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Book Review: The New Bohemians

April 15, 2015

Do you love cheerful rooms packed and layered with color, objects, pattern and texture? Are you a fan of a more bohemian eclectic style at home? LA-based blogger and designer Justina Blakeney debuts her first book, The New Bohemians, this week which spotlights 20 creatives living in the United States (mostly west and east coasters) who range from shop owners and entrepreneurs to urban farmers, parents, city dwellers, artists and bloggers. If you like to break decorating rules and welcome total creative freedom in how you dress up your space, this book will feel like a warm, validating hug. Justina even shares corners of her own home and rooms in her sister’s house which are totally color-drenched and piled high with curious objects to explore – so much eye candy!

Book Review: The New Bohemians
Book Review: The New Bohemians

The New Bohemians reminded me that there really is no single way to decorate that is “right”, which is important especially when you have both print and new media promoting only very specific looks – you can feel a little left out if your home doesn’t fit what is considered on-trend. This book is perfect for all of the bohemian spirits out there – the rebels who want to mix their foo dogs with Etsy finds, mid century credenzas from craigslist topped with pottery from the 70s scoured at the thrift shop and globe collections displayed in the fireplace alongside vintage Suzani’s used as wall or bed coverings. I found this book to be a completely authentic glimpse into the mind of Justina and what she loves the most and shares frequently online which is how I first discovered her a few short years ago. She shows homes in her book that in her signature Jungalow style and the homeowners, well, “They embrace free-spirited, no-rules lifestyles and apply that attitude to all areas of their existence, including their homes,” which is the absolute message you get with the flip of every color-drenched page.

Book Review: The New Bohemians

In addition to showing out-of-the-box spaces, Justina shares 12 DIY projects inspired by the objects found in some of the homes, so there are projects for you to try. I also like the Adopt An Idea pages (see above image) throughout the book that encourage readers to try the look at home and how.

Book Review: The New Bohemians

This bedroom is in the home of Justina’s sister and I just love it – so perfect for a little girl and loads of fun too.

Book Review: The New Bohemians

Book Review: The New Bohemians

This black cabinet above is MAGIC. I would definitely own that and make it work in my house. Definitely a rare and beautiful object of art. The lamp shade and the touch of greenery creates such nice balance too and I like the wall treatment too. This is a trend in Germany at the moment, people living particularly in the more creative cities like Berlin love to leave some walls in their old apartments very bare by tearing off the wallpaper and exposing the plaster and whatever was there before. My friend did this and found newspapers layered into the plaster from 1901. What a wonderful surprise!

Book Review: The New Bohemians

I really like framed butterflies suspended from the wooden branch from the ceiling and that squishy leather sofa. The wooden star is a nice way to conceal the radiator too without blocking the heat.

Book Review: The New Bohemians

When I see anything draped from the ceiling, I think of the 60s and 70s. I was born in the 70s and so I don’t remember a lot about our home but I do remember my mother loving her macrame classes, plants, draping things from the ceiling, bold wallpaper, chinoiserie anything, Chinese black lacquer furniture (with Ming details), shag carpet and color, color, color! In many ways, Justina’s book reminds me of my mom and the style of homes in the 70s and 80s. For instance, my mom would have totally rocked this pendant light shown in the photo below.

Book Review: The New Bohemians

Book Review: The New Bohemians

Oh and another bonus that I like about this book is that some of her tips from her Skillshare class on styling, Style Your Space Like a Pro, ended up in the book like how to style a bookshelf in 10 steps. So if you took the class, you can have all of her ideas in one place, with photos and of course, completely gorgeous and new content to inspire you. For me, this was such a big plus because so many times when I see people teach online I often wished they had books that contained all of their knowledge so I could refer back to it for years to come.

Book Review: The New Bohemians

Book Review: The New Bohemians

Book Review: The New Bohemians

You may purchase your own copy of the book today right here and a big congrats on Justina for her book and thanks for including me in your book tour!

(images with permission from The New Bohemians)


  • Reply Maggie @Maggie Overby Studios April 15, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    I am a color addict and these images have me hooked. Running over to follow Justina Blakeney and her Jungalow style right away. So pretty!

  • Reply birgit April 15, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    love the pics they are so colourful and in inspiring!



  • Reply Gabriela April 15, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    I absolutely love the bohemian style and as a matter of fact I have started to introduce bohemian items in my home…I plan to decorate my entire home using this style. It’s perfect for open minded persons and it’s full of culture.

  • Reply Danae April 15, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Thank you for the lovely post Holly! We’re so glad you like The New Bohemians!

  • Reply Justina Blakeney April 15, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Holly, I have been reading your blog forever and it means so much to me that you agreed to participate in the blog tour. I love to see your take on the book and you are always such a great writer. Thank you for the constant stream of inspiration! Big hugs and hope we get to meet in person soon!

  • Reply Clever Girl Reviews April 16, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Loving it! I wish I could use more boho influence in my house. My husband is so traditional!

  • Reply Lucy April 16, 2015 at 1:27 am

    this style is PERFECT! It’s so me – definitely using this for inspiration, these rooms look so beautiful.

    Thanks for the ideas!

    Lucy xox

  • Reply Hana April 16, 2015 at 3:07 am

    such a fabulous book!

  • Reply Clémence April 16, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Je suis fan !

  • Reply Shavonda@SGStyle April 16, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Absolutely loved your review of The New Bohemians. I haven’t been excited about an interior design/décor book in a long time and THIS one has me giddy with excitement to get it. My style is totally eclectic/boho so this book and Justina are deep deep breaths of fresh air. Loved all your photos and youre right, that credenza IS magic!!

  • Reply Tamarindie April 16, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    These interiors are absolutely amazing! The colorful bed and bed sheets are absolutely amazing!

  • Reply Eliza April 16, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    love the all of the amazing colors and patterns!

  • Reply Caroline Juskus April 17, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Oooooh, I love this! Must buy the book – the crocheted lampshade is beyond fabulous!

  • Reply iHanna April 24, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Love Justina’s style & pretty log so yummy and inspirational!

  • Reply Corina April 28, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    I love Where Is Waldo and a few of these rooms remind me of that. So many things to discover! Great! :-)

  • Reply Teresa June 1, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    I love this!!

  • Reply Josephine June 16, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    I have GOT to get my hands on this book! Thanks for reviewing it and sharing such yummy photos. I’m definitely one to layer on lots of pattern, texture and color (but also mix in the modern) – white walls are so fresh and lovely to look at, but just not for me. I love being enveloped in color. Thanks for sharing something for those of us who don’t quite fit into what’s trending right now! : )

  • Reply Carrie H. May 18, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    My fiancee is very traditional, minimalist and rigid in his taste. He does not like a lot of color or anything “busy”, “cluttered”, “artsy”, “loud”, “distressed”, “faded”, I think you get the point. Its rather difficult trying to find that middle ground because I am all those things he doesn’t like. I am ecclectic, estentric, boho, hippie, I like things full and complicated. And I love the looks previewed here in the book. Thanks for the peek, gonna buy this book.

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