Justina Blakeney is Betting This Throwback Teen Trend Makes a Comeback

updated Feb 12, 2020
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Justina Blakeney may not have single-handedly brought boho back, but she was definitely a big contributor to this moment of trailing plants, macramé and wildly patterned/jungle-themed textiles. She’s penned two books on bohemian style, collaborated with Loloi on a line of pillows and rugs and even had a line of hanging mobiles. But her latest venture, a collection of sunny home decor items with Pottery Barn Kids, is what I’m most excited about these days. Think organic cottons and raffia, geometric mirrors and shelving, woven baskets and even temporary wall coverings—all of which are far too stylish to just be for toddlers and tweens. When I last caught up with her, she seemed to still have kids rooms on the brain though, telling me that those beaded curtains some of us might have had in our ’90s childhood bedrooms (guilty!) are about to resurface (for all ages).

While you may be tempted to quit reading full stop in horror of what I just said, hold on just one sec. You may still have a bit of left over trauma from getting random strands tangled in your butterfly-clipped hair; you may even still twitch a little at the memory of the sound of plastic beads banging against each other every time you entered or exited your room, but it’s not so bad anymore. I promise!

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A doorway is the classic spot to hang one of these guys, and I love what Design Love Fest did with this DIY. The “beads” are bigger than usual and all white, which gives the whole look a modern edge. One of these playful curtains would be fun in a kid’s room or playroom.

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From Lonny, this beaded curtain appears to be a living room divider. Not a bad idea, and way cheaper than a piece of furniture or upholstered folding screen. Though note, you’re going to get the illusion of separation and not a lot of privacy here.

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Well, here’s a “beaded” curtain that’s actually being used as a curtain. If I had a sliding door, I might give this rainbow-colored, confetti-looking style a go. Found on Hus & Hem, the homeowner created this look using wool remnants from other projects.

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I’m not going to lie, I’m a little apprehensive about using one of these indoors still, but outside seems like the perfect spot to try this possible trend out. I love how this wooden bead curtain frames out this outdoor eating area featured on Free People. Not sure what it’s mounted to exactly, but it adds an intimate, almost VIP section vibe to this outdoor setting.

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Macramé has been really popular lately, and I have to say, making a curtain out of this material looks way easier (and less of a commitment) than making a wall hanging. You can find the instructions at A Beautiful Mess.

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The two above are for sale from Urban Outfitters. You can count on them to be on the boho train fully. The neutral bamboo style of the bottom option could work almost any way (though pairing the black colorway with super modern silhouettes would be such a nice juxtaposition). The trippy colorful option is just for anyway who wants to have a little fun!

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If the stunning Mediterranean home above—and in the lead of this post—found via Home Adore can pull off a rose gold chain-link curtain, there is hope yet.