The Style Files No. 33

Immerse yourself in this beautiful jungle. Oops, I mean Lilly's home!

Last week we took you on a tour of a Kelly’s stunning ranch and this week we’re continuing the USA theme and showing off the lovely Lilly’s home with this boho house tour. Her home oozes character, charm & style and we love it so much because she shows us that you don’t have to spend a fortune to create your perfect home. Scope out vintage finds, thrift store goods & pre-loved furniture bits to create a special home that reflects your style whilst keeping your wallet full. We also love her passion for indoor plants – we completely agree that adding foliage, be it a little or a lot, can instantly pick up a room –  Lily has got some serious style tips to show off, so we hope you enjoy this Style Files. Like many of our house tours, these photos were taken by the lovely photographer Georgia Burns

Kelly's home
boho house tour
boho house tour

What was the inspiration behind your home?

The inspiration behind my home decor comes from growing up in the Caribbean. I was always mesmerized and very appreciative of the outdoor living and the colorful array of foliage as part of everyday life. Nowadays it’s an essential part of my decor choices.

boho house tour
boho house tour

What was the design process of your home?

I wouldn’t say there was a design process behind my home decor but more like a needs process. I had acquired many things throughout the years and most everything had been repurposed to fit the current needs. I’m a firm believer in giving a second life to utilitarian objects that otherwise will end up as discards. 
boho house tour

What’s your best advice for creating a home like yours?

Be a smart shopper! Don’t design your home based on what’s “on trend” buy what YOU LOVE and take your time. If I would have had the money to go out and buy whatever I wanted when we bought our home I would have ended up with a cookie cutter look and I never would have found my style. It took time to piece the house together and I was able to do it with pieces that each have a story.  

boho house tour

“Your home needs to provide you with happiness…there are no rules, just the right feeling”

boho house tour

What would be your advice to someone wanting to create a home like yours?

To create a home like mine or better, your perfect home, you won’t need much money but creativity. Let your own sense of comfort and aesthetics guide you. After all it’s your living environment. It needs to provide you with happiness, pleasure and a sense of belonging. No rules, just the right feeling. 
boho house tour
boho house tour

If you could only choose one homeware item, what would it be?

If i have to chose a homeware to keep it will be my rattan chair. I wouldn’t let go of it. It’s the jack of all trades; swivels, reclines, rocks. It’s comfy and good looking. What more could you ask for! It’s also thrifted, a treasure of mine!
boho house tour
boho house tour

How would you define your style?

My style is definitely bohemian. Everything in this house needs to serve a purpose if not many. I need to display my treasures. I like my home to be easy, welcoming and casual. Full of saturated colors, textiles, pillows and plants. 
boho house tour

Like the look of the Lily’s home? Head over to Lily Ortiz’s Instagram for more home Inso.

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