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The Jungalow By Justina Blakeney by Justina Blakeney - 1d ago

The sun is by far the most important source of energy for all living things on earth. Humans and plants alike draw energy from the sun, and its power to give life, light, and energy to all living things shows up in so many of the world’s cultures and religions. So it’s no surprise that solar symbolism and iconography is all around us. These solar symbols often take a human shape. How many times have you seen a sun symbol with a face? If you hang out here, we’re guessing you’ve seen that a lot! In fact, my logo, and the Ida, Ayo, and Emuna mirrors (just to name a few) were all inspired by the human-nature connection that is made possible by the sun. 

As humans, we have an innate tendency to give human characteristics to things we love, we identify with, and things we want in integrate into our lives. It’s our way of making that thing closer to us. The tradition of anthropomorphizing (giving human attributes to non-human things) the sun has been a tradition in many cultures all throughout the world for centuries (millennia?), some examples include coins with sun faces  that were found from the Artuqids of Mardin (a Turkman dynasty) from the 1200’s, the Aztec and their depictions of their sun deity on the Sun Stone (from 1500’s),  and in the high medieval period the sun-faces appeared in Europe and became popular during the Renaissance period,  and the solar symbolism party keeps on keepin’ on!

We love using sun symbolism in rooms that could benefit from an infusion of solar energy. For example, if your bedroom doesn’t get much light and you find it hard to wake up in the mornings, try putting a sunny piece of art on the wall. While it doesn’t actually bring in more light (unless it is highly reflective) it definitely helps “brighten” the space up because we associate the sun (and any symbols representing the sun) with warmth, light, and well-being.  

We’ve rounded up some of our sunny favorites! All these pieces are from our partner site, Chairish. What pieces are your favorite? Where do you like to place your sun symbols in your home?

  1. “Nudes” Figurative Watercolor Painting by George Daniell
  2. Mid Century Modern Arthur Umanoff Swivel Barstools – a Pair
  3. Monumental Mid-Century Ceramic Sun Lamp
  4. Alexander Calder “Red Sun” Lithograph
  5. Bobo Sun Mask
  6. Mid-Century Modern Paul Bellardo Style Sun Face Sculpture
  7. Pair of Brass Sun Candleholders
  8. Vintage Fornasetti Sun Print
  9. Wenzel Pottery Sun
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We love sculptural, textured art because sometimes you need a lil’ something with dimension to balance a room design. That’s when we usually reach for a woven wall hanging or cluster a few baskets together to create visual interest on a wall. But you know what would really step that wall art game up? A hint of greenery! That’s where Kelley Anderson of Art Botanica comes in! Kelley makes these jungalicious moss wall art pieces using 100% naturally preserved ferns, moss, and lichen. Moss isn’t just beautiful – it’s also resilient and useful! Moss can go weeks without water and then it soaks up the moisture like a sponge when it rains. In fact, some gardeners use moss to support malnourished plants and soil because it can store nutrients and water that it can share with its neighbors.

Kelley has been working with plants and natural materials since childhood. She grew up in Connecticut and enjoyed spending time in the woods there. She hopes to inspire people to reconnect with nature through her work. Kelly shares, “I think of my art as a window into the harmony of the natural world. I want people to feel and experience that joy, love, and divinity that can be seen so clearly in nature.”

 

 

We love Kelley’s relationship to nature and how it comes through in every piece of her art.  We have several Art Botanica pieces here in the studio so we are feeling the good vibes Kelley infuses into each one. And speaking of good vibes – 10% of every Art Botanica sale goes to charity.

If you’d like to learn more about Kelley and Art Botanica, check out her website and Instagram.

All photos courtesy of Kelley Anderson and used with permission. 

