Designing a Bohemian Lounge


It was only a month ago that I revealed the new downstairs space, but it has already undergone a makeover—in a new design style!

For my fourth Wayfair assignment, I was asked to update a room with a specific lifestyle theme in mind, and when “traveler” was suggested, a visual immediately popped into my head. Since returning from Asia, I’d been dreaming about incorporating some of the patterns, textures and decor in my home so I could feel (almost) as if I were there again.

Click below to watch the video Wayfair and see how it all came together:Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 11.35.51 AM

For this makeover I focused on the daybed lounge area in the back of the downstairs space, which wasn’t bad to begin with but it was on the neutral side and could use a bit more personality.

I always like to start these posts with a before, so here’s how it looked, circa four weeks ago…

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And now, with a bit of accessorizing and styling…

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Existing pieces like the black carved mirror, crystal chandelier, woven blinds and gauze curtains were a solid starting point for the look I was going for, so it didn’t take much to fully commit to the theme.

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A leather moroccan pouf epitomizes casual boho style. It was a must have.

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More color was necessary, so I layered shades of blue onto the neutral palette. This tassel pillow cover adds tons of texture and pattern, and it’s only $19! My favorite.

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Ceilings are often ignored, but I used it to play up the height of the room by hanging faux ferns (in DIY macrame plant holders)…

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Along with this gorgeously detailed hanging metal candle lantern:

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A second side table was added and tucked behind the garden stool.

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A wall of abstract city map art provides a clean lined, modern contrast to the cushions and accessories below and emphasizes the traveler motif.

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On the coffee table lies an interesting mix of shapes and materials—a hammered metal tray, woven baskets, succulents, glass lanterns and vintage books.

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Variety is the spice of life!

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On the back wall, a fun textured wall hanging softens the hard lines while adding a laid back vibe.

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Designing this space was all about playing with patterns, color, shape, texture and style. A whole lot of mixing and matching make a room feel lived in and cozy.

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I know it’s not the typical modern/farmhouse/vintage look you’re used to seeing from me, but it looks like I’m adding boho to my style lineup. I love this space.

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What do you think? Do you like branching out into different styles, or tend to stick to just one? Looking back to my first house in 2008, my taste has changed so much and I know it will continue to evolve through the years, as different life experiences shape the environment I choose to spend my time in. That’s the fun part of design, we can reinvent ourselves as much as we want and it’s all subjective 🙂

Here’s a list of sources used in this room refresh:

Wall color: Kelly Moore’s Laguna Beach

Rectangle jute rug: Ikea

Daybeds: Ikea Brimnes

Gauze curtains: Ikea Lill

Wood coffee table: DIY

White garden stool: TJ Maxx

Metal & wood side tables: Ross

Crystal chandelier: Overstock

Woven blinds: Amazon

Black frames:  Ikea Fiskbo 16×20″

Art prints: Jenna Sue Design city maps

Black mirror: Borrowed

Bali Wall hanging: Wayfair

Moroccan leather pouf: Dwell Studio/Wayfair

Faux ferns: Wayfair

Hanging candle lantern: Wayfair

Blue tassel pillow: Wayfair

Blue/white damask pillow: Wayfair

All other pillows: Ikea, old or borrowed

Small lanterns: Joss & Main

And that wraps up another makeover! I’d love to hear any questions, thoughts or comments below—and if you liked the video, please do me a favor and give it a thumbs up on Youtube & leave a comment to let Wayfair know as well 🙂 I really appreciate all of the support you’ve given so far.

Another vlog with new projects is up next! If you’re looking for more content, don’t forget to check my instagram, facebook and snapchat @ jennasuedesign where I post daily updates. See you there…

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11 thoughts on “Designing a Bohemian Lounge

      1. Quick question.. I was looking at the blinds you got from Amazon but they dont have the height i need.. they are either 4 inches smaller or 16 inches longer. Were you able to fix the exact size you were looking for? Apparently my windows are not a custom size 🙁

  1. Hi, Jenna! This looks great! Do you have any issues with the smell of this pouf? I ordered 2 from amazon and I had to return them because they smell so bad:( Looking for replacements! Thx!

  2. Oh my gosh!! you are so darned cute!!! Good job Jenna. Love the new travel themed room. Nice to see you could incorporate your abstract city maps into the room. They add a nice flair.. I love Wayfair!…..they are lucky to have you on their team!

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