An artistic free spirit loves color and texture and enjoys the energies of treasures collected during a lifetime of travels. Bohemian decor creates a synergistic space that celebrates an eclectic global flair. Embracing color, global cultures and creating a vibrant and lively decor gives my home a life, just like the nomadic banjara gypsies. The unexpected pairing of turquoise blue sideboard with the nomadic Damchia, an Indian spice chest with a magnificent Kutch mirror tapestry hung on the wall used as a backdrop for a headboard, the visual effect is simply stunning. The color combination of blue, green, and reds is not common as they are all strong palettes, but mix them up with a wild assortment of leafy plants and you have yourself quite a bohemian rhapsody of color and design.
This boho beachfront home is beautifully eclectic, filled with rustic whitewashed woods and furniture in natural textures. The aesthetic is filled with warm ethnic tribal decor, eclectic but in love with nature. The hues of sand can be seen in the carved armoires that are handmade from vintage woods and have subtle greenish gray patinas. The antique blue door with its aged patina reminds me of ancient tribes and nomadic gypsies. The Jaipur door is the focal point in the living room with creepers growing around it. The warmth of the aged wood and the hand carved ornate detail is marvelous. The story that each piece holds is imbibed in the woods and the energy that emanates from these antiques brings in life in another dimension.
My fascination with old cultures and religions is seen all over the house with the Ganesha barndoor in the hallway. Ganesha governs the root chakra from where everything begins and is our connection to Mother Earth. The Rama wall carving with Hanuman tells the story of Ramayan when Rama had to thread the sacred bow of Shiva to win Sita’s hand. The colorful archway is irreplaceable, painted in brilliant blue, oranges, yellow giving it a vibrant life. The Banjara tribes are famous for their artistry and embroidered textiles which have mirrors sewn into the threads. The archway is inspired from these beautiful masterpieces of artistic creation and is the entrance to my kitchen.
The eating space is an extension of the veranda and is set off from the kitchen giving the space a relaxed, yet chic vibe. A distressed, carved door dining table paired with white chairs gives a refined casualness to the room and I enjoy the ocean breeze through the opened windows in the evening.Subtle understated rustic elegance mixed with the Banjara gypsy style, an eclectic collage of cultures and globalism.