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This time around, we’re venturing all the way to Johannesburg, South Africa, y’all! Join us for a rad tour of Bryony Webster’s bohemian home and take a peek at all of her eclectic, thrifted treasures. Bryony filled us in on just how her 1900s house transformed into the home of her dreams, how her home décor company, Furbelow, first came to be & how she and her husband, Johnny enjoy their rockin’, vibrant oasis! Get lost in her maximal, ever-evolving space and spot her modelesque pups posing among all sorts of bright hues and playful patterns. We are so about her maximal use of color!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Career-wise, I am a film producer and I have a bohemian interiors online shop called Furbelow. I define myself as an organized creative who actually just wants to live in a fantasy world of color and pretty things. The biggest loves of my life are my wonderful husband, Johnny, my fur children, Beatrix (the Queen Jack Russell) and Dash (naughty as hell, but sweet as pie Beagle), my huge extended family, my home, and Furbelow.

Tell us about your home.
We live in Johannesburg, South Africa, in an artsy suburb called Melville. Our house was built in the early 1900s. It has beautiful old wooden floors and pressed ceilings. It was built onto and has expanded quite a bit through the last 100 years. So, our home basically consists of spaces with lots of volume and light, but there is no structure. Just rooms feeding off other rooms. Our house is not big, but visitors always get lost because the layout makes no sense – which is what I really like about it.

How long have you been in your home?
We bought it a year ago. I really wanted to make it a truly special space that reflects my creativity. I started trying to buy and thrift décor that would complement what I already owned. A lot of bohemian décor we see on Pinterest, Instagram or Etsy is not readily available or affordable in South Africa. That is what gave me the idea to start Furbelow. Then, I discovered Jungalow® and my inspiration was complete! What is cool is that my home is what inspired Furbelow, and now styling and designing for Furbelow is what inspires my home.

What are your most prized treasures?
I am a bit of a magpie, so all my treasures are very precious to me. I collect things, hoard them in our nest, and get great joy out of experiencing them in different parts of my home. My latest haul, which I am very much in love with, is a large vintage fan that I found gathering dust in the back of a charity shop. We hung it over an archway in the dining room and it just completes the space. I have a big emotional attachment to the vintage dressing table and chair in our bedroom – my grandmother gave it to me. She did the tapestry herself and the colors make me very happy. I am also very lucky to have a sister, Jessica Webster, and a great friend, Maja Maljevic, who are brilliant fine artists. So, a lot of my walls are adorned with explosive, beautiful art that was given to me or loaned for extended periods of time.

What does a day in your life look like?
I am constantly hustling and am always working on different things. I have my film commercial work and also Furbelow. So, I move between the two all the time. As soon as I wake up early in the morning, I start working on my Instagram and Facebook posts for the day. Then, I am either quoting jobs or running off to meetings. Then, I come back and design a look based off that meeting. There is never any real structure to my day – I just have to get it all done, and sometimes it’s all at once. I try to do most of my work from home, though. It’s where my brain works best & everything makes sense. The best part of the day is when we take the dogs for a walk. We have a huge, magical park just down the road. The fresh air and awesome nature clear my head and put it all in perspective again.

Which type of bohemian from The New Bohemians Handbook best fits your style?
I think I am mostly a Maximal Bohemian. I am crazy about color and am always looking for & creating rainbow patterns. But, some of the rooms in our house are more modern/earthy, which is part of who we are, too.

How does your lifestyle complement your home décor?
I’m a Cancerian, so it’s no surprise that my home is my most important space & the center of my world. We spend most of our time here and have friends and family over a lot. We have the space to fit a lot of people, as well as different spaces to spend time in. The face that I’m constantly changing the décor around the house makes our home a fun and interesting space. There are always new things to look at and experience.

What do you do to ensure your home has good vibes?
Natural light, open windows, fresh air and (I learned this from you guys) lots of plants!

Do you have a favorite room or space in your home?
I have a few, and it has to do where the sun is shining. In the mornings, I love my lounge as the sun streams through the windows; it feels like a fresh, invigorating space. In the afternoon, my favorite is generally the sun room, which is on the other side of the house. The room glows with warm light and all the colors pop and shimmer. When the sun is setting, I love to sit on my patio and look at the huge plane trees that surround our garden.

When people walk into your home, how do you want them to feel?
Excited, like they have a lot to look at & a lot to explore.

