// Photography by Dabito, used with permission.
The New Bohemians Book by Justina Blakeney
Justina and I have known one another via our blogs since The Early Days as we both started blogging around the same time six years ago. Before the days of Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and so on, we would read and comment on one another’s daily blog posts and were finally able to meet in person two years ago in Los Angeles. Justina is as real as they get: the creative, supportive and go-get spirit you see, read and feel from her social media platforms is just the same in person. As I’m currently slap bang in the middle of shooting my next book I know just how much hard work (literally blood, sweat and tears!) books are to make – and The New Bohemians is a BIG book! – so major props to Justina and Dabito (the awesome photographer who shot my West Elm book tour stops last year) for creating a book full of original, beautiful, practical and inspiring content.Justina set out to document what it means (and looks like!) to live a bohemian lifestyle at home today via a range of ‘cool and collected’ homes. The book splits the various approaches to bohemian lifestyle into six styles – Modern, Earthy, Folksy, Nomadic, Romantic and Maximal. Given my love of pattern and hue, it was no surprise that the Maximal chapter inspired me the most; it also includes a tour of Justina’s LA home that she shares with her husband and daughter.Justina and I both share a love of colour, but I’ve always found her approach to be inspiring as it’s so different to my own. That’s one of the reasons I believe colour is so powerful – how personal it is, and how it has the ability to create different feelings, atmospheres and moods for each of us. Whenever I see Justina’s styling work or art I see colour in a new light and it inspires me to try new shades and combinations in my own home. For example, I have a well documented love affair with blue and yellow but wouldn’t immediately have thought to combine them in this way (above). This is just one example of how the book is FULL of great colour ideas.As well as a stunning line up of homes, there’s also a peppering of helpful ‘adopt an idea’ pages that breakdown spaces to make it easy to see how they can be replicated. Plus, you can get all crafty with stylish DIY projects such as driftwood wall sconces and Shibori dyed boxes. Fun!In essence, The New Bohemians is a knockout book that I truly think you will enjoy and appreciate having on your bookshelf. It’s available to pre-order now. Congratulations, J and Dab!