So what does boho really mean? Well, first, it’s shorthand for the French word bohémien, referring to gypsies and termed after a particular group of people who traveled from Bohemia, a region in the Czech Republic. The word later evolved to include any artist, writer, actor or musician who was often poor and led a nomadic lifestyle, traveling quite a bit throughout major European cities. A more recent hotbed for boho culture existed in Greenwich Village in New York City during the 1950s, otherwise known as the beat generation, which eventually gave way to the hippy culture of the 1960s and ’70s.
Today, bohemian is more of an adjective than a noun and indicates an aesthetic that takes its influence from those free spirits of generations past. The modern boho chic look is eclectic and with an emphasis on ethnic and vintage pieces from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. Here are the top five ways to embrace boho-chic style in your home.