What inspires you?
Hands down, Justina Blakeney and Jungalow. I always have had a bohemian style and a slightly eccentric way of decorating, but I just didn’t have the confidence to share my ideas on décor. Then, I discovered Jungalow on Pinterest and your pictures, blogs and stories solidified my vision and gave me the confidence to decorate wildly and to launch my shop, Furbelow. I will always be hugely grateful to you for that.

We’re over here beaming ear to ear after chatting with Bryony and hearing all of her incredible stories and the inspirations behind her designs. We love how she decorates with such meaningful pieces & that she totally is livin’ the décor dream! Her space is a seriously magical place, Jungalistas. If you wanna keep the good vibes flowing and see more of her space, find her on Instagram here. Find out more about Furbelow and snag some South African treasures here.

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This time around, we’re venturing all the way to Johannesburg, South Africa, y’all! Join us for a rad tour of Bryony Webster’s bohemian home and take a peek at all of her eclectic, thrifted treasures. Bryony filled us in on just how her 1900s house transformed into the home of her dreams, how her home décor company, Furbelow, first came to be & how she and her husband, Johnny enjoy their rockin’, vibrant oasis! Get lost in her maximal, ever-evolving space and spot her modelesque pups posing among all sorts of bright hues and playful patterns. We are so about her maximal use of color!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Career-wise, I am a film producer and I have a bohemian interiors online shop called Furbelow. I define myself as an organized creative who actually just wants to live in a fantasy world of color and pretty things. The biggest loves of my life are my wonderful husband, Johnny, my fur children, Beatrix (the Queen Jack Russell) and Dash (naughty as hell, but sweet as pie Beagle), my huge extended family, my home, and Furbelow.

Tell us about your home.
We live in Johannesburg, South Africa, in an artsy suburb called Melville. Our house was built in the early 1900s. It has beautiful old wooden floors and pressed ceilings. It was built onto and has expanded quite a bit through the last 100 years. So, our home basically consists of spaces with lots of volume and light, but there is no structure. Just rooms feeding off other rooms. Our house is not big, but visitors always get lost because the layout makes no sense – which is what I really like about it.

How long have you been in your home?
We bought it a year ago. I really wanted to make it a truly special space that reflects my creativity. I started trying to buy and thrift décor that would complement what I already owned. A lot of bohemian décor we see on Pinterest, Instagram or Etsy is not readily available or affordable in South Africa. That is what gave me the idea to start Furbelow. Then, I discovered Jungalow® and my inspiration was complete! What is cool is that my home is what inspired Furbelow, and now styling and designing for Furbelow is what inspires my home.

What are your most prized treasures?
I am a bit of a magpie, so all my treasures are very precious to me. I collect things, hoard them in our nest, and get great joy out of experiencing them in different parts of my home. My latest haul, which I am very much in love with, is a large vintage fan that I found gathering dust in the back of a charity shop. We hung it over an archway in the dining room and it just completes the space. I have a big emotional attachment to the vintage dressing table and chair in our bedroom – my grandmother gave it to me. She did the tapestry herself and the colors make me very happy. I am also very lucky to have a sister, Jessica Webster, and a great friend, Maja Maljevic, who are brilliant fine artists. So, a lot of my walls are adorned with explosive, beautiful art that was given to me or loaned for extended periods of time.

What does a day in your life look like?
I am constantly hustling and am always working on different things. I have my film commercial work and also Furbelow. So, I move between the two all the time. As soon as I wake up early in the morning, I start working on my Instagram and Facebook posts for the day. Then, I am either quoting jobs or running off to meetings. Then, I come back and design a look based off that meeting. There is never any real structure to my day – I just have to get it all done, and sometimes it’s all at once. I try to do most of my work from home, though. It’s where my brain works best & everything makes sense. The best part of the day is when we take the dogs for a walk. We have a huge, magical park just down the road. The fresh air and awesome nature clear my head and put it all in perspective again.

