+ How you can bring a little of her look into your home
If there is anyone you should have a major crush on right now its star stylist, designer, author and blogger extraordinaire Justina Blakeney. With her lush boho aesthetic and “Jungalow” style it is no surprise that she has us all scouring her blog and Instagram feed for more of her signature look. With a passion for colour, pattern and plants, Justina and her blog, THE JUNGALOW, have quickly become the go-to sources for bohemian design inspiration. What is a jungalow? Jungalow is a term coined by Justina to describe her own home which is wild like the jungle but cosy and homely like a bungalow. Filled with handmade items from all over the world mixed in with the sleek lines of modern design then sprinkled with a hint of the tropics and a whole lot of plants. In Justina's words decorating is all about “feeling free, having fun and getting a little bit wild” She strongly believes that creativity is the key to having an amazing home filled with bold, vibrant and colourful bohemian chic vibes.
These are the five key elements you need to bring a little jungalow style into your own home.
The first thing you will notice about the jungalow style is the abundance of colour, bright saturated hues in joyful and vibrant combinations. This is definitely not a look for the timid! Think bold coloured walls or wallpapers, a mish mash of cushions in every tone that takes your fancy, plenty of textiles bursting with colour and bold statement floor rugs with the boho aesthetic that comes with vintage kilims and boucherite pieces. This bohemian style is very enigmatic, extremely layered and immensely rich.
Bold graphic tropical prints, aztec inspired motifs, reimagined vintage designs all combine into a pattern on pattern, more is more look that is unexpected, fresh and exciting. To get the look team indian kantha quilts with kilim cushions and set it all against a background of 70s retro inspired palm wallpaper, after all “decorate wild” is Justina's catch cry!
Plants are a prominent and defining feature of the jungalow style, and the lush, abundant greenery helps bring life into the rooms. Justina is a big believer in using plats to fill unused spaces in the home…every space in fact!! From potted cacti to hanging ferns a plenty what better way to fill your interiors than with a whole lotta plants. Plant stands, textural pots of varying sizes and hanging planters should all become your friends and more is definitely the merrier as the jungalow name suggests.
The jungalow look is one that effortlessly combines global elements and reflects the personal style of a well travelled soul. Mix items old and new from all over the world. Use Japanese ceramics alongside vintage rugs from Turkey, cushions from Morocco and textiles from Mexico. Let your style reflect your inner nomadic bohemian. Don't hide away your beautiful collected treasures, embrace them and show them off in all their glory, all together and all at once…this is key to creating a unique, inspiring and eclectic style of your very own.
Jungalow style is all about textiles, wether it's layering them up, hanging them on your walls or covering every surface with a tapestry or two. Drape soft shaggy Icelandic sheepskins over kantha quilt covered lounges and pile up those vintage Kilim cushions. Think soft and comfortable, inviting and always informal. Textiles are also a key way to bring colour into this look.