HOUSE TOUR: A MOODY + BOHEMIAN ARTIST’S BEDROOM

HOUSE TOUR: A MOODY + BOHEMIAN ARTIST’S BEDROOM

I’m super excited about today’s post. We’re featuring a stunning bohemian bedroom that marries vibrancy and serenity. It’s dark, colorful, and moody, filled with global textiles, vintage furniture, and thrifted finds, as well as furniture and art made by the owners themselves. The lady of the house, Bethany Riggs, is an artist and creative genius, and I can say that with full confidence because she’s been my best friend for 20+ years now.

 
Boho Artist Bedroom Corner

House Tour: Moody Bohemian Artist's Bedroom

 

Part of Bethany’s goal in decorating this house is to create a sense of refuge. They’re new to this house — they only moved in late last year, after tragedy forced them out of their previous home.

In August of 2016 they were living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. If you were following the news last year, you may recall a catastrophic flood in Louisiana — and by catastrophic I mean Louisiana was hit with three times the amount of rain as it received from Hurricane Katrina. Bethany’s family were woken in the middle of the night by a neighbor who warned them to get out immediately, which they did. They scooped up their two kids and sweet dog, Leo, and anything they could take in their arms. They fled to a shelter, as floodwater surged up around the tires of their car.

Their home was lost, as well as nearly everything inside of it.

Boho Artist Bedroom Dresser and Art

This home is part of their process of rebuilding, literally and figuratively, physically and emotionally.
To me, Bethany is the embodiment of a vibrant human being. She is passionate about travel, art, good food & drink, and deep conversations with friends. I always know that if I pitch an idea to her, she’ll be up for trying it. I think her bedroom conveys this feeling, wouldn’t you agree?

So that you can get to know her as well as I do, I thought I’d interview her for you.

Napkin Soup (<-- psst, that's me): Hi! Pleasure to meet you. 

Bethany: And you as well? You’re being weird.

Napkin Soup: Naturally. Ok, so tell us about yourself in a few sentences.

Bethany: I’m an artist, mother, homeschool teacher, interior design junkie (seriously, it’s bordering on problematic at this point), and gin aficionado. How’s that for a start?

Napkin Soup: It’s excellent.

Bethany: I’ve been in love with nature, mermaids, magic, and gypsy/bohemian/tribal aesthetic since I was very young. I’m a firm believer that you can’t have too much color or pattern if you know how to use both.

Bohemian Artist's Dresser and Art

Napkin Soup: A bold philosophy. What inspired your bedroom’s decor scheme?

Bethany: It was the wall tapestry over the bed. After losing all our furniture and decor in the flood, I was doing a lot of online shopping and stumbled across The Jaipur Art Factory‘s page. Their line of woodblock-print fabrics is incredible. I fell in love with the one in the picture (I mean, c’mon, ORANGE ELEPHANTS, Y’ALL) and ordered it immediately. And it just kind of became the starting point that I built my room around.

Bohemian Artist Bedroom Tapestry

Napkin Soup: How long have you been interested in creating? Tell me about an early memory of art-making.

Bethany: I don’t remember the experience, but my parents took me to see The Little Mermaid when I was three. It was my first movie theater experience and apparently I was obsessed from the opening credits. My mom has file boxes filled with drawings of mermaids that I churned out over the next decade or so. I’ve always loved drawing but I didn’t start really experimenting with art techniques until college.

As for interior design, my parents were very open to creating beautiful bedrooms for all us kids. We could choose paint colors, bed sets, wall stencils, etc. So I have a wide variety of design phases I’ve gone through since I was about 7 years old.

Bohemian House Tour Art

Napkin Soup: How would you describe your work as an artist?

Bethany: At this moment? A chronicle of my descent into insomnia and madness.

But seriously, one continuing theme of my work since college is the interplay between rigid structure and fluid movement. I feel like my whole life is a constant struggle to maintain a balance between the two. So in my work I try to meld them. If I get too obsessive about the precision the geometry requires, I get stressed and lose my mind. If I just paint flowy abstracts I get bored and listless. I need both to keep me centered.

Bohemian House Tour Star Pendant Light

Napkin Soup: I love that observation. I think most of us can relate to that in some way. Tell me about your interior design style.

Bethany: Eclectic to the extreme. I never worry if something I like will work with everything else I already have. I just buy it if I love it. Lately though I’ve been leaning very heavily towards a moody bohemian aesthetic.

Napkin Soup: How do you make your eclectic pieces work together?

Bethany: I constantly move things around until I find an arrangement that suits. If I find a weird knickknack at a thrift store and it’s some hideous color but I like it anyway, I’ll spray paint it a color I like. I also tend to group different styles of things in different rooms. If I buy a throw pillow I love that doesn’t work in my living room, I’ll move it to the couch in my room or a bedroom where it fits better. Of course, the main benefit of being eclectic/bohemian is that nearly everything can work anywhere, since you’re not trying to maintain any one style or color scheme.

Bohemian House Tour Velvet Sofa

As an artist, I look for pieces that are solidly built with interesting details, and then I try my best to bring those details out in the refinishing process. I don’t worry too much about clashing styles, because a good coat of paint or stain can help tie anything together.

Napkin Soup: You’ve mentioned thrifting. I get easily frustrating when thrift shopping because I can never seem to find good stuff. What are some of your methods for thrifting successfully?

