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Fine Print: Casa Bohemia

Casa Bohemia: The Spanish Style House by Linda Leigh Paul (Rizzoli 2015) showcases 29 bohemian style homes—vibrant Spanish-style houses in the southwestern and southern United States, Mexico, and Spain, from restored haciendas in Mexico to early and recent 20th century California mission styles. Rich colors abound and details include ornate wrought-iron, wood balconies, graceful arches, crafted glass, and patterned tiles and textiles. 

Here’s a peek at half a dozen interiors of the bohemian style homes found in Casa Bohemia. Also, if this is your kind of look, have a look back at yesterday’s post 14 Bohemian Style Patios.


Photo by Jim Bartsch

Casa Ablitt designed by ar is full of colorful tile and walnut wood details. The cutting and placement of this bohemian style home’s 10,000 tiles took 44 weeks to complete. In the living room there are tiles in stripes and chevrons, as well as other distinctive tile patterns. In the back corner of the room, there’s a built in bar adjacent to the walnut keyhole windows.


Photo by Jim Bartsch

The kitchen of Casa Ablitt is also one in green and blue, with decorative tiles and painted cabinets.The smaller windows have custom wrought-iron gates.


Photo by Jim Bartsch

A child’s room in Casa Oak Tree, also designed by Santa Barbara, California-based architect Jeff Shelton.

Bohemian Style Homes Casa Bohemia Rizzoli

Photo by Ricardo Vidargas

Undulating walls and woven tile patterns are signature Spanish style elements. Note the succulent plantings too.


Photo by Albert Font

Casa Eivissa, a farmhouse on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza, off the coast of Spain belonging to a design and fashion photographer and restored by J.A. Martinez Lapena & Elias Torres Architects. Original ceiling beams, made from twisted Sabina trees, were removed, cleaned, and replaced one at a time during the home’s restoration.


Photo by Albert Font

The south-facing terrace at Casa Eivissa is sheltered by a reed canopy designed by Barcelona-based architect Elias Torres.


Casa Bohemia: The Spanish Style House
Rizzoli 2015


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Montage: 14 Bohemian Style Patios

Everyone seems to be making more effort in turning outdoor spaces (they’re not longer just called backyards) into full-on, functional outdoor rooms.  While minimalist outdoor furniture alongside a sleek infinity edge pool is sublime, bohemian style patios are easier (cheaper) to create.

Gather color saturated accessories—an indoor/outdoor rug, modern patio chairs, Moroccan side tables, suzani and kilim cushions—plenty of plants (ferns, succulents, and cacti), and a fire pit, and you’ve just curated everything you need to create an outdoor space with a bohemian vibe.

It needn’t read total gypsy. Some of these boho backyards are pretty pulled together, with modern and contemporary elements, like wood-slat fencing and black walls. But overall, these bohemian style patios are laid back and romantic. Start dreaming up your own. (More boho decor posts with product suggestions to come.)

boho-backyard-jen-atkin photo by Phil Sanchez

Consort Design  •  Photo by Phil Sanchez   •  Domaine
Wood slat walls are hung with various outdoor plants on the bohemian style terrace of celebrity hair stylist and blogger Jen Atkin. There’s a potted cactus too, along with woven wicker seating, Moroccan coffee table, and Oriental carpet. The boho vibe was inspired by the homeowners’ travels to Morocco and Greece.


Consort Design •  Photo by Phil Sanchez   •  Domaine
A copper side table contrasts nicely with earthy turquoise pottery planter and weathered wood bench. An oversize juju hat wall hanging adds a healthy dose of color and even more texture.


Design Sponge At Home
From Design Sponge blogger Grace Bonney’s book, a bohemian style patio with black brick walls, suzani covered bench and plenty of plants.


Better Homes & Gardens
An otherwise classic porch gets a preppy-meets-gypsy treatment with hot pink accents, suzani pillows, and oversize rice paper pendant light.


The Design Files  •  Photo by Angelita Bonetti
Styling by Anna Flanders
Homeowners in Washington repurposed a vintage 1970s Austin bus as a hangout space in their backyard.


Justina Blakeney  •  Home Depot blog
Justina Blakeney transformed her patio into a bohemian style haven with a riot of color and pattern including a Moroccan style side table, lanterns, and planters.


El Mueble
Bamboo thatching provides cover for this deck overlooking a river. The magenta and red accessories and modern patio chairs pop against the worn wood.


