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Sweet Bohemian Luxe Wedding


This past STORMY weekend I went to the most precious wedding. The sweet couple had big dreams of getting married by the lake here in Dallas, but unfortunately the rain did not let that happen. They didn’t let that damper their day. The two made their vows indoors with all their family and friends by their side… its so nice to see love. Stumbling around today, I found this “wedding” photo montage that stole my heart. How cute are they?

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They met in college as friends. Amanda tried to strategically choose her seat according to where Nate sat and hoped they’d strike up long, meaningful, and deep conversations in a casual way so it didn’t look like she was trying as hard as she was. But Nate was oblivious to her seat picking and simply saw Amanda as the sweet girl who made him smile.

The semester ended and though they were both English majors, Nate and Amanda didn’t see each other much until she crossed his mind a couple months later. Again and again. Nate took a chance and sent her a message through Facebook and what he didn’t see at the time was Amanda’s reaction to his message. OH MY GOODNESS THE CUTE GUY FROM MY ENGLISH CLASS MAY OR MAY NOT BE HITTING ON ME!!!

That was the start of their whirlwind college romance which later led to a wedding and starting a life together. Much has changed since their English class days (they got a cute house, started a photography business, and adopted an adorable dog), but they decided to revive wedding memories for the sake of photos. 

purple bouquetbrideIsn’t her bouquet by Jesi Haack so fun?! 

I love the idea of doing “wedding” photos after the wedding.. especially if you had a not so pretty wedding day! Day After sessions are perfect if you didn’t get enough portraits on your wedding day, or maybe you weren’t happy with you wedding photos. This is a great chance to put back on your wedding attire and get some great photos of the two of you – and have some fun with it! I love that Amanda and Nate were inspiring by their child like love of camping. Gorgeous photos by Jasmine Star, styling and a pretty bouquet by Jesi Haack and makeup by Melina Ruiz.

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And love this great marriage advice from the newlyweds…

“Take time to be present together. As a couple that works from home together, this is especially important for us to remember. We can’t just say we’re going to have a date night and then proceed to sit on the couch working from our laptops as a movie plays…we need to completely set things aside and be totally present with one another. I think it’s good to frequently ask each other how you are doing. It’s a simple question, but sometimes when you ask you find out that you had no clue your partner was even feeling a certain way. As cheesy as it sounds, make time to snuggle. 5 minutes of daily snuggling should be mandatory! ;) Don’t stop being silly with one another…ever. Laughter is so important. And lastly, always remember how lucky you are that you got to marry your best friend. (These last 2 sentences are Nate’s contribution. He’s a man of few words…but a few heart-melting words).”

Can you believe Amanda made her own dress??! Gorgeous…

wes anderson inspired shoot

wes anderson inspired shoot

wes anderson inspired shoot

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And you can see more photos from this shoot on Jasmine’s Blog today!


Bohemian Style Crop Tops Trending


I am usually the last to pick up on the trending styles, but I can’t help but notice crop tops everywhere! This 80’s throwback is going to make me start passing up the Toll House chocolate cookies and start doing some crunches.

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Also known as a “belly shirt” or a “cutoff shirt,” a crop top is a top which falls just above or around the navel, exposing the midriff section. Crop tops have gone in and out of fashion since the 1980s, and have also become a symbol of sexuality. 

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During the mid-1980s, pop star Madonna caused a controversy when she gyrated in a mesh crop top in her video for the song “Lucky Star.” Also during this decade, cutoff crop tops became a popular fashion item thanks to the aerobic craze and popularity of the movie Flash Dance. It became common for girls to crop off sections of their workout wear, such as sleeves, collars, and the hem of the shirt to create a loose-fitting top which was often worn over a body suit or tank top. Crop tops were also often paired with low-slung belts in the 1980s, angled at the side of the hip.

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If you are feeling daring and want to try out this reclaimed style go for it! Here are a couple of fun finds…Bohemian Treehouse crop top

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Home of Anahata Katkin


There are people in the world that come into life to create and inspire others. I find they are the most admirable people on earth. Here in today’ s post I am very happy to a share a person exactly like that, Anahata  Katkin who surrounded her life with art, design and creativity.  We will visit her home, studio and shop called PAPAYA.eclectic details from Anahata Katkin' s home

Anahata Katkin is a true gem with her open her heart to different cultures around the world. She is highly influenced by Asian flavors and antiques. She is originally from Alaska and currently based in Oregon. Her her synergy comes from her constant travels around the world where she shops for her lifestyle store PAPAYA. She says as much as she  likes to wander she is deeply in love with “home”.


