The Jungalow is a Bohemian Lifestyle blog by Justina Blakeney and Co. Justina is a designer, artist and author who believes that creativity is the key to having an amazing home. The Jungalow is the name of her home, design studio and blog that celebrates color, pattern and plants.
It should some as no surprise that we LOVE rattan here at Jungalow. It’s an insanely versatile natural material that has so many boho applications — from peacock chairs to gorgeously ornate wall shelves, bistro chairs, and funky side tables.
It’s a common mistake to confuse rattan for bamboo in furniture (I did for years), and while they can look similar from the outside, one of the main difference between rattan and bamboo is on the inside: bamboo is hollow, while rattan is not. Rattan is a vine-like species of palm, a woody stem that’s flexible, making it easy to mold into intricate shapes. Bamboo, on the other hand, is a wonderful construction material due to its strength, but it’s not cut out for bendy projects. Both wicker and cane furniture is also often made of rattan. Wicker is often made from the soft core of the stem.
The affordable material can be used indoor and outdoor, it’s neutral without being boring and can at once feel classic, modern and jungalicious. It’s a main material that we design with (you can see some our our rattan designs here, and read on to check out some of our favorite rattan pretties of the moment.
Fiber art is having a real moment right now, which we love, but it also makes it hard to stand out as a fiber artist – unless you’re Tammy Kanat! Tammy’s incredible tapestries evoke images of a portal to a soft, jungalicious, textured world! Her use of color, copper, wool, silk, linen, and mohair in her imperfect signature circular looms are unlike any other woven wall art we’ve seen.
Tammy is a Melbourne-based artist who started out designing jewelry. After 12 years in the jewelry industry, she began her weaving journey in 2011 after searching (unsuccessfully) for a piece of art for her home. When she couldn’t find what she was looking for, she decided to make it herself. You know we are about that DIY life! She fell in love with the process of weaving and decided to enroll in the Australian Tapestry Workshop and has been creating show stoppers ever since!
Tammy draws inspiration from nature, music and interiors. She describes her process as an intuitive one. She starts every piece without a plan and works with a sense of freedom because she really enjoys the journey of creation – not just the final outcome.
If you’d like to see more of Tammy’s work, check out her website or follow her on Instagram.
Do you have an area in your home reserved for VIPs (very important planties)? Or are your plants sprinkled throughout your space? Whether you cluster them or spread them around your home, we have a great tip for how to step up your plant game: place your plants on stools or use planters with legs to uplift your green buddies! Why are we in love with this elevated planter look? It gives plants a proper place to live. Instead of having them sitting on the floor or on a window sill, it is an intentional place to showcase our favorite greenery. It’s also a more flattering angle to admire your plants from when they are slightly off the ground – you’re not peering straight into the soil, and you get to see the pretty details of the pot or planter you put them in.
Learn how to make this DIY tripod planter from The New Bohemians! Or check out your local flea market or thrift store for hand-carved wooden stools, woven stools, or metal plant stands.
If you’re looking for some elevated planter inspo, look no further! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite legged planters and plant stands for ya! Which look is your favorite?
A single-line drawing from the sketch book I inherited from my great uncle Bert
I was first introduced to the concept of the single line drawing through the artwork of my late Uncle Bert. He was a painter and a jewelry maker, and although he passed away before I was born, I’ve always feel close to him because I grew up surrounded by his artwork. His single line drawings always had a particular affect on me. I remember as a young girl tracing the lines with my eyes, up, down around and seeing how the lines played with negative and positive space to create a figurative image, and finding the starting and end points.
I’ve found myself doing them more and more over the years. I find the exercise to be extremely therapeutic. When working on the single line drawings, ones hands are in constant movement and it’s impossible to hesitate–you just have to forge ahead.
I really enjoy doing faces. Below, watch me in action.
Holy jungaliciousness! What are these beautiful creations and who makes them, you ask?! These stunning botanical installations are made by Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler, the creators of Australian botanical design studio, Loose Leaf. Wona, whose name means “the best seedling” (!!!) grew up on a flower farm in South Korea. She is a trained master of Kokozi, which is Korean style Ikebana, and floristry. Charlie also grew up around botanicals. His family operated a plant nursery in Hobart, Tasmania. Charlie went on to study permaculture and design before he and Wona established Loose Leaf.
Fun fact: Wona and Charlie are not only creative partners – they are also married to each other! We can’t help but to think their gorgeous installations are made with a whole lotta love and skill.
