7 Insta Bedrooms to Dream About

I follow several beloved designers, stylists, and shopkeepers on Instagram who have serious vintage and boho style cred. They grace my feed daily with stacks of Moroccan boucherouite pillows, found rattan baskets and peacock chairs, and plenty of bold color and patterns. I’m a fool for their impeccable styling and am constantly finding inspiration in their vignettes of different interiors. Some of these spaces are used to market the treasures they find for their shops, and some are real spaces that either belong to or were designed by them.

Bedrooms are typically on my radar when I look through blogs or shops….naturally, as my bedroom is my only true personal space and is always a work in progress. And let me say, with Instagram’s new feature that allows you to save posts, Insta has become my new Pinterest and I’ve found myself collecting plenty of bedroom (and home) inspiration. It’s been like reading a miniature blog, but in a more practical format for a gal who’s frequently on the go but wants a quick design fix. So on that note, here are a few dreamy bedrooms I love, that I’ve found on my ‘Instapades’, from designers you seriously need to follow:

@DKRenewal:

I was drawn to this space for a few reasons: the collage of baskets (a trend I love!) that pop perfectly against the navy walls, the intense color, and the peach throw pillows hiding behind the other cushions. Those had me jonesing for peach velvet and I looked everywhere online for a similar fabric to make my own–so far I haven’t found a match.

@refoundvintagenewyork:

The bold wall thing has been a major trend for a while, and dark rooms are not only chic (and elegantly moody), but artwork, textiles, and natural surfaces stand out beautifully against them.

@thejoshuatreehouse:

I grew up visiting the desert multiple times a year, and also with parents who loved Mexican equipale chairs (and all things Mexico). The resort we’d visit (boughie I know) was filled with southwestern flair, with a few hints of Mexico. This space obviously leans toward Moroccan style, but the wood ceiling and hanging bookshelf, equipale chair, and crisp white walls remind me of that resort. The space feels cool and open–perfect for the surrounding Joshua Tree.

@leahhofff:

The home of Leah Hoffman–a modern hippie of sorts, Insta celeb, and Nashville beauty (can you tell she’s my woman crush?)–feels right out of the 70s, especially her bedroom where you’ll find a custom triangular wooden headboard and stripes running across her wall and bedding. Seriously a retro retreat.

@shopballandclawvintage:

Remember my falsa blanket rant? Well, this particular space is always being styled in different ways by Ball and Claw Vintage, but I couldn’t resist the falsa pillow and kitsch desert blanket combo!

@arteboheme:

The petite peacock chair in the corner is really what got me about this bedroom. I’m not a minimalist, but at second glance, this space feels so calming in crisp white walls and natural woven pieces.

@fleamarketfab:

It’s no news that Jennifer Harrison of Flea Market Fab is a queen of styling with vintage and found pieces. There are so many of her spaces I adore, and though she’s styled this particular bed frame in different ways, I loved the contrast between the bedding and frame, and the chic, unkempt look of the space.

Who are your favorite Insta designers or shops?.

Fantastic Peacock Chairs and Where to Use Them: 7 Chic Ideas

After a few-decade stint in Saudi Arabia, and some adventures in other parts of the world, my grandparents had amassed a collection of some of the most beautiful textiles and objects I’ve ever seen. From Persian rugs collected during the 70s in Iran, to beautiful etched brass tea sets and poufs bought in my grandma’s native Morocco, these treasures were displayed all over the home where they settled in a San Diego suburb. Once in a while my parents would drive my brothers and I over to visit, and truthfully, most of what they had seemed to me like part of a larger background of “stuff”; the average American living room…except for the resplendent peacock chair in the corner.

I don’t recall any strong feelings toward my grandparents’ peacock chair, or any desire to “thrift” it from them. Actually I didn’t really care at all, about thrifting or interior design, or furniture, and I wonder at my indifference now as I covet that chair and other pieces in that house like crazy!

On that note, peacock chairs have been popular in interiors over the years, and on my end, they continue to be regulars on my social feeds and the blogs I love. Usually adorning bohemian living rooms as accent seating, I’ve noticed several other ways designers have used these iconic chairs. Here are a few of these:

1. In the Dining Room

Throwing a peacock into your mix of dining chairs is the perfect way to add a regal bohemian or vintage element to your dining room. In the first case, a simple wicker peacock chair makes a lovely addition to its glam, modern space.

2. In the Office

Nothing says “I’m the boss” like sitting on a chic wicker throne behind your home office desk or cubicle (if you manage to sneak one in). The organic design of a peacock chair offers ideal contrast to an otherwise sterile workspace or conventional office!

