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Going Back to a First Love in 2015

Years ago when I picked up my first paint brush -Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan was my first love. I took a can of Antibes (a dreamy bright green), a can of dark wax and turned a second-hand nightstand into my first Boho Upcycle piece.


It was love at first brush stroke!  Which is why, I’m giddy with excitement to announce that Boho Upcycle was selected to become a Chalk Paint® stockist for the Los Angeles area. We are thrilled and proud to have been chosen and we look forward to stocking our shelves with the beautiful colors and style Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan is known for worldwide.

Annie Sloan - Stockist logos - Chalk Paint - Florence


We have lots of changes coming up in the next few months, including classes changing to fit Chalk Paint® products, in-store painting demonstrations and adding Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan’s line of home décor books that will inspire you as you work on your home projects.


Also, we will continue to carry Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and she is actually introducing a new European Colors line on January 24th. Everyone is going to adore this line of subtle neutral colors that play on the simple beauty of grey, white, mint, blush and beige.

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We look forward to all the new additions and changes happening this year! Please stop by and take advantage of our discounted merchandise as we make room for the new arrivals.



See you soon and happy painting!


Boho Upcycle

A Chat with Strauss Vintage Shoppe

We love catching up with some of our guest teachers who come over to Boho Upcycle and teach our student new tips & tricks when it comes to crafting, D.I.Y and Home Decor.

Today we are happy to have Candice Strauss with us! Sharing a bit more about her process for her Halloween-Inspired  Image Transfer class that we are happy to be hosting on Sunday, October 5th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We have a few more spots left, so please sign up here!

Thanks for joining us Candice! 

Can you explain what image transfer is for the person who loves home décor but maybe doesn’t know the process? Is it something that someone without a lot of skill can do?
Image transfer in a process in which you can take an image and basically embed it into a piece of wood. The process is quite simple but takes a great deal of patience. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy teaching classes on image transfer techniques. It doesn’t require a lot of skill to make a really unique art piece.


What kind of images can people use?
Any image works. Family photos, royalty-free images, landscape picture from a vacation, vintage postcards and other ephemera all can produce excellent results. The most important thing is that the image be of high quality and a minimum of 300 dpi.

Tell us a bit about how you got into image transfer?
I really enjoy learning new art forms and techniques and thinking about how I might use them for decorative works, rehab projects, and just general crafting. I have an extensive “creative bucket list”, and last summer I finally learned how to transfer images right on to wood. I loved the process! At first I made them for my home and as gifts for friends and family, then I began receiving order requests, and the rest is history.


 Seems like image transfers are growing steadily in popularity, what do you think they add to a piece? To a space?
I think image transfers are a great alternative to a typical framed photo, or a canvas print. They add depth and dimension to a space; they work as images, from a design perspective, but on an organic medium, and including an aged, original look that can contribute a lot to the feel of the overall space.

Are you working on anything right now? What was your last big project? Something small?
I am currently working on new transfers for the fall and winter craft shows. My most recent larger project was a collaboration with Krissy from Boho Upcycle. She re-finished a mid-century dresser and I did an image transfer of a vintage typewriter onto the front of the dresser. We were both very pleased with the finished product! This unique piece generated a bit of buzz on social media and sold within just a few days. Yay! We’ve already brainstormed about our next project. As for small projects, I’m looking into producing mini sized transfers that can be displayed on a desk or on a night stand. I think they’d work great as room accents.

What’s your favorite way to spoil yourself if you are having time for just you?
I recently left a teaching career, primarily to focus on growing my little business, Strauss Vintage Shoppe. But I also very much seek a better balance in life. So spoiling myself really means many things: taking classes (I’m taking a calligraphy class in October), road trips planned around thrifting & picking vintage goods (possibly Portland in December), and I will confess I am quite the girly-girl when it comes to manicures (I like to go a couple times a month).


Join us this Sunday for the Spook-tacular Image Transfer Class with Candice Strauss & Boho Upcycle! We look forward to meeting you!



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New At The Boho

It feels like a long time since I’ve blogged! Since schmoozing in the world of Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest I’ve neglected my blogging duties :(

We’ve got new happenings at The Boho and I’m super excited!

I have yet to learn the art of image transfer and it’s hard with running the boho solo so I’d been researching artists to carry at the boho store. I stumbled upon Candice Strauss of Strauss Vintage Shoppe. We met in person and not only was her work awesome, but she was so down to earth, passionate, and so pleasant to chat with! Even more awesome she’s local, which I love supporting local artists. We will be carrying her wood pallets with vintage image transfers- used a lot for wall decor, signs, unique gifts, and on furniture! Candice offers private workshops on Image transfer, and will be teaching group workshops at Boho Upcycle in August 2014. You can visit or for more information! Below are a few pieces now available, but will have more in a few weeks! Have a great week everyone! Xx, Boho Upcycle




What inspires you?

What inspires me? Color.

Color has always been intriguing to my eyes. As a child born from a Guatemalan Mother and an East Indian Father color was apart of me. As a little girl I would walk into a Hello Kitty store and the bright colors would make my heart race. The reason I collected Garbage Pail Kids was the cool colors that were combined. I’d rush home from Elementary school to play with my playdough because of the fun COLORS!  In my teens I did go through my all black phase without a drop of color, but hey I do love black in my color pallete. There are so many places in this world ( some that I wish to visit) that are surreal and inspiring to me. Colorful places inspire me, colorful textiles, colorful flowers, water colors, and the list goes on… I love mixing muted colors like White, Beige, or Black with color.

Below are images of the colorful heritage I’m proud of that inspires me all the time, and  images of places and settings around the world that look like magic! I’d love to hear what inspires you? Please share your inspiration in the comment box.


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