For those of you who follow me on Instagram you will know I am a bit of shopping addict! The internet of course feeds that addiction and enables me to find new stores and brands without stepping out of the house! So when about a month ago I discovered this unique project called Heartisania I was immediately hooked and I think you will be too…
The Bohemian trend may have taken over the interior world the last couple of years but it can be difficult still to find pieces which are individual unless of course you are lucky enough to be able to travel the world.Hunting for individual finds can be tricky and Heartisania has been set up with the view to connect us with local craftsmen living in the most distant corners of the globe and to fill our life with the pure inspiration of handmade arts and crafts.
Bringing in pieces from India, Central America, North Africa and Asia it is easy to go and loose yourself for hours on their website, not only choosing beautiful, individual homewares but also reading the story of each beautifully crafted object.Gratifyingly each piece for sale is truly unique and one of a kind.
The bohemian style can be tweaked and interpreted to suit your own decorating style whether it is full on colourful maximalist or Scandi minimal…I picked a few objects from their beautiful collection and stuck to my monochrome colour scheme …
Textiles, pillows, throws are key to achieving that Bohemian vibe, colourful or not you are looking for interesting textures and patterns…This handwoven cotton oversized pillow which could double up as a small throw is made in the Indian desert, embroidered in a technique known as Kashia. While Kashia is also a name used for embroidery in Kashmir, the one used here is typical of designs seen in this part of the desert. This Kashia uses an extra weft, allowing for the distinctive horizontal bands of bold colour running across the fabric in handlooms. Many of these designs are based on a ‘master’ design, used in a variety of colours and combinations. Motifs such as kites, fish, human and geometric figures are common. Kashia work is made using a special technique on a traditional pit loom. It is a laborious and time consuming process, done almost exclusively by men. Men from the desert villages of Rajasthan are trained in this art.
Nothing says relaxed, bohemian style like layered rugs, here you can truly got to town with patterns, sizes and colours. (yes I said the c word!)
Finally Statement ceramics are a must! Choose artisan made like these Lenca pottery pieces. This amazing pottery is easy to spot on every Central American market – and is hard to forget. Impressive quality of craftsmanship, and unusual and unexpectedly modern geometric pattern on the raven black clay combine with bizarre forms to leave a lasting impression.
Conical pots, curved bowls looking like mangrove leaves floating down the river, and vases resembling hollowed-out pumpkins, have for many centuries been a part of authentic culture of Lenca – an indigenous tribe, living in the central area and southwest of Honduras and the east of El Salvador.
Interestingly the Black colour in Lenca pottery is not paint! The Lenca technique to make the colour black involves decorating the piece and then smoking it in fire. They create more smoke by using green plants. The piece is then cleaned revealing the decorations!
So go and have a look at Heartisania and see how you can create your own kind of boho. Heartisania is kindly giving away a plate similar to mine (as no two pieces are the same it will be a close match but not identical), head over to my Instagram to enter!