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26 November 2014



Ida by Justina Blakeney #FaceTheFoliage
It’s easy for me to go through the day without stopping to think about gratitude, possibly because it’s overwhelming for me to stop and think about gratitude.  I am almost impossibly ‘fortunate’ or ‘blessed.’  I feel like I’ve won the reincarnation lottery and I’m not quite sure what I must have done or who I must have been in a past life to deserve this enchanted life that I lead.  With so much poverty, carnage, sexism, racism, hunger, disease and turmoil in this world, I don’t know how I’ve managed to come up unscathed. Had I been born in Europe 70 years ago, I likely would have perished in a concentration camp. Had I been born 300 years ago in this country, I likely would have been a slave. Had I been born now, in a country plagued by war, to a community stricken by ebola, to a family that lost their home…I don’t stop to think about gratitude because the list is so long… the ways in which I am fortunate are so deep, but alas, it’s also important to reflect.  

When I was ten years old, my family went on a trip to Indonesia. We were visiting a temple in Jakarta and one of my clearest memories from that journey was the tour guide explaining to us that in his culture, the worst thing one could be reincarnated as is a frog — because frogs have big bellies and all they eat are flies, so they are never satiated. I don’t know why that image stuck in my head all these years. Perhaps because at age ten I had never given much thought to the afterlife or the idea that how I behave in this life can affect who (or what!) I am in the next…and perhaps the idea of flies being the only item on the meal plan hit home. None-the-less, regardless of my grown-up feelings about what happens after-death, I do believe that how I behave in this life can deeply affect what happens when I’m gone.

I need to think about gratitude more often because it keeps me humble. It reminds me that just as easily as all these gifts were given to me they can be taken away. Life is so fragile, so tenuous, such a gift…and in moments when I’m annoyed, sad, frustrated or angry I have to remember how good I have it: my health and the health of my dear ones, my incredible family, a creative career that brings me joy, a roof over my head in a city that I love, and a satiated belly.

So this Thanksgiving, while I try to not over-eat– I will think about all the people in the world whose bellies are never satiated. And then, I will try and follow those thoughts with more action and more commitment to affect positive change in this world.  Because gratitude is a great start, but it’s the actions that follow the feelings of gratitude that are most meaningful.

I am thankful for you.

<3 J 

25 November 2014

Host a Perfect Holiday Party


I’m excited to share today the second video I made in collaboration with eBay! This one is about hosting a perfect holiday party–and by perfect, obv I mean perfectly imperfect, because that’s how I roll :) I got to invite a few of my homies over to celebrate and eat together–which was a fun treat and it was the last thing that we shot after two days of having a pretty large crew at the jungalow for two full days so it was a great culmination to the project. In this video, I’m sharing some of my holiday hosting tips — from gold flatware to glistening Moroccan lanterns…check it out! :

For more ideas of what to add to your Holiday table, head over to my Colorful Casa collection on eBay and check out the other videos that  we worked on right here.
*This post was created in partnership with eBay. Holla!

24 November 2014

Other Times Vintage


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I recently came across Other Times Vintage — another IG discovery. They have a brick and mortar in Brooklyn and great taste. It’s a shame their space is so dang ugly :


Just kidding. I mean look at those ceilings! Gasp!…Their insta is on point too–it’s so simple, but kinda great, right? The styling? Jungalicious, I know.  IMG_3264

Follow them on Insta here. The stuff is a touch on the pricey end, but the fab styling makes it seem kinda worth it.
Image of their studio via the Etsy Blog.




23 November 2014

Jungalow People




I wandered into an area of the jungalow that I had never been before, and there I found the Jungalow people. They are doing much to inspire me these days, and much of my free time is dedicated getting to know them better. I’ve always loved anthropology.


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I know Justina loves all things ‘patternful’ and I have been noticing a lot of pattern on pattern lately in both interiors and fashion.  To add a little of this ornamentation to your decor, you can go ALL out, 60′s vintage home style.  Same fabric as wallpaper?  Why not!?

