Like all truly stylish people, Blakeney’s aesthetic for interiors translates clearly to what she wears – effortless, emblazoned with print, upbeat and plenty of color, color, color.
Here, the designer and author describes her personal style and how being creative and mixing it up often works out for the best.
Interior designer and author, Justina Blakeney
11 Honoré: How would you describe your personal style?
Justina Blakeney: My style is colorful, patternful and plantiful...it's WILD!
11H: Your use of color, both with clothing and interiors, is so inspiring. Have you always loved and had a good sense of color?
JB: Being raised in a multi-racial family that loved to travel, our home was always filled with colorful objects from all over the world. Having such an abundance of cultural treasures around was a huge inspiration – then and now.
Also, my grandparents had tropical printed wallpaper all over their Ladera Heights home that really stuck with me.
11H: What inspires you in your work?
JB: Nature (walking or biking to Jungalow HQ), a pattern from a vintage art book, museums, my family – really inspiration can be found everywhere if you're open to it.
11H: Do you tend to follow fashion trends or stick to a specific aesthetic?
JB: I don't consciously follow trends. My style is pretty specific although I don't like to feel married to one type of thing. I like old stuff. i like weird stuff. I like color, pattern and plants.
11H: Does fashion ever inspire your design work? If so, how?
JB: Yes, I have a bright collection of vintage frocks and mumus that I often draw textile inspiration from. My background is in fashion design and like to think that all aspects of design (especially home decor and fashion) as having a cross-pollinating and symbiotic relationship.
11H: Who are some of your favorite fashion and accessory designers?
JB: Ace & Jig, Rachel Pally, Isabel Marant (even though I can't fit into her clothing) Mara Hoffman, Suno, We Dream in Colour.
11H: Do you have a style mantra? If so, what is it?
JB: Decorate wild!