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September 23rd, 2014

Vintage Pottery




Vintage pottery in general, and  specifically these essential shapes and soft colors are really doing it for me. All of these particular planters are outside of my budget, but they sure got my imagination fueled for some DIY ideas….

(Images via 1st Dibs)

September 23rd, 2014

New friends at the Jungalow



I have some new friends in the jungalow! Remember this bougainvillea photograph that I shared a while back?  Well I had one of them printed out large and then I framed it in a simple Ikea frame. Something about looking at it makes me feel happy and so I wanted it in my bedroom– the leaves look like kisses and so it feels romantic, but since it’s simply petals it doesn’t feel cheesy, ya know? I also snagged this funny little cactus pot/vase at a thrift for for $3 last week. Cute huh? Some day I’ll show you the other side of it — there’s a wolf howling at the moon (hehe). Also, I just can’t get enough of these tiny pink pineapples that I keep on picking up out the LA flower mart–aren’t they just the sweetest?


Photography By Dabito, Styling by Justina Blakeney for Calypso St. Barth Maison.
Photography By Dabito, Styling by Justina Blakeney for Calypso St. Barth Maison. Photography By Dabito, Styling by Justina Blakeney for Calypso St. Barth Maison.


Last week I had the good fortune of directing and styling  a mini lookbook shoot with Calypso St. Barth for their Maison collection.  Here’s a little glimpse into our day on the beach…you’ll get a chance to check out the entire thing next week, but for now all I’ll say that the day involved Dabito and I carrying tables on our heads onto a cliff…Yeah. This job can be dangerous.

Photography By Dabito, Styling by Justina Blakeney. Model, Kim L. for Calypso St. Barth Maison. 

September 19th, 2014

The Social Media Colloquium





after…(we’ve clearly lost our minds… :P)

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Dabito and I taught a really great seminar last weekend for The Creative Residency. It was held at Nuclear Familya wonderful multi-functional creative space in the Arts District of Los Angeles (that is available for workshops, events or creative collaboration so holler at them if you need a space). We covered a ton of social-media related topics during the colloquium including blogging, pinterest and instagram and shared all kinds of tips and tricks that we’ve learned along the way…it was a great and diverse group of creatives and entrepreneurs…even I left feeling inspired. Ha!

Our next seminar, Intro To Getting A Book Deal is being held on October 12th here in Los Angeles at Room Forty and it’ll be taught by yours truly. It’s kinda crazy to think that when my new book comes out Spring 2015 I will have had FIVE books published (she says as she pats herself on the back.) If you have a book idea, and want to get it out there…think about applying to join this intimate seminar.


Hope you have a wonderful weekend friends!



From my last post, you might have gathered that I’m into draping in the home.  Scouring old interiors books and Pinterest, I’ve discovered some really interesting and sometimes unexpected examples of draping.  Here’s what I’ve found: You can add texture to your wall by hanging up a large strip of fabric. Don’t force it to be too straight and perfect, in fact this looks extra intriguing with the pin tuck hanging style, plus the layered addition of artwork over top.  Also, using the same fabric as the bed in this above image has totally enhanced its impact!

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Layering your chairs and lounges with fabric is the easiest way to give them a new life if you’re ready for a change.  I love the calming effect of all white.  Its also reminiscent of an artist’s studio; use a thick white linen sheet or if you’re more into color, why not try an old canvas drop sheet with the added beauty of accidental paint splatters all over?

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Colorful textiles is always a good idea.  If only we all had crocheted Missoni throws like this above photo…or what about that palm tree chair?!  So Jungalow, right?!


Now, draping the ceiling with a parachute!?  I had to include this because, well…it exists!  I’m not sure why, but the fact that there is a little desk set up in this space has me very intrigued.  Is this an elegantly artistic interpretation of draping or the ultimate bachelor room divider? Ha.  What do you think?

1. House and Garden, Jaques Dehornois

2-5. Terence Conran’s ‘New House Book’, 1985

6. ‘The Originals’, 2008 Photography: Holland Vandertol 

7. Terence Conran’s ‘New House Book’, 1985

{Post by Nicole Valentine Don for Justina Blakeney est. 1979.}

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September 18th, 2014

A Creative Studio




The whole working-from-home situation has gotten out of hand. Now that Ida is a talking and walking little muncher, it is simply too hard to focus on work from my living room/office. Also, my business (and blog) is growing (YAY!) and as I hire more people to help out around here, having a little crew of folks working from my living room and from coffee shops is charming and everything, but it’s not sustainable. I need a studio.

So I have begun the search. Of course, the idea of having an off-jungalow studio both exciting and daunting. Paying two rents, two utility bills, and the idea of not being home with Ida much of the time makes me feel nervous, but I can also feel that the whole household is ready for this change. It’s time to stretch out a bit and since we are still not able to afford to buy a home, this is going to be our solution for the next few years.

Of course, next to all of my anxieties about ‘leaving home’ I am equal parts excited to have a work space to create, collaborate and celebrate in. I am also pretty darned  eager and elated about decorating this future hypothetical space. Of course, the decor is where my mind goes first, and my brain is already swimming with ideas.

I want the space to be super functional, but also homey and and comfortable. Natural light will be vital, a kitchen is important (I made that mistake with my last studio…it had no kitchen and so I never stayed the whole day because I always left to eat and then just didn’t go back.) I want to strike a balance in the space between mutability (like by putting everything on wheels) and jungaliciousness, (like by putting plants and color on everything, hehe). And now, as you can see, I’m getting ahead of myself since I have yet to actually acquire a space.

Anyway, the above mood board is just a dreamy kind of representation of how I see my future creative space (all of the beautiful vintage items pictured here can be found among my favorite pieces on Chairish), and I’ll keep you updated if and when I find the right thing… :) but it’s an exciting time for sure!