Wona and Charlie have created permanent and temporary botanical design and installations for events, exhibitions and commercial spaces in Australia.
Our Australian readers can check out Loose Leaf’s studio, workshop and retail space in the heart of Collingwood. For those of us that prefer drooling behind our screens, follow Loose Leaf here and on Instagram.
Who doesn’t love a good hamsa?! The hamsa, also known as the Hand of God or the Hand of Fatima, is an ancient amulet symbolizing protection, happiness, luck, health, and good fortune. Many hamsas also feature an eye in the center to protect against any shade (AKA the evil eye) people may be throwing your way.
An added bonus: hamsas remind us of all the beautiful things that can be created by hand. Our hands hold so much potential to build, support, and to guide. That is pretty powerful! If you want to bring some major good vibes into your life, check out some of our favorite hamsa goodies below and tell us how you like to use hamsas!
My style is so wild, colorful and full of personality, that you can imagine how excited I was when I was approached by Pottery Barn Kids about doing a kids and nursery. Kids and nurseries are areas where color and pattern and wild style is ‘allowed’ and I was really VERY excited to add some flavor into kids and baby rooms!! (All white nurseries can be chic and all, but you know how I feel about color!!) After over a year of design and development with the super creative Pottery Barn Kids team, our three collections are finally here: Jungalino, Magic Disco Caravan and Astronomad.
Jungalino has both a nursery and a kids collection. The Jungalino collection was really about re-interepreting “Jungalow” with the littles in mind. For example, the artwork in the above Jungle Scene Mural from the Jungalino room is based on an imaginary world I created with Ida. The world is called Glump Glump forest, and it’s where all the fanciful creatures from all of her favorite stories and fairytales live (it would not be unusual, for example, for Pooh Bear to have a run in with Moana or Dorothy and Toto). All of the patterns from the sheets, pillows and bedding are from my original paintings and drawings.
Magic Disco Caravan was, in great part, inspired by my own colorful childhood in Berkeley which was full of travel, discovery and adventure. The collection is full of whimsical imagery — from mermaids and crystal balls to hamsas and the Magic Disco Caravan mascot, our Vida Luna doll, who was the doll I would have loved to have when I was a little girl but did not exist. My sister and I had a penchant to turn everything into a fort/wild/dance party and that’s the spirit of Magic Disco Caravan.
The Astronomad Collection was largely inspired by Ida’s sense of wonder and sheer curiosity about outer space. I have learned a lot about astronomy through her curiosity, and I love the way she asks so many really poignant questions about this world and the worlds beyond. We gave the collection a bit of a 70’s vibe as well. Can you tell I have a bit of nostalgia for my own childhood?
My brother’s family just moved into a new home and the timing worked out perfectly so we were able to decorate the kids’ rooms with some of our Pottery Barn Kids pieces and I’m so excited to share the results with you here.
For Momo’s room, he chose a lot of the Astronomad pieces– and the shape of his room lends itself so well to this collection because it feels like a rocket ship, doesn’t it? He was SO excited about his little room he couldn’t stop jumping up on the bed when he was showing me his favorite pieces. The peel and stick wallpaper made a really big difference to the room, adding a ton of dimension to the space — and it’s perfect for them since they are renters as it peels right off without damaging the walls.
In Stella’s room, we added bedding and the rug from our Magic Disco Caravan collection to create a vibrant, magical little wonderland for her. I love this bedding and rug so much because I feel it can really grow with your child — it is whimsical but not just for tiny kiddos.
I wanted to add strong messages in the Magic Disco collection, so the artwork and pillows are embroidered and printed with messages of encouragement for our kiddos. I’m SO proud of the quality of the pieces in our collections. Our sheets are almost all organic cotton. There are special details and little surprises throughout. It’s really pretty amazing. This stuff was designed to last.
To get the look of Stella’s and Momo’s rooms, shop the below round-ups. To see our whole collection, head over to Pottery Barn Kids (and hurry because pieces are selling out pretty quickly!):
The California Institute of Earth, or “CalEarth,” is a non-profit organization that has created sustainable, affordable and beautiful solutions to the human need for shelter worldwide. We are obsessed with CalEarth’s work because their mission is important now more than ever. Did you know that our current global housing shortage includes some 20-40 million refugees and displaced persons, and millions of people who technically have shelter but in slums or substandard conditions? Those are some heavy numbers to swallow, but CalEarth is doing something about it! CalEarth’s mission is to develop and educate the public in self-help, environmentally sustainable building designs that anyone can build with their own two hands, using locally available earth, sandbags and barbed wire, that meet modern-day standards for safety, beauty, energy efficiency, and comfort. Not only do we love the mission and the process, but the outcome is also breathtakingly beautiful!