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Try a bit of the same, same, but different.  Do your walls (or just one) in a decorative wallpaper and go crazy with varying patterns in your furniture and decor for a fun effect!

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You can go more subdued if over the top isn’t for you.  Simply go pattern crazy in your bed textiles and cushions, but leave the walls and floors alone.

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Or do the same in neutrals for a really pretty look!  I allllways go colorful, but this image makes me want to go the other way…

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In addition to cushions and throws, the easiest way to to introduce the pizzazz of pattern into your home is with rugs!  Layer them up if you’re feeling bold ;)

How patternful is your place??


Photo credits:

1-2. ‘Billy Baldwin Decorates’, 1972

3. Vogue Living Australia Photography: Lisa Cohen

5. Elle Decoration Sweden

6. ‘Billy Baldwin Decorates’, 1972

8. ‘interior decoration a-z’, 1965  Betty Pepis

9. Marij Hessel

10. One King’s Lane  Photography: Nicole LaMotte


This post was created by Nicole Valentine Don for JB est. 1979.

For more of Nicole’s magical musings, visit her blog & follow her on instagram


Soooo, it’s that time again, huh? Giveaway season is here and I’m thrilled to kick mine off in partnership with one of my all-time favorite shelter mags, Domino Magazine. I’ve selected my top picks from the Domino Gift guide – and now it’s your turn. And wait..that’s not all. You can win a little something for your homegirls (or sister or mama…), but ALSO for yourself (I don’t see nothin’ wroooooong…she sings to herself)…because, for example, were I to win that brass case full of colored pencils chances are I’d keep it for myself. Well this giveaway totally eliminated that issue–it’s not like I would keep two of them, I’m not that greedy… So, here’s what you do to enter:

1. Peruse the Domino Gift Guide and pick your prezzie.
2.Be sure to enter your email on THIS Domino landing page. You know the drill, yes?
3. Come back here and leave a comment sharing which gift you would like two of!

Giveaway closes at 12AM PST Nov. 27th. We will be announcing the winner on November 28th. You win. Your homegirl wins. Yay.

*Sorry, limited to U.S. readers only. Please leave your email or web address in the allotted boxes. Winner will be contacted via email and announced at the bottom of this post.

20 November 2014

Kitchen overhaul pt. 1




Even though we live in a rental, we’ve decided that we’re going to bite the bullet and redo our kitchen. Now we’re not going to go CRAZY, but we know we’re gonna be here for at least another two years and decided that it’s worth it to make the improvements–our landlord also said we could amortize some of the upgrade costs and take some of it off of our rent, so we’re going for it. The pic above, that’s what it looks like now. If this house were mine, I’d lose the tile (and so much more…) but for the sake of doing a $5000 overhaul and not a $20,000 overhaul, the tiles stay, and so does the meh oven. But what isn’t gonna stay is that wall–or most of it anyway. It is not a load-bearing wall so we want to lose the upper half of the wall so that the kitchen is open to the living room. This way when Jason or I am cooking, we can watch Ida playing in the other room, plus then we’d have windows to the outside on either side, which makes me feel like the light and the cross-breeze situation will improve dramatically. And in my imagination we have some kind of ‘bar’ seating on the other side, à la:
Only maybe with some built-in storage too because our wall (on the other side) is quite a bit longer than this.


The next upgrade that we want to make is to lose the upper cabinets. See how close they are to the faucet head?!? It’s ridiculous! They drive me nuts. they don’t close well, and while I know that it’s gonna mean dusting off our stuff more often, I want to opt for open shelving–something along these lines:
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Then if we have budget left over after we put in a dishwasher, I want this sink (only with a more modern faucet):

And lastly, I think we’ll repaint…(what do you think? is it time to lose the green??) I’m so excited to see what the jungalow looks like without that wall and more of an open concept. I’ll keep ya posted. (duh!)

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Pictures of my kitchen by Leela Cyd for The Kitchn