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 www.straussvintageshoppe.com or info@bohoupcycle.com 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

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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.

INDIA

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GUATEMALA

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NEAL’S YARD LONDON

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Follow Your Dreams

Hey Everyone!

It’s been a busy journey since I opened my brick and motar store back in November of 2013. I have not been on top of my blogging, but I am trying to get better! I normally blog about my furniture pieces, events, promotions, inspirations, or news. I’d like to share about following your dreams even when you may get kicked off the saddle by negativity.

First I’d like to share about my store and my furniture inspirations. My business name is Boho ( short for Bohemian) and Upcycle ( taking something old and giving it new life) I have always loved color and that is one of the reasons that I became a CeCe Caldwell retailer back in 2012, because her colors just drew me in. The color pallet was gorgeous to me! Not to mention how user friendly it is for beginner’s to advanced… OH and Eco friendly! I do a variety of styles in my store Boho Chic is my main focus, Beachy Cottage, Whimsical, and a tad bit of shabby chic. Sometimes I do work that is a bit off the wall and quirky, but always original. My style is definitely not for everyone, but it’s like Betsey Johnson she is FUNKY and I love it just as some would stay away. I also support local artists Noel Alumit, Joy Alumit, and Sharon Furman, AND local chick lit authors Cindy Arora and Lucie Simone. I’m a huge fan of decoupage and carry decorative paper for the classes I teach and those who already know about decoupage! So that’s my speal on my store :)

I started my business inside of a cute store called Belle’s Nest in Sierra Madre, CA ( a must visit) and will be forever grateful for the owners who allowed me to sell my work, teach classes, and carry CeCe Caldwell Paint. It was my dream to open my own business so I did it! Atwater Village, CA is where my store is located and so far everyone in the community has been very welcoming. As a business owner it’s a lot of work and not only that you are putting yourself out there, which takes a lot of courage to do. It’s NOT easy. I do run in to some who love it and some who don’t and that’s OK. There’s always going to be competition, not nice people, and things that just occur that try to really bring you down.

I had a recent experience that was an ouch for me. I want to share it because I’m not perfect and putting yourself out there to follow your dreams is absolutely one of the scariest things I’ve ever done in my life. I am always making sure that I attend to all my social media and reviews so that I can fix anything that I may have done wrong or can improve. I firmly believe in excellent customer service so if someones experience was not great I’d want to know so I can make sure it’s always 100%. We are human so sometimes it can happen. I had my first harsh harsh experience with not so kind words that were written about my store and it was a big OUCH for me. Call me naive, but I thought me and this person has a lovely conversation until I read what this person wrote. Unfortunately it’s one that has nothing to do with service, and I cannot apologize for what my style is.

I cannot let this one person bring me down and I refuse to write negatively or mean about this person who reveiwed my store because I’d rather keep the focus on my dreams!  Whatever anybody out there at any age dreams of doing, DO IT! I remember in my early 20′s I had the acting bug and went to an audition and had the casting guy tell me that I appeared fat in my pictures and needed to drop 25 pounds. OUCH! I gave up I couldn’t bare harsh words, but I see it now as not the right path for me and it now led me to what I am truly happy doing. Don’t let anyone bring you down. I am so passionate about this business and what I’m doing. I’m writing this post for those who have dreams and have fears. It’s a bumpy road, but it’s all about getting back on the saddle and keep riding to your dream.

It’s also important while you are following your dreams to have a supportive and encouraging community to help you get through storms! I am extremely grateful for my family, friends, and the amazing CeCe Caldwell Family!

FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS EVERYONE! DON’T LET ANYONE TELL YOU DIFFERENT!

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Beach Love Secretary Desk

This amazing antique Secretary Desk fell into my hands, and with all it’s dust and dents I was so stuck on how I wanted to refresh and revive this beauty. I do tend to lean a lot on teals, turquoise, etc it’s my FAVORITE… I do from time to time do black, red, white, purples, BUT I couldn’t help myself :)  Everyone who knows me really well knows that I have the biggest crush on Australia … So since I live in Los Angeles I’ll just dream of Australia through the colors I selected. Myrtle Beach Sand and Destin Gulf Green. My intention was to have the first coat Destin Gulf and the second top coat Myrtle beach sand and that is how most of the body is, BUT I was multitasking and I made a big boo boo with my sander SO instead I decided to paint parts in a solid choice of Destin Gulf Green. The inside of this secretary desk is amazing… with it’s hidden compartments that are just darling! I liked the dark wood so I just painted parts of the desk in Destin Gulf and kept the wood. After I was done painting ( stayed away from my sander) I sealed this baby with CeCe Caldwell’s Wax Creme and buffed this to perfection.

This Beauty is now available at Boho Upcycle 3161 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039  and measures 36W 43L 21D $600 you can come visit us in person or shoot us an email at info@bohoupcycle.com

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