It’s a Boho basket wall of thrifted wicker booty! Find out how I pulled this basket wall off in a rental home without using a single nail. Three inspiration photos, one Boho look and most of it created with thrift store finds! Loads of fun without spending my last dime!
Thrift the Look Blog Hop
It’s exciting to be joining 5 other thrift savvy bloggers in our second “Thrift the Look” blog hop. These ladies are also some of my admin sidekicks from the Creative Vintage Darlings FB group, so if you like vintage (and since you’re here, I assume you do) come check us out! Better yet, join us. We’re always looking for new vintage loving members.
Today, however, is the day we share our thrifty reveals for our Boho decor challenge! Please join me in giving Sarah of Sadie Seasongoods a huge shoutout for this awesome idea and for all her hard work in making it happen! TYSM Sarah!!
Now, settle in for some serious eye candy in today’s Thrift the Look: Boho Decor. You will find links to each blogger’s reveal at the end of this post. And trust me, we have a range of Boho decor inspiration that will have your inner Bohemian saying start the car for the thrifts!
Thrift the Look: Boho Decor
We had a hard time as a group trying to decide on our inspiration photo. Bohemian decor is unconventional, eclectic, collected, and above all, personal. It can be bold and colourful, or more organic with earth tones and neutrals.The Boho vibe tends to break many cliché decorating ‘rules’, but there is actually an art to achieving the look and feel of this wild child.
In the end we decided to each find our own inspiration photo(s) and thrift our way to our own Boho style.
My Boho Decor Inspiration
Instead of re-creating the look of one inspiration photo, I decided to borrow the look and feel of these three images and combine them into my own interpretation.
I have been a fan of basket walls for years and have wanted to install one in my own home but just haven’t gotten around to it. In part it’s because we rent our home, so the thought of banging a cluster of nail holes in the wall wasn’t exactly a drawing card. But with Boho decor being the theme of this thrift-the-look, suddenly I had an open door and the nudge I needed!
Giving Our Bedroom the Boho Look
All along I knew our bedroom was the target for this Boho makeover. My original plan was to feature the basket wall over our 1960s walnut Mid-Century dresser. We bought it through Used Victoria about a year ago and have been shaping our room around it ever since. But then I spied a coat tree bench (aka hall tree) on Varage Sale, another go-to site that’s loaded with used finds. This black metal, dual purpose piece was my turning point.
Our bedroom just happened to have the perfect spot for this modern industrial space-saver, so I believe it was meant to be! The coat stand had a lot of pluses for our needs, but the game-changer was actually the four built-in coat hooks at the top of the frame.
Make a Thrifting List
With our first Thrift the Look: Vintage Lake House challenge I packed my inspiration photo with me everywhere I went. This time, because I was not replicating an exact look, I just made a thrifting list with a few notes and a quick sketch of the coat tree and measurements. I do like to thrift with a list!
Shop Your Home
For this challenge there wasn’t a lot I had to buy, but I did have to fill in some gaps. With the framework in place (pun totally intended) I was able to shop my home for baskets and accessories, most from thrifting days gone by. All I really needed to thrift for were a few more baskets in different sizes, I wanted a snake plant, and anything else was a bonus buy.
I feel like I got lucky with my sourcing rounds. Right off the bat I found these three baskets in one thrift, like new and reasonably priced.
Tip: When creating a basket wall look for baskets in assorted sizes with different weaves, textures and colours or colour highlights
Metallics Are A Boho Thing
This little brass dish (a bonus buy) and blue Belly basket were found together at another thrift store. The brass dish needed some heavy TLC cleaning, but the basket was another like new find. As soon as I saw it I knew it would be perfect to store the quilt top I inherited from my grandmother. My Gran sewed all her own dresses, and she made this quilt top from the left over bits and pieces of fabric.
Vintage Kronan Dish, Denmark
This vintage metallic red dish has a silver plate base and the surface of the bowl is finished in red enamel. I picked this piece up for $3 from one of my favourite thrift stores quite a few years ago. Quick research tells me it’s circa 1940s-50s. With the pops of red in the bedroom I thought it was a good fit. My little secret…it’s sitting on top of a small Sonos speaker. I don’t like electronics in the bedroom, so I set the speaker inside this basket I picked up just for this challenge. I thought the dish was a great way to hide the top of the speaker. Oh, the things we do!
Installing a Boho Basket Wall
Figuring out how to fit and display the baskets was the hardest part, I’m not gonna lie. It’s one thing to do a trial layout on the floor, in my case the bed, but it’s a whole new bag of tricks to transfer that layout to the wall. I can’t decide if the hooks on the stand made this part easier or harder, but these four hooks meant I could improvise the installation by hanging, propping and stacking the baskets without the use of nails!
Tools to Hang Without Nails
I used fishing line to hang the lower baskets off the hooks hidden behind the two baskets above them, and threaded fishing line through the base of the basket off to the right. This basket is hanging from a removable Command strip 3M hook that’s stuck to the wall. What’s great about this semi-permanent set-up is I can easily remove baskets to use and then just as easily hang them back up!
One of my favourite finds was the little Tweedmill wool throw draped over the vintage clothing valet. The throw was another Varage Sale score, and the valet was picked up years ago from a second hand store. I love the warmth and texture – so cozy and comfortable with the simple feeling of ‘home’.
What do you think? Are you into Boho style, and would you use baskets for wall decor too? If you are into this Boho look then you might also want to take a peek at our Boho Home Decor Pinterest board. So much inspiration there!
And of course, make sure you visit the other bloggers who are thrifting their own boho room decor vignettes. Just click on their blog name(s) to be magically transported to their blog posts.
Thanks for stopping by!
Photographs © Audrey Would! Vintage Home unless otherwise indicated.