Woodstock_music_festival_poster_000With the summer festival season in full swing, this is the perfect time to take inspiration from the mother of all music event: Woodstock. Nell Darby takes a look at how to bring a bit of hippie mellowness to your home.


The Woodstock festival was held in New York State in 1969 and has become synonymous with the hippie movement. The hippie culture began in America in the Sixties, and centred on the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, still a place with an arty, creative, anti-establishment feel today. Hippies believed in peace, love and freedom, and took their influences from nature and eastern cultures and countries such as India.

Getting the Sixties hippie feel in your home doesn’t have to be expensive, in fact, if you follow the hippie ethos, you should get your furnishings from junk shops or second-hand. The important thing to remember is to make your décor personal to you and avoid conformity and blandness. Key items to look for from charity shops are bamboo or wicker furniture. A couple of years ago, I picked up some barely used wicker pieces for a few pounds. You can make chairs more comfortable by adding cushions.

A simple way to get an eastern feel is to make cushion covers out of sari material, combine plain-jewelled coloured covers with ones with large patterns. The stereotypical hippie den is cosy and informal, a place for chatting with friends, so you need lots of places for your friends to sit. Use beanbags and scatter cushions on the floor for a relaxing feel. You can either buy your beanbags ready made or make covers and buy foam inserts or polystyrene ball fillings from specialist shops (I use one in Birmingham that has been around since I was little).

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