Interior designer and artist Justina Blakeney are known for her vibrant, bohemian approach to interior décor. Her company, The Jungalow, is a one-stop destination for colourful, lively homewares with a folkloric edge, from handcrafted ceramics to embroidered mood-boosting cushions, while her book series offers practical, accessible advice on how to create a similar creative aesthetic at home.
The property is specifically located in Altadena and was built in the early 1930s. It has a total extension of 2,700 square feet with all the necessary facilities. There are extensive green areas on the outside with a terrace and pool, everything you need to enjoy the outside. Outside of designing every space in the house, the family had to do some remodelling, including the kitchen, bathrooms and electrical system.
Blakeney bought her LA home five years ago, after falling in love with its surrounding greenery and its Spanish-meets-California architecture. The three-bedroom bungalow that she shares with her husband and son is a delicious homage to her vibrant and uplifting brand aesthetic, influenced by her time spent living in Italy, as well as her travels to Morocco, Turkey, India and Mexico.
Details of the eye-catching items in the house
Justina Blakeney’s 1926 Spanish-style home in Los Angeles is modestly sized. “In many big houses, space is underutilized,” she says. “Here, there’s not a room that doesn’t get some love every day.” The living room is anchored by a tall euphorbia plant, which is similar to a cactus but needs less sunlight. The Fable rug is from Blakeney’s collection for Loloi; the curtains are from Ikea and the rods are from Lowe’s.
The Moroccan-inspired lounge, which Blakeney has dubbed Bluhemia, is wallpapered with Aja in Teal, one of her designs for Hygge & West. The sectional is from Jonathan Louis, and the faux sheepskin is from Target. Blakeney’s Aja wallpaper makes another appearance in the dining room, this time in Aubergine. It’s a bold backdrop for furnishings including a set of Verner Panton chairs, hand-me-downs from her grandparents. The vintage Bumling pendant and Turkish kilim were found on eBay.
The bathroom in the main room is one of the most imaginable spaces. It is very stylish and spacious, simply a paradise within your own home. During these years Blakeney also led collect various items that worked perfectly for place decoration. Most of these items are sourced from Europe, India and North Africa.
In the master bedroom, Blakeney designed the curvy headboard with built-in nightstands. The bed is dressed in a Matteo duvet cover and a vintage Moroccan wedding blanket. The rug is by Blakeney for Loloi. The ceramic pendant lamp and artwork are vintage. The wallpaper in the master bath is Nana, with Cosmic Desert in the bedroom, both by Blakeney for Hygge & West. The mirrored medicine cabinet is by Pottery Barn. Blakeney uses the outdoor dining area for both family meals and dinner parties. She found the vintage Uzbek Suzani tablecloth on eBay.