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There are some amazing, tasselled, bohemian hammocks out there, but do they ever make it past your online wish list and into your backyard?  A hammock seems like one of those items that requires all the stars to be aligned (or two massive trees to be aligned in your yard at least) and even then, it’s only temporary, unless you live in the tropics.  Anyway, my point is that while we may think a hammock is only good for lounging in outdoors and we might not have the space or proper support beams, it can be used in different ways inside your home all year round.  So, don’t hesitate to get that beauty on your next overseas trip because ‘it’s not practical’- this one I found at a market is from Guatemala and it’s been serving me well as a curtain for years!

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Hang a hammock as a curtain lengthways, folded in half for leverage along your window, the loops are already there to hold onto the rod.  Or you can do this above version, where it hangs on a tree branch and loops through itself on single window- so pretty!

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Cover a tired old chair to give it a new life-  don’t be shy about leaving the ties hanging out; it gives it added texture and character.

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This last one is pushing the envelope a bit and may not be for everyone, but I twisted my hammock really tightly on both ends (do this with a friend), then secured each end with some jute before hanging each loop on a separate window bracket.  I stuffed the middle bit full of plants as an unconventional, but effective window planter.  Secretly, I love it.  This would be perfect in a kitchen window where you don’t have to worry about blinds as well or you could do a version in your bathroom, to make watering easier.  What do you think?

{Project by Nicole Valentine Don for Justina Blakeney est. 1979.}
For more Nicole,  visit her blog and follow her on instagram.
Photos by: Fiona Galbraith

 

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Over the weekend I had the pleasure of meeting up with a handful of amazing people at a little historic cottage in Santa Monica (right on the beach!) and styling, shooting and sharing goods of 9 of my favorite L.A. makers. It was kinda hectic, I’m not gonna lie—but it was also really fun and I learned a lot doing that much styling, shooting and sharing in such a short amount of time. I was really impressed with how fast Verizon FiOS Internet was as we uploaded everything throughout the day to a dedicated Pinterest board. With SpeedMatch, only on Verizon FiOS, upload speeds are as fast as download speeds, so the Internet was actually able to keep up with our relentless uploading — which is not always easy (Dabito and I are pr-e-tty—speedy :P)
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Instead of doing just a simple event recap with you today I thought that it would be more fun (and useful!) to share some tactics, new and old for successfully styling, shooting and sharing images—so here goes!

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1. Cohesive color: Pic a color palette to weave throughout the image. In the above pics, you can see I’ve woven in pops of yellow in the top pic of the Cotton & Flax home goods and pops of aqua in the image of the Paper and Type stationary and notecards. It helps the image to look more cohesive and visually harmonious. (more…)

September 11th, 2014

DIY: Catch-all Wall Pockets

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When I first saw these cork mats wandering  through my local Lowe’s, I immediately thought they’d work well as a grouping of bulletin boards for over my desk, but then, scrolling through Pinterest I came across a few of those belt/mirror things like these and from there came up with the idea of making versatile wall pockets that can be used in any room of the house…

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From the entrance into the home, to the kitchen or yes, above the desk use a little wall pocket to store frequently used (and frequently lost) items, like your sunglasses, keys and overdue bills…

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Here’s how to make them:
What you need:
Round cork mats in various sizes
Leather scrap pieces big enough to use for pocket(these were found at my local fabric shop)
Small upholstery tacks
1/2″ wide Leather strips
Hot glue and a hot glue gun

What you do:
1. Cut the leather pieces 1/2″ smaller than the cork mat you will use
2. Cut the ‘top’ of the circle to create ‘pocket’ shape.
3. Put hot-glue around the round perimeter of the leather piece and carefully glue it the cork mat on all sides but the top
4. Add upholstery where desired to accent the leather and to reinforce corners
5. Once dry, hold corner tack down with one thumb and carefully stretch the leather to give it some room for the ‘stuff.’
6. Glue the leather strip to the perimeter of the cork, making sure the ends of the leather strips are glues together neatly at the bottom of the cork board.
7. Tie a knot in the top of the leather strip to create a loop to hang the cork mat from.

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8. Hang your wall pockets in a cluster or by itself.
9. Revel in the cuteness!

Creative direction, photography and styling by Justina Blakeney, crafting by Natalie Gluck for JB est. 79.  This post was created in partnership with Lowe’s. Check out or Pinterest board Justina’s Creative Home for more fun DIY ideas!

September 10th, 2014

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On Monday I was invited out to NYC with a handful of other multi-media artists to document the Spring 2015 Tommy Hilfiger show during NYC’s famed fashion week. Needless to say it was a total honor and whirlwind of a crazy, fashiony day full of stars and flowers. I was let into the Armory before the show to check out the backstage and the set–and oh my goodness. So much prettiness. The show had a kind of rock n’ roll, floral/circus/sergeant pepper vibe and the set was pretty incredible. They must have used hundreds of thousands of flowers…

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I got a chance to strut down the runway before the models did their practice run…the good news is, I still got it. Mmmhhmmm.

