August 17, 2010

Bohemian Spirit


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To find such brocante gems as the little vintage bottles contained in this glass lid canister. You must travel your flea markets, second hand stores, tag and estate sales with a bohemian spirit.

Bohemian is a radical outlook on a collective flea market style in art and life. A bohemian steps over the rules of all things above and beyond conventional treasure seeking the next European flea market find. Designing around an easy, graceful, joyous unconsciousness guided by the principles of a feeling. Bohemian style is not narrow minded on a mix in designs to create your own environment, developing originality is a big part of your finds. A person of bohemian has a "devotion to one or more of the seven arts... and once known to live in poverty." I would guess the reasoning would be the gypsy like passion for old world flea market style with art, and designs in a poetic life.


French European imported cabinet in boho chic style, our perfect place to contain extra china pieces and entertaining needs. As you notice my latest sign i've painted..."Brocante" French for flea market gems, is temporarily placed waiting for a perfect place to rest.

The French are known for there baskets, in addition to there use and storage style. The square rusty one is from Anthropologie there found objects, and the round egg basket was a great ebay find, both baskets adding charm and function.

Designing around bohemian French flea market style, is irresistible to the eye of one who seeks it. I love things to surprise me with its neutral palette, and how the simplist piece adds to its presentation; resulting in a magical setting.

This slipcovered man tailored white button down old dress shirt is so bohemian chic, gypsy in style. I took and fitted the chairs with old white dress shirts for bohemain entertaining. You can see the face of the shirt up to the table ( back a few pictures) where it was buttoned down the front, the arms are wrapped to the backside tied and tagged with a special greeting or name place.

I hope this inspires, and brings the European boho chic out in all of you.

67 comments:

Rosemary said...

I love this style!! You are so good at putting all together! You inspire me!
Thanks,
Rosemary

French Country Cottage said...

So beautiful! Love the baskets and faded colors! :)

Farm Girl said...

It all looks beautiful, but I have found that for some odd reason, I just can't go into those places. I see the people who owned them in my mind and how those things meant something to me that I get so sad I have to leave empty handed. I have tried and tried to get over it, so now my married kids see something and they will bring it to me and I am okay that way. Nutty I know and I would love to get over it because those finds look beautiful when you finish them.
I think that is why I enjoy your pictures so much.
So keep up the lovely work for someone like me.

Cindy said...

Very interesting, you do have a great style, that is for certain. Bohemian certainly has it's own charm, I think I really like it!

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, Dore, it looks gorgeous and your style is amazing!!! If I were you, I would also link this up to Frenchy's French challenge on the 1st of the month--she'd love it! (Her blog button is on the left side of my Whimsical Musings blog.)
I love the shirt on the chair and the baskets--wow...so beautiful! I swear, it looks like it should all be on the cover of a magazine!
Love,
Cindy

Victoria said...

Wow Dore, everything is gorgeous! I didn't know you had an Etsy shop, going to take a peek right now:)

Amy Kinser said...

What a absolutely lovely style. I think it's all beautiful. What a great eye you have for beauty.

Lisa said...

you have such a gifted sense style that is both beautiful and inviting. I think Anthropologie is a great place to find treasures too!

Virginia said...

Amazingly BEAUTIFUL and serene....
Love it!!!

Beach House Living said...

Your home is so peaceful. Love the shirt on the chair; a great look.
Hope all is well dear. My sign was a big hit with my DB's daughter. Love, love it.

Anji Johnston said...

So much elegance and sophistication in your post as always Dore - you are so quintessential. Thank you for always inspiring me.

McCarthy Designs said...

Your post is gorgeous as always Dore! You have an amazing talent for creating an inspiring and unique setting. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us. xx

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Fantabulous My Sweet Friend! You "ROCKED IT" I love the painted distressed look you have, you are gunna have to email me or ring me up and let me know how you do it!

Great Style and it does look very Euro Chic..............~Cheers Kim xox

P.S.~ At the Beach for a week Woo~hoo!

Marlene said...

Dore! Love your room.. the table and sideboard have the most perfect paint treatment..I like the idea of the white shirts on the chairs...the look is very boho chic..love the relaxed yet very creative look..
détendu encore élégant !!!

Burlap Luxe said...

Marlene, Merci ma belle amie.

Thank you my beautiful friend
xoxo
Dore'

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...
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Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour ma belle Doré! Ce style, c'est le mien....il y a quelque chose de sublime chez vous, les français...le BOHÈME....vous tous savez bien vous servir des articles très simples, et les transformer en CHIC et quelque chose qu'on VEUT imiter. Le blanc bien arrangé avec le beige et les objets parfaits creent un atmosphère distinct qui est FRANÇAIS. Merci pour cette inspiration..je suis si ravie de t'avoir trouvée!!!! BISES, Anita

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Bonjour Dore,
tres chic! Love the shirt on the chairs.Absolutely beautiful.Thanks for sharing.
It is always a pleasure to visit you.
Have a wopnderful day.
Hugs,
Marie

Terrell said...