Earthy toned kilim cushions on a built in bench add color and warmth to this pea gravel patio thatched roof cover. (image source unknown)

Justina Blakeney's Bohemian Style Patio

Justina Blakeney  •  The Jungalow
A suzani tablecloth, Panton chairs, and a colorful kilim runner turn blogger Justina Blakeney’s brick patio into a festive space for outdoor entertaining.


Design Vidal Interior Design
L.A. designers Karen and Guy Vidal created this boho style bluestone patio with built-in concrete furniture and fire pit by adding plenty of patterned cushions, pillows, and serape.


Casa Diez
A covered patio with boho vibes thanks to a lacey round jute rug over the terra cotta tiles, wicker patio furniture, suzani throw and pillows, capiz wind chime, and colorful modern patio chairs.


Decorate With Flowers
Decor8 blogger Holly Becker showcases beautiful spaces adorned with flowers, like this bohemian style patio with tented awning and bamboo fencing.


Stephen Shubel  •  House Beautiful
Al fresco dining in a California backyard made easy with a wooden bench draped with turquoise and violet bohemian style textiles.


Casa Bohemia: The Spanish Style House
This new book published by Rizzoli details laid back lifestyles filled with sophisticated bohemian interiors and exteriors.

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Fine Print: DesignPOP by Lisa S. Roberts

Architect and collector Lisa S. Roberts new book DesignPOP (Rizzoli 2014) surveys the best furniture and accessories (so far) of the 21st century. In between the bold photographs of these iconic contemporary pieces, Roberts discusses new materials and processes, as well as how sustainability and social responsibility, influence designers’ paths. She points out that even the definition of designer is changing as disciplines merge. For example, products from companies like Apple and Dyson often exemplify considered cutting edge design.

As I flipped through the colorful pages of DesignPOP, I was struck by how many of the items I’ve come across in my life, and even own. While I covet high end design, I don’t have the funds for splurging on it. However, Roberts mixes the practically unattainable with practical everyday products

For example, she puts forth the Soft Urn designed by Hella Jongerius, which appears to be a traditional pottery vase, but is instead made of silicone. I discovered silicone urns a number of years ago (I think mine are by Menu though), and love them because if the kids knock them over, they won’t break.

I’ve bet you seen the Bobble, even if you don’t realize it. Bobble is an ergonomically-shaped, thin plastic water bottle with built in filter, designed by Karim Rashid. I have one for each of my kids to keep by their bedsides; I purchased them at Target. I’ve never changed the filters… should probably get on that.

Other designers highlighted include Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Marc Newson, Marcel Wanders, Yves Behar, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Philippe Starck, Ross Lovegrove, and Jasper Morrison.

I sent Roberts a few questions to answer about her findings and favorites from DesignPop, answered below, complete with products featured in the book.

Lisa S Roberts Author Of Design Pop 2014

Were most of these products familiar to you before starting the research? Any new finds?
I knew many since I follow the industry very closely. But during my research I discovered the Flip Flop Vase by Diederick Schneemann, the Chubby Chair by Dirk Vander Kooij, the Lytro Light Field Camera by New Deal Design, and the Nest Thermostat by Tony Fadell.


Flip Flop Vase by Diederick Schneemann
Made from recycled flip flops washed up on Kenyan beaches .


Chubby Chair by Dirk Vander Kooij
Made from 3D printed recycled refrigerator plastic, with their waste made into clothes hangers.


Nest Thermostat by Tony Fadell
$249 at Amazon
We purchased one of these, drawn in by both the design and “smart” functionality. Unfortunately we couldn’t get it to work with our HVAC system, but not for lack of trying. This 2.0 version may be easier to implement. They have a great help line.


Your picks all come out of the 21st century. What are some products designed before 2000 that may have been included if  you expanded the time frame?
There were a lot of game-changing designs before 2000. There’s the Vermelha Chair by Humberto and Fernando Campana, the Wiggle Chair by Frank Gehry, and the Bookworm by Ron Arad.


Vermelha Chair by Humberto and Fernando Campana
$12,821 at Switch Modern
The upholstery is completely made of intertwined cotton ropes.


Wiggle Chair by Frank Gehry
$1,140 at AllModern
Designed back in 1972 and made from cardboard.


Bookworm by Ron Arad
$408 at Lumens
I’ve always been intrigued this piece in the MoMA catalog. It’s flexible and can be made into any shape.

