New Ulm, MN (PRWEB) July 21, 2006
The Bohemian Bed and Breakfast in New Ulm, Minnesota, has captured the eye of the syndicated show "Take Over My Make Over." In this fun-spirited episode 'bohemian style' is the decorating goal. Coming shy of the mark, the show's designers step in with inspiration discovered in a bedroom found in The Bohemian, a bed and breakfast known for it's funky decorating style and accommodations.
The Bohemian is not Grandma's house, but what makes it 'bohemian?' Bobbi McCrea, co-owner of the B&B with Mark Wood, explains: "The definition of bohemian carries a magical aura and is used as a reference to engaging in unconventional lifestyles with an interest in the arts. The bohemian 'spirit' has fueled generations of artist's struggles and triumphs thus the term, bohemian, evokes one of the most romantic feelings in the English language."
By definition, bohemian also describes a person who is a native of Bohemia, now the Cech Republic. "These are separate meanings," said McCrea. Unlike Gypsies, who are nomadic by nature from Romania, Hungaray or India, People of Bohemian descent were not roving artists, however, Bohemia was the last place of origin the Gypsies traveled through before arriving in France. According to McCrea, who is from Bohemian desent, "the French coined these irksome vagabonds 'la Bohme' and that stereotype has stuck."
So how has this led to a style known as 'bohemian?' "Resourcefulness," says McCrea. "Unconventional or not, Bohemians could not help but want to be surrounded by beauty. To acheive this, they used flowing fabrics and vibrant colors, making do with what ever was on hand. Matching wasn't emphasized so you won't find coordinating elements of color, pattern and texture in bohemian design. People shy away from this in their daily lives, which is why our Bed and Breakfast is applealing. The use of bright colors and mismatched elements is something they wouldn't try at home. They are comfortable with it when they are here, and their visit serves as permission to experiment in their homes. We are a 'feel good' B&B. Our design style evokes: Fanciful, Not Fussy."
What does it take to achieve the look? Again McCrea says, "resourcefulness." Purchasing what was a single family home, and on a schedule, McCrea and Wood didn't have the luxury of time. "We had to open or we really would have been bohemians, in poverty," laughs McCrea. Creating something out of presumably nothing, she has put together a design style that the Home and Garden Network appreciates.
McCrea and Wood use heirloom china, and bohemian linens. "We recycle, reuse and repurpose, that comes from my Bohemian ancestry,” says McCrea. “With our concentration of German Bohemian heritage in New Ulm, we have a reputation for being a beautiful and uncannily clean town. We take care of things, stuff lasts a long time...I've got that goin', but, I spend money on art! I live Bohemian! Which reminds me, I might be behind on my mortgage."
Guests enjoy the original art. McCrea and Wood never predicted how the inn would live up to its name, or how many artists would stay and share their talents.
How did McCrea achieve the look in the featured room 'Goosequarters?' (This is the room used for inspiration by the Home and Garden Network designers.) "I couldn't afford fancy canopies, but wanted luxury and feathers,” said McCrea. “In our business, we had to splurge on great beds and outstanding breakfasts but everything else had to be fluff. My inner "bohemian" went to work and snagged a boa and flowy fabric at a thrift shop, attached them to a vintage crate that I rescued from the carriage house and rigged it up. Wa la, fabulous canopy!"
This quick marriage of quirky and quality served the inn well. McCrea doesn't waste time on what looks 'right.' "I've discovered right doesn't exist in decorating...although I guess one can go wrong." Just ask the folks at "Take Over My Make Over."
The episode airs Saturday July 22, at 6 pm central time. For more information about The Bohemian, A Bed & Breakfast Experience, visit their website at http://www.the-bohemian.com.
Bobbi & Mark
The Bohemian - A Bed & Breakfast Experience
304 South German Street
New Ulm MN 56073
866-499-6870 Toll Free
**Editorial assistance for this release was furnished by Amelia Painter, staff writer for consumer magazine "Bed & Breakfast Ameria." View her work online at: http://www.ameliawrites.com