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Unless you just discovered The Jungalow today, you already know how crazy about plants we are around here- they add color and texture to any room, and bring the kind of life to a house that truly makes it a home. Without plants, you can’t have a jungalow! So, when planning The New Bohemians, we wanted to be sure that everyone who read it could walk away feeling ready to add plants to their home. To do this, we enlisted the help of landscape designer, and plant expert, Stephanie Bartron to help bring the Plant-o-Pedia to life!  Because we often field questions about plants around here, we thought taking the Plant-o-Pedia from the page, to the blog would be a fun way to get everyone in on the plant play- we’ll work through plants from the book, like today’s String of Hearts, and add some new ones too.


Alea’s String of Hearts

Get the Green: Rosary Vine, String of Hearts (Ceropegia Woodii)

Water: Somewhat succulent, so use care never to overwater or allow the plant to sit in water. Water thoroughly, but allow the soil to completely dry out before watering again.

Sunlight: Full sun is OK, if some protection is provided during the hottest part of the day. Prefer summer temperatures 70°F–75°F (21°C–24°C), but during the winter, when the plant goes dormant, it should be kept in a cooler room, if possible—60°F–65°F (15°C–18°C).

Placement: Each vine will reach 2′–4′ (0.6–1.2 m) in length; the plant should be hung or set on a pedestal where it will receive bright light for most of the day.

Extra Credit: You’ll find that hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers, if your plant is hung in your garden during the summer months.

Got a plant you want to learn more about? Leave a comment and you may find it in a future Plant-o-Pedia!

Photography by Justina Blakeney and Dabito
Plant-o-Pedia excerpt from The New Bohemians with thanks to Stephanie Bartron


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I’m packing for Italy.  Jason, Ida and I leave tomorrow. This is our longest trip away from home since Ida was a nursing baby. Since we’ll be taking all kinds of planes and trains and really traveling, I want to travel really light. For me, that means packing practical, versatile, and lightweight clothing that I can dress up or down, feel comfortable in, and also feel all boho-chic in whether I’m training, traveling, beaching or teaching.

Enter Maurices. Now to be honest, I had never heard of Maurices before they reached out to me–but it really didn’t take long for me to get that if you’re boho and on a budget, this is a great one-stop-shop-situation. And to make matters even more appealing, bless their hearts they carry plus sizes. After perusing the site I picked out a few pieces I thought would be good for mixing and matching on my trip…And I even fit into their bikini. Trust me this is no small feat.

And let the mixing and matching begin! This kimono top is the perfect little beach cover-up–but I’d also pair it with a little black jersey dress if I’m going out for dinner.  This super soft scarf is working overtime as a sarong.


This fringed duster is the kind of thing I’d wear as a beach cover-up, while on my way from my lounge chair to get some gelato–but also as a second layer over a tank top and jeans on a museum day. It’s also very soft and super light-weight.



I’ve paired this simple (but not boring) tank top with a vintage wrap around skirt–one of my travel staples.


For my perfect travel outfit (for planes and trains..and then more trains…) I picked some very stretchy (read: comfy) denim, a simple tank with a lace embellishment, and this fringed ruana that I’ve fallen in love with.

And so here is my full packing list:

Lacey TankScarf WalletRuanaDenimEarringsBikini | Tassel Scarf | Duster | Tie-bottom Tank
Beyond that, I’m bringing my Birks, a pair of strappy wedges, and a pair of tennies. I’ll also bring a favorite pair of vintage 505′s, a vintage wrap-around skirt, a simple but elegant black jersey dress, one more all back 2-piece bathing suit and one light jacket.  I’ll round it all out with a few vintage accessories: a good chunky necklace and my go-to leather tote. Everything is so light-weight and mix-and-matchable that I shouldn’t have any problems putting together 10 days worth of outfits with these few key pieces.

And with that, I’m off!  Wish me luck with Ida and that 13-hour flight and ci vediamo in Italia!

*Photography by Danae Horst.
*This post was created in partnership with Maurices. All ideas and opinions are my own. 

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Since our kitchen remodel is almost complete, we are coming up on this stylist’s favorite part: accessorizing. I’ve never had open shelving before and am so excited to have my kitchen tchockies (and plants!) on display. We have a ton of stuff from the old rental house that we’ll incorporate. But, I’m certainly sneaking in a few new purchases too.  I absolutely love looking at inspiration images–like the ones above and below and thinking about how we’re going to display/arrange everything.

