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August 1st, 2014

Botanical Bliss


botanical 1. Janet Kain for the home is having their blowout sale and has 30% off all pillows. I’m obsessed with this botanical garden pillow.

2. This botanical sofa would be a welcome addition to the jungalow. Big time.

3. I got a chance to try out a few elixirs from Lotus Wei this week and I can’t stop spraying the Infinite Love Mist all over me. Really, really good vibes–like serious magic potion style.

4. Loving this botanical trench. The fresh greens have me wishing we had a Spring this year–which we kinda didn’t :( Oh and its on sale :)

5. With Ida’s birthday coming up, I have been researching cake ideas and I love, love, love this idea of a botanical cake made with edible flowers. So pretty, huh?

6. My guide on eBay for 10 Inspiring, Chic and Quirky Books to Keep on Your Coffee Table includes this gorgeous #blomsonblack style tome: The Art of Instruction: Vintage Educational Charts from the 19th and 20th Centuries by Katrien Van der Schueren.

7. Kiana Mosley’s work is as inspiring as ever.

Hope you get a chance to stop and smell the flowers this weekend! Have a great one, friends!





Design by Justina Blakeney

There’s a little part of me that cringes when someone calls me an interior designer…not because I don’t like the idea of being an interior designer, but more because I wasn’t trained as an interior designer and don’t feel I’ve earned that title. I prefer the terms interior stylist or decorator even–those terms feel more comfortable for some reason.

Design by Justina Blakeney

That having been said, sometimes I don’t give myself enough credit and I was looking back on some of the spaces that I’ve transformed and realized that it shouldn’t have to always be about formal training, schooling, degrees or titles, but more about the way I’m changing spaces and the lives of the people who live in them.

Design by Justina Blakeney and Caitlin Levin

I also sometimes wonder if it is because of my lack of formal training in interior design that makes me feel at liberty to do really weird and wild things in interior spaces.

Design by Justina Blakeney

That is not to say that more schooling or formal training wouldn’t make me better and more confident at my craft. I’m sure, actually that it would.

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Because all of this is swimming in my head today, I thought it would be fun to do a little ‘best of’– a selection of favorite spaces that I’ve transformed as a good reminder for me that, unless you’re a doctor or something, it’s pointless to limit oneself based on training or degrees. If you can figure out how to do something, just do it, and don’t get all caught up on titles.

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I’m pretty proud of the spaces I’ve created and even more than that, about the way I make people feel in the spaces after they have been transformed…and that’s the most important thing, right? What do you think?


DIY 2-034

If you haven’t guessed by now, I do love a houseplant or ten!  I was feeling inspired by some awesome paper and cardboard cacti I was seeing on pinterest and started thinking what could I make along the same vein, but not quite.  I’ve made objects before out of wire wrapped in wool, like words and hands…I thought why not cacti?!  These are actually quite simple to make, they just take nimble fingers, some creative thinking and a little patience.  I started by bending malleable wire from the hardware store into a shape I’ve drawn onto a piece of paper and then taping it into place.  Ahem…don’t mind me blatantly showing off my new engagement ring ;) DIY3-231 copy



Then, you can start to wrap the wire tightly in yarn and remove the tape and paper as desired… (more…)


I believe in investing in rentals to be happy where ever one lives–but there are some larger investments that I simply cannot justify, and so I dream…

I would put…

laundry in the bathroom1.) A super efficent, clean and ample laundy situation in the master bathroom. oh yes.


2.) I’d put tiles EVERYWHERE.

emilykatz bathroom tub bohemian style (1)

3. I’d add a hot tub. Big time.

dream-kitchens-204.) Amazing old school appliances in crazy colors in the kitchen…duh.

bb0c8c49e75974c4386be0778b26f7edHave a real, live home office where I can get all creative. I’m working from a fold-out table in my living room right now and it just ain’t cutting it!

I’m crossing my fingers that after finishing our 2014 taxes that we’ll be able to qualify for a loan and start looking for a place of our own…can you tell I’m anxious? :D

July 28th, 2014

Two a August.



If you ask Ida how old she is, she’ll respond ‘I two a August.’ Her vocabulary has seriously blossomed although she still has some work to do on her prepositions. he he. On Friday she and I had dinner in Silverlake and then took a walk around the neighborhood. When we got to this amazing blue wall she stopped, stood in front of the wall and said ‘mama take a picture with a phone.’ So I did. Now I wonder where she could have possibly learned this from. :P So we had a fun little impromptu photoshoot (first on the blue wall, then on the black one) that I feel totally captured her sweet, silly, curious, amazing self. It’s kind of crazy how I could love such a tiny person so dang much. I can’t believe she’s gonna be two a August.


July 25th, 2014

Good Morning links!



Morning my friends! My computer went kaput yesterday, so I’m using Jason’s and so gonna keep this short and sweet. I’ll be co-teaching the first seminar for The Creative Residency on Sunday (which is sold-out!) I’m super excited about it! What are your plans?

Here is some inspiring stuff online and off to check out this weekend!:

1. We’ve reached 1000 faces on the #facethefoliage hashtag, which makes me really happy!

2. A mouthful of thank-yous to Marie Claire for naming JB one of 20 Websites Every girl should bookmark!

3. This image of hand carved housplants by Yuto Yamasaki was one of my favorite pins this week.

4. Check out my guide on living small which includes 10 tips for living large in small spaces on eBay. 

5. This Saturday from 3-5 my sweet friend Elizabeth will be hosting an afternoon of crafting at the new Splendid Store in Pasadena  (113 W. Colorado Blvd).

6. If you’ve ever been stumped about what kind of lighting to you on your bedside table, check out this post I wrote for Interior Deluxe.

7. The Renegade Craft Fair in happening on Saturday and Sunday downtown at Grand Park this year, will you be checking it out?

See you back here on Monday! Smooches!