Which type of bohemian from The New Bohemians Handbook best fits your style?
I think I am mostly a Maximal Bohemian. I am crazy about color and am always looking for & creating rainbow patterns. But, some of the rooms in our house are more modern/earthy, which is part of who we are, too.

How does your lifestyle complement your home décor?
I’m a Cancerian, so it’s no surprise that my home is my most important space & the center of my world. We spend most of our time here and have friends and family over a lot. We have the space to fit a lot of people, as well as different spaces to spend time in. The face that I’m constantly changing the décor around the house makes our home a fun and interesting space. There are always new things to look at and experience.

What do you do to ensure your home has good vibes?
Natural light, open windows, fresh air and (I learned this from you guys) lots of plants!

Do you have a favorite room or space in your home?
I have a few, and it has to do where the sun is shining. In the mornings, I love my lounge as the sun streams through the windows; it feels like a fresh, invigorating space. In the afternoon, my favorite is generally the sun room, which is on the other side of the house. The room glows with warm light and all the colors pop and shimmer. When the sun is setting, I love to sit on my patio and look at the huge plane trees that surround our garden.

When people walk into your home, how do you want them to feel?
Excited, like they have a lot to look at & a lot to explore.

What inspires you?
Hands down, Justina Blakeney and Jungalow. I always have had a bohemian style and a slightly eccentric way of decorating, but I just didn’t have the confidence to share my ideas on décor. Then, I discovered Jungalow on Pinterest and your pictures, blogs and stories solidified my vision and gave me the confidence to decorate wildly and to launch my shop, Furbelow. I will always be hugely grateful to you for that.

We’re over here beaming ear to ear after chatting with Bryony and hearing all of her incredible stories and the inspirations behind her designs. We love how she decorates with such meaningful pieces & that she totally is livin’ the décor dream! Her space is a seriously magical place, Jungalistas. If you wanna keep the good vibes flowing and see more of her space, find her on Instagram here. Find out more about Furbelow and snag some South African treasures here.

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When I was 28 I moved to New York City after living for seven years in Italy. The rhythms in New York were very intense, and basically a total 180 from what I had been used to in Italy (2 hour daily siesta anyone?). I learned very quickly that in order to make ends meet, I would have to hustle up in a big way. So I basically took to Craigslist and applied for all kinds of gigs. Within six months I was a DIY editor for a little indie magazine, I was tutoring in Italian, I thrifted clothing and resold them to the Buffalo Exchanges of the world, I was working on a craft book series for Random House, and I was teaching myself how to use the Adobe programs. Six months later I had a small handful of clients that had hired me for various graphic design projects. I was designing business cards and websites mostly, and eventually I worked my way up to designing logos and brand identities.

I stayed in New York for two years working these gigs before moving back to Los Angeles to be with my then boyfriend (now hubby) Jason. When I moved back to L.A. I started this blog. It was 2009. I was still doing graphic design stuff as my main gig, but I started to get more and more interested in home decor and slowly began getting hired for small interior design projects as well. After a few years of working as a freelance design consultant doing both graphic design and interiors I started to realize that my favorite part of the gig was designing products for home and life. It combined my love and passion for graphic design and interior design in a perfect way, and allowed me to be super creative. I really loved the process of making an idea turn into a real-life product — it brought me SO MUCH joy. But I had NO CLUE how I’d begin to create my own products if that’s the direction I wanted to take my business in.

I spent a lot of time browsing the home and lifestyle sections at Urban and Anthro, small Silverlake boutiques and museum gift shops. I’d always look at the calendars, date books, and journals and dream about the day that I’d have my own product lines featuring my print designs. It didn’t seem like a huge leap from what I was already doing, especially since I was designing a lot of packaging and other printed matter for clients — but I couldn’t really wrap my brain around how to get something like that going for myself–finding printers, have some kind of warehouse situation, setting up wholesale accounts — getting stuff into stores. It seemed like a lot and I didn’t really know where to start.