Inspiration images: (above)  The Beetleshack  | (below) Aime Weitzman on Design Sponge 2_amie1

This what our kitchen looks like now. The open shelving is set to be installed next week:

Jungalow by the river | Kitchen update

And here are some of the goodies thatI’ve got my eye on…It’s so gratifying purchasing these little things because compared to how much all the big stuff cost, these little accessories have great visual impact and are relatively affordable.


What’s your favorite part of the design process?

Marble utensil holder West Elm
Copper cooking utensil set eBay
S Hooks by Ruddle Cottage  Etsy
Organic ivory plate and bowl World Market
Wooden Bowls eBay
Vintage rug eBay
Turkish Towels by FigIstanbul Etsy
Stoneware Studio Pottery eBay

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Painted Dresser Before | The Jungalow

If you’ve been following around here for a while, you know this dresser. It’s been with me for many moons, and every time I bring it to a new home, I give it a new life. When I bought it in Brooklyn at a thrift shop about six years ago, it was a dark wood–and not a very pretty wood. Then I painted it white. When I moved to L.A. I painted it turquoise–and the picture above? That’s how it looked yesterday, before I painted it for the third time.  Our brand new jungalow certainly called for a brand new, bold color for my favorite dresser–but which color??

Painted Dresser | The Jungalow

After contemplating for a bit (a by a bit I mean incessantly for about two months) I decided to take a page from my own book and go dark. Inspired by this dressers from the home of Erica Tanov,  I wanted to go dark and…wait for it–glossy. I have never painted anything glossy before. I usually consider myself to be a matte girl–but I wanted to go for it, like trying out new haircut or something. But black was a little too moody for my cheery vibe so I went ahead and picked…

Painted Dresser | The Jungalow

Rich Navy by Glidden. I got the Extra High Gloss paint for trims and doors.

Painted Dresser | The Jungalow

When I first opened the can of paint, I was shocked at how thick the paint was. There was a bit of oil on top and so I stirred the paint and mixed it in. The paint felt a bit lumpy, so I kept on mixing for a bit and then just went for it. The paint went on very smoothly. There we no drips and even after a single coat, the paint covered the area really nicely. I was surprised at how little paint I had to use to cover the entire dresser–it took about half the amount of paint (and time) as the last two times I had painted it. And the end results? Well–check it out for yourself: (more…)

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Jungalow HQ is on the move and we’ve got some stuff we’re ready to part with, so we’re having a studio sale!

Saturday, July 25th from 8:30-11:30am at 1495 Beverly Blvd in Los Angeles.

We’ve got new and vintage things, including dish ware, decorative items, textiles, decor and design books, furniture, and more! Plan to come by and take a little bit of The Jungalow home with you!

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22 July 2015

Travelogue: Mexico



We just got back from a week in Mexico. We were celebrating my grandparents’ 70th wedding anniversary (70th!) with a cruise that stopped in Cabo, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan. We were with 30 family members and had a real blast. Here are some visual highlights from the trip… (more…)

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I just back back from a family trip to Mexico–more on that soon, but first I want to share this breathtaking bathroom I stumbled upon in Mazatlan at a shop called Casa Antigua.  I shot the bathroom on-the-fly so please excuse the open toilet seat — but we’re real boho over here :)
The first thing that caught my eye was of course the geometric cement tile. I also LOVE green bullnose tile used as molding. And this rustic wooden vanity is everything.


The tavalera sink is the perfect accent.



Hello wood beam ceilings and wooden window frames.  And hello tiny turtles carved into the walls.

bathroom-tub rustic-mexican-bathroom-6web
Also the cement(?) plaster (?) wall/bathtub and ‘stair’ wall situation? Holy guacamole I’m in love. Since remodeling the bathrooms at The Jungalow By The River are next on our agenda, I’m definitely taking notes.

Talavera Sink
Rustic wooden vanity
Bullnose Tile
Toilet Paper Holder
Recycled Glass Soap dispenser

The beautiful shop where this amazing bathroom: CASA ANTIGUA. Marino Escobedo No. 206.  Mazatlan.
Photos by Justina Blakeney

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