Which brand new products would make the list if you did a follow up?
The Carbon Balloon Chair by Marcel Wanders. It’s made of carbon fiber and resin, weighs about one and a half pounds, and can hold up to 198 pounds. Also the Polygon Chair by Joris Laarman, which combines advanced technology with hand assembly. It’s comprised of mathematically designed CNC milled pieces that are assembled like a puzzle, by hand.


Carbon Balloon Chair by Marcel Wanders
An ultra light carbon fiber chair inspired by balloons.

Do you own any of the products featured in the book?
I own many of the products in the book. Some are on display in my personal gallery and some I live with. I love the Collapsible Strainer by Boje Estermann because it takes up so little space in my drawer. The Peacock Chair by Dror Benshetrit sits in my foyer and is as attractive as it is comfortable. The Fred Humidifier by Matti Walker comes out whenever someone in the family has a cold. I also have two Midsummer Lights by Tord Boontje that hang over the conference table in my home office.


Collapsible Strainer by Boje Estermann
$60 at Lumens
Last year I bought a collapsible silicone salad spinner at T.J.Maxx for our little condo in Florida. It is one of the best gadgets you can buy, because really, who has room for a salad spinner. Ditto for a full-size colander.


Peacock Chair by Dror Benshetrit
Two-and-a-half years ago I interviewed Dror Benshetrit at his studio in NYC for Design Milk. He had one of these chairs there and I was instantly smitten. It’s felt and very visually satisfying. The full interview is here, and you can see some extra tidbits and photographs here.


Midsummer Light by Tord Boontje
$98 at A+R
I bought two Midsummer Light shades, one in citron and one in violet, many years ago, thinking I might use them in the guest rooms on the Cape. I didn’t, but I still have them. I know one day I’ll find the right spot. They’re magical.

Which are your favorites?
The iPhone because I can’t live without it and the Bank in the Form of A Pig by Harry Allen because it always makes me smile. I love my Rainbow Chair by Patrick Norguet because it captures light in the most amazing way, casting a rainbow shadow on the floor. Also, of all the designs I own, it has increased the most in value since I purchased it!


Bank in the Form of A Pig by Harry Allen
$200 at Nordstrom
This design, which is now done in shiny turquoise, pink, gold and other colors, was modeled on an actual suckling pig that had died of natural causes, cast it in resin. $10 of every pig bank sale goes to the Humane Society.


Rainbow Chair by Patrick Norguet
$8,500 on eBay

Which design do you most covet?
Tide Chandelier by Stuart Haygarth, but it’s so big, I would have no place to put it.


Tide Chandelier by Stuart Haygarth
£20,000 – 30,000  at Phillips
A valuable example of trash to treasure.

Design Pop Book By Lisa S Roberts 2014

Design Pop by Lisa S. Roberts (Rizzoli, 2014)
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Fine Print: Jean-Louis Deniot Interiors

Parisian architect and interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot opens his book, Jean-Louis Deniot Interiors (Rizzoli, 2014) saying, “I always want to get as far as possible from the white box.”

Indeed, Deniot’s interiors are like treasure chests, layers of neutrals that are truly unboring, at times even mesmerizing. Deniot mixes texture without resorting to sisal and patterns without hint of an ikat. Oversize statement artwork, from landscapes to off-color portraits, to the simplest abstracts mix with period light fixtures and furniture, along with custom wallpaper and rugs. While some of the rooms are definitely “decorated,” they mostly remain wholly welcoming.

Here is a sampling of rooms designed by Jean-Louis Deniot from his newly published book, Jean-Louis Deniot Interiors.


You may have seen this glam kitchen on Pinterest, or the old-fashioned way, in Architectural Digest. This is Jean-Louis Deniot’s own apartment, on rue de Lille in Paris. The cabinetry is clad in hammered silver, the countertops, backsplash, and floor are marble, and the brass light fixture is by Stilnovo. Note the pair of 1970s Ettore Sottsass gray ceramic candlesticks in the corner.


The custom wallpaper in Deniot’s dining room has the look of quartzite; I love how the naturalistic stripes works with the similarly organic shapes in the Nepalese rug. Chairs from the 1950s by Jacques Adnet chairs surround a 1940s dining table by Roger Thibier, over which hangs an antique chandelier from the 1840s. The drawing is by Konstantin Kakanias and the sconce by Willy Daro.