 

3. At Your Wedding

Peacock chairs–especially double peacocks–offer the most romantic seating option at a wedding, in my bohemian opinion. Use them as seating for the bride and groom or scatter them throughout the reception and dinner tables for guests.

4. On the Patio

Peacocks are the ideal chair for the outdoors with their durable wicker/rattan frames. Luckily, these chairs are a marriage of beautiful boho form and function and look just gorgeous as loungers in a courtyard or patio.

5. As Side Seating

One of my favorite examples of wicker peacock chairs in decor, this particular home has created a corner vignette with TWO of them, and an ottoman and small side table in between. I’ve sat in a rather large peacock chair with my laptop at work, and it felt as though my screen was protected by the large fan behind me (not that I was doing anything but work of course! *wink*). I imagine this phenomenon would be similar during a party, when two friends (or strangers) are looking to have a private conversation away from the rest of the crowd. Also, how lovely does an early morning cup of coffee with a friend or spouse while sitting in these chairs sound?

6. In the Bedroom

Waking up to one of these chic wicker chairs in the corner of my bedroom is definitely #bedroomgoals. Adding a pillow and a throw would offer the perfect mix of cozy and vintage.

7. In the Nursery

You may need a wider seat, but designing your nursery with a pillow filled peacock chair–and a pouf to kick up your feet–will offer both a comfortable seat for you and your baby, and a unique boho/vintage design element for their first room. Start fueling those bohemian dreams while they’re young!

Have you designed space or event with a peacock chair?

Cozy Eclectic & Bohemian Corners

It’s pouring and windy and full of…weather…here in San Francisco.

When it comes down to it, I prefer sunny, unbearably hot weather (I’m an anomaly). So after getting off the bus this afternoon I ran to my apartment, locked myself in my bedroom, and sat until my space heater filled the room. A few DIYs later, I skimmed my Pinterest feed for cozy, layered rooms and corners perfect for this kind of dreary-ness.

My room is full of smaller vignettes like bookshelves filled with trinkets and books, or clusters of artwork. I love how you can tell a story and show your style through a single small corner by really layering it with personal treasures, objects, and textures. And often, these spaces become personal retreats where you can curl up with a book or your laptop. Currently these are some of the corners that make me want to redesign a small space where I can get cozy (and eclectic) for the Winter.

 

I love love love this simple corner! This was my inspiration for this post. How could this not be the coziest, most beautiful space? First off, it’s is designed around the heater (what could be warmer?), and second there are so many cozy draped elements that give it a very relaxed, bohemian feel. A furry sheepskin and pillow rest on a long bench, and all are surrounded by hanging vines and sunlight.

This is only a vignette because of its photo angle, but I love the sheepskin and Moroccan rug and pouf, and of course the gorgeous Mid-Century Modern coffee table in the center–plenty of places to sit and be comfy, with a small chair on one side to spend time to yourself. Also vintage pieces tend to give a space a lived-in feel.

Creating a comfortable corner really comes down to a few things: layers of blankets and pillows, fur, and a place to display your books and favorite personal pieces. That or Scandinavian spaces.

What’s that I was saying about having a place to display books? The floating shelves in this room and long bench create the perfect personal reading nook. Oh, and stark white walls help keep a room nice and bright–ideal for a dreary winter!

If white isn’t your thing, screw it–this dining space has black walls, plus a cluster of artwork, bright bistro lights, and plenty of soft sheepskins and throw pillows for cozy dining or alone time.

The old armchair and ottoman trick–but seriously, this room is so inviting with its puffy patterned seating and colorful Boucherouite rug! It’s the layers of textiles and collection of treasures I really adore about this space.

Always a fan of tufted velvet, this room is simply the coziest, brightest space with its pink vintage wingback chair and bookshelves.

How do you get cozy at home during the Winter?

Fantastic Bohemian Living Rooms

For the individual who loves a modern space without the rigidity and lack of organic elements that characterize it, bohemian modern is the way to go. Personally I’m an artist of the eclectic variety, so the style appeals to my love of mixed design and I am always delighted to read about bohemian spaces on my ever growing list of interior design blogs. Days ago, I was very inspired by Justina Blakeney’s submission to Loloi Rugs’ styling competition (third image down), and wanted to share a few more photos of beautifully designed bohemian living rooms that I’ve collected recently:

The mix of pieces in the living room above really pulls at my style heart strings: teak and inspired Mid-Century pieces, hanging macrame planters, kilims and hand woven rugs, bolga baskets, cactuses, and a saffron armchair come together to create a lively and free spirited space.

This industrial living room leans toward the bohemian side of the spectrum with scattered Moroccan and quilted poufs, throw pillows and lounging space galore, pots of overgrown plants, and of course, a quintessential resting cow skull. The white brick and open loft style of the room make it modern and are what really get me about the room.