We’re a single-income household, and I’ve always had to live on a moderately tight budget, which means we thrift a lot of our big furniture pieces. Usually we refinish or reupholster items to suit our tastes, but with Craigslist and Goodwill, you only have so much to work with in terms of finding the perfect piece. It can be a lot of fun though, like a treasure hunt, and often we get incredibly well-made items for very little, simply because they’re outdated or in rough shape. Then the challenge becomes making them fit our space and style needs.

Boho House Tour Nightstand

Before we’re done here, I want to be sure to include the canine among us.

Meet Leo:

Bohemian Dog Leo

And Laila:

Bohemian Dog Laila

Aren’t they lovely?? (They are.) I want to send a big thank you to Bethany and her family for sharing their beautiful home with us!

What do you think of this bohemian bedroom? Would you go this dark and moody? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

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the ultimate guide to modern rattan chairs

Modern Rattan Chair from The Citizenry
fact check: the above is *not* a rattan chair — it’s actually leather. BUT it did make me think of rattan chairs, so there you go

After seeing and instantly falling in love with this chair from The Citizenry, I’ve been fixating on modern-style rattan chairs.

I’ve never been a big fan of rattan. Historically I’ve associated it with the kind of wicker furniture you might associate with your grandparents’ patio.

Fun fact — it turns out wicker is a furniture-making technique, and wicker furniture can be made out of many different materials. Rattan, on the other hand, is a material — a vine, to be precise, closely related to the palm tree. Rattan is actually one of the strongest woods.

I’m happy to see rattan enjoying a comeback. Check out these photos for some examples of rattan done right — and inspiration for your very own rattan furniture that will fit in with your completely stylish modern bohemian home (right guys??):

Rattan Flynn Lounger Chair form World Market

 

Rattan Kids Chair Antoinette from The Land of Nod

Diamond Rattan Chair from Wend Studio

 

Rattan Hanging Chair from Anthropologie

 

Rattan Luna Chair from Article

 

Rattan Basket Chair from Modish

 

Rattan Chair from fabrikschick.de

 

Rattan Pari Chair from Anthropologie

 

What do you think? Are you ready to welcome rattan into your home?

The Ultimate Guide to Modern Rattan Chairs :: napkinsoup.com

entryway design ideas: boho style

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Hey babies! Today we’re talking entryway design ideas. Have you thought about the first impression your home gives when you walk through the door? Paying particular attention to styling the entry is a great way to set the tone for the design scheme of your entire house.

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snake plant round mirror entryway
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pretty boho entryway a pair & a spare
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While I was researching this post I had a hard time zeroing in on one design style. There’s a lot of good stuff out there! So we’re going to do a series of entryway posts, and for this first one we’re focusing on bohemian style, with a minimalist flair.

You might have noticed in the pics above a few unifying elements. There are several low benches, a few Turkish runners, round mirrors (because obviously), and greenery everywhere (praise the almighty snake plant!).

Personally I’m digging those chairs as well, I think they add an element of coziness to a design style that might otherwise feel a little sterile. I also like the hooks for keys, purses, and whatever else. You could do hooks in addition to or in place of a mirror.

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We’ve done the dirty work for you and put together a shopping list for you to style your own bohemian entryway. No need to thank us, that’s the kind of friends we are.

  • Entryway bench

Stow your purse, stack some books, faux-casually drape your most beautiful throw over it.

// the low-profile slatted wooden bench:low wooden slatted dwrNelson Platform Bench, dwr.com

  • Modern-profile planter

You’ve got to have somewhere to put your obligatory snake plant or ill-advised cacti.

// the sleek white planter:

case study planter modernica

Case Study Large Cylinder with Stand, Modernica

  • Entryway side chair

Let’s be honest, no one is *ever* going to sit on this thing. But it looks good, and that’s what’s important, right?

// the leather sling chair:

brown leather butterfly chair cb2

Brown Leather Butterfly Chair, CB2

  • The runner rug

This is where you can add in some color and a bit of a busier design if you like.

// the Turkish runner:

vintage runner rug nuloom

Traditional Runner Rug in Blush, NuLoom

  • The round mirror

The pièce de résistance of your (and by your, I mean my) entryway. You can’t legally call it boho without this, just trust me on this one.

// the (brass) round mirror:

infinity brass round mirror cb2

Infinity Brass Round Wall Mirror, CB2

 

What are your thoughts? Would you add (or take away anything) in designing a bohemian entryway? Let us know in the comments!

entryway design ideas

 

design + music: hotel california

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Do you ever notice that you gravitate to different kinds of music in different seasons? Every summer I seem to find myself drawn to music that reminds me of the desert. Lately the song I keep coming back to again and again is Hotel California by The Eagles. As I continue to plan out my approach to decorating the new house, I can see the influence of what I’m listening to in my design choices. I’m feeling the camel-colored beat up leather sofas, white walls filled with oversized landscape photos, macrame wall hangings, neutral-colored poufs and/or floor cushions, concrete elements to add more organic texture, and of course greenery everywhere (I’d love a giant saguaro cactus, but I have children whose fingers I value, so apparently that’s not in the cards).

My Hotel California-inspo board:IMG_2881

Article Sven Left Sectional in Charme Tan Leather / West Elm Kasbah Wool Rug / Design Within Reach Sheepskin Throw / Joybird Fran Pillow / DIY Macrame Hanging Planters / Urban Outfitters Michael O’Neal American Bison Print / West Elm Modern Planter / Article Hira Ottoman / Urban Outfitters Fallon Macrame Wall Hanging / Artificial Cactus Plant 

What do you think? What would you add (or take away)?