Bohemian Rapsody


From an article in the Irish Independent, 2017.

Bohemian rhapsody: Cut out the technology and embrace the macramé and woven rattan revival

Woven rattan furniture is available almost everywhere and fits in nicely with the Bohemian look, preferably if it hangs from the ceiling. The Irish online shop Home Lust has a Teardrop rattan hanging chair (€399) and an egg-shaped version for the same price.

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Home Lust was founded in 2015 by the former interiors journalist, Diana Valentine. “Our thing is BoHo minimalism,” she says. “I believe that the two styles can complement each other quite well.” Working with a fairly lean Scandinavian base, Valentine adds the Bohemian touches in the detail. “I’m very keen on grey as a background neutral, although mint green can be lovely for summer. I would avoid ornate furniture – it can make the room look cluttered.” There is a strain of the Bohemian style that favours Victorian swooning couches, upholstered in rich velvet. Valentine would avoid these like the plague. “Keeping the larger pieces minimal creates a blank canvas for smaller eclectic touches.”


A matching set of four industrial-style rattan chairs (€630 for the set) bridges the gap between a plain dining table and a brass mirror. The mirrors are made by Gilded Hound, an Irish artisan company and range from €370 for a round mirror, 40cm in diameter, to €610 for an 80cm mirror. The reflective surface is ringed with a band of metal – copper or brass – that extends beyond it like the rim of a tray.


You can then play around with the metallic theme by adding a set of brass candleholders in different styles (from €12 each) or soften the outline of the rattan furniture with sheepskin fleeces. “Bring in the BoHo touches in subtle ways, with cushions, textiles and artwork,” Valentine recommends. “It’s a romantic style of decoration.”

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