I am fortunate to live in an area where the local shopping is excellent. I am just back from an afternoon of such indulgences. Some of the big box stores ignore our smaller towns and that's sometimes all to the good because we are seeing some of the interesting variety that used to only be found in bigger cities.
Today I was in Tipp City and though I only visited a few stores because I had an agenda and time table - I found some great buys. Not just bargains but unique items.
One of my great finds is a fun salvage store called The Iron Dog. It's not merely salvage - although the doors, wood and stone that was available was cool - but also an creative exploration of how to use those salvaged items. The piano bar was the best thing I saw all day.
I highly recommend exploring your area to find the local shops that make it unique. Here are my favorites in Miami County, Ohio. Below are links to some of my favorite shops and restaurants in the Miami County area.
Summertime and the living is easy.
The essence of Bohemian - a bit creative, a bit decadent a bit hedonistic.
Take your inner bohemian outdoors this summer.
Just a practical note (I know - kinda messes with the free bohemian *sigh* but if you are going to spend money on cool stuff you don't want to waste it if you can help it) ... Remember everything is going to be exposed to the weather. That means sun fading and moisture even in shaded areas and in the desert - so unless you are going to haul everything in every night and put it back out that means things are going to show some wear by the end of summer. So either use things that don't matter if they fade (like inexpensive flea market items you don't mind "using up") or things that were made for the outdoors - like outdoor carpets. Outdoor paints and fabrics make everything last for more than one season.
Also keep in mind that any lighting or fans that you put out need to be certified outdoor wiring for safety sake.
Enjoy Ella Fitzgerald
Color is one of the more emotional choices when it comes to design. You can learn all you want about color schemes and you can make choices based on the psychological impact of color... but it's really about what makes your eyes happy!
We all have favorite colors that we would like to use in our home design - but maybe you are afraid to - especially if your favorite color is a bold one. Or maybe you are convinced it's "unfashionable."
Here's help - for one week - if you comment on my website blog I will help you with one color scheme for free!
Designer Joy Turner-Price
"Design is about living inside art. It's about art being livable and functional."