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Any home is a reflection of its owner, so maybe the best way to introduce designer Justina Blakeney is with a description of her Los Angeles bungalow. The place is overgrown with lush plants, oversaturated with color, overflowing with incredible vintage pieces, and yet somehow never completely over-the-top. We’ll also go ahead and tell you that Justina is an author, new mom, and Pinterest Queen. She spoke with us about what makes her style so unique, and gave us a virtual tour of her home’s vibrant interior.

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How would you describe your personal style?

I have two crazy words to describe my style: Jungalow (bungalow + jungle) and Globoh (global + bohemian). Basically, I love bold colors and patterns, natural and recycled materials, mixing new and old, east and west. I like it wild and jungalicious.

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Where do like to turn these days for your interior design inspiration?

Vintage books — I’m obsessed with one right now that’s called A House and Garden Book: Decorating with Plants from 1978.

Nature and travel inspire immensely, but when I’m stuck at home and need a little inspiration, I turn to some of my favorite blogs — including Old Brand New, Moon to Moon, and Happy Mundane. Lately, Instagram has been a good source of inspiration too — a few favorites are Bonnie Tsang, Jessie Webster and Jennifer Young. And of course there’s Pinterest — some of my favorite pinners for decor are Nicole Valentine Don and Victoria Vu.

Also, the Rose Bowl Flea Market is a spot that really exercises my imagination.

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Speaking of which, you seem like a master thrifter! What are your secrets?

Thanks! I love thrifting — which is the first step. The second is recognizing the potential in things, and then imagining them in different contexts, with different colors or flipped upside down — and know it will look great.

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Looking back, what post or project from your blog are you particularly proud of?

The more personal posts always resonate most with my readers, and this post was a game changer for my blog and my most read post of last year. Being open, honest and brave goes a long way in this community. As far as design projects go, I’m really proud of my window seat as it was my first attempt at designing a piece of furniture and I’m thrilled with the result.

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You admit to being “obsessed with color.” What’s your current color crush these days?

So hard, because I love them all so much — but turquoise always does it for me.

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What’s your formula for turning a house into a home?

  1. Add rugs: rugs set the mood and make a room cozy, warm, and comfy.
  2. Add art: Paintings, photos, tchotchkes– these are the things that tell stories and personalize a home.
  3. Add life: People, plants, and pets are the soul of the home. Besides my wonderful man and sweet baby girl, my Jungalow is also home to a ton of plants and our cat–and it wouldn’t be a home without ’em!

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You can follow Justina on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and Luvocracy.

Images: Justina Blakeney, and profile photo by Jennifer Young.

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February 12, 2013

I think this is fantastic and so appropriate! Justina, as always I love your style. Keep inspiring, girl, you have a wonderful your point of view.

Brandy B.

February 12, 2013

Beautiful woman. Wonderful feature! x


February 12, 2013

Inspired and amazing

What makes a home? | Justina Blakeney Est. 1979

February 13, 2013

[…] tickled pink to be featured on the blog of one of my very favorite shops today: West Elm’s Front & Main. I share some of my thrifting secrets, what and who inspires me and my formula for turning a house […]


February 13, 2013

Great feature on one of my favorite leading ladies!!


February 13, 2013

She’s a top favorite of mine. I love her style and honesty!!


February 13, 2013

Justina is full of life and love and it all shows through her home, her blog and her very happy daughter. Great interview!


February 13, 2013

Great interview, full of life, color and inspiration.


February 15, 2013

A great interview. Justina is full of life and love – and it shows through in everything she does!

Martha and More | Justina Blakeney Est. 1979

February 19, 2013

[…] I’ve been popping up a little all over the place the last few weeks (gee thanks y’all!) I’d love for you also check out these features and interviews: -My Zinc-Door Must-haves -What I think about The Good Life over on Vanessa’s blog -This interview with me over on Dime Ink -This Style Muse post on Lovely and Rust -My friend Jon did this fun post about our weekend out with Dabito. -And (in case you missed my mention of this last week) I’m also over on West Elm’s Front and Main […]


February 21, 2013

Justina is insanely talented. I’ve never met anyone with such passion and with a distintive voice in design. I always love me some Jungalow!

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April 30, 2013

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