Hi! I'm Lindsay, the artist behind The Boho Basement RVA. ❤️ After several amazing markets over the past few months resulting in a newer following, and some big-ish professional shifts, I felt like I should reintroduce myself. (Strap yourself in though, I haven't done this in forever so it's probably going to be a long read... 😂)
This humble little account originated in a 1,000 square foot English basement in the Fan. I primarily sold refinished furniture, and had a myriad of handmade artists and their incredible work available to purchase as well. In a sea of white furniture, I created a space for the maximalist furniture painters. Those who believe a piece of furniture can also be a piece of functional art. And it should light up a room, not just keep everything "aesthetically" pleasing. I've painted some crazy pieces, ya'll. (If you scroll down far enough you'll see my neon "Lisa Frank" inspired cabinet.)
At one point during that first year I asked an incredible artist (who I was obsessed with and almost too nervous to message...) if she would bring her furniture to sell in my shop, and I'm so humbled she said yes. Melissa with The Top Drawer RVA went from a business acquaintance to my very best friend, and I owe a lot of my progress over the years to her. She encouraged me to experiment with paint. Her videos taught me so many different skills. I would swoon over something and she would say, "you can do that". Anytime I doubted myself, she would swear I could do it with ease. When I decided to close my storefront to raise my boys at home, our ways never parted. I think we became even closer. And despite the fact that my "niche" is evolving into something a bit different, she's still right there. ❤️
Now to answer a few questions for my OG followers. Those of you who have been there from the jump. YES, I still refinish furniture. I probably always will. However, when I moved to a different area, the clientele shifted away from my previously maximalist audience. And furniture refinishing is not just a hobby, but my job. So when things change, I have to adapt.
This brings me to where I am now. While adapting to a more clean and crisp look furniture wise, my soul NEEDED to paint something with more vibrance. I had always been mesmerized by artists who could paint flowers, but the thought of doing it myself terrified me. Well, over the summer, I decided to face my fear and just start painting flowers EVERY DAY. I posted my videos on TikTok to kinda hold myself accountable, and I stumbled across these incredible paint sculpted florals. 🤩 Down the rabbit hole I went, and I'm now hooked. I'm blessed to have such an amazing teacher, Abstracts by Adrienne, who created an incredible class for those who want to learn. Without her tutorial I wouldn't have progressed the way I did. And through that progression, I've now made this art form a full-time thing as well.
So in summary, let's just say this... Furniture refinishing is my day job, and while sculpted florals are also my day job, it is what I do in between furniture. 😂 (Make it make sense...) I am continuing to do both. So if you're scrolling through my feed and see a random piece of furniture in the middle of a sea of roses, that's just me, being me. Custom commissions will open for both in January, and remember to keep an eye out for my future market schedules.
I hope you all know I appreciate each and every one of you. Your likes, comments, shares and everything in between, encourage me to keep going. THANK YOU! ❤️