Can you resist falling in love with this beautiful boho home?

Can you resist falling in love with this beautiful boho home?

This show-stopping but seemingly effortless home belongs to Robert and Christina Martinez, authors of uber-cool blog, New Darlings. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, their decor shows off how, according to Domino.com, the Southwest does minimalism. And boy do they do it well. The home is a perfect example of how to successfully pull off contemporary global, eclectic style. 

Can you resist falling in love with this beautiful boho home full of ethical interiors and artisan-crafted textiles

Image credit: New Darlings

It’s all down to global layering – start off with a blank canvas (neutral wall and floor coverings), then layer up with textures, colours, textiles and treasures that you’ve hunted down from far and wide.

Can you resist falling in love with this beautiful boho home full of ethical interiors and artisan-crafted textiles

Image credit: Michael Wiltbank for domino.com 

Take the room above for example – the crisp, white walls add the perfect backdrop, effortlessly complemented by natural materials (the wooden retro furniture, the lush greenery, the rustic ladder and the leather sofa), coupled with some gorgeous textures and textiles (the tribal print rug, the African indigo print cushions, the woven wall hanging) with a final pop of metallic accents and some bold minimalist artwork. Despite a wide mix of pieces and influences, the final look is wonderfully put-together. Cohesive but not contrived. It’s a room that’s fantastically stylish but also one in which you could happily curl up on the sofa without feeling awkward!

Can you resist falling in love with this beautiful boho home full of ethical interiors and artisan-crafted textiles

Image credit: Michael Wiltbank for domino.com 

The styling in this modern boho home continues throughout  – the same principles apply for an overall cohesive look. And it works a treat. 

Can you resist falling in love with this beautiful boho home full of ethical interiors and artisan-crafted textiles

Image credit: Michael Wiltbank for domino.com 

This is definitely a style I’ll be trying to emulate. Creating cohesion in my home is something I’ve always struggled with. I like too many styles and find it extremely hard to narrow down and stick to just one. Apparently its called being a ‘design omnivore’ – a term I rather like. I always thought it was just me being fickle…!

Anyway, the result of this affliction means I tend to try out different things in different rooms, which isn’t always ideal (though it can be deliciously fun!). I think that this home gives me hope however, that it is possible to create cohesion without every room looking the same which has always been my fear. Bland is something that this house certainly is not!

The advice from the New Darlings for achieving boho home perfection?

"Keep it natural. Bring things into your home that you absolutely love. Don’t be afraid to show off your personality. We are trying to live by those three rules. All the earthy tones definitely give off that relaxing vibe. Our plant addiction really creates a constant calmness to our busy schedules. It gives us a steady morning routine of misting or watering each plant which is so nice to wake up to."

 

Can you resist falling in love with this beautiful boho home full of ethical interiors and artisan-crafted textiles

Image credit: Michael Wiltbank for domino.com 

The other thing I love about this house is that it perfectly showcases what contemporary global style looks like to me. A few years ago, if anyone mentioned ‘eclectic’ or ‘boho’ it automatically conjured up images of endless macrame, loads of clutter, and dodgy tie-die wall-hangings or bed spreads. And the thought of boho-minimalism was simply not possible – the two could not be imagined together.

But now all that has changed, bringing with it a totally new interiors approach that seamlessly blends a range of influences and styles. It mixes old and new, blends warmth with cool, and marries natural with synthetic. I love it!

Can you resist falling in love with this beautiful boho home full of ethical interiors and artisan-crafted textiles

Image credit: Michael Wiltbank for domino.com 

This boho home showcases how you can mix vintage finds with modern flatpack (there are a few Ikea pieces dotted around for sure) without it looking like a big old jumble. The key I think is down to the styling. The couple have opted for a less is more approach which minimises clutter and allows the more special pieces of furniture, like the gorgeous table and chairs above, to shine. 

I love that the biggest challenge Robert and Christina have said they've faced in trying not to over decorate. Haven't we all struggled with this at some point!? 

"We have so many fun little souvenirs, candles, and structural pieces that we needed to give away or store. As much as we’d love to fill our entire house with every piece we’ve ever loved, we learned that less is definitely more in this case. Having some negative space, gives the eye a sense of calmness and balance, plus helps you appreciate all the individual pieces a bit more."

Can you resist falling in love with this beautiful boho home full of ethical interiors and artisan-crafted textiles

Image credit: Michael Wiltbank for domino.com 

You'll spot too that the colour palette is pretty consistent throughout each room. The accents are all muted tones, which add texture but keep bold, bright colours to a minimum. While colour-lovers like me may struggle with this, I do see how refraining from too many pops of colour adds to that cohesive boho look. 

Want to get the look at home? Shop our Mali collection for a range of muted mudcloth and indigo print cushions, made by women from refugee backgrounds forging new lives here in New Zealand. 

Can you resist falling in love with this beautiful boho home full of ethical interiors and artisan-crafted textiles

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