A Family-Friendly Boho Home

Becki Owens Features an Eclectic Mix of Mid-Century and Global Elements in this Living Room and Kitchen Update

A Family Friendly Boho Home | Interior Design by Becki Owens | Photography by Becki Owens | Modern Sanctuary | Living Room | Boho Living Room | Modern Living Room | Seating
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Becki Owens
10/05/2016

Seeing the bright, eclectic design of this house, you can get an immediate sense of the adventurous and fun family who must call it home. Designer Becki Owens brought her signature style to the entry, living room and kitchen to create a cohesive, livable space.

“This home has a great open feel. My vision was to create a home with an inviting, family friendly, bohemian vibe”, says Becki. “I wanted the space to be stylish and ready to entertain young families.”

In the living room, Becki started with neutral, upholstered, mid-century style furniture for a modern feel. Then, carefully selected accessories were layered to create polish and a sense of being collected over time. A turquoise lamp and books with a surprise of pink on the buffet add vibrant color, while the throw pillows and baskets create an impression of global travels.

“One of my favorite parts of this project was designing the kitchen. I knew right away I wanted to keep it light and bright and maximize the space. I kept in mind that this family of four would be spending a lot of time in the kitchen, so I wanted it to be pretty as well as practical. The foundation for this space was cool and neutral. The oval table and bench seat are functional and stylish, providing extra walking room in the kitchen. I love the contrast of the leather and wood dining chairs juxtaposed with the polish of the table. The single glass, globe pendant gives a light and airy feel. Paired with the oval table, it helps to break up the straight lines of the space.”

The mix of mid-century and global inspired elements in this home layer together to create a beautiful bohemian, eclectic space.

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 “The focal point of this space is a mid-century buffet. Its crisp, white color gives the room a fresh pop. I added a large, round mirror to make the space feel larger and add a little shine. I also decided to have a little fun by picking a bold, black, over-dyed rug which brought interest to the space, grounding the room with bohemian style.”

Mid-Century Buffet: West Elm | Gold Mirror: Wisteria | Rug: Rugs Direct

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Sofa: West Elm | Stonington Gray wall color: Benjamin Moore

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 To carry the bohemian style into the kitchen, Becki accessorized with leather, macrame and metals. Two simple yet stylish stools are a great place to sit and chat with the cook. A macrame hanging fills the large, open wall space.

“The textiles in this kitchen create interest with pops of color and layered textures. I used a vintage kilim rug for a fun global inspired vibe and several wood cutting boards for warmth on the counters. Some vintage mud cloth and some new tribal pillows were layered in to tie the space together. Tie dye kitchen towels add a fun element of surprise.”

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Tulip tablependant light  and  kitchen stools: Amazon | Dining chairs: Target |  Vintage Kilim rug: Lulu & Georgia | Cutting boards: West Elm | Mud cloth  and tribal  pillows: One King’s Lane

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“I picked an assortment of wood and ceramic mid-century planters to give the kitchen a collected feel and to add some greenery.”

Macrame hanging: Urban Outfitters | Planters: West Elm

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Try to not over design. Pinterest is a blessing and a curse! Use it as a resource to find what you are drawn to and for new ideas, but don’t try and put every image or idea you find in one room. You want your home to feel curated and unique, not like you bought it all at once.  Becki Owens

This home is a representation of the beauty that can be created when each element is thoughtfully considered to ensure that it enhances and never detracts from the overall design.

Meet the designer Becki Owens
Bio:
As a little girl I played with color and design, helping my Dad mix and create color in his paint store. I watched closely as my parents remodeled homes and knew that is what I wanted to do. I’ve been transforming spaces ever since. After getting my degree, I worked for Denton House in Salt Lake City. My husband and I relocated to Orange County, where I started designing Model homes for large developments. For a while I stopped designing and had 2 of my 4 children. Later, my husband and I started a business staging homes, which motivated me to focus on residential design. From kitchen makeovers, to new builds, I’m passionate about the environments I create. Simple, clean, elegant are words that inspire me every day. I hope you enjoy exploring my projects and some of my favorite finds along the way.
What is your design philosophy?
I like to create spaces that are livable with a clean, fresh and modern feel. It’s important to me to listen to my client’s vision, evaluate the needs for their space and incorporate that into the design. I generally work with whites and neutrals and at interest and color through collected textiles and art. I really feel less is more. Keeping things simple makes a space feel refreshing.
What are 3-5 design tips you can give our readers to help them create sanctuary in their own spaces?
Invest in furniture pieces you love. It will be worth the wait and the price. Take your time while furnishing your home. Having the right furniture is more important than having a lot of furniture. Also, add curated accessories. Gather them during your travels, scour flea markets, collect books about your interests, layer in different textures, and shop for unique items you love over time.

Trust your gut, your initial feeling is usually right! When it’s time to make decisions it can be overwhelming, there are so many great ideas to choose from. Keep a collection of your favorites and you will find it’s often your first inspirations that are the best choice.

Put lighting as a top priority. It is dramatic what lighting can do! Have fun when selecting lighting. Beautiful chandeliers and lamps can be the eye candy in a space. Lighting will add to the personality of a room and will affect the mood of a space.
What is your Modern Sanctuary?
Spending time with my family bring me so much peace and joy. That special time with them is invaluable to me.

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