We’re all about mixing styles here at Jungalow. In the past, we’ve talked about “Afribo” — a mix of African and Bohemian design styles, or Scandibo, a mix of Scandinavian and Bohemian design styles, and today, we wanna discuss a style that we’re calling Bohemian Regency — a mix of Hollywood Regency and Bohemian design styles. Why, you ask? Well, scrolling through some of my favorite sites for vintage home furnishings, like Chairish, I often come across rattan or bamboo furniture pieces, or beautiful brass palm tree lamps — and they are described as Hollywood Regency. That got me thinking about mixing the two styles and what that would look and feel like.
Hollywood Regency style is glitz, glamour, and gold, relating to the “golden age” of Hollywood in the 1930’s. Regency decor has an emphasis on glam, luxurious textures and finishes–lots of mirrored furniture, satins, velvets, animal prints and florals are used. Bohemian design, of course, is more down to earth, using more natural materials, handmade items, and global, collected finds. So how to blend these two styles together??
These two can be complimentary by balancing a bit of glitz and glam with the right amount of natural materials, botanical prints and quirky, collected items. We’ve also noticed that quite a few of the Hollywood Regency Style items seem to take inspiration from Moroccan design, as does Bohemian design (notice the Moroccan-style coffee table and side table in our renderings, below. We can dig this Bohemian Regency thang. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Bohemian Regency looks to help bring home that earthy glamour! All these pieces are from our partner site, Chairish.
A question we get a lot is ‘What fern can I keep alive’? While ferns are certainly not members of the easy-care club, Asplenium nidus, aka the Bird’s Nest Fern, is one that won’t turn sad and crispy instantly in the drier confines of the average home. With some attention to the humidity situation around it, and consistent watering, you’ll see this long leafed fern thrive.
Native to tropical regions, the Bird’s Nest Fern is actually an epiphyte (meaning it grows non-parasitically on another plant, rather than in the ground), growing high up in the crook of tree branches and collecting nutrients from the organic materials and water that fall into the center of its ‘nest’. In the wild, the leaves can grow to be 4-5 feet long! Indoors, leaf length is usually confined to 1-2 feet, making it a little easier to find a good spot for it.
GET THE GREEN: Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)
WATER: Keep the soil evenly moist to the touch, but not soggy. Added humidity is a must with this plant. Try using a humidifier, a humidity tray (a saucer filled with pebbles and water, with the water coming to just below the surface of the pebbles, which you set the plant directly on top of), or even just placing it in a humid room like a bathroom or kitchen.
SUNLIGHT: Bright indirect to medium indirect light. Avoid direct sun, though a small amount of morning sun is generally tolerable.
PLACEMENT: Asplenium nidus prefer to be a bit ‘root bound’, meaning kept in a small pot (relative to the size of their root ball), so the plant may grow to be top heavy, tipping it’s pot over. A wide plant stand may help stabilize, or just group it with other plants that can help support it. We also love using it as ‘hair’ in planters with faces.
EXTRA CREDIT: This tropical beauty likes it warm! Temperatures below 60 degrees are difficult for this plant to tolerate. Avoid drafty areas, which may turn the leaf edges brown.
WORD OF CAUTION: According to the University of California, Asplenium nidus are non-toxic to cats and dogs. As always, consult your veterinarian and use caution whenever bringing a new plant into your home.
Learn how to make this DIY cement tile planter here!
What happens when a southern California girl moves to the Pacific Northwest? Pure magic! Michelle Qazi, owner of 6th and Detroit recently moved to Seattle and invited us into her beautiful home and put us under her spell! Between the vintage textiles, wood paneling, luscious planties, and those windows, we didn’t even know where to look (and drool) first! Since we are still picking our jaws up from the floor, let’s let Michelle take it away and tell us a little bit about her home and how she brings all zee good vibes into it!
Tell us a little about yourself and who you share your home with. I was born and raised in Southern California, married to my complimentary counterpart, Karim, and mama to Hamilton and Davis, and Ozzie the dog. I own a vintage shop in Downtown Long Beach called 6th And Detroit, which I consider to be my 3rd baby. Since opening the shop in 2016, I have loved seeing what the business has organically become. While it was intended to be a retail outlet for my passion of vintage, it has become more than that. We host local events, artisans, and gives me opportunities to work with some very special clients in styling their own homes and businesses. We moved to Seattle at the end of 2017 and have loved discovering what the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Our family enjoys the outdoors and the beauty of the area has not disappointed. We’ve had so much fun discovering all the little towns and the treasures that they hold. I’ve met some great business owners here which has inspired me to imagine a future 6th And Detroit expansion in the Seattle area.
