The Modern Bohemian.
by Chelsea Jackson comment


bohemian vanity area. / sfgirlbybay

Hello, hello! My name is Chelsea (nice to e-meet you!) and I’m so excited to be joining the sfgirlbybay team as a regular guest contributor. This is a site I’ve loved for years and I’m beside myself at the opportunity to share a little of what I love here. A few quick facts about me: I’ve blogged at Hazel + Scout for almost 8 years (!), I live on a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, I have a six-year-old daughter who is recently obsessed with David Bowie and I’m never without a good playlist. I can’t wait to dive in and explore all things SF Girl with you!

xx, chelsea

plywood kitchen with open shelving. / sfgirlbybay

As is often the case, design changes and grows with the ebb and flow of the time. When I think back to the rise of bohemian or ~boho~ (cringe) spaces, I pretty instantly conjure up visions of fussy interiors, littered with superfluous greenery. You know, spaces that look like a lot of work went into making them appear “undone”.

Something about bohemian style shifted in a big way over the last couple of years and what we’re left with, in this new wave of bohemian style, are spaces evocative of easy living, real life and possessions collected over time. A real resurgence of simplicity with a focus on form, functionality, and personality has ushered in the new guard of bohemian spaces. Wall hangings are still big (and I’m still obsessed with them!), things are still sun-soaked and colors remain neutral but a lot has changed.

bohemian modern bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern event space in los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern kitchen decor. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern home decor. / sfgirlbybay

beamed ceiling and bohemian modern decor. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern art objects and decor. / sfgirlbybay

mid-century modern furniture and bohemian modern decor. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern living room with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors. / sfgirlbybay

bohemian modern low shelving unit. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: retrodentulsa, nicki sebastian, the joshua trehouse, sarah sherman samuel, the socialite family, ally walsh, general store, kirill bergart, aleksandra zee, greta van der star, nicki sebastian, live like it’s the weekend, angi welsch, nicki sebastian.

5 responses to “The Modern Bohemian.”

  1. WELCOME! Gorgeous images. Bohemian streamlined :) Now please tell us more about A TINY ISLAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PACIFIC!!!!

  2. Thanks so much Shannon! I’m glad you like these images as much as I do. :)

    My husband, daughter and I live on Kwajalein, an island with a three-mile total land mass and about 1500 inhabitants in the Marshall Islands. We have one (tiny) grocery store, a small post office (for all of our many Amazon orders) and tons of epic beach to comb. It’s quite the experience!

  3. Sounds awesome!!!Beautiful images…looking
    forward to hearing from you again (from someone in a slightly larger island in the Pacific!!!)

  4. Hi Chelsea! Enjoyed these lovely images and your comments on how boho “bohemian” is evolving.
    Your little girl will have an amazing experience growing up on a small island with a beach!

  5. What a beautiful space. The color palette is so pleasing. Would you tell us who makes the glass-topped coffee table? Love it.

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