Things are very much boho chic in the clothing world these days, but creating a Bohemian vibe doesn’t stop at floppy hats and floral dresses. Boho home decor makes for beautiful, highly textured spaces that are both invigorating and easy going.
At the BOHO Bungalow boutique in Sebastopol, proprietress Faith Parker has created exactly that design vibe, plus an element of playfulness that keeps the scheme feeling freshly original and not too serious. BOHO Bungalow’s Main Street location, which opened in early May, is an expansion from Parker’s original store of the same name, which opened four years ago, a ways down the Bohemian Highway in Occidental.
Parker exudes a warmth and excitement about the work she does, and says, “we are really happy and positive” of her staff. According to her Instagram, “happy is (her) brand.” This sunniness is reflected in the style of items she curates, like nubby blankets and pillows, brightly patterned handbags, mini modern planters and silly signage.
Parker backs the sunny vibe with some serious design and maker chops (check out her Instagram). With a formal background in architectural drafting, paired with a love of interior design, Parker says she applies all her skills at BOHO Bungalow. She makes candles scented from the “notes” of different strains of marijuana, original graphic tees or “merch” celebrating the local vibe, and her own line of modern jewelry.
Even better, Parker will share her design know-how with customers. When someone comes to the store with a photo, seeking help with why a space “isn’t working,” Parker says she will make recommendations along the lines of “the area rug is too small” or the chairs don’t create “enough visual weight.”
Parker says she’s “obsessed with furniture” and has just a few pieces for sale in her store, like a gray, tufted couch, which sits in the center of the store, creating a low-profile, visual anchor.
Local makers also have their space at BOHO Bungalow from jewelry designs, fragrances and even candles poured into halved wine or beer bottle, all local favorites, like Pliny the Elder.
BOHO Bungalow’s selections are sourced diversely, however. Parker doesn’t follow the more austere, but growing, retail model of using only local and small batch products. While she embraces elements of the movement, she doesn’t miss out on widely produced tchotchkes to up the fun factor or a beautiful item from her travels abroad. Again, happy is her brand.
BOHO Bungalow, 3692 Bohemian Highway, 707-874-6030, 125 N Main St., Sebastopol, 707-861-9241, thebohobungalow.com
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