And well, it took about eight years from when I first had this dream, but now I have product lines in a  lot of different categories and I’m living that dream. And still,  this latest collection of calendars, date books and planners somehow feels like an exclamation point in my career…a graduation of sorts, because for so many years I dreamed this dream and creating paper goods felt simultaneously within reach, but somehow totally out of reach as well.

The way that I was finally able to make it happen was by working with Studio Oh! who got in touch after having seen my prints on my Instagram.  They handle production and distribution which allows me to focus on what I love (design and marketing) and now, sometimes when I walk into the Urbans and Anthros and Silverlake boutiques of the world, I get to run into my own designs. I imagine it’s similar to a feeling a musician has when they hear their songs on the radio for the first time–and I NEVER gets old.

I think this serves as a good reminder that manifesting dreams is possible — but that it takes time, hustle, learning curves, set backs and finding the right folks to fill in your gaps (and vice versa). Also, it’s so important to just keep on creating, even when the end-goal (or how your end-goal will be reached) is opaque. I have more than 300 prints in my library from the last 10 years of just creating — if you do this, when you do find the right people to help turn your vision into reality, you are ready to dive in. Also, all of this has become a reality because of the support over the years from you all, my audience, who helped me to built a brand and an audience and so that I could demonstrate to potential partners that there is, indeed an audience for WILD designs for of color, life and personality. So thank you for that.

You can shop our new collection here, and if you have a shop and want to carry the new Justina Blakeney in your shop, you can get in touch with Studio Oh! right here.

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This post is sponsored by Soraa 

In the New Bohemians Handbook, I wrote a lot about natural and artificial light because I REALLY feel that lighting in the home can so dramatically affect quality of life. Good lighting can make your whole life better– and bad lighting can have the opposite effect. At the time, I didn’t yet know about Soraa light bulbs but now that I do, I’m SO excited to share them with you. You see, I like the light that incandescent light bulbs give off, but they’re so energy inefficient that governments all over the world are phasing them out entirely. Light-Emitting Diodes, or LED lights, are extremely energy efficient but most LED lights have color gaps, which means they don’t show colors as they appear in natural light–so colors looks washed out and dull. Soraa Radiant LED lights are the only LEDs on the market with full spectrum technology that allow you to see every color as nature intended.

Soraa’s Radiant light is beautiful white light that mimics natural light and allows deep reds and true whites to shine.  The color gaps in other LED lights can make your home and the objects in it look drab – ummm, no gracias! I’m all about bringing color into spaces – not washing it out! Soraa Radiant light brings out the pink tones in the paint color and highlights all the deep reds in the artwork and textiles, making this lounge so much more warm, rich, vivid and inviting. The warm, rich, pink and deep red tones are the colors the space was designed around, so they deserve to shine! Other lights make the walls look neutral instead of pink, and make everything else look washed out – putting a major damper on all our jungalicious vibes.

The impact lighting can have on the colors in your home is HUGE! Have you ever picked out a paint color in the store, brought it home, put it on a wall and wondered, “What color is this?!” Colors can look very different in the store, under artificial fluorescent light. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you are seeing the paint color in natural – or close to natural – light. Or have you ever been to a flea market or thrift store and fell in love with a piece of art because of its rich colors, but once you brought it home, found that it lost some of its pizazz? It might be because the lighting in your home is washing out the colors. When we can see colors more vividly, we simply feel better, so it’s no surprise that good lighting can make a home feel more beautiful because #LightMatters!

Our exposure to light affects EVERYTHING – from our physical and emotional well-being, to our sleep cycles and concentration. So if the lighting in your home isn’t bringing it’s A-game, I highly recommend giving Soraa Radiant LED light bulbs a try. You can also follow Soraa’s Instagram to see how their bulbs bring out the colors and details in textiles, homes, and people!

