Favorite Bohemian Christmas Décor Ideas

10 Favorite Bohemian Christmas Décor Ideas

Guest Post by Debbie Blair

It seems crazy to me that Christmas is right around the corner! Time to put up the tree and haul out the boxes of lights and ornaments and knick-knacky things from the crawl space.

While my own Christmas decor is considered more or less traditional, with the greenery and lights around the mantel, Santas and angels on the tree, and the nativity scene on prominent display, as an artist and graphic designer I’m drawn to the farmhouse-inspired trends and boho-chic style of decorating that are so popular right now.

Here I’ve rounded up an assortment of boho Christmas decorating ideas that embrace the carefree, relaxed, and unconventional style that defines the bohemian look, combining colorful or simple harmonious patterns in a mix-and-match style that are sure to awake your inner gypsy!

MERRY MANTELS:

Place of My Taste Holiday MantleCombine layers of textures, like a wooden wreath and greenery with beaded garland, and add unexpected details, like the skull that decorates this mantel from the design blog, Place of My Taste.

Hey Wanderer Blog Holiday MantleNot that I’m promoting a “skull” them per se, but I do love this eclectic mix of a skull with lanterns, ornaments, and stockings—even disco balls—on this mantel decorated by BFF bloggers over at Hey Wanderer. They even offer up a list of the items they used so you can get the look yourself!

ORNAMENTAL IDEAS:

Dream Big Live Inspired Dream CatcherThis beautiful dream catcher by Dream Big Live Inspired on Etsy will liven up any space, with its golden stars and sparkly red, green, silver, and gold ribbons.

Made in A Day Blog Painted Feather Ornaments

Kim from the Made in a Day blog provides instructions for making your own glitter feather ornaments using wooden feather cutouts and metallic paint pens. Head over to her blog for the how-to and to catch her boho Christmas tree reveal.

One Kind Designs Burlap Wrapped Ornaments

Create rustic-looking ornaments by wrapping old ornaments in burlap or frayed fabric, as shown at One Kind Design.

Bast + Bruin Dream Catcher Ornament

I love the deep jewel-tone colors and feather accents on these mini dreamcatcher ornaments from Bast + Bruin.

THE TREE:

Patchwork Tree SkirtThe mix of colorful patterned fabric on this patchwork tree skirt will definitely lend a true gypsy feel to any room.

Advice from a 20 Something Tree Decorations

From the tassels, faux cotton stems, and mini dream catchers, to the unique peace sign tree topper, this tree by Advice From a 20-Something has an eclectic look that feels well put-together. I would add a few more colorful items instead of sticking to such a monochromatic palette, but the elements themselves represent a boho feel. And who doesn’t love the jute rug and faux fur pillows in lieu of a tree skirt!

EAT, DRINK, AND BE MERRY:

Harpers Bazaar Table SettingHarpers Bazaar offers up rustic décor ideas for the ultimate Christmas soiree. My favorite is this table runner topped with live evergreen branches, wood slices, and candles. Easy peasy!

Gypsy Jule MugsAnd after you’ve decorated your perfect boho-style home, you’ll want to sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee by the fire in this cool gypsy mug from Gypsy Jule.

Whatever your style, I hope you enjoy a warm and wonderful holiday season with your loved ones!

Cheers!
Debbie

2018 Twin City Bead Bazaar

Hey Party People! Who is going to the Twin City Bead Bazaar?

If you’re looking for some of my favorite spots to check out while you’re in the Twin Cities area for the upcoming Twin Cities Bead Bazaar-here’s my list of low-key lake town go to’s: It will be here before we know it!

-CC

Malachite: Stone of Transformation

Malachite: Stone of Transformation

by Katie Hacker for CandieCooper.com

Are you thinking of making a transition in your life? Malachite is a good stone to support you through this transformation. Malachite is known as a healing stone that helps balance body, mind and spirit. It helps clear blockages, supports change and stimulates insight.

The color green symbolizes growth and renewal, making malachite’s striped patterns symbolic of abundance and new beginnings. You can increase its nourishing wood energy by combining it with wooden beads. Turquoise, hematite and pyrite are also good partners.

You might be drawn to malachite for its ability to help balance emotions, guard against negativity and support change. A malachite stretch bracelet is a visual reminder to check-in with yourself. What do you need to let go of so you can move forward?

Worn by ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, malachite is back in the spotlight. People are attracted to the boho vibe that made the verdant green stone so appealing in the 70s. Trend-spotters at this year’s JCK Las Vegas report that beaded bar necklaces, stacked bracelets and eye-catching pendants are giving it a fresh, updated look. People are attracted to the boho vibe that made the verdant green stone so appealing in the 70s.

Malachite is not just for jewelry. Bring the peacefulness of nature into your home by hanging a strand of malachite where you’ll often see it. Or, attach malachite to your key ring for safe travels. Malachite has a long history of being incorporated into the home.

Jewelry journalist and expert Cathleen McCarthy of The Jewelry Loupe says, “what I think of every time I see malachite (especially large pieces) is Imperial Russia, especially the Malachite Room of the Winter Palace. Also I think of Nicolai Medvedev’s intarsia boxes. Nicolai has lived and worked in the U.S. for many years but he trained in Moscow and spent a lot of time at the Hermitage. He is a master of intarsia and malachite is a primary feature of his work.”

Although malachite is known for being mined in Russia, it is now primarily mined in Africa. African malachite is particularly known its concentric patterns. Usually found near copper deposits, malachite is formed through the combination of carbonated water, limestone and copper.

If you’re going to cut malachite slabs into cabochons or other shapes, metalsmith Jeff Fulkerson says, “Malachite is a beautiful stone. It’s a copper derivative as so many stones are (turquoise, azurite, chrysocolla). When cutting it, #1 – it’s toxic, so wear a mask and ALWAYS cut wet. #2 – The lines and patterns that make it so appealing also make it ‘chippy’ meaning it tends to chip and split as you try to cut/polish it. No way around it, just go for it.”

That’s the message of malachite. If you’re ready to make a change: ready, set, go for it! Set your intention and get started. The vibrant energy of malachite will support your transformation.

Katie Hacker is the host of Beads, Baubles & Jewels. She loves gemstones and their attributes. She’s going to place a strand of malachite near her computer for productivity.

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