What attracted you to your home? Mid century architecture was a must for me. Finding this house was a gift. The house was built in 1969 by architect Omar Mithun. There was an east meets west zen feel about the house, which is so what was needed for us during this huge transition. It brings instant calm when you walk in. It is brilliantly designed right down to the details of the ceiling. We knew it had to be our home.
What are your most prized treasures? My most prized treasure is a vintage mirror with a sun painted on it that I found before I had the business. It made me smile and my cheeks warm. It was the very first of these types of mirrors I’ve come across and I was obsessed. My love for it caused it to be the main inspiration for my 6th And Detroit logo. My most personal prized treasures are our Christmas cards we send out every year. Since Hamilton was born, we’ve sent out photographs of us as a family and I just love seeing how much we have grown each year. I’ll admit I put in way too much effort in it than I really should but I just can’t help the creative director in me.
What do you do to ensure your home has good vibes? We try to only live with items that serve a purpose and gives us a certain feeling. This helps limit what I bring home when I’m out treasure hunting because I typically want to keep everrrrrrything. 90% of our home are objects found during my shopping adventures, from our travels, a trinket the kids made, or something that reminds us of our life growing old together. Everything has meaning. And when my home is at ease, then so are we.
What does bohemianism mean to you? Justina Blakeney couldn’t have said it any better in her book, “Today’s bohemians seek to erase the distinctions between work and play, and our living spaces reflect that lack of boundaries.” For me, it also means constant flow of life. When we lived in Long Beach, my boys would come with me to the store on the weekends and sometimes after school. Doing homework on a vintage dining set that possibly would live in another persons home the next day was not unusual. Blurring the lines so that work is no longer work but it is just how life moves. I love being a wife and a mother and a shop owner. The ability to be all of those names in the span of a day is true bohemianism to me.
Is there a phrase you would use to describe your home? Mid Century Cali Tropical Vibe Meets Vintage Cabin Retreat.
Do you have a favorite room in your home? The living room is my favorite room because the sofa is perfectly situated to face towards the horizon that gives the most glorious performance of the sky changing colors during sunset. It’s where I can lounge, work, chat when guests come over, fold laundry, play games with the kids and just “be” when I get those free moments of quiet. It also houses my favorite plants I’m obsessed with (hello 5 ft Monstera and 6 ft Bird of Paradise!).
What inspires you? It’s been a blessing to travel the way we have and to see how certain places resonate with me. Travel has definitely set the tone for what I gravitate to. My heart will always belong to the warm sun, sand and ocean breezes, but traveling and our recent move has allowed me to broaden my horizon with design and gain new perspective. Being in Seattle allows me to push myself as a stylist and get out of my comfort zone. Experiencing four seasons for the first time has influenced the element of warmth and the forest into our decor. People in my life inspire me immensely. My husband’s tenacity and drive inspires me to dream big and push myself. My kids inspire me to be fun and youthful. My entire family and strong circuit of friends give me strength to persevere. They keep me believing.
What’s your astrological sign? True Virgo. OCD and all.
How is your lifestyle reflected in your home decor? We are an active family and love anything that has to do with the outdoors (the beach, camping, surfing, skiing, snowboarding, cycling, off-roading lol and so on), so it is always represented in our home through natural textures, lots of woods and rattan, at-ease decor and an abundance of houseplants.
When people walk into your home, how do you want them to feel? I want them to connect with something in my home. Whether it’s the view of Lake Washington from the picture window or the vintage throw on our sectional, making them feel comfortable and connected to the space, as if it was their own home. I would love for people to leave our home with motivation to try new things in the rooms that they live in everyday.
Our amazing in-house team Jungalow, AKA Sara, Kristina, Caitlin, and Jungalow intern miss Dolly Parton herself, are back with another edition of Outfit to Room.
