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Haute Bohemians Hardcover – September 26, 2017
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These interiors often look more collected than custom designed. That is, nothing says "old-money bohemian" better than a motley collection of gorgeous antiques, hand-made Moroccan tiles, and boldly colored fabrics in a to-die-for old chateau or apartment. Never mind the pop-sociology claptrap of David Brooks' bestseller from a while back, these images give substance to a deeper aspirational image of Bobos in Paradise. Just imagine having a stack of your deceased father's big weird paintings leaning casually against your living room wall (or it a ballroom?). Oh, and your dad happened to be Cy Tyombly and you happen to live in a glorious old Italian home. And your own art isn't so bad either.
To these eyes, this book is a tonic after seeing too many monochromatic-minimalist homes and custom designed homes arranged by play-it-safe decorators with clueless but very rich customers in a hurry to knock down walls and make a Grand Statement. The eccentrically collected look (lots of books, eccentric art choices, odd tiles) makes for a welcome departure from what we usually see in Architectural Digest, Kinfolk, etc.
And even for those of us well outside the rarefied world of the haute bourgeoisie, there are nice takeaways for our homemaking. The big takeaway for me is the bold use of COLOR in many of these homes. In contrast to the prevailing white-box style or similarly conservative color schemes, it's a relief and an inspiration to see pink plaster walls with green wood trim or blue walls with yellow trim. I will be returning to this book again and again for inspiration.