuberance of a bohemian." - Justina Blakeney.
The dining room of Josie Maran & Ali Alborzi speaks to the sleek style of the Modern Bohemian. Their 1920's cabin getaway in the hills of Beachwood Canyon, in Los Angeles, is full of items found during their world travels.
THE EARTHY BOHEMIAN
"Nature rules. The earthy bohemian home is full of foresty fancies: rattan and wool, plants and pets, earth tones and weathered woods. Relaxed and airy, informal with rustic details..." - JB
The above living room is the Portland, Oregon bungalow of Emily Baker & Kerby Ferris. "The bright white backdrop is offset by layered patterns and natural collections of foraged finds." The homeowners describe it as a sanctuary for yoga, meditation, rest, and creativity.
An Airstream nestled in an overgrown garden oasis in Los Angeles, and a recipe to create your own home fragrance, were our favorites in the Earthy Bohemian section.
THE FOLKSY BOHEMIAN
"Packed with tales of adventures, treasure-hunting, and hand-me-downs, the folksy bohemian is a collector, a maker, an upcycler, and a storyteller." - JB.
This is the folksy bohemian casita of Mattie Kannard & Dennis Smith, Las Cruces, New Mexico. "A clutter of cats, wily little dogs, happy hens, and rogue roosters are all part of the Kannard-Smith household," - JB.
THE NOMADIC BOHEMIAN
"...A nomadic bohemian, whose vibrant home is packed with textiles, ephemera, and anything else picked up during travels in both the actual and virtual worlds. Their homes are about movement: Objects, furniture, and even entire room are constantly being relocated." - JB
Prop stylists, interior designers, fashion designers, and casting directors are creative free spirits who would gravitate toward change and several are featured in this section.
Amhalise Morgan lives with her two kids, Harmony Cree and Rebel Spirit, in a Brooklyn brownstone. She spent a decade creating her dream home out of internet-found worldly treasures.
THE ROMANTIC BOHEMIAN
"The romantic bohemian home is a theatrical space, full of dramatic moments, music, and circuslike quirks...These homes are glamorous and faded, considered and whimsical, worldly and otherworldly." - JB
Arielle Pytka lives in a loftlike space in Venice, California. She describes her home as "a perfect mess." Justine describes it as "a playground for creative pursuits."
THE MAXIMAL BOHEMIAN
"Whereas the minimalist strips things down to the bare bones, maximal bohemians surround themselves with eye candy. Every surface of the home is abundant with art." - JB
This is Justina's home in Los Angeles nicknamed the "Jungalow." You may find more photos of Justina's home at her amazing Blog.
After reading The New Bohemians, you may get an idea as to which bohemian style you may fall into. We found ourselves in lots of the categories, and you may to! That just seems to sum it up: Bohemians are eclectic free spirits who are amazingly hard to categorize.
For more on Justina, and to purchase her wonderful book, please visit her at justinablakeney.com.
Photography by Dabito