The structures CalEarth builds are called SuperAdobes. They are built using sandbags filled with moistened earth and arranged in layers or long coils. Then, barbed wire is used between each sandbag layer as reinforcement. It’s sort of like ceramicists who stacks coils of clay to make a vessel, except CalEarth builders are stacking coils of earth to make a structure! The coiling method creates really sturdy, earthquake-safe structures that have a hypnotic quality to them.
CalEarth founder and architect, Nader Khalili, built SuperAdobe structures all over California, including New Cayuma and Joshua Tree, before he passed away in 2008. Now his children, Dastan and Sheefteh, are carrying his vision forward. If you live in California, you can meet Dastan and Sheefteh at one of CalEarth’s monthly open houses (the next one is on March 3, 2018) in Hesperia. They also host workshops so you can learn how to build your own SuperAdobe! If Hesperia is too far for you, don’t worry, Cal Earth’s got online courses too. Here at Jungalow we’re thinking of how we can incorporate this incredible technique into some of our own projects. (And the above photos were styled by our talented friend Cordelia Reynold who told us about this amazing project.)
“Water Village” is one of two emergency shelter villages located at CalEarth.
The Bonita Domes in Joshua Tree were built by CalEarth alumna Lisa Starr.
We think there is something really organic about the domes and arches of the SuperAdobes and California’s topography. But SuperAdobe homes aren’t just a California thing – they’re a worldwide phenomenon! Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Djibouti, France, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Iran, Jamaica, Jordan, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Senegal, Siberia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Thailand, and Venezuela are just some of the countries known to have SuperAdobe structures. The SuperAdobes here in the U.S. and abroad are used as emergency housing, birthing centers, wellness retreats and personal residences.
This SuperAdobe is home to rescued child laborers in Kolhapur, India and was built by the Ghandi Worldwide Federation.
This SuperAdobe was built in Jericho by a group of Palestinian architects from ShamsArd.
The Santa Isabel Ecovillage in Chihuahua, Mexico was built by alumni Ramon Quintana and includes multiple interconnected domes and vaults
Junoot, located in Oman, was awarded the World Architecture Award in 2012.
If you’d like to support CalEarth’s mission of teaching and empowering people worldwide to build their own homes in an affordable and sustainable way, you can become a member or donate to support this visionary organization here. You can also check out CalEarth’s website or follow them on Instagram.
Spring is right around the corner! The trees are starting to bloom, the birds are chirping, and the weather is warming up. It’s got us thinking about how we can spend more time outside. We’ve been dreaming up some jungalicious outdoor living spaces that combine bold colors, functionality, and touches of vintage. These outdoor spaces are practically begging us to sit outside and enjoy our morning coffee in the sun! Fine… if you insist! An outdoor living space is also a great way to entertain – just invite some friends over for dinner and drinks al fresco, turn on those twinkle lights and put on some good jams.
Want to get your outdoor space looking and feeling good? Start from the ground up, with a fun rug. Then layer on some seating (teak and rattan are great durable options), pillows, and a table and voila! If you want to get some more ideas of pieces that will jazz up any outdoor space, we got you! We’ve rounded up some of our favorites on our partner site, Chairish. Check them out and let us know what you like to use your outdoor space for.
Have y’all heard of WKNDLA yet? If you have, you’re probably as in love with Cindy Hsu Zell’s designs as we are! And if you haven’t – get on it gurrrrl! Cindy’s handmade jewelry is a must have for the jungalista who enjoys designs inspired by abstract art, nature, and architecture. Every WKNDLA piece makes a statement.
Cindy says that each piece of jewelry she makes brings out a part of her identity that she otherwise may be too shy to share. They are definitely conversation starters so it’s no surprise that people stopped Cindy in her tracks to ask her about her jewelry.
Two of our very own Jungalow ladies, Kristina and Sara, are featured in the WKNDLA SS18 Lookbook!
How cute are the Hara studs?! We love these asymmetrical forms inspired by Henri Matisse. And even if your ears aren’t pierced, Cindy’s got you! She makes beautiful necklaces, collars and bracelets too.
Check out WKNDLA here or on Instagram and let us know which piece is your favorite!
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