Decorating your space is about more than selecting color swatches and achieving feng shui bliss—it’s about feeling empowered. Take it from lifestyle blogger Justina Blakeney. The mastermind behind the Jungalow and author of The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected Homes has gifted fans with a new release that will undoubtedly find a spot on bookshelves everywhere.
The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes, which hits shelves Tuesday, October 10, is as beautiful as it is handy, especially if you’re thinking of making some changes around your humble abode.
“The New Bohemians was created to inspire while The New Bohemians Handbook was created to empower,” the author tells Domino. “There is a deep connection between home decor and well-being. Home is a natural extension of you, your family — and if your home reflects your personality, desires, and dreams, it will be the best place for you to thrive.”
In order to fulfill those accomplishments and thrive, as Blakeney says, readers should start by figuring out their spirit environment. In addition to gorgeous photographs, an unending amount of design inspiration, and the author’s own illustrated patterns, the new book also provides a quiz to help style-savvy readers everywhere decipher what atmosphere best represents them.
Once you’ve found your match, it’s go time. “Discovering your spirit environment [such as the jungle beach, or desert] can help to learn the colors, scents, textures, and sounds that light you up and make you feel your best,” she adds.
To get closer to achieving the perfect room, the author encourages people to look at their homes in new ways. Discovering where the sun peeks in or where you feel most comfortable after a long day is the key to creating those good vibes—and once you do, you’ll be more conducive to crossing goals off your checklist.
“Learn the sounds, smells, and colors of your home and how those elements change during the day,” Blakeney suggests. “Think about how they affect your mood.”
And if you’re not inclined to make any design changes, you can start small. “The easiest and most cost-effective way to [bring in positive energy] is by getting rid of items that you associate bad memories,” she says. “I believe strongly in the healing power of plants, good light, and fresh air.”
The New Bohemians Handbook comes equipped with inspiration for indoor and outdoor spaces according to a particular environment. For example, the desert—“a place that’s warm, calm, serene, sunny, and bright”—features a living room with multicolored Southwestern-style rug, mahogany bookshelves, and a plethora of what Blakeney calls “plant babies.”
Other pages simply show off gorgeous crystals to help you find your zen. Regardless of aesthetic, a home isn’t just a place to sleep, it’s a place to “nurture your wellbeing and support your dreams.”
Once you've let Blakeney guide you to boho harmony, the bright, bold patterns and warm hues are guaranteed to make your coffee table pop. It’ll be a boho reference whenever you’re in need of a style pick-me-up.
“Positive energy and good design increases your quality of life,” the author says. Once you take a peek at her new release, you’ll be on your way.