Island Bohemian Summer Decor

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Welcome to my home! For those of you who don’t know me, I love a soft neutral color palette, weathered woods and a bit of sparkle. I truly believe that our homes or at least one special area should be our own sanctuary. A comfortable place where we can escape and unwind, even if it’s just for a little while. I try to always create a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere with a bit of elegance { a girl’s gotta have a little sparkle in her life} My soft weathered palette puts me at peace and helps me unwind. Kick off your shoes, grab your favorite drink, and relax if just for a bit. 

For some reason this year I seem to be hanging on for dear life to Summer. I see Fall and Winter decor popping up as usual all around me, but I refuse to give in to the temptation, at least not yet. So for the love of Summer I thought I would do a post on my summer decor, or at least some of it. We have literally had rain pretty much every single day, which you all know doesn’t account to those beautiful sun shiny pictures we all love to see. So once I realized we weren’t going to get our usual crazy thunderstorms, I snatched up my camera in a little bit of a frenzy and started snapping pics as fast as I could. There’s no stopping a girl on a mission, right?

And yep, there’s Bob. I don’t think I’ve posted a picture of him {meaning he hasn’t snuck into a photo} in a while. My boy is all grown up { a whopping year old} now and cute as ever!

I just wanted to share with you all how you can create a coastal feel with just a few sseashells and a bit of natural elements here and there.  cloth and patina island boho entryway5a

I live in a pretty small house {thank goodness for tall ceilings and lots of windows} so I try to keep things pretty simple. I don’t think you really need a lot of pieces to make a statement in any room. I don’t really have space for shelving or large cabinets so I usually add my collections for each season on this table I created some time back. The wall is pretty high and carries the large mirror pretty well and really opens up the space. I love adding mirrors to a small space to really open the room up and make it appear large than it really is.  cloth and patina island boho entryway2a

No matter where you sit in the living room there is always a pretty view in the mirror. I just love that. That is also something to factor in when hanging a mirror {what is the view you will see from different angles}. You don’t really have to have a lot of decorating skills to set up a pretty display table. I always love seashells, but this year, my son and I were a bit obsessed with them and have been creating with them all summer. For a wonderful centerpiece try adding a variety of seashells and other weathered pieces to a large bowl or container.

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Here I added a few of my favorite weathered beachy finds along with a piece of architectural salvage. I created a bunch of seashell orbs this year and have placed them all over the house. If you don’t have access to shells, usually your local decor store would carry these orbs. I love the simple but pretty statement they make. I am also completely obsessed with oyster shells {especially the grey ones} and always love making quite a few things with them.

cloth and patina island boho entryway3a I think I slap on some grey paint to just about everything I can get my hands on. If you aren’t able to find actual architectural salvaged pieces you can create your own by adding a few layers of paint to a new unfinished wood piece. A little sanding and distressing and you have the look of an older weathered piece.

cloth and patina driftwood garlanda I created a few of these driftwood garlands with a bit of crushed shimmery shell. I love the contrast of the white washed driftwood and the shimmer.

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Have to say I definitely have a bohemian spirit and couldn’t wait for Summer to bring out that side of me here and there. My living space isn’t all that big, so I try to keep things pretty simple and uncluttered. I know a lot of you love white and the others love it but are afraid to take the plunge {with kids and pets and all} but have to tell you, it’s really not that hard to maintain. I have two kids, { one of them being a very active 7 year old boy}, a dog and a cat, so yes, it is doable. Slipcovers, yep pretty much have to be one of the bests things created. When we have a lot of company I add a throw over the sofa and chair just for added protection. The white keeps things bright and the feeling of more space than I really have { which I love }.

cloth and patina basket wall decora These wall sconces and baskets were all brown in color before I washed them all in grey with a bit of white. The sconces have a nice driftwood feel to them and fit in with my decor pretty much all year long. Grouping baskets together is a simple, cheap and easy way to dress up a wall.  cloth and patina island boho decor12a

Old trunks make a wonderful dual purpose in a small space. I store extra blankets, magazines and a few photo albums in this one. And this trunk used to be a super beat up black and gold trunk, I slapped on some white paint and it fits right in.

cloth and patina island boho decor5a Simple and easy. A potted plant, topped with a bit of crushed shell and a little seagrass basket.

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Feathers and driftwood…just wonderful! Oh and my dulcimer that I swear one day I will learn to play!

cloth and patina ottoman1a An ottoman I found for dollar, yep you heard me one dollar, with the cover! It had no legs and the cover didn’t quite “cover” the whole ottoman, but for a buck I had to have it! I already had the little legs/feet at home. Added a bit of burlap ribbon to cover the lower portion of the ottoman and trimmed it off with a bit of braided jute trim. Total score! It matched perfectly with the rest of my furniture.

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I am lucky enough to have a little nook in the corner of the living room that I am using as my office. Once my lovely daughter goes off to college I am pouncing on her room for my new office space, but until then this works great. I’m not quite done with the desk, but this is one I found from Ikea and have been trying to add a few personal touches to it to give it a bit of charm. have to say though it’s been a great piece to work at. It was pretty affordable and has a lot of storage and a pretty large work surface. I added a few white painted boards to the front side, and a white wire letter holder for more storage.

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I’m happy my desk is near the sliding doors with lots of natural light.  cloth and patina oyster chandelier2a

My funky oyster lamp with a bit of jute and driftwood. It’s a bit odd, but I like that.