Simply Simply gorgeous!! I love the clean white appearance...it just looks graceful! Have a beautiful day!
~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

Burlap Luxe said...

Bonjour Anita passionnés,
J'aime que nous partageons l'amour des arts et de dessins, votre vision est ma vision, je l'amour que nous partageons quelque chose en commun, l'amour et la passion pour le blanc.
Aimez vos paroles poétiques.
xoxo
Dore'

fairmaiden said...

I consider myself one with a Boho heart. You have painted a lovely image of the Bohemian style here. Interestingly near my favorite seaside destination is the Bohemian Hwy. that winds through the forest along the coast...a two lane narrow road dotted with organic farms, organic bread bakery, cafe's, organic market with fresh produce and rose covered picket fences.

I love the photo of your round faded wood table. Inspiration for re-newing(or should I say re-olding)my farmhouse table.

Thinking of you as I spend time in my studio painting. ox~ kerrie aka fairmaiden

fairmaiden said...

One more thing...looking forward to seeing Eat Love Pray. ox

Gwynnie B said...

Oh, oh, oh I so love the white shirt chair!! Anything with a gypsy or bohemian flair is my favorite. It touches the gypsy girl in me :)

Such an inspiring post, Dore'! Now I'm excited to go on an adventure in my studio and look for ways to create a bohemian piece that has a story to tell...

Zuzu said...

I love this look, Doré! I mix elegant & rustic pieces together with old garden finds, and I've never known what style to call it. Perhaps it is "boho chic"!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour ma belle amie! Oh oui, l'orange, ça c'est une couleur dont je peux m'en passer, MAIS, avec le BLANC, c'est superb! Surtout les CREAMSICLES!!! Et si je pouvais, je te donnerais cette robe-là, aux frou frous! Elle t'irait bien!!!! Je suis tout à fait d'accord avec toi; c'est remarquable que nous deux aimons tous les luxes blancs...et aussi le sublime...c'est trop beau....

Amitiés ma chère, Anita

Burlap Luxe said...

Anita, vous êtes un ami très cher. J'aime beaucoup les inspirations que vous postez.
A bientôt belle âme. Merci pour vos visites nombreuses.
La garder tout blanc.
xoxo
Dore'

Reinspire said...

Wow! So beautiful, yet fun! Love the shirt slipcover idea! You have some amazing pieces!
Lisa

vintagesusie & wings said...

How come everything you have is just sooooooo yummmy!!! :)
Hugs,
Susie

Secret Garden Cottage said...

I love your Bohemian spirit, Dore, and the way you mix all of your beautiful treasures that you've collected over time! Everything looks so serene and beautiful... why I always enjoy visiting your lovely blog!
Have a great day my friend.
Hugs ~ Jo :)

kathi @ traybella said...

such a beautiful space!
i LOVE the shirts as covers. i have been wanting to make white slipcovers for my brown chairs....i think instead i'm going to steal your shirt idea. so creative, so chic, so much cheaper {$$ and time} than making slipcovers.
you are so inspiring...love our blog!
kathi

kathi @ traybella said...

oops...typo...i mean YOUR blog! ;)

Chrissy said...

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!! SO much inspiration here in this post,best I have seen in awhile..love every photo! Thanks

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

This is a wonderful and beautiful post. I love the white shirt as slipcover idea. It would be especially great for those oddly shaped chairs, and it looks so beautiful too.
Blessings,
Marcia

Lori said...

Love the table and sideboard. Shirt idea is the best!

Style Attic said...

Those wire baskets! And the cutie tag on the back of the white wrapped chair...it's the detail that it so inviting! Limed or whitewashed, that look of fresh will never be washed up. And I spotted the sign you painted right away. You are timeless my dear!

agypsyangel said...

Quite Charming.
Have a wonderful day.
Smiles,
Kim

Harmony said...

thats so cool..chair being the most beautiful..love to come back..

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Dore,
Oh that is the perfect collection! Have you seen the movie Eat, Pray, Love yet? I haven't seen it, but I can't wait to...I haven't read the book, but I want to see the movie first so I am surprised.

Again, thank you so much for the precious tag...I hope you saw the post about it! Your are so dear.
Hugs,
Cindy
xo

VINTAGE HOME lifestyle said...

Hi Dore...thank you for visiting.
Love everything! Especially the shirt covered chair...what a cool idea.
See you soon...
Cathleen xx

Tamra said...

Gorgeous as always!!

Love the mans shirt slip cover and I am a complete sucker for anything with an aged shipping tag!

Kimberlee said...

I love all the whitewashed furniture. What a clean look. Visiting from I Owe It All to Him.
~Kimberlee
www.TheSpunkyDiva.blogspot.com

VERBENA.... NESTED TREASURES said...

you make everything so simple look so beautiful. I can not get enough of all the whitewash & dove greys being shown in the world of Scandinavian blogs...it's addicting! Love the sleeve! xxo Laura

Faye said...

