MY Boho style

BORROW A FEW TRICKS FROM A SE­RI­OUS COL­LEC­TOR WHO KEEPS HER HOME LOOK­ING CAP­TI­VAT­ING, NOT CLUT­TERED.

Country Sampler - BOHO Style - - PATTERNS OF BEHAVIOR STEAL THE LOOK -

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.

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