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Bob, looking all handsome front and center. This cabinet was another score on Craigslist. { I find a lot of good things here } Found this for $80 and is antique hand carved teak. I know it killed a lot of you when I painted it, but am so happy I did. I fits right in now.

cloth and patina island boho decor9a I found this clock in the garbage! Amazing what people will throw away! If you keep your eyes peeled you can find a lot of good pieces. This clock was red when I found it and had no glass on the front which suited me just fine. The coral you see on the top was a thrift store find for $1.00. It is actually a faux piece of coral that would be used for a fish tank. It was bright purple, nothing a bit of white spray paint can’t fix.

cloth and patina island boho decor10a Tiny seashells strung alone a rope and jute tassel. I love making tassels and think they add that extra little touch to a piece of furniture.

cloth and patina island boho decor14a This is one of my favorite pictures of my son. He and I were at the beach one day when a quick storm came in. We decided to wait it out and am so glad we did. It’s not too often you get to see a full rainbow like that over the water. Another simple and affordable way to add art to your space. I simply printed the picture, glued it onto a bit of burlap that I matted over a frame, added a few embellishments a little distressing of the photo and that was it.

I ended up creating different variations of this for the grandparents.

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I have a tiny entry space, but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t pack a lot in that space. This table is the perfect catch-all. I gave this one a chippy creamy finish and left its original hardware. A few vintage finds that I can change out for each season.

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 A little wicker basket to house all of our flip-flops. Not too often we wear closed toe shoes here.

cloth and patina island boho entryway14a A couple of my favorite coastal prints that I found super cheap on my travels along side one of my abalone shell dishes. Seashells and vintage rhinestones really look so pretty together.

Well I am hoping you all enjoyed a peek into my Summer space. I truly enjoyed sharing it with you! I hope I inspired you a to add a bit of coastal pretties to your space even if you don’t live near the sea. You don’t need much of a budget to pretty up your home, you just need a little imagination and a keen eye for a hidden treasure.

Thanks so much for stopping in…hoping you stop in again soon!

tammy

 

 

 

 

 

31 thoughts on “Island Bohemian Summer Decor

    1. clothandpatina Post author

      Helena,

      Thank you so much! I am so happy I came across that cabinet too! I don’t have a lot of space here so it has been a great focal and storage piece. Glad you stopped in!

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      1. clothandpatina Post author

        Good morning and thanks for stopping in! I did not do a base coat. I was trying to keep it simple and a bit rustic. I had used Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey and Pure White. Just a light coat of the grey and then simple strokes of the white for the rustic look and then just light sanding. Are you in the process of painting something, if so, happy painting. Feel free to stop in with any other questions.

        Kindest,
        Tammy

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    1. clothandpatina Post author

      Clara, thank you so much for your kind words! I jumped on that cabinet as fast as I could with that price, lol. It’s been a wonderful addition to my space. Thank you for stopping in ♥

      Wishing you a great weekend.
      Tammy

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      1. Tina Roesler

        I also love the cabinet. Would you share your paint process for this piece? Is that a dresser mirror you turned into a cork board? What a great idea, what a beautiful shape.

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        1. clothandpatina Post author

          Laura,

          Hello there! So sorry I did not get your message until today. I had been having issues with my blog but all is back up and running now. I will put together a quick post for you on the painting : )

          Hugs,
          Tammy

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    1. clothandpatina Post author

      Hello there!

      My apologies, but was having issues with my blog and was not receiving anyone’s messages. But thank you so much for stopping in and for your kind words!

      Hugs,
      Tammy

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  3. Jenn

    I love how you decorate! Absolutely beautiful! What flowers are those in the basket on top of your armiore?

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    1. clothandpatina Post author

      Jenn,

      Thank you so much for stopping in! There is a mix of dried flowers and plumes that I’ve had for years. I’m sorry I don’t know the names of them. A huge thank you for your kind words!

      Hugs,
      Tammy

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  4. Angeles

    Hi!! My name is Angie and i love the closet!! im form argentina and i have a similar closet, could you tell me what color did you use to paint it?

    Thank and hugs!

    Angie.

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        1. clothandpatina Post author

          Hello there!

          I am so sorry that I had not seen your message until now! I had found that mirror at one of our local Faith Farm Ministry Thrift Stores many years ago. A lot of times you can browse your local Craigslist for mirrors. I have seen some really pretty ones on there. Hope this helps and again my apologies for not seeing your message.

          Kindest,
          Tammy

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  5. Swee

    Hi there! Absolutely LOVE your blog…

    Where did you get that urn/vase it is like a gray and white cracked finish? Love it and hope to find one too!

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    1. clothandpatina Post author

      Hello there!

      Thanks so much for stopping in and for your kind words! I’m not really sure where I got that vase. I’ve had it for a really long time. It is a heavy crackle finish in kind of an oyster shell finish. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

      Tammy

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      1. Swee

        Hi Tammy!

        I have done so many different searches trying to find one! LOL I refuse to give up! By any chance does the vase have any kind of markings on the bottom or inside on the bottom that would give me any better searching clues?

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  6. Jodi Placiente

    Love your decor. So soft and inviting. Love all the textures. We have saltillo too, so I’m trying to decide what color to paint the walls. Do you know what color the walls are?

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    1. clothandpatina Post author

      Hello there!

      Thank you so much for all of your kind words! I love hat you have he same floors. They really add so much charm. The home was already that color when we had moved in so don’t know the color but was a warm creamy color. I had recently painted the new home we were in in Valspars Oyster Pesrl st 50% tint snd really likes it. It was a creamy light taupe. Best of luck on your painting and would love for you to dtop back in with any updates.

      Kindest
      Tammy

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    1. clothandpatina Post author

      Hello there!

      The Spanish tile was already in the house when we moved in. When we first got there I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but quickly fell in love.

      Tammy

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