If ever there were a place where pattern-on-pattern...on-pattern were a design mandate, Justina Blakeney would surely be the high ruler.
Her blog, The Jungalow, celebrates cozy, plant-filled homes exploding with charisma, and showcases the designer's array of lust-worthy wallpapers, fabrics, stationery and furniture. In the July/August 2016 issue of House Beautiful (on newsstands July 12), Justina shares her own 1,050 square foot Los Angeles bungalow: a tribute to the ultimate in chic, bohemian living. Feast your eyes on these stand out rooms:
Justina Blakeney On...
...Her eye-popping blue living room:
"You mean Bluhemia? That is our little lounge, where we watch TV and wind down. Since it's on the other side of the house from my daughter's room, we don't have to worry about waking her up when we're in there. It also doubles as a guest bedroom, thanks to the sectional sofa that comfortably sleeps two."
...Mixing styles effortlessly:
"The secret is color. I use it to tie disparate things together that might not jell otherwise. For instance, in the dining room, the white chairs are balanced by the white console-slash-secretary desk. I work with white a lot because I love contrast — when it comes to layering textiles, it's easy to go overboard. White helps a space feel relaxed."
...Her "Put a Plant On It" motto:
"...Plants fall into the same category as patterns. Adding a plant instantly breathes life into a space, especially a small room. 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've yet to find a design conundrum that can't be solved with plants. That's why they're such a big part of the Jungalow look."
...Her paired down furnishings approach:
"I took a deep breath and let it go. We sold a few things and stored the rest in the garage, where each item is waiting for its turn to be swapped into the house. Like our family, our home is continually changing. If you come back here in a month, it's going to look different."