This 2,600-square-foot apartment is home to an influential art collector in Paris. The statement photograph really fools you (or at least me) into believing there’s a view.  The photograph Paradise 25 is by Thomas Struth. I like how this space feels quite spare, more so than many of Deniot’s rooms.


In the same apartment, the photograph Le Lait Miraculeux de la Vierge is by Bettina Rheims. The carpet is David Hicks, and the baubles hanging from the ceiling are part of a sculpture, Les Amants Suspendus by Jean-Michel Othoniel. I adore the irreverent photo and playful chair in an otherwise tailored room.


This is the master bedroom in a three-bedroom apartment by the Seine, owned by Londoners. A pair of 1950 black lacquered birch wood nightstands by Heywood-Wakefield flank a custom made upholstered headboard in a textural fabric, its nubbiness a contrast to the custom hand-sewn bed cover in baby alpaca. The gilded metal bedside lights from Jean Pierre Orinel are from the 1970s, with black lampshades by Anne Sokolsky and the black resin chandelier (which reminds me of a molecule model) is by Pouenat. A decorative painter gave the walls a faux parchment effect and Deniot designed the custom-made hammered brass fireplace. Off to the side, is an on-trend 1950s brass articulated lamp from Stilnovo; its white lampshade is metal. Love those doors. I want them to be gray lacquer, but I supposed they may be frosted glass.


This is actually part of Deniot’s office, a 3,700-square-foot workspace in an 18th century stone building in an arts and antiques neighborhood.  I could easily be happy with this as my living room. Alas, it’s Deniot’s client sitting room. The coffee table is by Ado Chale, and the contemporary candlesticks are by Hervé Van der Straeten. Two vintage armchairs are in the style of Royère and the agate topped gold side table is by Hiquily. The rug is mohair and silk from Solstys. If it were my living room, I’d sub out the artwork for an oversize contemporary photograph, probably with some green it.


Taking a detour from Paris, this room is part of a five-thousand-square-foot, four-bedroom apartment overlooking a lake near Chicago owned by two lawyers. I suppose the blue velvet sofa and more accessible painting might mark it more American, though overall the place is tres grande.

Photography by Xavier Béjot

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Fine Print: The Urban House

One of my resolutions for 2014 is to feature new design books more promptly. The first one of the year is The Urban House: Townhouses, Apartments, Lofts, and Other Spaces For City Living  (Rizzoli, February 2014), written by author Ron Broadhurst, with foreward by starchitect Richard Meier, who has his own book, Richard Meier Architect, coming out this month.

The 298 page paperback, presented in a nice, thick square format, presents 25 new(ish) spaces for city living, photos, descriptions, and floor plans. There are projects by established architects including John Pawson and Annabelle Selldorf, as well as emerging architects, including Barbara Bestor and Messana O’Rorke. Here is a sampling of 13 lofts, townhouses, and apartments that caught my eye (sorry the scans are slightly funky).

The Urban House Rizzoli Annabelle Seldor

Annabelle Seldorf
Former YMCA in Chelsea, NYC

The Urban House Rizzoli Annabelle Seldor

Annabelle Seldorf
Former YMCA in Chelsea, NYC

The Urban House Rizzoli Messana O'Rorke

Messana O’Rorke
Townhouse in the West Village, NYC

The Urban House Rizzoli Work Architecture Company

Work Architecture Company
Subterranean loft in NYC

The Urban House Rizzoli Barbara Bestor

Barbara Bestor
Floating bungalow in Venice, California

The Urban House Rizzoli Unstudio NYC

UNstudio NYC
Art collector’s loft in NYC

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Wells Mackereth
Little Venice House in London

The Urban House Rizzoli Wells Makereth

Wells Mackereth
Little Venice House in London

The Urban House Rizzoli Lorcan O'Herlihy

Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
House in Dublin

The Urban House Rizzoli Simon Jacobsen

Simon Jacobsen (son of architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen)
Simon Jacobsen’s own townhouse in Georgetown, D.C.

The Urban House Rizzoli John Pawson

John Pawson
Apartment in Ghent, Belgim

The Urban House Rizzoli Andree Putnam

Andree Putnam
Apartment n San Sebastian, Spain

The Urban House Rizzoli Annabelle Seldorf

Annabelle Seldorf
Townhouse in the East Village, NYC

The Urban House Rizzoli 1100 Architect

1100 Architect
Duplex in TriBeCa, NYC

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Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
Architect’s own house in Venice, California

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