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7 Essential Pieces For A Hipster-Style Home

This trend does not have to be cliche. Adding hipster elements to your home can up its cool factor.

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The hipster style isn’t dead; not yet. Be it whitewashed, spare, and woodsy, or industrial, layered, and handsome, a hipster-style home gets its charm from its well-curated yet relaxed aesthetic.

This still-popular interior style has mostly eclectic origins—it has bohemian elements, rustic, Scandinavian, vintage, industrial, and handmade details, all arranged with a creative, relaxed, and contemporary flair. This look is also called the Brooklyn style, originally an anti-corporate 19th-20th century-nostalgic sensibility that peaked around 2010.

No two hipster homes are the same, although they may appear to be so. Undoubtedly, there might be a number of similarities—a reclaimed wood tabletop, austere, factory pendant lighting, or mismatched dining chairs—but one must break the cliché. Styling your space should be an individual expression and a reflection of your passions. If you're planning to update your space with these elements, here are seven essential pieces you should keep an eye out for:

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Branches and Plants


Bringing in woodsy elements like branches and twigs always adds an organic, rustic flavor to a space. Greenery also animates an otherwise flat interior. Plants are instant pick-me-uppers, and favorite home accessories of most interior designers.


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If you don't mind getting dirty, you can trawl your local streets to find interesting branches you can hang on the wall or from the ceiling. Or you can visit Cedarhills Garden Center along Mother Ignacia in Quezon City for small potted ornamentals and succulents.

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Macrame Wall Art and Hanging Planters


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Vintage-style macrame hangings lend a feeling of provincial slow-living and add an unusual texture to a space. They're handmade, artisanal, and traditional—its art originates from Arab rug weavers from the 13th century. Hang a large-scale macrame on an empty wall, or let the ends drop from the top rail above the doorway to serve as partition. You can also line it across the dining table like a table runner. Macrames are available at Wildwood Store and online at Anna J. Creative.

Boho Rugs, Fabrics, and Throws 


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Persian and Moroccan-inspired rugs and textiles create a laidback look especially when paired with lush, knitted throws and pillows. Just like a tasseled purse added to a simple jeans-and-trainers outfit, a bright patterned area rug can complete a casual home. Light, cotton rug varieties can double as decor and tapestry, and you can use one as a tablecloth. For affordable but unique boho textiles, head to thrift stores,  garage sales, or join these secondhand furniture reseller groups on Facebook.

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Lomo or Polaroid Photo Wall


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"Shoot from the hip" is the Lomography society's official motto, and this carefree, analog-centered philosophy trickles down to hipster-style décor. Photos taken with film and Lomo cameras demonstrate the revolutionary free-spirited photography style and nostalgia of the 20th century. Get the same vibe with a photo wall collage. You can even stick the photos to your fridge or onto your closet doors if you have limited wall space. Get Lomo cameras at Team Manila stores, Polaroid Instax cameras at FujiFilm branches, and a selection of films at Satchmi at Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall or at Epic Cafe.

Analog Audio Collection


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Consistent with the style's nostalgic, retro sensibilities, analog audio equipment such as vinyl records and turntables are essential pieces. The portable turntables available on the market are both functional and stylish—perfect on a secondhand console that can hold your collection of vinyl records.

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Records and Motorino Vinyl Players can be found at Satchmi, and vinyls and vintage stereos can be purchased at The Grey Market along White Plains Ave., Quezon City

Wooden Crates and Wicker Baskets



In lieu of storage pieces and typical shelving, wooden crates and wicker baskets are often used. These remind us Sunday markets full of local, artisanal products, which are all integral to an anti-corporate hipster philosophy. You can stack up individual crates on the wall to "build" a floor-to-ceiling storage unit, or drill them onto the wall to make cubbies. Mix both textures to add another layer of depth to your vignettes. A selection of these storage pieces are available at H&M Home in SM Makati, Dapitan Arcade along Kanlaon St., Quezon City, Urban Abode at CW Home Depot Ortigas, and Mori Home. 

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Wall Art and Printed Illustrations 


Art pieces make a home very unique. They reflect one's style preference and at the same time, they tell multiple stories, and create conversation. If you can’t afford the framed prints, you can just display them on the wall using washi tape or sticky tack.

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Pepper contemporary pieces around the house—hang them on the wall gallery-style or place them on the floor, layered across the perimeter of the room. An authentic appreciation for the visual arts elevates a cookie-cutter hipster home into an individual expression. Support young artists by purchasing their pieces during Art in the Park and Art Fair events, at Restock in Guijo St., in Makati, and Mozaic Living in Sheridan St., Mandaluyong

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