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A few months ago, my homegirl (and one of my favorite instagrammers), Whitney Leigh Morris asked me if I could lend a hand on a very special project she was working on for The RightWay Foundation.  She was securing donations for, and decorating, their outdoor area.


(Loving the rustic planters donated by Tempered Design

The RightWay foundation focuses on job readiness training, education, and trauma-focused mental health services to foster care youth in Los Angeles County. They shared some pretty staggering stats with me:

70% of all California State Prison inmates are former foster youth… SEVENTY percent!?! How crazy is that?? 36% of California foster youth become homeless within 18 months of emancipation. 51% are unemployed within 2-4 years of emancipation. 46% of emancipating youth in Los Angeles County do not complete high school. I mean…


This certainly seems like a problem worth solving, yes? As a mom and as a member of this community this seems like a great  place to start in preventing issues (and cycles of) of poverty and homelessness…

So I know what you’re thinking…What can I do do help!?!

I am working with the foundation to help raise $8,500 to launch a new social enterprise. Their new screen-printing business will hire foster youth for 12-18 months, until they are ready to be placed in a job out in the real world. You can help us launch the Initiative by donating $10 (or more!) to our cause!  The idea is to provide a training ground for them, a safe place where they can make mistakes and get the guidance they need – where no one will give up on them, no matter what. (Click this link or check the sidebar to donate!)


With a heartfelt thank you to the following donors for helping to get the space together:

PLANTERS: Tempered Design
RUGS: Zingara Trading
DESKS: Rilan 

Also a thank you to Whitney for getting me on board to help out with this worthy cause and to The RightWay foundation for doing amazing work in the world.

Styling by Whitney Leigh Morris and Justina Blakeney
Photography by Justina Blakeney


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04 March 2015

Marbelous Malachite




I’m declaring malachite the most jungalicious of the minerals…with it’s luscious green tones and trippy swirly-whirly patterns. I want to put everything malachite…or even malachite patterned pieces, like these Lounge Chairs  and throw pillows in my jungalow. Shop the post above… And for more Malachite goodies, head over to my Colorful Casa Collection on eBay.

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Ok so maybe it’s because I’m getting ready to pay off my taxes for 2014 (if you’re a freelancer you feel me on this…) but I’ve had a hankering for deals lately. Here are some of my favorite finds of late that I believe will go a long way of beautifying a space for a relatively short buck. Update a tired couch with pretty pastel Turkish kilim pillows from eBay ($27). Switch out the light fixtures in your rental with these hand-blown glass light fixtures (from $26) and give your botanicals a bit of bling with brass planters (from $50, both from Schoolhouse Electric). Click on the above thumbnail images to shop the rest of the post.

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Llloyd Wright Home

It’s no secret that I have been dreaming of buying a home for a while. Remember this post about itchy feet from 2013? Well, I think that 2015 is gonna be the year I make it happen. Between my home and the studio I pay over $5000 per month in rent alone. Saying that out loud (or typing it) totally trips me out, especially since in our family Jason takes care of Ida full time and I’m the primary earner. It’s time for us to buy a house and in Los Angeles it’s not going to be a piece of cake, but I am really determined.  I want to own property so I can feel more secure, so I can make it totally amazing and jungalicious and so that I can feel confident that we will have something concrete to pass on to Ida.

I’m almost finished filing my 2014 taxes early so that we can try again to get pre-approved for a loan (…we’ve been denied three times over the past five years). I know this is going to be a long journey and I hoping it’s one that you all will be excited to embark on with us because I’m partnering with the online real-estate site, Trulia to document our entire journey of becoming first-time home owners.

Even though we still haven’t received are pre-approval, and don’t know exactly what we can afford quite yet, Jason and I have started our search. Trulia has a new tool that facilitates this process. It’s kinda like Pinterest where you create different boards and add your favorite homes to them. Unlike Pinterest, Trulia’s boards are private so you don’t have to worry about other people trolling your favorite properties, but you can share the boards with your spouse (or whoever you want) so that you can be on the same page about the search–Jason and I are sharing all of our boards.

I’ve just started my first boards and begun to add to them…So far my boards are “Jungalow Dreams” — which are homes that I absolutely love but my be a bit of a reach on the budget spectrum, like this one, , “A Jungalow Deal” which are homes that might not be perfect (not the best school district, next to a freeway, a little small, no yard…) but the price is right, like this one, and “This Jungalow’s Been Flipped” for homes that have already been redone by a flipper and may not be exactly to our taste but is certainly not a fixer, like this home.

