Southern California-based designer Rose Schneider of Maison Rose Interiors has the experience and talent to design spaces in a wide variety of styles and periods. From traditional to modern, she creates warm, comfortable homes. For these clients, a young, growing family, a Bohemian aesthetic reflects their tastes and lifestyle. We asked Rose to share her design choices and process for this project.
“With a growing family, and a love for entertaining, our clients wanted a space that would be both family-friendly without compromising their style tastes”, says Rose. “We aimed to balance that by keeping the feel of the space livable and functional, while maintaining a striking interior that was unique to their tastes.”
What are some key elements to Bohemian design and how do you keep it feeling up-to-date rather than just vintage?
“Bohemian style is for those who want their home full of color, culture and authenticity. It embraces a carefree and relaxed style. Warm earthy colors, patterns and tapestries are common in Bohemian style rooms, and second-hand vintage items are right at home.
“The key to embracing the classic elements of the Bohemian style, while maintaining a modern feel is to mix and match. Mix Bohemian patterns with stripy modern patterns on throws. Add a vintage Bohemian inspired rug that is full of color to a modern sofa with clean lines in a solid neutral color, for example.”
I believe in nurturing and incorporating the creative tastes of my clients, always sticking to my design mantra: a home should reflect the personalities, interests, and lifestyles of the people who live in it! Rose Schneider
You use and layer beautiful fabrics. What do you consider when making your textile selections?
“Choosing fabrics you love goes without question. But, the number one thing I ask my clients to consider when making fabric selections is to first determine the purpose of a space. Understanding what you intend a space to be used for truly dictates the style and type of fabric to use. Will the space be formal or relaxed? A space shared with pets and/or children?
“Bottom line, fabrics should look great for a long time in a home. For this reason, I try to choose fabrics that are as durable and practical as possible. Lastly, I try to choose fabrics with enough design elements that can be used throughout the room. Here the pink, blue and brown accents in the rug are played-out throughout the rest of the room and coordinated with textures and other furnishings in the space.”
One of our favorite elements of this home is the fireplace. What was the original state of the fireplace? How much of a challenge was it to create this dramatic look?
“The fireplace is a commanding focal point in this room. Replacing a fireplace wall is an aesthetic choice, and for my clients, the fireplace was worthy to keep it in its original brick state. Several coats of paint were used to bring it up to date. The authenticity brings a vintage feel that lends itself to the Bohemian style.”
The kitchen in this space is quite modern. What was your inspiration and what are some tips for blending modern with Bohemian design?
“While I love to mix and match, the goal here was to create a space that the eyes and the mind view as a whole. We achieved this by limiting our color palate to neutrals and hints of salmon pinks. You’ll see these colors repeated throughout the space in various objects including florals, dishes, books and throws. The straight lines used in the kitchen are repeated in the sofa, bench and fireplace. It’s amazing how two distinct, contrasting style periods will go well together when color tones and lines are consistent.”
My mother’s style legacy has become my design philosophy, blending the practical and creative to make a space one you love to live in. Rose Schneider