Meet our newest member, Sara Rose. She is our creative (in-house) counsel. Yes she’s both an attorney and a creative powerhouse (yes I’m a lucky lady to have her on my l’il team!!). She is serving us a vintage-boho inspired look with this little patternful Free People number she found at . . . wait for it . . . Marshalls! I know! And those hot pink dangle ball earrings?! Ba bye!
We’re starting off Sara’s room with a colorful suzani-inspired purple, magenta, and red rug and a patchwork armchair. A jewel-toned velvet sofa brings in those vintage vibes, and is brightened up with a magenta tassel throw inspired by Sara’s dangly earrings. To soften the look, we’ll introduce a macrame curtain and a neutral console inspired by Sara’s lacy cream shirt. The silver tray table mirrors Sara’s silver bangles. And to finish off the room, a curvy black pendant light that mimics the black scrolling patterns in her jumpsuit!
Kristina, our e-commerce manager extraordinaire, is wearing a chic neutral color story and is inspiring us to get to a beach-side hotel ASAP and have a pretty cocktail! Her half tucked sand sweater, wide leg, raw edged pants and caramel leather sandals have a relaxed, resort feeling to them. Kristina created the perfect neutral palette to showcase a few pops of color: her light pink bandana and hot pink lipstick. This girl knows how to rock a look!
Kristina’s outfit to room look is all about the bohemian vacay vibes inspired by natural elements like sandy beaches, seaside cliffs, and tropical breezes. A natural jute rug is layered under a comfy linen puff sofa, and a gray leather and travertine coffee table. The bright pink pillows are an ode to Kristina’s lipstick and bandana and help to create contrast in the otherwise relaxed, neutral room. A patterned planter with a rubber tree (or other plant of your choice) and an antique brass pendant also help add visual interest through dimension and texture.
Caitlin, our in house designer, is pure gold… literally! She shines in this gold jumpsuit, teal fringe necklace, and watermelon pink espadrilles. Her mustard yellow tassel bracelet adds another touch of fringe to this sweet spring outfit! Dolly Parton doesn’t shy away from color either (like mother, like daughter) – check out her colorful striped bandana!
The star of Caitlin’s room is the bold golden yellow sofa with fringe pillow in a similar hue. And this stunner of a fringe chandelier must be a distant relative of Caitlin’s necklace! A cozy antique Moroccan rug with deep pinkish-red and patina hues is inspired by Caitlin’s espadrilles. And we can’t forget a soft snuggly dog bed for our favorite shaggy girl, Dolly Parton!
We don’t wanna be seasonists, but Spring is secretly our favorite season here at Jungalow. The flowers are in full bloom, the days are longer, and we get to dine al fresco again. We recently had a picnic in the park just a few blocks from our studio (even our intern, Dolly Parton Doodle, joined us!) We enjoyed our lunch while Dolly enjoyed running circles around us! It was pretty perfect.
If you’re planning a picnic or an al fresco dinner party with your homies, we’ve got a super yummy (and easy) recipe for a fragrant watermelon aqua fresca – with a twist! Usually, this type of aqua fresca is made with watermelon, water, and sugar but you know we love mixing things up ’round here, so we thought we’d bring some Moroccan vibes to this traditionally Mexican beverage. We substituted regular water for rosewater, cut out the sugar all together, and threw in some fresh mint leaves.
Ok, want to know how to get this goodness into your belly? Here’s what you’ll need:
Let’s get started! Cube up your watermelon and fill the blender up to its maximum capacity line. If you have a bunch of watermelon cubes left over after you fill the blender up, you can blend the first batch of cubes for a few seconds to open up some more space and then throw in the remainder of the cubed watermelon. Next, hand tear 8-10 mint leaves (if you love mint, you can definitely add more!) into the blender.
Add one teaspoon of rosewater to the mint and watermelon in your blender. One teaspoon may not sound like a lot, but it goes a long way! Rosewater has a perfume-like quality so too much of it can overwhelm your tastebuds. Start out with one teaspoon and, if after you’ve taste tested it, you’d like more, you can always add another teaspoon.
Throw in a few ice cubes to keep the mixture cool and fresh. Ok, now you’re ready to blend it all together on the highest setting.
