Our Practices: We work with vendors from all over the world to source, design and create product, and every day we make changes to work towards more responsible and more sustainable business practices.
Hi! I'm Justina.
I'm a designer, author, mama and founder and creative director of Jungalow®.
My Background: I grew up in Berkeley, California in a fun, vibrant multi-cultural household. I attended UCLA and got my degree in World Arts and Cultures. Upon graduation I moved to Italy and studied design. I then opened a boutique there with my sister, Faith and together we owned and operated the shop in the historical center of Florence for five years. There we published a series of craft books that were eventually published by Random House.
In 2007 I moved to NYC to work as a writer and editor for art, design and culture publications, and worked as a graphic designer for various clients on the side. After two years in Brooklyn I moved back to Los Angeles to be with my then boyfriend, now husband, Jason.
I started my blog in 2009 and began to take on clients in multiple areas of design, from graphic design to styling and interior decor. Little by little my blog started to take off.
In 2012 Jason and I welcomed our daughter Ida to the world.
In 2015 my first solo publication, The New Bohemians, Cool and Collected Homes was published by Abrams and became a New York Times Bestseller. That same year I began to design product under the Justina Blakeney Home label and transitioned away from client work to focus on growing the Jungalow brand full time.
My Philosophy: I believe that good design increases the quality of life and that creativity is the key to having an amazing home. I believe that living energies in the home: the people, the pets, and the plants are what make a house a home. I believe that color has the power to bring joy, that pattern is the spice of design, and that plants are magic. I believe that we are all deeply creative. I believe that creativity, confidence and joy are contagious.
My Passion and my Process: My passion is art and design, and my calling is to help others tap into their own creativity. My design process is very organic. Many of the designs here in our shop began as a watercolor that I did on a train or a plane, or a doodle in my sketchbook that I keep on my bedside table. It's an honor and a joy to be able to bring these designs to life and then to see how you decorate with them in your homes.
MEET THE TEAM
ABOUT OUR TEAM
We are a tiny but mighty team of ladies located in Los Angeles.
Sara is our Creative Counsel. She oversees partnerships and social media at Jungalow. She keeps us sane and grounded as our resident "group therapist." She's also a bad-ass lawyer, a deeply talented stylist, and in case all that weren't enough, she also doesn't mind capturing any bugs that find their way into our studio and releasing them back into the wild, so yeah. Sara is very special.
Kristina is our Buyer and E-commerce Manager. She's got an incredible eye, the best sense of humor and she's the captain of the shop! She uncovers the coolest treasures and keeps the shop running like a well oiled machine. She's who we look to on the team for fashion advice (hello resident fashion & beauty influencer) and to keep us up-to-date with all things pop culture. I call her Kiki but that doesn't mean you can call her that.
Kelly is our Marketing Manager and Graphic Designer who works out of our East Coast office (also known as her living room in Orlando, Florida). If you get our BREATHTAKINGLY beautiful newsletters, The Junga-Lowdown, then you've experienced Kelly's magic and I don't need to say much more. I will, however say that Kelly really, really loves holidays, especially Christmas, so if you see holiday magic happening here at Jungalow, that's probably Kelly and her Christmas Elves at it again.
Piper is our Operations Associate and Design Assistant. Piper has many hidden talents, and once you get to know her you'll discover that not only does she pack up many of the pretty packages you receive when you place an order with us, and assist me on the product design side of the biz, but she's secretly a photographer, stylist, graphic designer, wallpaper installer and a really great work-out buddy.
If you hit us up, you can expect to hear from Kristina or Kelly.
We are happy you're here!