I really admire your Bohemian spirit, Doré. Your bottles collections reminds me of my mother's collection. She used to vacation in Florida. She found out there was a garbage dump, now properly called a landfill, where one could dig in the older section. She found some amazing old bottles there. Thanks for sharing the lovely pix. I especially loved seeing the shirts on the chairs.

Tricia Rose said...

So much of it is in the styling - and you have it! lovely~

SandwichINK Real Estate Info said...

Oh how lovely. And I love your sweet family memories - both with your senior mom and your children. Such delightful fun.

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Dore,
I just came over to say "hi" and tell you I was thinkin' about you!
Hope you're having a fabulous California weekend!
Love,
Cindy

Tara said...

I adore the shirt chair covers..so romantic and dreamy..xx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour chère Doré! Merci pour ta visite...j'espère que tu passes un bon dimanche...chez moi, c'est la rentré la première semaine de septembre, et il faut que j'aille à l'école ce jeudi afin de preparer ma salle de classe pour mes nouvels élèves!!!! AYE!!!!


Grosses bises, Anita

sweetlaraine said...

Just beautiful my dear friend....I love your style.....makes me want to antique everything white. Have a great weekend.
Laraine

Burlap Luxe said...

Anita, j'adore vos visites. J'espère que votre année de retour à l'école sera un grand.
Les élèves ont un grand maître, l'un rempli avec une grande passion pour la vie et l'art de vivre une belle vie.
xoxo
Dore

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour ma belle! Merci pour tes voeux d'une grande rentrée; j'attends avec impatience de commencer ma nouvelle poste en tant que prof; cette année, je vais continuer à apprendre aux élèves en français les sciences et les études sociales, mais les maths et le français vont être la résponsabilitié d'une autre maîtresse; JE VAIS ENSEIGNER L'ANGLAIS! L'écriture et la lecture. Donc, beaucoup de changements chez moi! Je te remercie de tout mon coeur pour ton amitié si tendre ma belle, BON LUNDI!!!! Anita

Xela said...

I'm very happy that I found your blog. Your art is fantastic! Have a nice week. Greetings from Germany Alexandra

Terrell said...

Hello there Dore' I wanted to let you know you're my sweet winner of my vintage magnet from Frou Frou Decor!! If you could just email me your address, I'll get it mailed out to you soon! Have a wonderful day!!
~Terrell @ FFD~
froufroudecor@yahoo.com

Romeo said...

My whiskers are sighing with delight...you were kind enough to leave me some milk....and a beautiful tour of a bohemian kind.....and now I am a bit sleepy.....would you mind much if I napped for just a bit in one of those wire baskets? I promise I won't leave any cat fur behind.....

Purrs and head bonkers!

Romeo

Judy said...

Just found your blog through another blog. Love it all and what would we do without Flea Markets. I noticed that you are in California. I give a vintage show just north of Santa Barbara called Remnants of the Past, www.remnantsofthepast.com. It might be of interest for you. I would love to meet you! Blessings, Judy

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Dore,
I just popped over to say "hi"...I just saw your note...you are soooo sweet! Thank you so much!!! I've been so busy working on this new collection...it's time intensive, but I'm so excited!!!
Love and hugs,
Cindy

Bohemian said...

Dear Dore... thanks for stopping by my Blog and introducing me to your delightful Blog on Bohemian style... its so much fun to connect with kindred Spirits in Blogland!

Dawn... The Bohemian

Tina said...

Hi sweet Dore. Just gorgeous!! I love the muted colours and those wire baskets....dreamy!! Hugs ~ Tina xx

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Beautiful finds, a bohemian spirit's dream! Darling blog, does my little French bohemian heart a world of good.

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

PS...You have a lot of my favorite artists on your music player. Keren Ann & Nick Drake? Beautiful!

Atticmag said...

Lovely post. Aging white is such a great look.

BTW - we have a unique kitchen backsplash giveaway that might be useful to you or a friend. Please stop by our Giveaway Friday! Jane F.

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Doré,
Thanks for your sweet comment. I'm going to spend a lot of time over here as well. Added you to my blog roll too. See you soon!

Sheilla ~ Style de Bohême said...

I absolutely LOVE your style! Your paint finishes are to die for and the man-shirt slipcovers are the most clever thing I've seen in a while. Everything is just gorgeous...wonderful eye candy!

Mary Ellen said...

wonderful pictures! I love the box with your drinks- and the slip cover is awesome also!

Linda Q said...

Love all your dreamy inspiring photos!
I have to have color but I always admire those who do whites with such excellence, like you!
Bravo!
Linda

Elin med Draumesidene said...

So much inspiration! Thank you!

Love Elin!

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Dore,
How are you doing? Great, I hope...Something really neat happened to me while doing my art...I will posting it in the next couple of days with pics...so, when you get a chance, zip over... Can't wait to show you.
Love,
Cindy
xo