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Ha! Then a little peek backstage where I got to see the makeup artists stencil stars onto the girls’ cheeks…

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They had stars upon thars… ;)
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Oh and hi Tommy! :P
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and then I made a #facethefoliage model of my own….

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And then the show started….
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It was kind of insane.
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It went really quickly. Loud music, a flurry of stars and sparkles and applause…

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…and boom! It was over.
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And then, maybe my favorite part was seeing all the fashionistas come up on the floral installation after the show and sprawl out over the flowers for a few selfies…so fun–#faceinfoliage :P

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It was quite a cultural experience and one that I’m so glad I got to experience first hand. These were my favorite looks from the show. I’m really digging all the stars…
Thanks to Tommy Hilfiger to hosting me for NY fashion week! Runway look images via Style.com, all other photos by J. Blakeney

September 9th, 2014

Bluhemia…

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A mix of some new and old pieces that I’ve been digging lately…and I’m enjoying indigo with pops of brights, you like?
1. My favorite splurge-y candle of the moment from Le Feu De Leau (and please don’t make me spell that ever again.) :P
2. The sweetest, tiniest ceramic box that was found in a shipwreck. I know, it’s like real live treasure. How amazing is that?
3. A ‘watercolor” bowl I picked up last week at Urban. Beyond cute and well worth the $24!
4. A ‘Dye Stripe’ vase I’ve already used in like 3 photoshoots also from Urban.
5. A tiny ceramic dish I picked up at General Store.
6. A piece from Elemental clay studio I’ve had for about eight years but I never tire of it and all its sculptural goodness…
7. My favorite vintage Danish bowl I got last year at the loppemarked in Copenhagen.  Find similar styles here. 

 

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Good morning friends! I’ve been up since 5:30AM to pick out and pick up bursting, beautiful blooms at the LA flower Market–and now I’m at the cutest little cottage in Santa Monica. My styling kit is in hand, and I’m even rocking my super dorky ‘styling apron’ that I wear when I’m on location at photo shoots. All throughout the day, some of my favorite makers will be rolling through, and I will be speed-styling their goods while my homeboy Dabito shoots them, and then we will immediately upload all our favorite shots to THIS Pinterest board using SpeedMatch only on Verizon FiOS –Internet that makes it possible to upload images just as fast as you can download them.

I’m all caffeinated, excited and a wee bit nervous to see how this all plays out — follow along with the speedy prettiness right HERE– and check out all the makers! Here is who we will be hanging out with today:

Cotton & Flax
Paper and Type
Primitive Reserve
Lovebugkiko
Chaparral Studio
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Viva Voce with Disregarden 
Modernhaus
Concrete Geometric

…and GO!
#StyleItShootItShareit is sponsored by Verizon FiOS.

 

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I love a gallery wall and I love one even more when it goes beyond displaying a few photographs and canvases.  Dress up your wall with 3D objects, travel mementos, things that sparkle in the sunlight or something that might flutter in the breeze if your window were open. The humble wall is such a wonderful way to show off your favourite objects to guests (without getting out the slideshow from the family holiday;) ) or a simple reminder of special moments and articles that are dear to you when you’re at home on your own.  The best part is, you can’t have a house without a wall and I’m going to be so bold as to say, you can’t have a home without a little wall bling.  So don’t only think flat, think about creating intrigue…the easiest way to tell your story is by showcasing what you truly love, what might give you a little thrill; a restaurant’s business card that the color of makes your heart sing,  a leaf found from your last walk- anything!  Also, everything does not have to be perfect and evenly spaced- I’d rather see crooked if that’s what works for you…step back from it until you find the balance.

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This wall in my sunroom, is filled with souvenirs from my past trips.  Try overlapping items, like this cute little Mexican skeleton whose legs are dangling onto the print of Paris.  Tip a small basket on its side, stick it up and it poses as a mini shelf of curiosities.

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Do a nice, tightly cropped gallery above your workspace and switch it up to keep you inspired.  Prop objects on the tops of frames- I love a good prop stop!

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Mirrors add a multi-layered quality to a room; try grouping some in amongst your frames and favourite doodads.

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This wall executes a beautiful double whammy- plants are a surprising addition to any wall (and a must for your jungalow), while grouping objects of the same type and/or color can pack a powerful punch.  LOVE it.

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Hang up a rug or textile, you can even layer it under a painting or photo if you dare.  You can’t be mad at this home owner for preferring their rugs on the wall, because LOOK at that mosaic on the floor!!

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Of course, the lady of the Jungalow is also no stranger to an awesome, outside the box gallery wall.  To get this look, paint fun shapes on the wall and add a small shelf on top in the same vibrant hue.  This is a seriously bold approach, but can always be painted over if you want them for a good time, not a long time ;)

1. Elle Decor, August 2007 Photography: Gozde Eker

2. My wall 2013 Photography: Jeremy Greive

3. AD España, Enero 2011 Photography: Jonny Valiant

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5. AD España, Otubre 2010 Photography: Ricardo LaBougle

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

7. Justina’s wall, here

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

For more Nicole,  visit her blog and follow her on instagram.