We found that one blender made enough fresca for 2 – 3 people. But if you want more servings, just repeat the same steps. And that’s it! Now you have a super yummy, fragrant, cool drink that you can garnish with some fresh mint or a tiny slice of watermelon on the glass rim, and share with all the homies! Add a splash of vodka or tequila if you want to make this an adult drink.
I’m pretty obsessed with the cement tiles we put in our newish studio kitchen. And when we had a few leftover boxes of tile, we wanted to find another way to use them. We finally landed on planter for all our jungalicious planties? I love the idea of having a planter that matches the floor tile. So much so that I’m thinking about making a long planter for my porch out of the leftover tile from that project. Since cement tile can be pretty pricey, this is also a fun way to bring cement tile into your home without spending a fortune.
Have your tiles facing out, even the bottom tiles, so you can see the pretty designs
We used 8 tiles to make up this planter, but you can make yours as long or as short as you want. You can make yours super long for a great bench planter! It’s up to you!
Apply a thin layer of 3m Ceramic Adhesive to the areas where the tiles will touch – but don’t have the tiles touch quite yet
Let the adhesive on the tiles dry completely
Apply a second coat of glue and start assembling your planter (while the second layer of glue is still wet)
Once all the tiles are lined up, hold them in place for about 30 seconds
Let everything dry for 24 hours so the adhesive cures
Voilà! Now you have a mighty fine planter!
Time to add some plants!
The cement tiles make this planter rather heavy, so we recommend that you keep your plants in their original pots before putting them into the planter so you can easily pop them out and water them without having to move the planter. Great for outdoor use!
Don’t have left over tile like we do? Here are some of our favorite cements tiles!
I’m sitting on the plane right now, on my way to High Point, NC, where three or four times a year I come to trade shows for home furnishings and textile markets. Highpoint shows are really big. People from every aspect of the design industry go there to conduct business. From celebrity to rookie designers, to owners of giant retail stores and upscale boutiques, to furniture manufactures, up-and-coming brands and everyone in between.
At first, coming to these shows to conduct business was a nerve-wracking experience, to say the least. It was not unusual to find myself in a meeting with serious business people— CEOs, CMOs and buyers of huge retail chains. These were meetings that, if they went well, could put me on the map, mean significant financial gains, and help my business up-level.
Often times my agent and I were the only women in these meetings, the youngest people at the table, and I am almost always the only person of color. The home furnishing industry is dominated by, as the adage goes, “old white guys” and at first it was easy for me to feel like a fish out of water, and like I had little in common with the people I found myself pitching ideas and potential partnerships to. The meetings would often begin with smalltalk and I quickly learned that finding common ground with these folks was imperative to building meaningful business relationships. I knew from the years of growing my social media audiences shared experiences help build connection, and if I can connect with you on a personal level, you’ll be more open to connecting with my business, too. So how was I going to quickly find common ground to make sure I connect with someone who, on the surface, I have little in common with?
On my fourth or fifth trip to High Point Market, I really began to hone in on what I know call my Common Ground Schema. This is, quite simply, a short list of things in my back pocket to pull out to help me find common ground with other business people when I only have a few minutes to make a lasting impression. So for example, one thing I have in common with a lot of adults is that I’m a parent. During small talk I may inquire if they have children, or how old they are etc. Being a parent is great common ground to start out on.
But ideally, I like to dig in more— because I find that the more nuanced the commonality, the tighter the initial bond seems to be. (Ever wonder why so many people break the ice talking about the weather or traffic? It’s something everyone is the room has in common and can relate to). So after the more general commonalities are established I try and segue into slightly more personal topics, that are still pretty general, for example, I may mention the university I went to (UCLA). Often that spawns some kind of university connection (“my daughter is a Bruin!”), or even a Los Angeles connection—and that can help to break the ice too. Other things I sometimes have in common are the years I spent living in Italy, my ability to speak several other languages or when all else fails I may turn to a favorite TV show (do old white guys watch Game Of Thrones? Inquiring minds want to know).
All jokes aside, what I’ve found through years of meetings and building meaningful relationships with people from all walks of life is that while we are all deeply different…we are all also deeply similar, and uncovering what makes us similar can be a powerful tool in work and in life.
