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Over the last few years the fiddle-leaf fig has definitely become a darling of the interior styling world — we’re constantly spotting them in all kinds of beautiful rooms, like those of Adam or Paige in The New Bohemians. There’s a reason this tree is so loved, with it’s broad, gestural leaves, commanding size, and deep green color. While not the easiest plant to care for, when given the right environment, a fiddle-leaf fig can be a great plant investment- living for many years, and growing to dramatic heights.


GET THE GREEN: Fiddle-leaf fig (Ficus lyrata)

WATER: Water when just the top 1 inch (2.5 cm) or so of soil is dry.

SUNLIGHT: Bright, indirect light.

PLACEMENT: These trees are native to warm, humid, tropical places with consistent moisture and even temperatures. The more you can mimic their natural environment, the happier they’ll be.

EXTRA CREDIT: These trees will lean towards the light, so rotate every few weeks to keep a uniform shape.

WORD OF CAUTION: Parts of the Fiddle-leaf Fig can be toxic to pets and to children when ingested.

Photos by Dabito from The New Bohemians

Plant-o-Pedia excerpt from The New Bohemians with thanks to Stephanie Bartron.

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1. 10 Ideas for your Thanksgiving Tabletop
2. Festive and Fruity Tabletop
3. Thanksgiving Mobile
4. Mantle Styling Tips
5. Party Hosting and Decorating tips
6. Ginger Cookie Place Cards


1. Yam Kebab
2. Coconut Pumpkin Soup
3. Mexican Hot Chocolate
4. Baked Brie
5. Chai Spiced Shortbread Cookies
6. Pear Crostata

Hey friends! Here’s a roundup of some ideas for the big holiday weekend. I hope you all have a magical time with your families and friends!
I’ve also created a free-printable for you, to express my gratitude to you guys always showing up for me and being so supportive of all of my creative endeavors. I am grateful for you <3.

Free printable by Justina Blakeney | The Jungalow

See you back here on Monday.

xoxo J

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I’ve been wildly obsessed with coconuts lately.  My fridge is constantly stocked with coconut water.  Coconut oil is an essential component to my beauty routine (and I cook with it too).  So when AVEENO® asked me if I wanted to share some of my healthy winter skin tips I was so excited to learn that coconut is an active natural ingredient in their Skin Relief Gentle Scent products.  Clearly, I’m crazy for coconuts. So without further ado, a few fun recipes and ideas for how to bring this fruit into a healthful winter.


The most simple way to enjoy a coconut is drinking it. Packed with potassium and electrolytes, I love the light, sweet, refreshing taste of this this drink du jour – especially when sipping it right out of the shell. Coconut water helps me to stay hydrated, especially in the winter time when I often forget to drink enough water, and it’s just so dang delicious!


And when you’re done drinking that coconut, don’t toss the shell! Why not make a plant-a-colada? Just follow these easy steps. These make fun hostess gifts too!


Next up? My mom’s famous Coconut Milk Pumpkin Soup. My mom has made this soup every year at Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember. It’s insanely yummy and also easy to make. It’s hearty and healthy and it makes a perfect first course for a holiday meal. I’ve added my own spin to the recipe here by serving the soup in a coconut! Delicious, nutritious, and jungalicious ;)

Here’s my mom’s recipe:


1 medium-sized pumpkin (about 6″ across)
1 russet potato, peeled and cut in 1 inch cubes
4 cups coconut milk
Pinch of Nutmeg
1 tablespoon chopped Ginger
2 teaspoons of curry powder
One yellow onion, chopped medium
2 cups of vegetable (or chicken) broth

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place pumpkin chunks skin side down on a baking pan, Brush with olive oil; roast the pieces for about 20-30 minutes until they smell good and start to caramelize. Turn the pieces over halfway through the cooking.

Meantime, in a heavy soup pot, sauté the chopped onion in olive oil until translucent, add curry, nutmeg and chopped ginger, stir carefully 2-3 minutes.  Remove from heat.

When the squash starts to color up and glaze, remove it from the oven.  Wait for it to cool enough to remove the skins.  I use a butter knife and soup spoon technique to loosen the flesh and then scrape it off the skin, and toss it right in the soup pot, with the onions and spices.  Add cut up potato and water and/ or broth to nearly cover the vegetables. Cover tightly and simmer together over medium heat until the pumpkin and potato are soft, about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom.

When the pumpkin and potato are soft, mix them up in a blender or juicer. Use a little of the liquid to blend, reserving the rest. Return the blended soup to the pot, and add 1 cup of coconut milk and bring back to a warm temperature, but not to boiling.  Check the seasoning, adding salt and pepper, more curry or nutmeg if needed.  Add reserved liquid to bring it to your preferred thickness.

Just before serving, stir in the remaining coconut milk. Serve in a coconut shell with a dollop of crème fraiche, a spot of pumpkin seed oil, roasted pumpkin seeds and a sprig of rosemary or chopped chives.


Next up? Enjoying the scent (and moisturizing benefits!) of coconuts with AVEENO® Skin Relief Gentle Scent Nourishing Coconut lotion. It’s as gentle as fragrance-free products, so those with sensitive skin (like me!) can finally enjoy the coconut scent along with me.  It contains coconut oil and smells so good. I’ve been using this lotion non-stop for the past couple of weeks — it’s super light, but is doing such a good job of taking care of my skin, which gets really dry this time of year. And I love smelling like a coconutty beach vacation in the wintertime :)



What’s next? An easy DIY that makes the perfect little holiday gift: DIY coconut-mint lip balm.

