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New Kitchen Chic - Boho Modern

I've been really busy recently working on my clients' kitchens. Deadlines of all sorts are always looming it seems, As a result, I've been remiss in bringing my readers beautiful and interesting kitchens! But, this blog is part of me and will not be denied attention! It tugs at me when I think about something or see something I find important in the process of kitchen design/remodeling, or information that is fun, or interesting that I have to share.

In that vein, yesterday, I think it was, or the day before, I was looking through interior design blog, decor8, which I often do to experience the VERY interesting "voice" of Holly, decor8's author,  Long story short, I was transfixed for a good hour (sorry, clients!) reading, thinking, analyzing, her words about a new look, feeling, focus, of interior design styling that decor8 feels is here, very much alive and moving forward. Holly calls it Boho (Bohemian) Modern.

At first glance, below, one could almost conjure up the words "shabby chic" but SC it isn't. Boho Modern mixes old and new, yet, it's more than "eclectic." Boho Modern is more born out of a deeper self expression, a confidence to style one's home with more personal conviction and personal focus as opposed to blindly (key word, here) following trends and/or images of interiors that manufacturers "suggest."

Anyone who knows me or reads this blog knows that I strongly encourage my readers and my clients to be much more personal in the kitchen in regard to styling, bringing in collections and (living room) artwork, sculpture, whatever. And, then, changing pieces as desired, not to think of the accessorization of a kitchen as being "done." Likewise, with cabinetry. So many possibilities, ideas, ways to mix pieces and on and on. The kitchen is the last bastion in the home that really needs to be kicked up about ten notches with the purpose to express one's self in this VERY soulful room. Sort of a paradox, actually.

Please take some quality time to read this post along with the comments (another gold mine of information.) Read this post as well, and the comments, more from Holly in the comments too. Great stuff. Here's MY interpretation of Holly's words in regard to Boho Modern kitchens. Have fun!!

Images from the fabulous Vakre Hjem & Interior (their website is down) and the last two images from Bo Bedre, always a favorite.




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Reader Comments (9)

Thank you so much Susan for the shout out. This is really kind of you, and I'm happy that the whole Boho Modern discussion on my blog struck a chord. It's important to note though that I didn't come up with this name on my own, in fact other bloggers already term it as such. I simply found that out of all of the terms used to describe this look that Boho Modern worked the best for me to describe it - it made the most sense about others like Flea Market Style, Junk Market Style, Shabby Chic, Cottage Chic, European Modern, etc.

Thank you again for the lovely mention!


January 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdecor8holly

Glad you mentioned that, Holly. Important distinction. Nonetheless, the complete way you talked about this style helped me, for one, to see more clearly what's happening...and why. I believe you may have noted, too, that it fits in perfectly with the "hand made" movement. It sure does.

January 10, 2008 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

Boho Modern style is really cool. I like how it looks so organic, homey and real while being simple and beautiful at the same time. You can really imagine people living in these kitchens, as opposed to some "showroom-y" kitchens where they are sleek and amazing but lacking in personality.

January 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Niz, K+BB Editor

You said it, Ellen, I didn't!!! ;) It's mostly about one's spirit, that's the key ingredient, I think, as it is in any "alternative" style. It's not for everyone.

January 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

LOVE these. so beautiful. thanks for the post!

January 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoanna goddard

Hi Susan, love all of these beautiful kitchen images you have shared!! So many inspiring ideas!

January 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Spiro

Joanna, thank you for stopping by! I have more up my sleeve...stay tuned

Anna, so great to see you, I'm glad you enjoyed these!

January 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

Hi Susan! I've been doing a bunch of post-holiday blog reading catch-up, and really enjoyed Holly's post and the ensuing comments as well. I love your picks for kitchens. I've been collecting some very favorite kitchen images in a folder for awhile and I want to swipe all of these!


January 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbecky

Hi Becky! Go ahead, enjoy! Good to see you, long time no chat.

January 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

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