 She adds:

“Interiors are as rewarding and fulfilling for me as painting.  It’s not just a place to unwind.  I work here, we live here, entertain, we create and we collapse here.  I tinker with it and build on it daily.  I am constantly searching for the right balance between hoarder and modernist.  I can’t decide which I am- though clearly I am no minimalist!  It is a place to inspire my work at our PAPAYA! Living boutique and an ever changing test lab of artwork & treasures.  I wanted to share my space here because it is one of my great joys…”

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It is possible to feel the rich eclectic influence on her beautiful apartment by individual pieces of furniture, kilims, fabrics and materials.

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None of them are aimed to be matched rather to put together with love to create a great living interior atmosphere.

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Sculptures, stones, paintings, flowers, plants they all seem like part of a theatrical scene where Anahata is the main role player. She creates her own life style like no other by great authenticity. working corner of anahata katkin

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Her house is enlightened by beautiful daylight and she makes little surprises using every little corner by her lovely styling of materials. It is not hard to feel the comfort even just looking at the photos.

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She feels her home with daily inspirational words and quotes wherever she can find. Her positive spiritual act fills her home with great energy which expresses herself and passion for good life.

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She decorates her walls by her mixed media wallpanels and puts her own creative signature to her rooms.

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She catches harmony mixing old and new, modern and antique, or in combination of informal and precious artefacts.

Anahata Katkin' s home

The combination of fabrics which are used on her room is a result of her great global taste. I especially loved the rug on the floor and the kilim puff on it.

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She travels, shops, collects, paints and shares her passion with world. She also has a blog anahata.typepad where you can see her artwork, inspirations and lifestyle. anahata katkin working corner


Her wallpaper panels are mixed media pieces built on textured wallpapers. They range between 4.5 to 6 foot in height. She applies painting, blending techniques and mixed materials. She sells them at her store PAPAYA.

Papaya store

The colors, patterns, materials, objects, antiques all create a positive visual sense causing a desire to have the style rather than one object from a store. I think that is the success of PAPAYA store. The main idea is about the beauty of visual lifestyles not  just merchandises on sale. After all, we all love to dream and admire to create. She communicates with the world that all desires are possible as long as you are ready to expand and transform. What could be more inspiring?


written by Tijen Samuray Öztek (designmixer)

images via Anahata Katkin

Reblogged from MunaHome


Bohemian Dining; Mixed Seating for Dinner


Bohemian Dining; Mixed Seating is just my style.

Working on my renovating my dining room I realize I hate all my existing furniture.

The problem; I am a crazy person and I buy any chair that has a good price tag. I may be a bit of a chair lush. So I have a ton of random chairs in my house.. and on the back porch.. and in the shed… I’m thinking I better find a use for all these odd chairs and around the dining table would be a perfect choice.tables

Looking around on Pinterest and Houzz I noticed that most of my favorite dining rooms are random, funky and full of mixed chairs. 


I am truly bench seating in the mix.


 I know I am pointing out the seating but what is that art piece? So unique. I could use that as well in my dining. 

Southampton-MoroccanBe sure to check out Houston TX based designer Laura U. She has some incredible bohemian interior designs. 



Love all the bright colors.  bohemian dining

My true dining chair love… Eames.. and the Pantone and Ghost Chair.. ahhhh love them. 


Hope everyone is having a wonderful May!! Thank you as always for reading.  


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Gypsy Queen Florence Welch and her new home

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Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine is one of my favorite singers, so I couldn’t wait to share with you her new digs in South London from Vogue Magazine. 

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The singer, who has taken a year off from touring to regroup and spend quality time in the studio, describes her new place as a sanctuary, albeit one with crooked door frames and what Welch calls “wonky” stairs. “It’s like being drunk or on a ship—I think it suits me.” To quickly make this house a home, she introduced small changes that ended up having an outsize impact: putting red-and-white bull’s-eye porcelain doorknobs on the kitchen cupboards, creating a “Renaissance corner” with prints and tapestries, and, most strikingly, devoting an entire floor to her ever-expanding clothing collection. Racks heave with vintage velvet cloaks, ermine capelets, and spangled frocks; the green paillette-embroidered Givenchy couture number with the notorious dinosaur bumps that she wore to the Grammys hangs nonchalantly on the back of a door; a dazzling Deco dressing gown becomes an impromptu curtain. (But it is not a fancy-dress party every day—there is also a cupboard full of jeans, though she draws the line at the workaday T-shirt.)

