Here's a behind the scenes look at our roadtrip to Marfa, Texas, where we reserved a safari tent at El Cosmico to shoot our new collection of bohemian home goods.
The crew got up at dawn, packed the dogs into the Wrangler, and drove west.
Marfa is a city in the high desert of the Trans-Pecos in far West Texas, located between the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park. Its official website claims: "Tough to get to. Tougher to explain. But once you get here, you get it."
Mid Century Minimalism meets Southwest Cowboy in this town of Bohemian artists, writers, and entrepreneurs.
We unpacked our new collection of home goods and set to work.
Chyna captured our models, Indigo and Jaxon, enjoying the new collection of Vintage Kantha dogbeds, now available in store and online! To create these repurposed bohemian home accessories, we patchwork antique Indian quilted saris.
Bren captured this beautiful photo of the sun setting on El Cosmico, then we sat under the fairy lights and enjoyed Hikes, a live band from Austin. The full moon shone and we set out to see the mysterious Marfa lights.
We weren't able to capture any good photos, but this lovely photo (via whatwasthen.blogspot) looks like what we saw. It was one of the most eerie experiences that we've ever encountered. We were expecting a hyped-up tourist attraction, but what we found was a desolate highway turnout, and more of a "Blair Witch meets Roswell" experience - very unsettling.
When we returned to the studio, Chyna whipped up the design for our new cacti tee - inspired by our trip to Marfa!
Tips for visiting Marfa, Texas:El Cosmico is a beautiful little retreat, with tents, teepees, a yurt, and vintage trailers. We always enjoy their hammock sanctuary, communal outdoor kitchen, and live music. After watching a magical performance under the stars and fairy lights, drive out to see the elusive mystery lights.
When you arrive at the viewing center, look for the blinking red light. The dancing mystery lights look so natural, it seems like there should be an easy explanation for them, like men walking around with flashlights, or headlights somewhere off in the distance, but after a century of research, no one has discovered what creates them.
Make sure to visit Marfa on a weekend as most of the shops and restaurants are closed during the week.
If you're driving through Fort Davis on the way back, visit the old lodge and take the beautiful, yet treacherous, hike through the Davis Mountains. (We don't recommend taking dogs or small children & make sure you wear hiking boots or the equivalent. A water bottle is a must) The trail begins at the back parking lot of the lodge.
Most photos are original BohoCircus shots, a few others came from El Cosmico, Marfa, and Pinterest.
After finding this treasure at East Side Succulents in Austin, we have become pretty obsessed with cacti.
The fine folks at East Side dealt with the spines and potted our fine prickly friend into a beautiful turquoise ceramic pot from Tillery Street Plant Co.
Although cacti are succulents, they require different care. We were told to drench it with water every two weeks and place it in full sunlight to get enough energy to bloom. Within a couple of weeks, new buds appeared.
There are 1,500 to 1,800 species of cacti. The smallest grows to less than an inch, the largest grows to 66 feet.
The spines are actually leaves that evolved as protection from herbivores.
Cacti are only native to the Americas, ranging from Patagonia in South America through the U.S. to areas of western Canada. One species, Rhipsalis baccifera, is the exception, it is also found in tropical Africa, Madagascar, and Sri Lanka. It is thought that droppings from migratory birds dispersed the Rhipsalis seed to these other lands.
Roadtrippin' east bound with the sun rising over the Texas hills, a sense of excitement filled the Jeep. We were headed to Warrenton and Round Top for the semi-annual Antiques Fair. Indie rock tunes, a Starbucks brew, and good conversation filled the three hour trip to the Warrenton fields where we meandered into a free parking space at the Bar W Field, our favorite spot to begin. With more than 100,000 shoppers and 60 barns, fields, dance halls, and tents, it's like an adult carnival for bohemians, gypsies, pickers, and cowgirls...
Warm days in the high 80's, sometimes rain, the weather can change by the hour in Texas. Come prepared with Hunter or cowboy boots, comfy flip-flops, converse sneakers, whatever floats your Bohemian boat. We captured this lovely Bohemian and her fun street style outside the Warrenton Grocery. Please visit her Bohemian fashion booth in Renck Hall.
Good eats like fully-loaded baked potatoes, kettle corn, peach pie, Texas BBQ, and grilled jalapeno corn on the cob are delicious pit stop treats. There are full bars and margarita machines in several fields and delicious iced tea refills at Royer's Cafe at Zapp Hall. And when your done for the day, visit the original Royer's Cafe in Round Top. Rich and delicious Southern dishes; Reservations required.
Shopping trends this Fall were automobile parts like doors, fenders, grills, and tailgates, Mexican pottery, metal letters, embellished apparel, skulls, antlers, mid-century vintage, and shabby anything.
We filled the Jeep with old tin, wrought iron, old barn wood, antlers, Mexican baskets and wooden bowls; everything we need for the construction of our Bohemian Gypsy Tent at Houston's Nutcracker Market. (Booth 422, November 13-16.) With a Jeep filled to its brim, we headed west into a gorgeous purple sunset.