Sienna Miller, I love you with every strand of my copycat hairdo. But for me, boho style still starts and finishes with Kate Moss. So it’s right that I end this mini series back where I started; with the woman who works a style statement like no other and a look at some of the boho pieces that can give your home the Moss factor.
The Peacock Chair has celebrity form. After a lull in popularity during the modernist movement, it was the comeback king of the 1960s and 70s and the perfect throne upon which a style icon could strike a headline grabbing pose.
From screen sirens such as Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot...
To rock Gods and Goddesses such as Mark Bolan and Stevie Nicks...
Show off in your very own investment piece of home fashion history with this natural Peacock Chair from Graham and Green.
Original peacock chairs command a high price on ebay and Gumtree but checkout less ornate versions that still crop up at a fraction of the price. Click here for Peacock style chairs currently on Ebay
The cane chair can pack an equally fashionable punch, even if it’s not super fancy. In fact, modern shapes work brilliantly for a skandi-boho vibe. Scour your second hand shops for retro shapes like these.
Better still, keep a beady eye out at house clearances where gems like this lovely bamboo and cane dining chair are sometimes
foolishly thrown out.
There it was getting damp and stinky when I spied it poking out of a household skip. The rules are, you must still ask the home owners permission before taking their junk. So of course it was with the neighbour
’s blessing that
last week I made off (faster than you can say
BT Broadband) with a 30 year old heir loom under my arm.
Here it is with another freebie and a great way for you to WOW your friends with your creative handiwork.
This cushion used to be a detailed crocheted evening dress that once stretched nicely over my baby bump. With bump now of high school age, there really is no need to revisit this fashion moment but EVERY need for it to be reborn as a one-of-a-kind accessory. Just like the baby in fact.
Now, I’m no seamstress (sigh) but even I could manage this easy transformation in a day. Cushion pads come in different sizes, as do dresses so it’s not difficult to find one that slots nicely into the body of a dress so that two sides of the cushion cover are already taken care of. I cut off the strappy bit at the top of the dress and stitched one end, then folded the other end over so that the detailed hem became a pretty overlap. The crocheted loops make it suitable for a buttoned flap, but with cotton or sturdier fabrics you could insert a zip. Simps.
Delicacy and detail is one way to go with cushions that look cool on cane furniture, the other option is Moroccan or ikat inspired prints. This bright and beautiful handmade cushion from Att Pynta is a little vision of boho loveliness too.
One more nice cane and cushion combo is clean white - again, more of a skandi take on the trend. Here’s another charity shop find - a vintage pine and cane bar stool found for a fiver. It makes a pretty kitchen perch, paired with the simple white cushion, handmade from antique French fabric. What do you think?
OK, so I’ve been a bit jammy with my junk shop finds of late. Agreed. What if your neighbours and town folk are more scrap heap savvy than mine and the only cane, rattan or bamboo furniture you can find is a bit, erm, naff?
Then spray it, of course!
This one was a dodgy red colour before a can of silver spray paint transformed it in less than an hour! The cushion is once again made from vintage fabric, this time I’ve gone for a retro look because it lives in my more psychedelic girl cave. Like it? Why not let me know what you think below.
More wicker wonders to try…
Another fabulous way to work the wicker trend at home is in the bedroom. I just adore this romantic boho headboard. Perfect if you like your walls plain and your textiles plenty.
Find a similar style here for £175 www.ebay.co.uk
There is a romanticism about fancy canework that suits me and my insane girliness. Caught as I am in the swirl of the current seventies revival, I could happily surround myself with a heady mix of the stuff right now.
But I get that this is not a style that will suit everyone. And thankfully, you
’re not all hopeless victims of fashion like my poor self. You may want to dabble in boho, giving just a fashionable nod to the trend without upsetting the husband or the bank account, right?
If this is the case, look out for a quirky little style statement that says, “I know an interiors trend when I see it.” How about a magazine rack for a bit of cane-but-not-insane accessorising?
Dealers are getting wise and this one was a rather hefty £20 for a market find... but I bet your granny has one hiding somewhere?
So there we have it. There are all sorts of ways you can use cane to great bohemian fashion effect, it’s just a case of finding your boho mojo.
How to know if you’ve stumbled upon an interior heir loom or a fashion faux pas? I go by the four letter rule, WWKS, which in style speak means, What Would Kate Say.
I think we could all agree that this is a boho no-no, right?
That’s me done on this series, but please do let me know if you have any burning questions or want to share some super stylish makes. It would make me so happy to hear from you and to connect on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Please click on the links down the side.
It’s been so much fun exploring this latest interior style crush that it’s given me an idea for a regular feature. Follow now for updates of my new Beg, Borrow, Steal feature where I will be looking at working an interiors trend using my trusty 3 sources:
1) The stuff I have to beg for
2) Second hand or vintage stuff that’s borrowed from another era
3) The high street steals that can help you get the look for less.
Please like and share - Oh and while you’re at it, you could also vote for me in the Amara Interior Blog Awards Best Newcomer category?! Now that would just make my YEAR.
Click here for details www.interiorblogawards.com
Voting opens August 10th so I will have to remind you from my sun bed as I’m off on a little bohemian trip of my own next week.
Lots of love and happy holidays House Candy Cadettes … (Too far? I hear you ;-)