Try creating your own Common Ground Schema by drawing out a pyramid divided into three section. The bottom level is for “Macro Commonalities”. The middle level is for “Micro Commonalities” and the top row is for “Personal Commonalities.” So on the Macro level, start with the most general/universal commonalities. Maybe, like me, it’s being a parent, maybe it’s the state you’re from, or maybe it’s situational to the event you’re attending or the city you’re in, or maybe it pertains to pop culture–something that they are likely to have heard about.
Then on the micro level maybe it’s the city or town you grew up in, the school you attended, a favorite sports team, a language you speak, a musical instrument that you play, a place you recently visited, a unusual food you tried recently or even your star sign! It could be anything. One level up from there are the most intimate connections, and this may require some research, but maybe there is a person you know in common (LinkedIn can normally help pinpoint these connections).
I’ve found, that the higher up on the pyramid the commonalities, the more likely it is that you can get someones attention and perhaps leave a lasting impression.
How do you navigate in circles when you feel like an ‘outsider’? Do you have tools that you use to navigate these situations in your work life? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
The Business of Being Boho is a column by Justina Blakeney discussing a wide variety of business topics from her perspective as a female business owner and as a person of color. Got a biz question for Justina? Leave a question here and we may tackle your question in a future installment.
We’ve got a wild one for you, this time, jungalistas! Wyldbnch is one of our favorite new plant places. Pop Annemarie, the boss lady behind Wyldbnch, shared with us that the name of her business comes from her love of curating a colorful funky plant selection. Pop Annemarie’s love of color is also reflected in her continuously evolving space. She plays around with bold backdrops and switches up the vibe in her space, which is located in the Container Yard in the heart of the Arts District of Los Angeles. Pop Annemarie made sure that her plant space was located near the Container Yard’s multiple skylights and accordion doors so that her plant babies would get ample light!
We caught up with Pop Annemarie to see what colorful facts we could learn about her!
Do you talk to your plants? All the time!
How many plants have you killed this year? That’s a good question . . . I’ve erased those situations from my memory, ha! To be honest I’ve probably killed enough to count on two hands. Not sure if my plants with shorter lifespans counts (e.g. Calathea) as my responsibility? But then again as beautiful as they are, they are my fussier plants.
Do you play music for your plants? If so, what’s their favorite song?
That I do! When I water and clean all 60ish plants at Wyldbnch, my plants and I enjoy listening to the Bossanova station on iTunes.
Who takes care of your plants when you are out of town?
I usually like to make sure that right before I leave I maintain all of them so if we are gone for two weeks, by the time I get back, it’s time to give them some TLC again. You can kinda consider me a little over protective with my plant babies.
If you were a plant, what plant would you be and why? If I were a plant I’d want to be an aspidistra or an anthurium or even a golden ginger alpinia. All three have the characteristics of a flamingo and a giraffe which are two of my favorite animals. They’re long and leggy and delicate in stature but are very sturdy and strong like a bull!
If you’re in the LA area, you can check out the Wylbnch space in person. They will be hosting cutting swaps, classes on plant care, soils, and plant styling! If you live outside of LA, you can still follow Pop Annemarie’s colorful plant space on Insta @wyldbnchplants.
Who else’s favorite childhood book was The Secret Garden? If you’re not familiar with it, it’s the story of an enchanting hidden garden with archways covered in wisteria and jasmine, winding pathways leading to ironwork seating, planters that are spilling over with greenery, and magical flower beds. The Secret Garden also has an ever-present theme that anything that is neglected will wither, but if it is tended to and worked on, it will thrive!
Here at Jungalow, we take that message to heart. We’re always hustling, tending to the business’ needs, family needs – as well as the dozens of studio plants – to make sure everything is thriving! We love the days when we can get our hands dirty and do some serious repotting or gardening – but there are some days where we can’t get around to it. We’re sure the same is true for some of you jungalistas. But not to worry! There’s an easy way to surround yourself with The Secret Garden vibes all year long: incorporate a few statement pieces to create your own secret garden situation at home. Think white rattan furniture or cane back chairs, antique planters with a touch of patina, iron plant stands or pedestals, and of course, lots of trailing vines and greenery! These pieces would look great in an enclosed porch, a sun room, or even outdoors.
Who wouldn’t love a secret garden of their own year-round? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite secret garden pieces to help bring your whimsical garden to life! All these pieces are from our partner site, Chairish.