MY Boho style
BORROW A FEW TRICKS FROM A SERIOUS COLLECTOR WHO KEEPS HER HOME LOOKING CAPTIVATING, NOT CLUTTERED.
1. Exercise Shelf Control
“I strive for organized chaos,” Kim Devine says. “Shelves are the best way to keep collections looking cohesive.” For example, a corner piled with magazines or books looks messy. Place them in a purpose-built narrow cabinet, and even a 5-foot-high stack reads as a decorative element.
2. Pretty or Practical?
You don’t necessarily need to make a choice between the things you love and strictly functional furniture. Instead of traditional wall cabinetry, Kim devotes one wall in her kitchen to her collection of early California pottery. The bowls and teapots on display do more than add color and style to the room—they function as storage drawers.
3. Color Continuity
Kim uses her collections to create a color flow. “Each room has at least one main color that relates to an adjacent room,” she says. “My front room centers on green, yellow and red pieces. The middle room borrows the red but also features pink, blue and orange items. The dining room is mainly orange and green.”
4. Trust Serendipity
If something amazing comes your way, find a way to work it into your decor. “My mom bought a tall floor mirror for herself, but it turned out to be too tall for her home,” Kim explains. “Her mistake was my windfall. It fits perfectly in my bathroom.” An iconic curved chair by Finnish designer Alvar Aalto, a Japanese embroidered silk hanging, and two carved throne chairs were other lucky acquisitions.