Justina Blakeney

Justina Blakeney Los Angeles, CA

An accomplished designer and design blogger with a self-described ‘bohemian heart’, Justina Blakeney credits her multicultural upbringing in Berkeley, California–as well as her degree in World Arts and Cultures from UCLA and extensive international travels–with informing her fresh, lively and colorful aesthetic. After having lived and designed abroad for many years, she returned to Los Angeles and began her wildly successful design blog, The Jungalow, where she shares design inspiration alongside recipes, DIY projects and bits and pieces of her enviably colorful life. Like The Jungalow, JustinaBlakeney.com is a riot of color and texture, filled with global influences and small handmade touches.

In addition to all this, Justina recently published The New Bohemians–we can’t wait to get our hands on a copy of this treasure–a 300-page book filled with color-drenched photos and design inspiration sourced from coast to coast. REstyleSOURCE checked in with Justina in the middle of her book tour to ask a few questions about her inspiration and influences, and we’re thrilled to share them with all of you new bohemians!

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So, Justina, how did you get started in the blogging world? Ever since I was a child I was very art and design-oriented. I loved to paint, sew and collage. After studying art in college I moved to Italy and began to think about design as a way to make a living using my creative talents. I opened a small boutique for vintage and new-designer clothing and I found that after a few years, I was most excited about finding vintage objects and furniture for the shop. It was then that I realized my passion for decor and began working on home decor projects.

 

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I originally began blogging as a way to do something creative every day. I loved blogging right away as it was a natural way to combine so many of the things that I love including writing, photography, graphic design, crafting, styling, collaging, curating and decorating. Now, my blog is truly an extension of myself. I blog about all the things that I love–my family, my “jungalow,” my closet, my obsession with plants and global textiles, wild patterns, thrifted finds and bohemian dwellings.

 

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What’s this Jungalow thing all about?

Jungalow [juhng-guh-loh]

1. A ‘jungalow’is wild like the jungle, but cozy and homey like a bungalow.

2. Mix handmade items from cities all over the world with the sleek lines of mid-century modern design.

3. Then sprinkle in a hint of the tropics and garnish with a whole lotta plants.

…what you get is the signature Jungalow style!

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What’s your ultimate, dream styling project? That’s a really tough question to answer. As much as I love decorating people’s homes, right now the idea of decorating a boutique hotel sounds really fun.  Maybe it’s the creative freedom that I imagine comes from a project like this, or maybe it’s all of the super old and janky–but also really cool and retro looking–motels in L.A. that I drive by every day and imagine buying and making over. But I’m kind of getting obsessed with the idea.

 

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What inspires you? Is there anyone whose work inspires you? TRAVEL, TRAVEL, TRAVEL! That could mean traveling to another continent or to the corner store. Being outside of your comfort zone–hearing, feeling, tasting, seeing and smelling new things and people. Impossible to narrow it down to just one person. I admire Frida Kahlo, Josephine Baker, Bjork, Jonathan Adler, Audrey Hepburn…so many people!!

 

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Don’t be afraid to experiment. Try things out. Move things around. Paint things. Play. Without trying, you’ll never learn to know what you like. It’s decorating. It’s meant to be fun, and if you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong!


 

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Any trends out there right now that you love? Hmmm..that’s an interesting question because like to I think I love what I love and that it doesn’t change so much with the trends. My style is pretty consistent regardless of what’s trending—but if I had to name a few things that I love and also happen to be kinda all over the place right now, I’d say brass finishes and kilim pillows. I think all-over patterns on furniture are on their way back in, and I’m into it.   

 

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Justina’s Perfect Day in L.A.

This city is endlessly inspiring, and full of wonderful places to explore, enjoy, and get nourished body and soul! Here’s Justina’s example of one perfect day spent in her neck of the woods:

Broome Street General  Broome Street General – The perfect place to get an almond milk latte to start my day off with!

Individual Medley  Individual Medley – Then I’d take a bike ride along the L.A. river into Atwater village, making a stop at this always-inspiring little shop. 

Potted  Potted – Another Atwater Village favorite, a ‘mecca for design-minded garden enthusiasts.’

Ostrich Farm  Ostrich Farm – Time for an an Uber ride over to Echo Park, with a stop for a late brunch at Ostrich Farm.  I’d take a walk around the Echo Park lake with my daughter, maybe even a paddle boat ride!  

Wi Spa  Wi Spa – Next thing for sure is an invigorating scrub and relaxing soak at the spa.

I’d finish off the day hanging in Korea town, eating noodles and singing my heart out with a beer in my hand at karaoke!

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What do you love about running your own business? Iʼm a hard worker and doing that for someone elseʼs business always felt like paying money to rent a house instead of paying a mortgage to buy a house. At some point, I said with my actions — “I commit to working for myself.” What that means and how it looks, Iʼm constantly figuring out.

 


Justina’s Favorite Quote: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.


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What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of running a successful blog? The most challenging part is that you can never shut off. There is always something to do. It’s hard to say ‘no’ to things that sound fun or like a good opportunity but you have to learn to strike a balance and not spread yourself too thin. I’ve learned so much in the blogging world, but the most important thing is probably authenticity. Just be true to yourself and the rest tends to fall into place…

 

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Ready for more uniquely Jungalow style? Pick up a copy of The New Bohemians by Justina Blakeney!

The-New-Bohemians-cool-and-collected-homesJustina defines the New Bohemians as creative individuals who are boutique owners and bloggers, entrepreneurs and ex-pats, artists and urban farmers. They embrace free-spirited, no-rules lifestyles and apply that attitude to all areas of their existence, including their homes. With little distinction between work and play, the new boho home often includes an office, art gallery, showroom, photography studio, restaurant, or even a pop-up shop. The New Bohemians explores 20 homes–including interviews and DIY projects you can replicate in your own boho space–located primarily on the East and West coasts.

Find out more and purchase a copy of The New Bohemians at JustinaBlakeney.com or Amazon.

 


Los Angeles, CA

Obsessed with color, plants, travel, creative reuse and thrifting, Justina Blakeney is a designer and design blogger with a bohemian heart.

Domino Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Marie Claire Magazine and Refinery29 all agree that Justina’s blog is one of the best design blogs on the web! Harper’s Bazaar recently named Justina a top designer to follow on Instagram and Justina is one of the world’s leading curators on Pinterest with over 1 million followers. She has worked with brands such as Anthropologie, 1st Dibs, OneKingsLane, eBay, CB2, AirBnB and Joss & Main.

Justina’s bohemian aesthetic emerged out of her multicultural upbringing in Berkeley, California. The convergence of cultures in her childhood home gave her an appreciation for mixing things up when it came to home décor. Her degree from UCLA in World Arts and Cultures, as well as extensive international travels also informed her aesthetic. It was this creative spirit and a love of sharing that compelled her to start a design blog when she returned to the US after living and designing in Italy for seven years. For Justina, decorating is about feeling free, having fun and getting a little bit wild.

Justina currently lives in Los Angeles in her ‘jungalow’ with her husband and young daughter, Ida.

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