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Meet The Creative Recycler Behind Boho Upcycle, Krissy Arora
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Meet The Creative Recycler Behind Boho Upcycle, Krissy Arora

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Updated: 24 April 2017
Housed in a chic Atwater Village boutique is a vibrant labor of love, Boho Upcycle. The shop is primarily a vintage furniture rental biz, largely tapped for top-notch set pieces, but it also specializes in paint and carries inspiration for do-it-yourself projects galore. At the helm, owner Krissy Arora brings bohemian creativity to the east side Los Angeles community. In this Culture Trip interview, Arora lets us in on how her business is personal and what’s in store for it.
Owner Krissy Arora, Boho Upcycle. Photo by Killer Cucpcake Event Photography.
Owner Krissy Arora, Boho Upcycle. Photo by Killer Cucpcake Event Photography.

What’s was/is the major business related obstacle you have faced?

I’ve definitely encountered many obstacles, but to focus on one it would be putting myself out there – completely. My store in many ways is an extension of myself, and it can be scary to put yourself out there. I’ve had to learn to not take things personally and to believe in myself, my skills, and my savvy.

What is the most unusual custom job request you have had?

I created a wood laminate for an iPhone cover; it was wonderfully unusual. I had to create different color layers on wood and it came out beautiful.

Inside Boho Upcycle shop. Courtesy of Krissy Arora.
Inside Boho Upcycle shop. Courtesy of Krissy Arora.

What’s next for Boho Upcycle?

I’m looking at a second location. Naturally, I would love to open up another Boho! I’m also in the early stages of creating a couture line of furniture that would be one-of-a-kind pieces where I can really let my love of bold colors, travel, and culture come to life in unique furniture pieces.

What famous painting would you have in your living room?

Anything by Alexander Gutsche!

How would you like to be remembered?

As the girl who wore sparkly silver laces in her purple Converse when she was 7. I’ve always lived by being true to who I am. It hasn’t always been easy going that route, but my independent and creative spirit has brought me to here, today. And today, I am a loyal person, who has tried to live life, authentically and with an open heart.

Describe yourself in a paragraph.

I’m a very organized and detailed person. I am risk taker born with an entrepreneurial streak. Me and authority? We don’t always see things eye-to eye — but working for myself has proven to be the cure for that rebel inside. I love color, whimsy, and being carefree. I’m an emotional marshmallow, who loves fiercely – that goes for friends, family, animals, and vanilla lattes. I’m a homebody, but if given the chance I’d travel the world on a full-time basis – it sparks my creativity.

Vintage chest piece, Boho Upcycle. Courtesy of Krissy Arora
Vintage chest piece, Boho Upcycle. Courtesy of Krissy Arora

Apple or android?

Apple

Orchids or Roses?

Roses

Van Gogh or Matisse

Matisse

Gone With the Wind or Star Wars?

Frankly my dear, my heart belongs to Star Wars.

Green Smoothie or Chocolate Milkshake?

Chocolate milkshake

Boho Upcycle storefront. Photo courtesy of Krissy Arora.
Boho Upcycle storefront. Photo courtesy of Krissy Arora.

View Boho Upcycle’s vibrant custom furniture portfolio, paint products and workshop schedule here.

Interview by Marie Cradle