This post is sponsored by Soraa 

Photos by J. Blakeney

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We’ve got some more handmade artisanal treasures for ya courtesy of Ixchel Triangle, a company that works closely with artisans in Guatemala who intricately weave beautiful, bold and colorful textiles that are incorporated into bags and accessories. If you’re like us, you’re probably curious about their name: Ixchel (pronounced “ish-chell”) is the Mayan goddess of the moon, of love, of fertility, and weaving. Ixchel is sometimes depicted in Mayan art as a young woman, as a symbol of the waxing moon, or as an older woman, as a symbol of the waning moon, pouring a jug of water onto the earth. Other times, she is represented as an elderly woman weaving on a loom. Tory Jones, the founder of Ixchel Triangle wanted to honor Ixchel, so she named her business after the goddess and continues to be inspired her legacy.

Tory first fell in love with Guatemalan textiles because of her grandmother, who moved to Guatemala. When Tory thinks back on her childhood, she remembers it being adorned with the bright colors, stories, and beautiful textiles and artisanal products her grandmother would bring back to the United States from Guatemala. Tory was inspired to travel to Guatemala herself and when she did, she says it felt like she was going home: the landscape, people, colors, and culture felt familiar to her because of everything her grandmother shared with her during her childhood.
Tory’s hope is that people who purchase an Ixchel Triangle product will see it as a work of art and a labor of love. Each bag is created by a unique human being, not by a machine. In fact, Ixchel Triangle products are never made in factories – all artisans are part of a co-op and they receive a portion of all the proceeds from the sale of products they make.

We are loving the generational appreciation for handmade textiles passed down from Tory’s grandmother to Tory. Thinking of the time and energy that goes into making each textile reminds us of the beauty of slow, intentional creation of any piece of art – these just happen to be wearable! These colors and patterns are mesmerizing!

    

If you’d like to learn more about Ixchel Triangle, check out their website or follow them on Instagram.

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Jungalistas! We’re taking y’all on a tour of one of our all-time favorite plant places. This time, it’s a mega-cool, modern shop called Peacock & Co. that has been rockin’ it since 2014. Owner Stephanie Saharopulos creates a lush, laid back vibe with a minimal color palette that lets all of the greenery goodness steal the spotlight. You can shop for a rad, hand-picked selection of houseplants & unique pots at their Long Beach, CA location. Later this summer they’re opening a new San Pedro, CA location, too! We’ll totally be making a trip that way to add more planties to our ever-growing Jungalow fam! We caught up with Stephanie & learned all of her shop and plant deets – her plant playlist included!

What inspired you to open a store?
I’ve wanted to run my own store since I can remember. Initially, I wanted it to be all home goods and that is actually what we were when I first opened the shop. Found and handmade pieces with plants mixed in, but the plants slowly took over. I’ve always loved the thrill of the hunt and just like with found and vintage pieces, I get the same thrill from trying to find unique and beautiful plants.

What have you learned as a plant shop owner?
That you have to absolutely love it or you will experience a fast burn out. It requires a lot out of you physically, and you have to have passion for the hunt.

What’s your go-to plant care routine?
I touch the soil of all my plants weekly and whichever ones feel dry get in the bathtub for a good watering. I like to let my plants dry out a good bit before watering. This has always worked for me. I also clean the leaves of my plants regularly with a wet towel. Dust-free leaves are important!

How do you water hanging plants?
In my shower. I move the shower rod back a bit and water them over the tub.

Do you ever talk to your plants?
I actually don’t. I talk to myself a lot though so I’m sure they hear me.

Do you play music for your plants? If so, what’s their favorite song?
All day! I even have a series of playlists called Plant Jams on Spotify. They love Vince Staples.

Do you name your plants?
The only plant I have ever named was my Monstera Deliciosa. I named him Phil.

What is your favorite plant that requires little care?
Euphorbia Ammak Variegata. This Cactus is striking and requires very little care. I love bringing them indoors.

How many plants have you killed this year?
I have probably killed about 5 plants this year. I was juggling watering plants at home, at my studio and my shop and some got missed in the process. I finally had to downsize my collection at home. So sad. I actually really love watering plants though.

Do you have a plant-sitter when you leave town?
My mom!

What’s your favorite plant?
Monstera Deliciosa. I recommend this plant a lot, mostly because they grow so fast and they are strikingly beautiful. Watching your plants thrive and grow is a great feeling.

