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10 DIY Projects to Add Some Baja to Your Zen

April 23, 2015

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Directly south of California, The Baja Peninsula is geographically diverse ranging from beaches to forests, deserts to mountains.

Bordered by the Pacific Ocean and separated from mainland Mexico by the Sea of Cortes, the Baja hosts a unique design and culture all of its own. Metal rusts quickly in the salty air and dirt roads cover everything in dust, giving inhabited towns a gritty flavor with a reclaimed twist.

Baja Zen is a small boutique yoga studio in the town of El Pescadero, sitting high on a hill with views of the ocean. Kim Wexman, the studio owner, has created a zen so Baja, it will leave you scouting for driftwood and grabbing old wooden chairs off the street.


10 DIY Projects to Add Some Real Baja to your Zen


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1. Turn glass jars into candle holders. For extra Baja Zen, fill the jar 1/4 full of sand and add a few seashells.

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2. Use large tin cans to hold your kitchenware.

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3. Bring the wood element indoors with a fallen tree. Paint it silver and add some blown glass ornaments.

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4. Place seashells in glass cake platters.

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 5. Burn incense in seashells with sand.

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6. Turn wooden doors into tables and headboards on beds.

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7. Pot a small cactus and place it on a chair.

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8. Use seashells as hand soap holders.

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9. Turn an old metal tire frame into a decorative light by wrapping a string of lights around it and hanging it from the ceiling.

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10. Use old bath mats as chair covers for a bohemian and ultra comfortable seat.

Jonesing for the look as well? Wear the Zen of Baja in Uranta, a small Mexican clothing company that uses 60% recycled fabrics and works with disadvantaged women and single mothers. Their clothes are soft and elegant, exuding a casual comfort fit for even the zenest of zen.

Nicole Lindstrom

Nicole Lindstrom is a travel writer and photographer based in New York City. She is the creator and editor of the online travel guide GLDMNE and co-author of Wanderlust, A Modern Yogi’s Guide To Discovering Your Best Self.