Boho House Tour: A 1929 Bungalow
Welcome to my Boho House Tour!
I made the move to this bungalow on January 1, and I’ll admit, it’s taken some getting used to. If you haven’t been here before, last year I lived in a loft in the downtown area. However, thanks to COVID, I’ve been working from home for a year now. After a few months of staying in my loft day after day, I realized I needed some more space.
The lofts downtown can be quite expensive, so I ended up finding this house in a charming neighborhood in Birmingham. It’s quite rare that a house goes up for rent in this neighborhood, so I jumped on it.
What I didn’t realize is how different it’d be, but I’m making the best of it, and trying to make it as homey as I possibly can.
Without further ado, let’s get into my boho house tour!
Boho Living Room
This is probably one of my favorite rooms in the house. It’s got the coziest vibes with the fireplace and really has a lot of great natural light that comes in in the mornings.
My couch isn’t my favorite, but it’s one that I got after weeks of searching when I was at the loft. Ideally, I’d like to have a sectional in here – maybe orange or Burgundy colored – but for now this will do!
This IKEA Shoe Cabinet is one of my favorite pieces I own. I don’t have many shoes, so it’s perfect because each drawer fits two shoes. Three, if they’re smaller shoes. We added this wood accent piece to the top of it, with some dark oak stain, just to bring it to life a bit.
It’s a total DIY and super cheap to do. The piece of wood cost around $8 at Home Depot and the stain was around $5. I actually don’t have mine glued down, but you might want to if people are bumping into it or it’s got valuables on it, etc. Completely up to you!
All of the pieces in my house are here for a reason and represent something to me. This particular piece of art is from Tate Modern, in London, and I fell in love with it when I saw it for the first time. I knew it was something I had to bring home, and ever since I’ve thoroughly enjoyed finding a home for it in the places I live.
Another favorite piece of mine is the dining table. I got it at IKEA on sale for about $150 and it just looked like a picnic table. We stained the top of it and painted the legs black and it looks like a brand new table. It’s one of my staple pieces that I make sure to always have room for.
If you’re a fan of hosting people for dinner or holidays, this kind of table is for you. It has plenty of room for at least 6, if not more, and it’s the perfect height. I’ve linked a similar one that you can always DIY a little bit!
I make iced coffee every day, especially since COVID happened, I’ve perfected it a bit. So, when I moved into this place and I saw this little corner, I knew it had to be my coffee bar. What you don’t see is a beverage fridge that the owner has, but it makes a really loud noise, so I’ve unplugged it. Ideally I’d have my creamer, iced coffee, etc. in that fridge, but it’s still a functional space for me.
I also found these vintage magazines that are so cool to add to the area with my cutting board. Also, if you don’t buy the olive oil that you see pictured from Trader Joes – you’re missing out! It’s only around $8, I think, and I use it every day! Such a staple for your kitchen.
Luckily when I moved into this place, the owner already had open shelves added to one of the walls, so all I had to do was decorate them! If you haven’t noticed yet, I have plants everywhere, so obviously the open shelves had to have some greenery.
Another of my favorite prints that I picked up at an outdoor market in London is the one on top of the open shelves that says, “I like this place and could easily waste my time here.”
My plant shelf was actually a FB Marketplace find for only $10! It was originally gold, so I painted it a burnt orange color to kind of go with the rest of the house decor. I have a shelf at the bottom that’s pretty empty, so just all the more reason to buy a few more plants 😉
My front porch was a recent project and while I think there’s still a few more things I’d like to do to it, it’s looking good so far!
I bought some tulips and flowers at Home Depot + a local nursery, and I already had a ton of the terracotta pots that I didn’t need to buy anymore. I love the vibe of those because it really goes with the rest of my color scheme, so I continued it on the front porch.
You can do all of this for relatively cheap. I spent somewhere around $100 for all the different plants, so since I had the pots I saved some money!
A quick tip: IF you’re on the hunt for some pots and don’t mind them being secondhand or used, vintage shops or thrift stores always have a great deal on terracotta pots. I got 10 for around $15!
Thanks for coming along on this tour of my little bungalow. I hope that you enjoyed it! For similar posts to this, check out my How to Decorate an Apartment on a budget post and 8 Amazon Household Essentials.
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