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Home Interiors Meet Fashion Through a Boho-Chic Lens

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Christina Henck Boho Chic
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Trends have always paralleled between interior design and fashion worlds. Here are a few of the latest ways furniture design is mirroring the top fashion houses. 

Both apparel and interior industries have recently welcomed an onslaught of all things bohemian, tropical and macramé. Crochet handbags, blankets and pillows are among the most popular of items at your nearest home store and DIY blogs this summer.  

We’ve all seen woven fringe wall hangings alongside lush green indoor plants, and chandelier style earrings. What do these elements have in common?  

Whether it be a friends (or friend's daughter’s) flowy outfit at the latest Coachella festival or the handmade plant hangers you saw exhibited at the local art fair, it’s clear that the style world is reflecting back to us our urge to embrace our inner flower child and take a new approach to both home and personal style for a more casual and carefree look.  

Light wood tones alongside other neutrals in interiors couldn’t be more relevant to the latest material finish trends adding to the relevance of Scandinavian and bohemian modern styles. We designers are incorporating natural fibers like jute, rattan and woven grass rugs to create a light, ethereal aesthetic. But why? 

Could it be that this age of technology is pushing furniture and lighting trends toward more natural and neutral elements to counterbalance how we deal with the city streets and constant online chatter?

The word "Bohemian" refers to people who are unconventional in style and are involved in the arts. This may be the perfect storm for a new fresh aesthetic with a relaxed feel for our homes and bodies. Consumers who spend time traveling tend to appreciate different cultures and take inspiration from trips, yielding an eclectic style. Younger clients tend to veer from conservative interiors, and the Boho-chic approach is just what they’re after. 

Let’s face it; technology has changed how we communicate, run our businesses and relate to the world around us. Are we longing for a connection with our personal freedom and craving nature in our everyday lives? If so, this could absolutely inform the types of home decor and clothing we outfit ourselves with. 

It’s been proven that indoor plants at home and in businesses boost our moods and improve air quality. According to a recent Forbes Study,  green plants inside reduce stress and anxiety, and facilitate healing.  

The upcoming generation is continuing to embrace a beachy, hippie-like style no matter what their locale or local landscape.  With a recent surge of Scandinavian looks in the home decor space, a boho aesthetic has more than emerged. It’s leading by a mile.  

The classic green tropical print in women’s clothing translates from decor to dress without missing a beat, tying in with the above-mentioned style suggestions. Dorothy Draper’s classic banana leaf print and the living green wall craze come to mind and can be found in almost any current Pinterest board. It’s clear that these leafy motifs are parallel across style goods as of late.

Recent collaborations between fashion houses and historic textile designers have been a hit in recent seasons. Namely, Arts and Crafts style Morris & Co x H&M created a collection of women’s wear featuring some of William Morris’ most iconic floral and leafy prints from the late 1800s. Other collaborations tying historic textile designs with fashion houses are a new and unconventional way that our style spaces connect as well.

At the end of the day we know that trends get recycled. We are in the midst of combining vintage looks with new that blend to create this current version. Plants, natural fibers, and fringe alike have ransacked recent markets and it seems clear that consumers continue to be attracted to items that make them feel closer to nature and it’s a good goal to have.

Christina Henck on beige chair

Christina Henck is an interior designer and founder of Henck Design. Based in Philadelphia, Henck is known for her "Classic Modern" aesthetic, which honors architectural styles and time periods while mixing old motifs with modern touches. 

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