Thursday, July 14, 2016

Boho home décor’s maximalist maven shares renovation

If you’ve read The New Bohemians you know author Justina Blakeney’s Los Angeles home was already well-decorated in her signature maximalist boho style. With the success of her book came the extension of her Jungalow brand from blog to an ever-expanding line of boho home decor furnishings.

She and husband Jason recently renovated their 1,050-square-foot Spanish-style bungalow and incorporated a number of products designed by Blakeney's multidisciplinary studio under the Jungalow name. After all, what’s the point of creating all that neat stuff for the rest of us to buy if you can’t try it out at home? 


BoHoHome.com @bohosusan; Justina Blakeney interview in House Beautiful. Photos by David Tsay
David Tsay

What I love most about this reno is the house is on the small side and the reno stayed within its original footprint. It’s a realistic home for a down-to-earth family of three, whose members enjoy the togetherness their space creates. And it’s a look anyone can achieve, regardless of budget.


Pattern, pattern and more pattern


BoHoHome.com @bohosusan; Justina Blakeney interview in House Beautiful. Photos by David Tsay
David Tsay

Blakeney calls the Moroccan-inspired lounge where her family watches television “Bluehemia.” It’s wallpapered with "Aja" in teal, one of her Jungalow designs for Hygge & West. The vintage Moroccan table came from Hotel Figueroa in LA, and the suzani textile on the sofa from the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. 

A pull-out sofa means Bluehemia can double as a guest room when the need arises. "In small spaces, it helps to seek out furnishings that not only fit the space, but also maximize its function," Blakeney recommends.


BoHoHome.com @bohosusan; Justina Blakeney interview in House Beautiful. Photos by David Tsay
David Tsay

"Aja" wallpaper appears again in the dining room, this time in aubergine. Blakeney inherited the uber-cool Verner Panton chairs from her grandparents, while she found the Bumling pendant and Turkish kilim rug on eBay. 

I’m loving the key tassels (a weakness of mine) on the console and those wonderfully tall, doll-like figures in the corner. I'm also wishing I'd had such rockin' grandparents!


Plants, plants and more plants


BoHoHome.com @bohosusan; Justina Blakeney interview in House Beautiful. Photos by David Tsay
David Tsay

“Adding a plant instantly breathes life into a space, especially a small room,” Blakeney advises. “I’ve yet to find a design conundrum that can’t be solved with plants. When people ask my advice on decorating an awkward corner, I always say, ‘Why don't you just put a humongous plant right there?’”

I’m stark-raving envious of the tall euphorbia that presides over Blakeney’s living room. How did she ever keep it alive long enough for it to grow that tall? Alas I live not in California but in Indiana, which is the allergy capital of the world. And so hubs and I combined have close to 100 allergies, indoor plants are a big no-no in the Lawson Jungalow.

The area rug is from Blakeney’s collection for Loloi.


Tile, tile and more tile


BoHoHome.com @bohosusan; Justina Blakeney interview in House Beautiful. Photos by David Tsay
David Tsay

"The kitchen is right in the middle of everything — it's the heart of our home," Blakeney says. "You'll often find my husband in here cooking, me working at the nearby dining room table and my daughter playing in the adjacent living room. The proximity creates a triangle of conversation between the three of us."

Methinks those bar stools are killer. I love the mix of materials (wood, metals, plastic), as well as the seats in in different colors: two shades of Jungalow green plus one in white. All that against a wall of Farrow & Ball’s "Breakfast Room Green" is smashing as well as apropos.


BoHoHome.com @bohosusan; Justina Blakeney interview in House Beautiful. Photos by David Tsay
David Tsay

It's hard to believe the kitchen originally was galley-size without that window over the sink. "We love looking outside while washing dishes," Blakeney say. "And talk about bang for your buck: The window cost about the same as an expensive chair, and I'll take a window over a chair any day."

Moroccan clay tiles from Badia Design cover the backsplash and floor. The backsplash reminds me of the water along Florida's Gulf Coast. And I can’t stop drooling over that floor! I love how it reverses the color emphasis in the backsplash and wall.


BoHoHome.com @bohosusan; Justina Blakeney interview in House Beautiful. Photos by David Tsay

The arched niches in the master bath shower are way cool, as is that cute little hexagonal mirror in the center niche. (How in the world did she find a mirror the exact same size as the tiles?) Notice the brass fixtures, which really pop against the Mediterranean blue tile. 


BoHoHome.com @bohosusan; Justina Blakeney interview in House Beautiful. Photos by David Tsay
David Tsay

More of the Jungalow line of wallpapers adorn the master bath—this time "Nana." It pairs beautifully with the hexagonal tiles from Fire Clay Tile. Peek at the mirror for a preview of our next stop on the Jungalow tour!


Chill, chill and more chill


BoHoHome.com @bohosusan; Justina Blakeney interview in House Beautiful. Photos by David Tsay
David Tsay

“Cosmic Desert,” another design in Blakeney’s H&W collection, makes a bold statement in the master bedroom, where the palette is more muted than the rest of the house and the only furniture is the curvy headboard with built-in nightstands that Blakeney designed and had made. 

“Since there’s no stuff—no dresser with a ton of photos, and no tchotchkes, which I usually have—it’s a respite from the chaos of daily life,” she says.


BoHoHome.com @bohosusan; Justina Blakeney interview in House Beautiful. Photos by David Tsay
David Tsay

But that doesn’t mean you can’t chill if there IS a lot of stuff. Sometimes less IS more, and sometimes MORE is more, as the patio off the master bedroom demonstrates. It’s its own jungle within the Jungalow and just goes to show a boho home can never have too many pillows, candles or plants, right?

BTW, Blakeney scored that gorgeous vintage Uzbek Suzani tablecloth on ebay.


A perfect mix 


BoHoHome.com @bohosusan; Justina Blakeney interview in House Beautiful. Photos by David Tsay
David Tsay

Blakeney describes her Jungalow style as a vivacious mix of four ingredients: color, pattern, plants, and global finds. And she proves a smaller home can be MORE family-friendly. “I’ve lived in bigger houses, but this one feels just right for our family.”

Mine too! When can we move in? I see some empty chairs there...


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