florence-welch 1Welch, in a silk Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane dress, near her nineteenth-century English mirror and Victorian fireplace in the living room. “I went from singing at the Met ball to coming home and sleeping on a mattress in my mom’s living room,” recollects Florence Welch, explaining why, at the age of 26, she has just acquired her first home, and not a moment too soon. “I really needed to move out—my clothes had taken over my bedroom and my brother’s room! My space looked like an old lady’s brain explosion.”florence-welch closet

florence-welch-bathWelch loves vinyl records, and turntables grace the surfaces of virtually every room, including what she says is her favorite refuge—the bathroom, with its old-fashioned wood-paneled tub and mirrored dressing table. Asked if a flat-screen perhaps lurks behind the custom-made scrollwork doors in the bedroom or is hiding in the living-room fireplace, she replies, “No—I don’t even have one at the moment, though I love TV! I bought a vintage seventies TV, but it overheated and blew out.”florence-welch-bedroomA monumental gilt sleigh bed whose head-and foot board are covered with minuscule floral–printed fabric dominates the bedroom, where the color scheme relies heavily on a particularly British, particularly lovely shade of green. 

florence-welch-hallThe singer’s tapestry-lined stairwell, dubbed the “Renaissance Corner.”

florence-welch-detailA small collection of fiction, poetry, and music books in Welch’s bedroom

Welch collaborated with interior designer Carolyn Benson, a family friend, to re­imagine the space and source the furniture, which is mostly English and includes a vast desk in a study that is crowded with Florence ephemera: tomes on Diaghilev and Basquiat; McSweeney’s postcards; a note that reads, “You cannot burn what is already on fire”; a framed caricature of her grandfather Colin Welch, a former deputy editor at The Daily Telegraph. She is an inveterate antiquer, finding the paisley chair in the living room at a very traditional upper-crust fair in Battersea—“It was all pug dogs and tweed,” she says, laughing.

I hope she gathers inspiration from her new home and graces us with new songs soon!

Original Article from Vogue Magazine (Thank you!!)

Pictured:  Keith Haring Artwork © Haring Foundation; Tamara De Lempicka/©Tamara Art Heritage/ADAGP, Paris/ARS, NY.

Photographed by Angelo Pennetta


Bohemian love for Macrame Art

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Macrame.. what a blast from the past. I am not quite sure if it is my imagination or if it is true.. is macrame back? I have been stumbling upon new textile designers that have come out with chic new spins on macrame. Growing up in the 80’s I remember the old plant hangers and of course.. who could forget the notorious owl macrame art piece!? These days they seem to be much brighter and a great addition to your boho glam home. I have been gathering some of my favorites over these past couple of months.. Here are just a few. 

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I love Justina’s macrame light fixture.


I am crushing hard on Macrame by All Roads

beastie weaving by all roadsThe craft of knotting geometric patterns without using hooks, needles, or hoops is the art recognized as macrame. 

The skill of macramé dates back to the thirteenth century. The word macramé is Arabic in origin meaning “fringe”. It’s thought that Arabian weavers began the skill by knotting the additional material at the edges of loamed material. From these origins it eventually made it to Italy and France in the early fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Sailors commenced with the skill as it was a favored way to pass some of the long hours out at sea. The basic knots that the sailors utilized are the basic knots of macramé today…the half knot, square knot, and the half-hitch knot. The sailors passed on their craft to the Chinese who adapted the skill to their own particular civilization and culture. The skill became fashionable with the British during the nineteenth century. macrame curtainbrick house yellow macrameAs time passed the skill fell to neglect. It was revived in the 1960s and ’70s, which brought revitalization to the ancient skill. Its popularity waned some in the ’80s and ’90s, but the beginning of the 21st century has seen the return of its popularity into full swing, with an unlimited number of creative possibilities for the hobbyist, artist, and appreciator of the many diverse macramé products.
sally englandMaterials range from various thickness of jute and hemp, to twine, colored nylon and polyester fibers. Not only do you have wooden beads in projects, but glass and ceramic beads are also being incorporated into projects these days as well. macrame plant hanger

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Smile and Wave

Be sure to check out All Roads and others on Etsy. Check out Etsy’s amazing Macrame finds !!!

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