What’s the most popular plant in your store?
Hmmm right now? Lemon Lime Maranta. We can’t keep enough in stock.

If you were a plant, what plant would you be and why?
If I were a plant I would be a Maranta Leuconeura because of their movement and striking leaves.

Does this tour give you all the foliage feels? See more shop updates & follow their journey on Insta @peacockandcompany.

If you know of a stand out plant shop or have one of your own that you’d like us to feature, send ‘em our way! Shoot us an email at submissions@jungalow.com and we’ll keep sharing the most jungalicious plant places for y’all to discover with us.

Photography by Christel Robleto and shared with permission.

 

 

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Pattern by Justina Blakeney

Have you ever noticed that ‘critters’ seem to come in and out of style? Around 2010 everything had an owl on it, a couple of years ago you couldn’t go anywhere without running into a mini brass elephant, and last year llamas were enjoying their moment in the spotlight. Well this year, we’re noticing a more slithery creature showing up in fashion and jewelry and we imagine home decor will be next. We are love seeing snakes slither their way onto to sofas, pillows, and all things home decor. Historically, serpents and snakes represent fertility or a creative life force. The shedding of their skin also in interpreted as symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing–and we can get behind all that. They also feel a bit dangerous and have a kind of “don’t f%&k with me” attitude that is resonating with me right now!

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite slithery finds! All these pieces are from our partner site, Chairish. What do you think? Have snakes slithered their way into your hearts yet?

  1. Black Serpentine Original Painting
  2. Bronze Cobra Snake
  3. Senufo Low Milk Stool W/Serpent
  4. Snake Carved Ceramic Vessel
  5. Blue & Brown Snake Pillows – A Pair
  6. Mid-Century Primitive Faux Wood Carving Wall Hanging
  7. Vintage Middle Eastern Persian Style Cobra Gilt Candlestick Holders – a Pair
  8. Transitional Ceramic Sphere Rowe Lamp
  9. Large Snake Charmer Basket
  10. Antique Cobra Snake Brass Napkin Holder
  11. Vintage Twisty Iron Snake
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You know everyone’s favorite hotel that’s bursting with every color of the rainbow? Imagine this – Erin Milk, Brand Director for the iconic hotel, The Saguaro, is a self-proclaimed Neutral Bohemian! Say what?! As it turns out, she is all about those minimal boho vibes with cool, color blocked neutrals and tons of texture. We chatted with Erin to get the inside scoop on her LA life, her killer career and how she incorporates some desert-y goodness into her own beautifully-designed apartment. Take a peek at her effortlessly cool blend of black & white mixed with warm tones and lots of light.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Erin Milk. I am a Brand Director for The Saguaro! Basically, my life consists of making art, buying cacti and eating popsicles.

What does a day in your life look like?
When I’m not working, I love to make art. I love to draw, make jewelry, and paint things white!

Tell us about your home.
I reside in Los Angeles, California. I’ve been living in this apartment for about a year and a half.

How does your lifestyle complement your home decor?
I dress exclusively in monotones and it’s completely reflected in my space!

What do you do to ensure your home has good vibes?
I burn Palo Santo daily & keep the front door open so that there is a good flow of energy – and I love the natural light in my living room.

Do you have a favorite room or space in your home?
Sitting on the porch! I have a great view of the city from there.

When people walk into your home, how do you want them to feel?
Like they’re in a pop up shop!

What are your most prized treasures?
My horseshoes from Marfa. A friend of mine makes them and I love them so much – and they’re white. :)

What’s your astrological sign?
Libra!

What inspires you?
The desert, flea markets & babes.

All of the natural light in there is giving us life! We are really feeling the selection of soft, mellow hues and graphic prints in her minimal masterpiece of a home. We even spotted a Kenesha Sneed art print among her eclectic wall collage in the kitchen – so jungalicious! Love what you’re seeing? Tell us which details are calling your name! And if you want to keep up with Erin, follow her on Instagram.

Photos by Kristina Bing.

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