Style Inspiration: Justina Blakeney and the Jungalow

Justina Blakeney

Justina Blakeney is my all-time favorite designer and one Tammy and I just can’t get enough of. Her style is eclectic, bohemian, and jungalicious (full of patterns & plants). We sell her design book The New Bohemians. This book is the perfect gift for the vibrant people in your life. Do yourself a favor and follow her Jungalow and Justina Blakeney Instagrams. Check out some of my favorite of her designs below as well as when she answered my Instagram question on Periscope! Yay!

justina blakeney the new bohemians book at personify shopHer book The New Bohemians. You need it. Trust me.

justina blakeney pink personify shop style inpirationHer design for Claypso Maison.

justina blakeney house personify shop style inspirationIn her home. That Charley Harper books is one of my favorites.

Justina Blakeney Junaglow kitchen redo personify shop style inspoHer kitchen redo aka the best thing ever. Watch out for these green tones this year. They’re coming…

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  This Blush cabinet in her home/studio has inspired me to paint more furniture pieces this year. Also, it’s the perfect pink. I want.

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Her new wallpaper collection from Hygge & West is unreal beautiful. This one is my favorite.


At the Gather Weekend I attended last year (see my previous post), they encouraged us to make a “design tree” of our favorite designers aka find out who they are inspired by. So, I asked Justina, “What are you creative influences and inspiration?” AND she answered!!! Ahh! She answered my question live on Persicope. It was amazing.

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Justina Blakeney on Persicope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s what she said:

  1. Jonathan Adler
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2. The Women Painters of MithilaJustina Blakeney Inspiration

3. Midcentury Modern Art in Nigeria

4. Picasso LinocutsJustina Blakeney Inspiration

5. The Ultimate House Book by Terrence ConranJustina Blakeney Inspiration

6. Frida KahloJustina Blakeney Inspiration

So there you have it. That’s what inspires the amazing Justina Blakeney.

 

Before & After: Furniture Edition

It’s time for another Before & After Furniture Edition. This time with a set of four vintage wooden chairs.

The Before:

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Although we loved the bright blue fabric, the upholstery was a hack job. There were staples showing (read: GROSS) and it was all puffy in all the wrong places. They were very uncomfortable and the cushions needed replacing.

The Process:

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We had all the fabric removed, the cushions replaced, and we used this polka dot fabric.

The After:

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I love how the black and white fabric has a little bit of classic, a little bit of whimsy, a little bit of masculine and feminine, and neutrality. These chairs could fit into almost any space!

set of four reupholstered chairs at personify shop backWe reversed the fabric on the back panel and it ended up being my favorite detail of the project.

Now the chairs are comfortable & beautiful… The perfect combo.Save

Things I Learned at Gather Workshop

I attended Gather Workshop in October 2015 and it was a fabulous time getting to know other creatives, hearing lots of entrepreneurial advice, and dreaming about Personify Shop. Gather Workshop was started by two creative women, Mattie Tiegreen and Kaitie Bryant. I met Kaitie at the Back to Cool Market by Indie South Fair while selling my Pepper and Orange jewelry. I basically stalked her because I knew who she was, she had photographed a few of my friends’ weddings, and we got to talking about Gather. I decided to attend last minute and am so glad I did!

Here are a few things I learned:

  1. I was able to narrow down our style aesthetic for Personify Shop. We were asked to come up with some images that spoke to what we wanted our brand to look like.

    It gave me a clearer picture of what types of products we wanted to have and the overall vibe for our store. We love color, we love bohemian, we love whimsy, we love western, we love folk, we love dreamy, we love playful, we love vintage, and we love modern. Now, if we are thinking about buying something or bringing a new vendor on board, I ask myself if it is a good combination of these things. Our style is modern whimsy.

  2. Kaitie Bryant gave me an idea for a Blog series and I’ve already started working on one!

    Kaitie Bryant's presentation on Living a Creative Life. Photo by Maz Wanger for Ban.do.

