The New Bohemians by Justina Blakeney, of The Jungalow, has just recently hit the shelves and has been making the rounds with introductions from some fabulous bloggers for the last two weeks. I was more than thrilled to be invited to share what I thought of her publication and after spending more than one nap time flipping through to soak in all of the details, I'm calling this one a book you're going to need in your inspiring home decor stash.
Justina shares twenty beautiful and intentionally decorated bohemian homes with the crisp photography of Dabito and both the stories behind so many of the beautiful arrangements and ways to recreate them in your own space. I love how she's categorized them, noting the differences between Modern Bohemian style with their "clean lines and functionality" and Maximal Bohemian homes with "a whole lot of everything". It just goes to show there are so many unique ways to express your style.
She shares a handful of DIY's to add a little more of that 'boho' vibe to your space but one of my favorite moments in this book is the spread on how to style a bookshelf. I've lived in more rentals than I can count on two hands with multiple bookshelves that needed styling and this is still one of the design challenges that I wish I came more naturally. It's like having curly hair. It's a blessing to have gorgeous built-ins but now what do I do with them?!
Justina shares ten tips for styling a bookshelf and it's like the magic conditioner that leaves my curls feeling soft and contained! I finally feel like I can do this again! Goodbye frizz and awkward stacks of books!
The beautiful photography alone might be the tipping point on this book but I love how you get a little peek into the lives of the families that shared their spaces here. Sharing your home is such an intimate thing, don't you think? Also, there's a Plantopedia near the back with both pictures and information on how to care for some of the plants featured in the book. Genius.
Thank you, Justina, for this beautiful contribution to coffee tables and styled bookshelves throughout the world. Such a visual treat.