If you use Instagram or Pinterest for design inspiration, chances are you’ve peeked inside the Los Angeles home—dubbed “the Jungalow”—of designer Justina Blakeney. Her style is an enviable mash-up of bohemian cool and vintage charm with a strong sprinkling of global influence. Here’s how she pulls it off.
The Jungalow is wild like the jungle, but cozy and homey like a bungalow. I tend to layer colors and pattern and include plenty of greenery. I like to mix old and new and create unexpected vignettes. I am a maximalist, and I love to mix pieces from different cultures: a kilim rug with a Kantha-covered ottoman and a Moroccan wedding blanket next to a Mexican Serape and Japanese ceramics. That’s the global vibe that inspires me so.
How does your home’s architectural style work with your own personal style?
My home is a rental, so I had to work with what I’ve got! Half of the house was built in the 1940s the other half in the early ’70s. I like that it’s a bit unexpected and random—like my style. One example of how I used the home’s architecture in my design is in the bedroom: I hung a canopy over the bed to create a sense of intimacy that plays off nicely with the very high ceilings.
You have beautiful collections and groupings in your home. How do you achieve that “collected” look without making a space look cluttered?
I group items together by color and also in groupings of three and five. When things are deliberately arranged and styled—even when you have many things—it works together to create a visual balance.
I don’t think about this in a methodical way. It’s more emotional: I see it; I love it; I buy it; I display it!
Hello, textiles! You use beautiful fabrics in a billion ways. Tell us how you combine patterns and colors, and any unexpected ways you use textiles.
Textiles are a wonderful way to totally change up the look of your home when you’re bored: cover up that sofa, for example, or change the look of your bed. I love the look and feel of vintage textiles especially: old Kantha quilts, suzanis, Moroccan wedding blankets…they add so much life, color, and texture to a room.
What are your favorite pieces and spaces in your home? What makes them special to you?
I think my favorite areas change, depending on time of year or time of day. I do love our bedroom; it’s so relaxing and is really a nest for my husband, me, and our daughter. We spend a ton of time in there together. Favorite pieces? I love our huge yellow sofa and my crazy collection of throw pillows.
At The HighBoy, we’re constantly connecting design to the story it tells–both historically and for 21st-century style. What story does your house tell about you and your family?
I think my home is a very accurate representation of my family and where we are right now: It’s colorful and a little messy, happy, and at times a bit moody. We have stuff from all over the world, but there is something distinctly ‘California’ about it, which is like us, too. And it’s constantly growing and changing, like we are.
Can’t get enough of Blakeney’s carefree vibe? Design your own “Jungalow” with this collection of colorful, global-inspired, vintage finds on The HighBoy.
1. Mid-Century Danish Teak Credenza | 2. Pair of Cameroon Stools with Tribal Cushions
3. Pair of Mid-Century Modern Yellow Ceramic Lamps
4. Bronze Elephant Bookends | 5. Mid-Century Ottoman in Faux Wool
6. Swedish Vintage Folk Art Wooden Horse | 7. Original Silkscreen by John Chamberlain
8. Vintage Wire Plant Stand | 9. Vintage Kilim Flat Weave Rug
10. Maya Polychrome Cylinder Antiquity
Images via Justina Blakeney.