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Get the Look: Haight-Ashbury Hip

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).

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veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
very fun patterns; bright & outstanding.
paii paii 9 years
This is PERFECTLY retro for my taste.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
This is to retro for my taste.
caitlinp86 caitlinp86 9 years
I love this style, it's such a laid back funky look. It totally reminds me of my little sister.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
like a lot of the patterns! :)
Shibi Shibi 9 years
So fun and exciting! We live in the Haight and I'm so psyched to see our neighborhood on CasaSugar!!! Come visit!! (But please, try not to feed the panhandlers, aka the kids with dirty feet!!).
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 9 years
love the curtain and the lamps!
minnie minnie 9 years
those curtains are so cool
rubialala rubialala 9 years
This looks like my in-laws' house, only theirs is less classy and put together. And it all smells like pot.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 9 years
I love this style!
uptowngirl1999 uptowngirl1999 9 years
god i love those curtains and lights. *drools*
purplebaltogirl purplebaltogirl 9 years
wolfgang's vault has great concert t's, both vintage and reproductions, and some good live concert recordings as well. i've gotten a lot of stuff from their site!
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
That's so cool evita... I've never been to SF but I would love to visit that area. I love all this stuff, I know one of my BFF's would love it too, yay now I have birthday ideas!!
evita evita 9 years
my friend lives on the Haight (with several roomies, cause the house is huge), and she lives in the house Jimi Hendrix used to live in! it's funny that some of the decor still in the house resembles the pieces posted, all though the pieces here are more vibrant and probably smell better:)!
Home Home 9 years
Hey guys: I found the poster on They have a ton of rock posters, both originals (very pricey) and reproductions. It's a great site.
lisett lisett 9 years
The lamps are my favorite.
vienvien vienvien 9 years
Wow..I love this
sashak sashak 9 years
I LOVE the "hippie" look! I love earth tones & fun fabrics & jewel toned accent pieces
hvnly34 hvnly34 9 years
I love the panels!
jhuck jhuck 9 years
I agree with's fun, but you can't have too much. I have a chaise in my room that is probably from the 60's. It's bright orange and the most comfortable piece of furniture I own.
nicachica nicachica 9 years
please tell us where you found the Jefferson Airplane poster! i'd love to buy that for my new place! :)
laheather laheather 9 years
I am in LOVE with those light fixtures.
lcterp lcterp 9 years
where did the jefferson airplane poster come from?
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 9 years
I just love this style of decor, but it's hard to find good pieces that go together without making your area look too campy. I like the medallion burnout panels. They could be very helpful in pulling everything else together.
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