The New Bohemians from Justina Blakeney

The New Bohemians from Justina Blakeney

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Jessica Isaac
May 4, 2015
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I'm always excited when something from the digital world joins us in 3 dimensions. Not long ago, designer Justina Blakeney’s “jungalow" style swept the internet with an explosion of creativity, color, and lots (and lots) of plant life. In compiling her new book The New Bohemians, she scoured the U.S. to find 20 homes that represent this free-spirited aesthetic — all beautifully photographed by Dabito. While she didn’t personally design the homes in the book (aside from her own on page 275), fans of Justina’s style will be glad to see it reads like a how-to for finding one’s own inner bohemian.

The book features an "adopt an idea" from each home -- including one on this vintage card catalog turned planter in Justina's home.
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Like curating an art gallery, Justina has collected and organized these hand-picked bohemian gems into categories: The Modern, The Earthy, The Folksy, The Nomadic, The Romantic, and The Maximal. Each home represents a host of tastes and preferences, yet all are cohesive in their unconstrained layering of different styles, textures, patterns, and, of course, plant life. Sprinkled with DIYs and an "adopt an idea" for each home, the book is as functional as it is gorgeous.

The New Bohemians is also a great conversation starter, making it the perfect coffee table book. I've had it for a few days now and everyone who's seen it at my home gravitates towards it, quickly develop an opinion on which Bohemian is the best Bohemian (::cough:: The Romantic Bohemian ::cough::).
From The Romantic Bohemians chapter -- a beautiful succulent terrarium made by home owner Arielle Pytka
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Inspiration infuses each chapter, and a Plant-O-Pedia provides tips and tricks on adding life to your own space. Pick up a copy if you're looking for inspiration on how to display your own collections, make a space come to life, or just want to see how passionate your friends are about their personal Bohemian variety.

Have you explored the categories in The New Bohemians? Where do you think you lie on the Bohemian scale?

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