You’ll need:
Coconut oil
Mint essential oil
Natural, filtered beeswax
Glass measuring cup
Small grater or vegetable peeler
Measuring spoons
Stirring stick (choose something disposable, like a wooden stir stick)
Little lip balm containers (you can find them at your local crafts store)

Make as much as you want following this ratio: 2 parts coconut oil to every 1 part beeswax and 10-12 drops of the mint essential oil per container of lip balm. Two teaspoons of coconut oil makes about one small container full of lip balm.
Grate the beeswax. Combine the coconut oil and grated beeswax in the glass measuring cup. Bring small pan of water to a boil, place measuring cup with coconut oil and beeswax in the hot water. Reduce heat to low. Stir until coconut oil and beeswax are melted and combined. Once melted, remove from pan. Add essential oil and stir again until mixed. Let cool slightly (~30 sec). Pour the mixture into your container. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes until it hardens into lip balm!

(Pro tip: to clean the beeswax from your grater/peeler and measuring cup, wipe as much off as possible with a paper towel, then use the water you already boiled to clean away the remaining residue).

This post was created in partnership with  AVEENO®. Woot woot! The opinions expressed herein are mine alone and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of AVEENO®.”
Photography by Danae Horst

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We can’t get enough of the Otomi embroidered cloths, also called ‘tenango’, made by the Otomi people in the Tenango region of Hildalgo, Mexico.

The Otomi or Nah-Nu people, who are the fifth largest indigenous people group in Mexico, use a style of embroidery that can be traced all the way back to pre Aztec Meso-America. It’s been said that the motifs used in their designs are inspired by prehistoric wall paintings found in the area. The textiles, with their vibrant colors and beautiful animal and floral motifs, are made by hand and can take months to complete.

Otomi Table Cloth


Framed Otomi

We love Otomi embroidered fabrics used in simple ways, like covering a table; but furniture upholstered in the colorful fabric? Totally stunning, right? Framing even small a piece also creates a beautiful, graphic statement since, after all, it really is a work of art!

Otomi Pouf Domino

Do you have Otomi textiles in your home? Well, we want you to get in on the Jungalow textile fun too! All month long, share your photos of how you use Otomi textiles at home on Instagram and tag them with #jungalowtextiles. We’ll share our favorites on The Jungalow IG throughout November, and do a roundup here on the blog at the end of the month! And if you want to get your hands on some more Otomi, pop over to our Etsy Otomi Treasury list!

Photos: 1) Etsy  2) The Society Inc. via Elements of Style  3) Cookie Magazine  4) St Frank  5) Olli



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I love Thanksgiving- it involves so many of my favorite things: time with friends & family, lots of cooking, a pretty table, and it’s even during my favorite season. This year I was a little sad to learn that several of our good friends would be out of town on Thanksgiving so I used this recipe photo shoot as an excuse to throw a little Friendsgiving!


Rather than stick to the more traditional dishes I’ll prepare on Thanksgiving, for this get together I started with those recipes, deconstructed them a bit, and transformed them into finger foods- perfect for a casual party! You can see the whole shebang, including the menu and recipes, over on my blog today, but I saved my favorite recipe for all my Jungalow friends- yam kebabs!

Inspired by the oven roasted yams with pineapple that my mom always makes, these kebabs are a fun ode to many of the sweet potato/yam based dishes that grace many holiday tables.


Yam Kebabs
Serves 8-10


3 medium sized yams, peeled
2 cups pineapple chunks (canned is fine, just make sure it’s in 100% juice, not syrup)
Ground cinnamon
~10 vanilla marshmallows, cut in half (get the vegan ones and this dish is vegan)


Preheat oven to 350°.

Cut peeled yams into even sized chunks. Bring enough water to submerge yams to boil in a medium sized saucepan. Add yams and boil for 5-7 minutes, just until yams begin to soften. Drain and let cool.

Build kebabs by placing yams and pineapple pieces onto 9 inch wooden skewers, alternating between the two. Sprinkle kebabs with cinnamon.

Lightly oil a baking sheet, place skewers onto baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes, until pineapple starts to caramelize.

When skewers are cool enough to handle, add a marshmallow to each end. Roast marshmallow (or let your guests roast their own) with a culinary torch, or over a gas burner (be very careful) until lightly toasted. Sprinkle with more cinnamon. Enjoy!


Happy Friendsgiving!

Original recipe, styling, and photography by Danae Horst for The Jungalow. For more Danae, follow her on Instagram

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We’ve been fans of designer Andrea Pippins for awhile now. With all the spectacular art, fashion, and music she digs up to share with readers, to her own gorgeous artwork, we always find inspiration on her blog, Fly. She’s also always been super supportive of all of our projects over here at the Jungalow too–so when we got the news that she had a coloring book- for grown ups- coming out, we knew it we had to get our hands on a copy!!

I Love My Hair High Res

I Love My Hair celebrates hair in all it’s many styles and types- from wild curls, to tidy braids, cropped coils, and even fanciful ‘do’s sprouting flowers, fish, or butterflies. Andrea, began creating art that featured hair as a way to encourage African American women to love and embrace their natural hair. She views her new coloring book as a way to inspire all women and girls to feel good about themselves — and we can get behind that!!


Filled with gorgeous ‘doodles’ (as Andrea calls them), we could easily get lost for hours coloring the intricate pages of I Love My Hair- and hey, with studies suggesting that coloring can be a good stress reliever, it’s a total win-win way to spend some time! Also probably no need to suggest what a beautiful holiday gift this book would make.

Congrats Andrea on a gorgeous book! Even though we know the book is for adults, we’ve noticed our little Ida ogling these pages too with excitement at the prospect to color curls, just like hers.

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It’s that time of year again, even in L.A. I’m all bundled up, the string lights across the street are already twinkling, the holidays are just around the corner. So today we’re sharing a few ideas and DIYs for how to put together a boho-ho holiday party with the help of Pier 1. First, let’s watch the video, then, below, get all the details, DIY’s and recipes:


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