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6/27/2013

Beautiful Boho Folk Paintings & Prints At BohoGarden




You just gotta love Pinterest and ETSY!  I find so many beautiful and inspirational things there on a daily basis.  And today's find deserves special mention... Aren't these bohemian folky original paintings and prints just AMAZING?!  They are the work of a shop called Boho Garden on ETSY.  (Yay!)  You can find her original paintings there,  along with prints starting at just $15 and they can be shipped right to your door!  At that price how can you resist? 
I am currently working on amping up my art collection, and her pieces are the perfectly affordable and gorgeous addition- don't you think? 
Now... to choose which one(s) I want! 

Check out her shop, Boho Garden Here.

Xoxo Andrea

6/23/2013

Fabric Sample Chair Seat Re-Cover Tutorial

  Welcome to my first ever DIY on GypsyYaya!  I am constantly DIY-ing this and that but I am terrible at cataloging my progress.  Either I don't even realize my project is worth sharing until it's done, or I forget to take pictures until I'm halfway through :(   But I am officially getting organized to share my many creative projects with ya'll!  So here goes...

  This DIY is a little less about the Do It Yourself aspect as it is about the material resource.  My mantra is always "Inspired Not Expensive".  If I can find a way to do something using a potentially "wasted" resource instead of buying something new- I do. These resources always tend to be much cheaper and require more creativity, which for me is much more rewarding than heading to a big box store to buy off the shelf.  Saving money while impacting the environment less just feels good to me.

   Awhile back I stumbled upon a bin full of discontinued fabric samples at a gorgeous fabric store.  They were the most succulent bits of fabrics in amazing global patterns and colors.  I had no idea what I would use them for, but for 99 cents a piece I snagged several of them just in case.  The pieces range in size but most are square and about the size of a dining chair seat or large floor pillow.  Then voila!  My idea was born.

DIY Chair Seat Re-Cover Using Cheap Fabric Samples!


This was a super easy project that took me less than half an hour to complete and cost a total of 99 cents!  I already had all the tools on hand and you probably do to.


The Tools~
A Heavy Duty Staple Gun & Staples To Attach Fabric
A Hammer To Tap In Any Unruly Staples
A Screwdriver To Remove The Seat
Scissors To Trim Fabric Edges


An Old Chair In Need Of A Re-Do (Or An Entire Dining Table Chair Set) ~
I found this chair at a thrift store in New Orleans and I love it dearly.  It was one of my few surviving furniture pieces after Hurricane Katrina so I cherish it!  It definitely needed a little freshening up since the old fabric covering had pretty much rotted off.  The stain is quite dinged up but I like it that way, it gives it some soul and character. I would love to do a set of 4 dining chairs in mis-matched patterns with coordinating colors. I love that look. Very bohemian.


The Fabric~
You can easily find beautiful fabric samples at your local fabric store.  Aim for a store that stocks high end and designer fabrics. They almost always have a bin with discontinued fabric samples or remnants for next  to nothing.  If you don't feel like finding a fabric store or don't have one nearby you can also find these on ETSY.  You can find entire lots of them for 7 or 8 dollars.  And of course watch your local thrift store.  I often see them hanging in the linen section for 50 cents a piece. Incidentally the piece I'm using for this chair came from a Goodwill and I paid a whole 49 cents for it. Sweet!


Start by taking your chair apart. This is usually a piece of cake involving nothing more than unscrewing the four corner screws from the bottom. Set them aside for later. I usually wipe out any crud from the crevices that I couldn't get to before during this step. 


Flip your seat over and position your fabric. The pattern on my piece of fabric isn't evenly spaced but hey, there is beauty in imperfection.  Hold the fabric tightly and staple around the edges. Start on one side, then do the opposite side to maintain an even edge. Save the corners for last and keep the staples about an inch from the edge. 


