This year marks the 40th anniversary of San Francisco's legendary Summer of Love, giving Bay Area locals an excuse to indulge our lingering hippie tendencies — and that, of course, includes decorating.
Retro '60s-inspired furniture is everywhere these days — almost TOO everywhere — but I'm partial to the regal but rough-edged flower power of SF circa 1967. This fun and funky look, which I'm calling Haight-Ashbury Hip, is at once exotic and laid-back, recalling the lush, psychedelic artwork of rock posters (for inspiration, check out the highlights from the era in this coffee table book, The Art of Rock). To learn how to get the look in your living room,
The palette: Earth tones and warm sunset shades — including chocolate brown, crimson, red-orange, and green — accented with metallics.
The furniture: Avoid anything too severely mod and go for an understated, earth-toned couch with a bit of 1960s flair. For the rest of the seating, let guests spread out on the floor with items like this Velvet Floor Cushion ($100) and a Groovy Mushroom Chair ($175).
The accents: The hippies wouldn't have been able to afford a $2,179 rug, and frankly, neither can I. But this Missoni Maracaibo Rug would be a perfect centerpiece. For a more wallet-friendly focal point, try Medallion Burnout Panels in Maize ($34) on the windows or walls.
As accent pieces, use dishes and vases — I'm loving Jonathan Adler Furnace Bottles ($48 and $78) — in complimentary earth tones and exotic patterns. Group them on table tops, and don't be afraid to mix and match.
The lighting: To deliver the soft orange light your hippie den requires, shun overhead light and try a playful pendant lamp (or two or three).