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Justina Blakeney

Justina Blakeney

by Melissa Magsaysay

The interior designer and author brings the same vibrant and bold look of her rooms into her beautiful wardrobe.

That old adage “Less is More” thankfully does not always apply. Consider today’s modern world, where prints, textures and colors can collide to create a rule-busting new aesthetic that seems fresh and bursting with possibility.

Justina Blakeney is a thought and creative leader of this bold new world, bringing traditional ethnic prints and patterns together with tropical motifs and an all around California cool vibe. Whether you’re a décor buff or not, a minimalist or maximalist, you’ve likely heard of Justina Blakeney and her wildly successful blog and online store, The Jungalow.

Blakeney, who has a background in fashion design, has shaken up the design world with a blog and interiors so vibrant and inspiring you literally don’t know where to look first. She is the author of the books, The New Bohemians and the just released New Bohemians Handbook and recently produced a killer furniture and décor collaboration with Living Spaces.

Plus Size Designer Fashion Justina Blakeney
Justina Blakeney's new book, "The New Bohemians Handbook"

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.

Plus Size Designer Fashion Justina Blakeney
Interior designer and author, Justina Blakeney

Q & A With Justina

How would you describe your personal style?

My style is colorful, patternful and's WILD!

Your use of color, both with clothing and interiors, is so inspiring. Have you always loved and had a good sense of color?

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 Heighs home that really stuck with me.

What inspires you in your work?

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.

Do you tend to follow fashion trends or stick to a specific aesthetic?

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.

Does fashion ever inspire your design work? If so, how?

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.

Who are some of your favorite fashion and accessory designers?

Ace & Jig, Rachel Pally, Isabel Marant (even though I can't fit into her clothing) Mara Hoffman, Suno, We Dream in Colour.

Do you have a style mantra? If so, what is it?

Decorate wild!


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