Fold the corners in a "V" shape- first hold down the middle and fold over from either side. Staple in place and make sure you are not covering the original screw holes. It will be nearly impossible to put the screws through the fabric without destroying it. Trim all the excess fabric about half an inch from the staples. I used the hammer to make sure all the staples were tapped in at this point. Screw the seat back in place.



Finished! The floor pillow in the picture was also made using 99 cent fabric samples. One for the front and one for the back. The fabric is very durable and when it's so cheap you won't think twice about tossing them on the floor and lounging around on them. My husband uses this floor pillow daily. I plan to make more for comfy movie watching on the floor-but that's another tutorial!
I hope you are inspired with some new ideas! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to leave a comment below and I'll be happy to help you out!

~Andrea~



6/21/2013

HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE FROM LA GYPSY YAYA!


"As the sun spirals its longest dance, Cleanse us. As nature shows bounty and fertility. Bless us.
 Let all things live with loving intent. And to fulfill their truest destiny."

Many Blessings!
~Andrea~


6/19/2013

Lovin 70's Design- House & Gardens Complete Guide To INTERIOR DECORATION~ Part 2

1970's Interior Decoration

1970's Interior Decoration

1970's Interior Decoration

1970's Interior Decoration

1970's Interior Decoration

1970's Interior Decoration

1970's Interior Decoration

  I'm back with Part 2 of my favorite vintage 70's Interior Decoration photos to share with ya"ll!  All from a fabulous book I picked up on a thrift trip called- House & Garden's Complete Guide To Interior Decoration.   It's a sublime book filled with too many photos to share.  If you love retro interiors I would strongly recommend searching one of these babies out for yourself. You can find them from all different decades on Amazon or Ebay. Check out more pretty pictures in  Part 1 Here.
Enjoy!
~Andrea~

6/16/2013

Lovin' 1970s Design- House & Garden's Complete Guide To INTERIOR DECORATION~ Part One

Vintage Decor Images, Hippie Houses, Vintage Modern Decor, Vintage Morrocon Living Room

Vintage Modern Living Room, 1970s Modern

1970s Vintage Modern Kitchen, Bright Colored Vintage Kitchen

Vintage Modern Living Room, Vintage Eames Rocking Chair

Vintage Global Outdoor Space, Vintage Ethnic Space

Vintage 1970s Living/Dining Space, Vintage Decor Images

Vintage Dining Room,70s Modern Dining Room, Vintage Tile

   I recently picked up this copy of a vintage House & Garden's Complete Guide To Interior Design  from the 1970's.  And I Am In LOVE.  I have always marveled at how trends in fashion come back around to visit again and again.  I guess the same is very much true in all areas of design.  Many of these images (if taken with a modern lens) could be of a space designed today. 
   I have been pouring over the pages and delighting in every little detail!  From the ultra modern furniture, global influences and more organic hippie touches- it was an era in design I'm very much feeling at the moment.  It's also a great way to age and place decor items that I source for my Shop, to get a better idea of when they were made and how they were styled. Too much fun!
  It was crazy hard to narrow down which images to share with ya'll since there are so many inspirational shots.  So much Color and so many (drool) fantastic furniture and art pieces!  And the tiles in the above image are what my dreams are made of...seriously - how fab are they? 
   I have a " Part Two" with more images coming soon, so stay tuned for more 70's yumminess to come!
~Andrea~

6/04/2013

Sarah Nolan's Organic & Global Melbourne Home

I came across these images via The Design Files Blog today and rushed to share. With the Earthy and organic vibe it's no wonder it is the home of a florist-Sarah Nolan, based out of Melbourne.
What an incredible eye she has for color, natural elements and soulful objects in her home design.  She makes what could feel like a cavernous space seem so warm and enveloping.  No easy task with the soaring ceilings and huge windows. (Although the amazing materials of the flooring, walls, and ceilings help)
This is a space I could love to live in! If only. 
Plants, old brick and wood grain just do it for me- ya' know? 









Photography~Sean Fennessy
Production~Lucy Feagins/The Design Files