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Inspire: 
(verb) 1. to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence; to give rise to, bring about, cause, etc.: (a philosophy that inspired a revolution.) 

 Bohemia:  
(noun) 1. a community of persons with artistic or literary tastes who adopt manners and mores conspicuously different from those expected or approved of by the majority of society, 2. the district in which bohemians live.

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My goal is to inspire and promote creativity, the beauty of art, interior design, architecture and nature. In doing so, I hope to foster individuality and the development of more artistic communities. Set yourself free by being who you are, you are unique and you have something artistic to contribute to this life. Believe it and get inspired!

If you're interested in reading the long detailed rant version of my mission statement, read on below... :)

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I've thought a lot about the formality of this blog and I've concluded that I want it to be pretty informal... Personally, I don't believe that labels or names necessarily matter when it comes to designing ones personal spaces. I know it's a rebellious declaration, but that's how I honestly feel about design, and fashion, and a few other things in life. Of course, I'm not referring to building your own home or doing a renovation, or high-end Interior Design, such as in Hospitality, Corporate, Commercial design [and so on] where good design goes hand in hand with excellent product/resource research and selection (and enough $!).  No no, I'm talking about designing your own space and not limiting that design by only buying trendy, pricey or brand new furniture, lighting or decor. 

New things don't always have the quality one expects from a new item, nor do they have the character that thrift/used/antique pieces often do. I tend to cherish my antiques, garage sale finds, thrift store and Goodwill treasures much more than new store bought decor. The way all of those unique items come together over time, mixed in with my personal art, trinkets from world travels and family antiques is so unique - it's my bohemian heaven!

I do not see the merit in letting designer labels dictate the boundaries of my artistic visions! I appreciate things with character and stories, things that are old, rustic, used, discarded, found and passed down. I enjoy shopping at stores like TJMaxx, Marshalls, Homegoods, Ross and all of the thrift shops, Goodwills, Salvation Armies and antique stores that I find around town.  I'm looking for the beautiful bargain, not the 'costs an arm and a leg' designer chair/table/etc. Oh no no, design is much more intricate than that, it doesn't happen in a few hours, it happens over time! After all, if you went out tomorrow with a bunch of money and tried to buy everything to design a room all at once, you'd be sadly mistaken to think you'd be designing the best room possible, no matter the budget.  I think good design takes time, you must build on it little by little, as frustrating as that can be.  

That brings me to the second and final reason why I believe names and labels don't matter when it comes to personal design: I need to keep with the spirit of my blog! When reading/viewing my blog I plan to keep you all outside the boundaries of convention by saying guess what, it doesn't matter whose living room/patio/office/bedroom/etc that is, it doesn't matter who designed it or where all of the little accessories and furniture are from so you can click and buy it.... it's just inspiration! Observe it, study it, and take away from it what you will. Whatever it may be, even if I inspire you to stare in awe and dream of moving to a far away land, or finally get around to hanging up some artwork in your home! 

When there is something that warrants detailed citing and explanation, rest assured all the information will be in order.  I always disclaim images that are not my property, though lately I have only been using my personal photographs and veering away from external images in an attempt to avoid regurgitating the same-ol' same-ol' and produce original inspiration.  In essence, I'm just letting you know that I want you to be creative, be original, look through my blog posts and get to thinking what YOU can do at home to make your space a better reflection of who you are and the things you enjoy (if it's not already). And hey, if it already is, just know that it doesn't hurt to constantly keep evolving and articulating ones style - as well as to keep moving around furniture, lighting, art and accessories! Keep it fresh, change your things up and remix them a little for a renewed sense of order, inspiration, and enjoyment of your space - work with what you have. Trust me, I've been impulsively doing this ever since I was a young teenager and strong enough to push my dresser across a carpeted room all by myself!  ;)


Catherine




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(Cited from my February 2010 blog post: "Let's make things quite informal here...")

13 comments:

  1. I love you just the way you are.

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  2. your blog is perfect

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  3. This is great! I really love your photos of your garden. I have recently decided to start trying to grow some things and do something with our patio, you've got great ideas.

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  4. I went looking for uzbek prayer rugs to inspire my art (because they do) and I found your beautiful site! I love your choices.

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  5. I found your blog by chance, or maybe destiny or fate... either way... I am simply in love with it and the concept and your view on having your interior/exterior and overall LIFE reflect who you are. It reminds me of this quote straight from the Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12, 2005... "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary... stay hungry. stay foolish."

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  6. Wow, thank you all so much! I am really moved by all of your kind words.

    It brings me immense joy to know that my efforts to inspire others through sharing my passions and declaring my rebellious views are succeeding! Your support means the world and inspires me to push on. :)

    ~Catherine
    xoxo

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  7. Catherine I love your door photos would really like to know if you sell prints, they are beautiful!

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  8. Hi! Which door photos? I have posted a few from my trips to Istanbul, Amsterdam, and Paris, however I have also done posts with photos that other people have taken (that I pull from web searches and Pinterest). Send me the links to the posts with the door images you like and I can let you know. I do not sell prints of my photographs, but perhaps I could look into it now that I know someone is interested! :)

    Catherine
    InspireBohemia(at)gmail.com

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  10. This is such a creative blog and a walk down memory lane for me, as I am an old hippy. I will always be a Bohemian, as my mother's family was from Bohemia. In my part of the country we actually have a few small communities of Bohemians, tho they are not of the gypsy/hippy types, just regular farm and small town folk. I sometimes wander if we boomers who were flower childoren still exist, at least in spirit and heart. Somewhere there must still be a few of us. (wink) Thank you for sharing. Peace and Love, PrairieFloozie

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  11. Thank you Gayle, and you're very welcome! I am the child of a flower child and I definitely inherited the spirit!!! ;)
    I hope you are well, have a great day… Peace and Love to you too.

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  12. Being an old hippie I have always loved designing on the cheap and the inspiration of the Far East. Your post on Moroccan Tiles caught my eye as I am making various beads based on that. Sort of a Midnight at the Oasis theme if you will. Now that I have found your site I will surely be back often.

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  13. JUST found your blog and I love your philosophy! Can't wait to take it all in....

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