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As time goes on, I’m sure we will have way more boards for say, different locations (we’ve been considering Highland Park, West Adams, and Altadena as options, for example). We also will probably have a board for homes in school districts that we love etc. etc. It will be interesting to see how our ideas of our dream home morph as the search becomes more real.  And for now, I’m gonna leave you with the link to the home pictured above which is designed by Lloyd Wright (Frank lloyd Wright’s son) that I didn’t even add to my Jungalow Dreams board because it is about 4 million dollars over our budget…but hot damn, ain’t she purdy? Can we talk about the pool/bougainvillea situation for a minute??!

And some more fun stuff before signing off for the day, if you wanna check the compatibility for two people living together…take Trulia’s Buyer’s Diggs test (a light-hearted take on the Myers-Briggs.) Also, enter to win Trulia’s $25,000 giveaway. One randomly selected person who creates a board between now and 4/30 will win some serious cash and credit to One Kings Lane.

This post was created in partnership with Trulia. Holla. 

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02 March 2015

Room Renderings: How-to


Room renderings are a really important tool in my career–not just for blog posts and decor clients, but also when I’m pitching ideas to brands for partnerships. (The above image was my original rendering for the AirBnB project I worked on a couple of years ago.) I even make the renderings sometimes just to have the ability to better imagine how different pieces will work together. I mean, I chose these pieces because something about the colors, textures, scale and era spoke to me and I felt they’d work well togather–but it’s really hard to picture what all of the elements would actually look like all in the same room without creating a rendering. Would the wallpaper be too much? Would the bedding work with the pillows? Would the rug tie everything together or make it feel totally over-the-top?

Kind of like my tutorial on repeating patterns, I didn’t take a class in this, nor do I claim it’s the best method– it’s just the method that I came up with after years of creating these collages for clients and for the blog. And since a few people have asked about my renderings lately, I thought I’d share a little tutorial here.

I know there are a ton of programs and apps out there that can help to do this (or something similar)…but I have always done them in photoshop and if you’re already familiar with the program, I think you’ll find this tutorial to be really pretty simple.



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Brussels and Burrata Pizza | Danae Horst for The Jungalow

Am I the only one who came to love Brussels sprouts late in life? Once I started exploring how delicious they can be when prepared properly, I can’t get enough of them- they’re one of my favorites now. So, combining my favorite food with one of my favorite vegetables for this recipe was a total no-brainer.

Brussels and Burrata Pizza | Danae Horst for The Jungalow


Brussels and Burrata Pizza | Danae Horst for The Jungalow


1 batch of your favorite pizza dough
20 Brussels sprouts, leaves separated
Juice of half a lemon
Extra virgin olive oil
1-2 Tbsp minced garlic
Burrata cheese
Grated parmesan
Truffle oil (optional)


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

To prepare Brussels sprouts, slice in half lengthwise, then the ends off. Peel the leaves away, slicing more off the end as needed to loosen the leaves. Toss leaves with lemon juice until coated. Set aside in a small bowl. You’ll have the denser centers of the sprouts left over (they’re trickier to get off than the outer leaves), just set them aside and use them in another Brussels sprout recipe.

Roll out your pizza crust. To keep things easy and quick, I love using the pre-made pizza dough from Trader Joe’s, dividing it in half and then rolling it out super thin to get a crisp crust that bakes quickly. Once dough is rolled into a crust, place it on a pizza screen, pre-heated pizza stone, or an upside down baking sheet.

Brush the crust with olive oil and evenly distribute minced garlic (1 Tbsp will give a mild garlic flavor, use more depending on your preference). Slice burrata into 1/2 inch slices and add to pizza, leaving space between slices and making sure not to place any slice too close to the edge (to avoid cheese melting off the side during baking). Top with Brussels sprout leaves.

Bake at 450 degrees for 7-10 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and Brussels sprouts have started to blacken on the edges.

Sprinkle with shredded parmesan and drizzle with truffle oil to taste. Enjoy!

Brussels and Burrata Pizza | Danae Horst for The Jungalow Photography, styling and original recipe by Danae Horst for The Jungalow.

For more Danae, follow her on Instagram!  



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25 February 2015

Repeating Pattern tutorial



If you follow me on Instagram you know I’ve been pattern crazy lately. Since I started to post the patterns, a lot of folks have asked about my process and how I’m creating them. I thought I’d demystify the process and share how I make them with you here. I’ve never taken a course in pattern design, this is just my method that I came to after playing around with making patterns over the years.  I’m not sure if this is how everyone else does it but it works for me. If you’ve got some Photoshop skills, this will be pretty easy to replicate, if not, this will seem hella complicated so you may wanna head over to Design Sponge who has a pretty great tutorial by the wonderful Julia Rothman on repeating patterns that doesn’t require Photoshop) Read on to get the scoop on my meathod>>


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