    Kaitie Bryant’s presentation on Living a Creative Life. Photo by Maz Wanger for Ban.do

    I just love this idea. Figure out who inspires the people you are inspired by. Stay tuned for posts about Katy Perry and Justina Blakeney of the Jungalow.

  3. Also in Kaitie’s talk on Living a Creative Life she said, “The easier it is to quantify your work, the less its worth. Create work that can’t be quantified, can’t be copied because it is a unique blend and has something in it that makes it MAGIC.” I love this because sometimes in retail it’s easy to just sell what someone else is selling, but I know people don’t buy from us to get the best deal. They love our unique blend of products, style, and the little things we offer customers that companies like Target don’t.

     

  4. Mattie Tiegreen’s talk on Branding. Mattie has a business building brand identities and design called Green Tie Studio.

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    Mattie talked about how to best parts of your business are going to be the best parts of your personality. I love how my business partner (and mom) and I have two different skill sets so our business can be more well rounded. I know I’m not great at the customer service side of the business, but I know she is. I’m really good at researching new products and artists and creating a specific look for the store.

  5. Shanna Skidmore’s talk on Creating a Success Mindset. Shanna Skidmore is a business and finance coach for women in the creative field.

    This one really blew my mind. She talked about shifting the way you think about your business from having as much financial success as possible to really defining your financial need… both in your personal life and business. What do you really need to be making? What do you want your life to look like while running this business?

  6. This one is from Kaitie’s talk on Boundaries and Balance and ties into the last one.

    bryant-freedomShe talked about how you can build your business around what works for you, instead of being a slave to it. Entrepreneurship should bring freedom, not bondage.

    Here are some more pictures…

    Photo by Eliza Morrill. Kaitie Bryant wearing a Pepper and Orange Necklace!

    Photo by Eliza Morrill. Kaitie Bryant wearing a Pepper and Orange Necklace!

    Katie Bryant ended up purchasing one of my necklaces that she saw at the craft fair the first time we met! Then she featured me as a Gather 12 days of Christmas maker on Instagram.

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    Some pictures of a few pieces I brought to the weekend:

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    Don’t I look like I’m having fun? Because I was.

    Me painting at the Mini Studio Sesh with Britt Bass Turner

    The whole crew! It was a blast!

 

You should definitely attend! They have the conference multiple times a year.
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Holiday Gift Guide TREAT YO’SELF

treat-yoself1. Baggu Cloud Duck Bag $26 2. Pehr Designs Slubby Tea Towel $16 3. Tarina Tarantino Green Royale Earrings 4. Capri Blue Printed Volcano Tin $15.95 5. KKB Designs Necklace $88 6. Rifle Paper Co Weekly Deskpad Planner $12 7. Flying Tomato Blush Top $35.95 8. Melting Sun Apparel Seventh House Necklace $22 9. A Boat, A Whale, and A Walrus Cookbook $40 10. S’well Sparkling Champagne Bottle $35 11. Honeycomb Studio Ceramics White Waxing Moon Bottle $65 12. In2Green Woodgrain Blanket $165

We all do a little shopping for ourselves over the holidays. Here’s a list to point out to husbands or moms for great gift ideas for yourself. Treat yo’self this holiday season! You deserve it!

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids & Baby

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1. Basil the Dog Jewelry Cast Your Nets Wherever You Wish Star Bracelet $15 2. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland illustrated by Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co $30 3. Home by Carson Ellis $16.99 4. Meri Meri Moon & Stars Tattoos $2.25 5. Meri Meri Dinosaur Tattoos $2.25 6. Pehr Designs Woodland Animals Mobile $70 7. Bla Bla Kids Mirabelle Bunny $48 8. Bla Bla Kids Pierre Bunny $48 9. Meri Meri Alphabet Stickers $5.95 10. Pehr Designs Painted Dots Swaddle Blanket $21 11. Rifle Paper Co Animal Chart Card $4.50

Our holiday gift guide for kids and babies has a selection of whimsical books, toys, and knick knacks for the little ones in your life. Some of these are also great for expectant mothers.

