Decorating projects are sometimes full of strange requests. One such request happened over the summer when long-time clients and friends asked me to help create a new look for their condo in Chicago. When I asked what kind of personality we wanted to create, the answer was “Boho Chic”. “What the…?” While I like to think we’re up on trends, that one threw me. The latest and greatest is constantly changing. And while embarrassing, sometimes customers run across these things before we do.
Anyway, after Googling more about what other designers have dubbed “Bohemian” Chic, I was up to speed and more comfortable blending some boho elements into what I have learned of my client’s likes and dislikes over the years. Namely, it had to be different from anything we’d done before. Great!
The first time I saw the condo in the River North neighborhood, it was in disarray. The tenant who’d lived there for a couple years was moving out and things were cluttered and disorganized. None the less, I took some measurements and Before photos and started planning the renovation.
Drawing inspiration from a sofa we were repurposing from their primary residence, I wanted to bring in bold colors to accent a neutral backdrop. New paint was a given. We chose Sherwin Williams 7030 “Anew Gray” (one of my favorites) for the entire condo. A single color unifies the one bedroom space and made it feel larger. The warm gray also serves as an excellent backdrop for the vibrant pops of color I envisioned with a gypsy inspired motif.
To make the space brighter, we opted to replace the dark kitchen granite with a white and gray quartz. We also replaced the dated mosaic backsplash with a reflective faux tin backsplash to compliment the existing stainless appliances.
A complete renovation of the condo’s bathroom was also needed. New 6×36 inch tile on the floor and 6×24 subway tile in the shower visually enlarge the small space. An arabesque border in the shower speaks to our bohemian inspiration. A new, floating vanity enlarges the bathroom footprint. A new toilet, and brush nickel faucets and hardware were also added.
In the bedroom floating nightstands continued that look from the bathroom vanity. Reclaimed wood furniture from Pier 1 and headboard from Wayfair along with bedding from Crate & Barrel completed the basics. A large elephant print above the bed repeated the elephant pattern in the living room sofa fabric.
Finally bold punches of color in the sofa, chair, accessories and art brought much needed energy and life to the neutral backdrop.
The resulting bohemian inspired condo is now a great get-away on weekends or a pied-a-terre to avoid a long commute during the week.