|"We painted the kitchen green because we wanted it to look like a greenhouse."|
I totally envy designers born with the magpie-like talent for spotting one-off random treasures amid heaps of dirty junk at flea markets and the knack of combining them intoeclectic wonderlands like this one. Justina Blakeney, owner and designer of this wild, tropical jungle-style bohemian bungalow in LA is one of those people and if she ever decides to sell up, I'll be on the first flight over ready to bid. If only things were so easy...! Her edible-with-a-spoon eclectic home is known as The Jungalow, and her perfect mix of giant plants, clashing colours, random art, fascinating worldy nick nacks and furniture is sending me into a spin with decorating ideas.
Justina's story in a nutshell: "Our space is all about creative reuse, personalisation, vivid colours, bold patterns, worldly and thrifted finds, and lots and lots of plants–Jungalow style is tropical and bohemian, very vintage and very cozy. Jungalow is about bringing the eclecticism of nature and the wild–indoors." So until we're invited over to LA, we'll have to make do with a little virtual peek...
"We had this mid-century style custom wall unit built for us by a local LA craftsman."
"The living room is a riot of color and pattern, a Mexican vintage rug, and a host of pillow I schlepped back from Turkey."
"In the bedroom, we’ve painted over old thrift-store furniture…"
"And a cluster of old windows works as a wall installation for rotating art."
"A vintage suzani cover and a Turkish towel hanging over head make my bedroom feel like a wild retreat."
"Here I’ve transformed a vintage cubby cabinet into a little vertical garden…and finished of the look with a couple of recycled newspaper heads from Anthropologie. Succulents don’t need a ton of water and live happily in the cubby planters."
"The same guy who built the shelves in the living room built this window seat/desk that I designed."
"The nursery used to be my closet, but I upholstered one wall….and added a mix of new pieces and craigslist finds…"
Visit The Jungalow here.
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