Holiday Gift Guide for Hosts & Hostesses

blog-holiday-hostess1. Rifle Paper Co Colorblock Thank You Card $4.50 2. Baggu Brown Pouch $28 3. Honeycomb Studio Salt Cellar $36 4. Grandmother’s Buttons Quattro Earrings $27 5. P.F. Candles Spruce Candle $18 6. Rifle Paper Co Nutcracker Card Set $16 7. Amanda Blair Dexheimer Ceramic Boat $30 8. Santa Ornaments $12 9. Pehr Designs Blot Tea Towel Blue $16 10. Pehr Designs Blot Tea Towel Yellow $16 11. Second Nature by Hand Happy Happy Happy Sign $32

This Holiday Gift Guide for Hosts and Hostesses is perfect for all the holiday parties you have to attend and all the traveling you have to do this holiday season. Say “Thank You” with these thoughtful gifts.

Holiday Gifts for Him

holiday-gift-guide-him1. Second Nature by Hand You’re the Type of Boy I’d Make a Sandwich For Wooden Sign $32 2.Pendleton Camping Blanket in Mineral Umber $125 (call 706-782-0388) 3. Red Cap Cards Hello Duck Card $4.50 4. Barr-co Oatmeal Soap $10.50 5. Pendleton Spider Rock Beach Towel $52 (call 706-782-0388) 6. P.F. Candles Teakwood & Tobacco $18 7. Fish Bottle Opener $9 8. Small Adventure North American Animals Card Set $18 9. Honeycomb Studio Bar Accessories ($ varied) 10. Oversized Cutting Board $80 11. S’well Woodgrain Bottle $35 12. Franklin Barbecue Cookbook $29.99

Our Holiday gift guide for him is great for dads, husbands, brothers, father in laws, brother in laws, friends, boyfriends, and all the men in your life.

Holiday Gift Guides for Friends & Sisters

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1. Rifle Paper Co Merry Christmas Card $4.50 2. Tarina Tarantino Prism Belleza Bracelet $37 3. Bou Cou Brass Hearts Necklace $53 4. Umgee Floral Kimono $35.95 5. Baggu Blue Pouch $28 6. Capri Blue Volcano Candle $30.95 7. Honeycomb Studio Emerald Ring Holder $18 8. S’well Cold Hearts Bottle $35 9. Rifle Paper Co Folk Journal $15 10. Melting Sun Apparel Crystal Necklace $34 11. The Violet Bakery Cookbook $29.99 12. Pepper & Orange Peach Minimalist Bracelet $25

This holiday gift guide for friends and sisters is great for the younger women in your life: wives, girlfriends, coworkers, sister in laws, daughters, daughter in laws, and nieces. This colorful, patterned, fun, and bohemian collection has reasonable priced items that will make any girl happy. Many of our items ship free and we ship all over the country!

Holiday Gift Guide For Moms

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1. Votivo Island Grapefruit Candle $28.50 2. Mona Does Concrete Salt Cellar $32 3. Honeycomb Studio Ceramic Turtle Doves $36 4. KKB Designs Earrings $76 5. Baggu Lavender Pouch $24 6. Whole Creative Pendant $25 7. Rifle Paper Co Peace on Earth Card $4.50 8. S’well Grapefruit Linen Bottle $35 9. Second Nature by Hand Love You to the Moon and Back Wooden Sign $45 10. Pehr Designs Peony Napkins $13 11. Amanda Blair Dexheimer Handmade Ceramic Tray $52 12. Baggu Sailor Stripe Duck Bag $26 13. Umgee Knit Mocha Top $39.95

Our Holiday Gifts for Mom guide is also great for mother in laws, teachers, grandmothers, neighbors, and other service providers in your life. You can’t go wrong this year with anything on this delightful collection of goods. We ship many items free & all over the country!