Apart from my new found appreciation for Shibori dyed tapestries, and the drapes featured here, I am stunned by the other pieces in this living room and Justina Blakeney’s gorgeous feat in styling. Lush and fuzzy blankets, mixed patterns and textures, and that beautiful painting! Justina is my bohemian hero.

Companies That Sell Global Goods & Help Artisans

I love the push for sustainability and fair trade that’s been happening in recent years. With everyone concerned about the dangerous changes in our environment, designers and businesses are seeking to use recycled materials and locally sourced items for their creations. Similarly, society has become more conscious of poorer communities of the world, and many organizations have worked to create better and more sustainable economies for them. I wanted to share with you some companies who sell home goods from global artisans, promote their crafts, and dedicate themselves to making sure these amazing makers receive fair wages for their work:

Artisan Connect:

Artisan Connect ensures that the artists behind its products are compensated properly for their unique and handmade creations by sourcing from organizations that assist these communities. Their mission is to create a market for these talented people to sell their goods, and you’ll find all sorts of stories about different artists on their blog. Their amazing shop is filled with colorful handmade textiles, kitchenware, and home decor.

Project Bly:

Project Bly is a website dedicated to traveling and searching for the beautiful handmade work of artisans around the world. The project “curates” and sells collections from different cities like Oaxaca, Mexico and Marrakech, Morocco, donating 5% of the revenue to their respective communities. The photography and styling on this website are impeccable (I’ve feature a few images here on The Tufted), and its blog is filled with vibrant photos of food, artisans, and markets and stories written by traveling bloggers. Definitely a must-see shop and blog!

Discovered:

Similar to Artisan Connect, Discovered seeks to source their products through organizations that make sure their artisans are getting paid what they deserve. It sells several handcrafted items such as home goods, jewelry, and bags from different countries and encourages the use of sustainable materials. A unique feature of the site is the ability to create an account and curate your own Discovered “wishlist” of items…definitely worth looking at if you’re a Pinterest junkie!

Thrifty Finds and Flowers on Piedmont Avenue

A few weeks ago I journeyed to the Piedmont area of Oakland to pick up a lovely chair I found on Craiglist (I’ll be featuring it soon!). I had visited once during college with a friend who grew up there and was smitten with Piedmont Avenue. Years later, I finally had my chance to explore after picking up my chair.

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I didn’t take many photos of the street, though I’m sure I’ll be back for some design and post inspiration, but I found the adorable Mille Fiori flower stand tucked into an alley of shops and a funky local mural, among other things.

Piedmont Avenue is filled with local markets, cafes and restaurants, and secondhand and vintage shops like Rare Bird and Resurrect (both AMAZING stores!). I stumbled upon The American Cancer Society’s awesome thrift store just off of the street and found a collection of cheap vintage clothing, artwork, eclectic oddities, and furniture-if I had the room I’d be back for those orange velour chairs!

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I was absolutely enthralled by this adorable embroidered cushion, but decided I didn’t need more pillows! I hope someone takes this rare piece home with them, perhaps another folk art enthusiast.

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Ironically, I found a pair of orange velour chairs after I’d picked up mine. They weren’t priced yet, but I’m sure they cost way less than what I paid for mine! I will hopefully be back again soon to scavenge for more unique pieces like these.

Piles of Pillows: A Recipe for a Bohemian Sofa

Recently I’ve been downsizing in an attempt to make my painfully small bedroom feel larger and less cluttered. I folded up my new bird shams yesterday and stuffed their pillows in our linen closet, leaving only my two tufted beauties and embroidered cushion behind. For a gal who loves pillows, saying a temporary goodbye to mine was disheartening (goodbye until I find a bigger place one fine day).

Minimalists will tell you that “less is more”, and de-cluttering parts of my tiny space has definitely made things feel lighter…but when it comes to design, I’m in cahoots with Robert Venturi’s “less is a bore!”. I’ll take patterns and colorful textiles in a room over plain walls any day.

So lately I’ve found inspiration on the couches of bohemian-minded designers. Their collections of Kilim throws, geometric cushions, and bright pillows (usually from parts of the Eastern Hemisphere) give their sofas a vibrant, worldly feel, and I’ve been ogling this trend on my Pinterest for a while:

My own small love seat in our living room isn’t quite this eclectic or bright (a bit “matchy matchy” for my taste, but that’s what you get when roommates can’t agree on a style), and most of my bedding cushions are stuffed elsewhere…but for now I can look to these beautifully bohemian living rooms for future apartment ideas and design eye candy.