Thursday, September 22, 2016

Summer home decor finds to stoke my boho soul

Okay-okay-okay-okay, it’s FALL. But since we’re only one day in, I thought it would be a good time to share some of the summer boho home décor finds now gracing the Lawson homefront.


1. An addition to my orange-grove laundry room


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I don’t plan to give you a peek at my unmentionables (or air any dirty laundry either), but I will show you the part of my laundry room I can see from the clear opposite end of my condo. There are no windows back there, so I like to keep the door open, and thankfully I can, what with the powder room to the left and the washer and dryer to the right.

The walls have been a dreamsicle orange for some time. So what’s new here? Why that snazzy bright orange chair! Sadly, I’ve spent the last couple years dragging one of my dining chairs around the corner because I needed a place to sit down to fold clothes.

I found this industrial-style chair while researching a shopping post on the color papaya orange and it was love at first sight. I even tried to get my daughter to buy it for her dining room so I could visit it. Then it hit me: my laundry room!! When I went back to purchase it, I knew it was meant to be because it was on sale at over 50 percent off. I got this chair for a mere $42, shipping included.


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And it’s still available at that price HERE. Don’t like orange? No worry. It comes in other colors. It’s lightweight yet sturdy, stackable, suitable for outdoor or indoor use, and ships fully assembled. It was well-packed and arrived without a scratch.

Even my husband, Chris, agrees it's perfect because it’s easy for me to move around, and it doesn’t take up as much space as our other chairs.


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And it makes me smile every time I catch a glimpse of it or use it, which is A LOT!


2. Updated wall art


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This is where most of what you read on BoHo Home comes together—I call it My Purple Throne. I have two desks arranged in an L that are mostly used for birdwatching by my cat, Maisie. More often than not, I write from this chair with my laptop on a small folding table.

If you read my post on indestructible Crypton fabric, you saw a photo of the chair but not the artwork above it. And that’s okay, since I recently changed it out and hung the wonderful collage piece in this photo. (Please excuse my unstyled bookshelves, which I plan to work on soon.)


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It’s called “Spin the Spool” wall art. I’m so pleased with this piece because it tells a story for me, AND it acts as a point of cohesion for the mix of color and pattern in my study. It’s not as large as the art I had here before, so I may eventually hang some smaller items with it. We’ll see.


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I also changed out my bedroom hallway art. What was there for four years was supposed to be temporary—two prints of architectural rosettes framed at our last house to use for staging purposes while the house was up for sale. I wanted something more modern, and I’m glad I waited to find these. 


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Left to right, they are Bright Bytes, Interim Interest, and Mod World. Each is 12-by-12 inches and comes framed in bamboo. I love the bright midcentury modern designs, don't you?


3. Sweet trinket dishes, bowls and boxes


After going through all the ho-hum pretties I’ve bought in the last year, I’ve settled on trinket boxes and bowls as my go-to collectible. I plan to display some of my collection with my books when I get around to restyling those shelves. And I vow to be choosy about future additions. I only have so many shelves, you know, and I have to leave room for the books! 

Not ALL the ones I gravitate to are cats, but, I confess, MOST are. I never tire of cats—both domestic and wild, furry or painted.


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I added these three kitties to my collection this summer. Clockwise from left they are: Porcelain Tiger Accent Plate, Imperial Bengal 3-D Serving Bowl by Tracy Porter, and Cat Ring Dish.


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Pretty funny that the middle one is called a serving bowl. It’s a trinket bowl, believe me. The only thing you could “serve” in it might be sugar packets. It much better suited to display my arrowheads, stones and crystals.


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And this little guy—grandly called a plate—I simply love, all spread out like a rug. Too cute!! He's definitely my favorite, but probably because he's my most recent find.


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I almost forgot this beautiful glass box topped by an agate slice. It was such a buy on Zulily that I got the orange one for myself and a yellow one for my daughter. They're no longer available there, but I did see them on Amazon at a reasonable (though higher) price.


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Inside, I plan to keep kitty keepsakes. The organza bag seen here contains fur from my sweet Molly, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2012. Somewhere I have a paw print from her sister, Katie, who passed in 2010. When I locate it, this is where I’ll keep it henceforth. 


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Agate slices are all the rage, so I haven’t stayed totally trend-free. But at least this one fits my new collecting scope, and I found a special purpose for it.


4. Coloring my world


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This really s-----t-----r-----e-----t-----c-----h-----e-----s  meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

I’ve never been ANY good at drawing, painting, sculpting or calligraphy. And yet I did well at graphic design, layout and paste-up, wall stenciling and theorems, and sewing. I realize now it all boiled down to whether I had a tool or project I could press my hands against to steady them (I have essential tremor).

However, I was inspired writing my post on Rebecca Atwood’s Living with Pattern and wanted to try my hand at creating some of my own abstract designs for use in home decorating. 


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I chose watercolor PENCILS because I thought they might be more forgiving. They can be used several ways for different effect—simply as colored pencils, dipped in water, or water added after drawing. I like the surprise aspect of what might develop, and my unsteady hand may even turn out to be a design friend. 


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I chose a sketch pad with heavier paper and perforated pages so I could remove and display some of my better efforts (if I HAVE any). Eventually I want to try painting on fabric. I have a stack of white muslin remnants that will work for practice. At the very least, it will be fun, right? I may become the next Rebecca Atwood—HAW!

Don’t worry, I won’t forget my pals when I’m rich and famous. I may even knock 10 percent off my $250 throw pillows, IF you buy my book and keep reading BoHo Home. ;->


5. That bird


You know, the one you see everywhere? Particularly in Scandi-styled, all black-and-white homes?

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My home is definitely not Scandinavian or any other variety of minimal. And there's no lack of color, but there's that bird anyway. Maybe you remember seeing him in my 9-11 tribute post. What's 9-11 got to do with this bird? Well, you'll have to follow the link and read the post to find out.


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Here's a birdseye view of that bird. He has white spots on his back like the stars on a starling. In addition to cats, I confess to a lesser weakness for birds. This little guy was such a good deal, though, I couldn't resist.


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When I took him out of the box and set him on my desk, peering out the window, there were a few seconds Maisie-cat thought he was real, that one of the birds on the feeder outside the window had found its way in. Now that's a picture I wish I'd captured!


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As you see, this birdie comes in black with white spots, like mine, and white with black spots, though I'm not sure the white one resembles any bird I'm familiar with.


What did you find this summer? 


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