Shop Props~Tavin Boutique

Bohemian Vintage Shops

Bohemian Vintage Shops

Bohemian Vintage Shops

When I am looking for vintage outfit inspiration I often head over to ETSY and stalk the many beautifully curated vintage shops to be found there. Tavin is without a doubt one of my absolute favorites. I recently came to find out that they also have a brick and mortar store in LA as well as a dedicated website, Tavin Boutique. 

From the site~ 

"Opened in 2009 in the bohemian enclave of Los Angeles' Echo Park, TAVIN Boutique is a colorful modern day gypsy caravan of a shop carrying well curated vintage clothing from Victorian era pieces through to present day, with most notably a strong collection of 1960s and 70s pieces. Tavin specializes in vintage bohemian and Gypset lifestyle clothing with an earthy bohemian and romantic vibe."

Sounds like my kind of heaven.  This shop is officially on my shopping bucket list, and I'm thinking I need one of those embroidered Baluch dresses from Afghanistan. They're dreamy aren't they? 



Justina Blakeney's Jungalow HQ

Bohemian Studio Space

What do you get when a multi talented designer creates her own studio? Magic. That's what. Such is certainly the case with Justina Blakeney's new studio space, Jungalow HQ. Always an inspiration, this lady does not disappoint with this delicious and mad envy-able studio.
The studio. The place where all types of artists dream of unleashing their wildest dreams. For designers-this means no more hiding all of your beautiful chotchkies, collectibles, textiles and art. It means displaying them with {organized} abandon. It means absolute color freedom! A place where one can experiment with and display their design aesthetic to the max. No holds barred.
It's like taking a private peek inside the brain of a designer, with all of their ideas concentrated in one fabulous location. A design fantasy land...sigh... I basically want every. single. thing. in these photos. Studio included. You?
Bohemian Studio Space

Bohemian Studio Space

Bohemian Studio Space
So what can we take home from this other than absolutely drool worthy photos? I have some ideas... Justina obviously has obscene styling talent and has a way with making things look effortlessly boho beautiful. She is also very skilled at choosing just the right furniture pieces to both store and display her gorgeous things.
Looking at these photos, I for one, am inspired to think of my storage situation differently. I always squirrel things away out of sight to hide visual clutter but I realize now that some things should and could be displayed in full view {if artfully arranged}. With the help of some well appointed storage pieces you can elevate your clutter to add beauty to your home.  Your "good" dishes, textiles, books, vases and dishes need not hide. Not at all.
Decorative boxes and baskets can take care of the not so pretty stuff while adding to your decor scheme as well {those pom-pom baskets are the bomb}.

I have closets and cupboards full of family treasures, and lovely things that I would love to have in full view all year long. You know- not just the couple times a year you use said item, like a cake stand for example. I fully plan on adding a pair of vertical shelves to showcase my hidden kitchen items and to give my storage more thought from now on.

Another thing I noticed is that stylists have a stash and aren't ashamed of it. If you're not a stylist but have space for a couple of storage bins, there's nothing wrong with having some extra items to cycle in and out of your decor to keep things fresh. We already do this with seasonal items so why not year round? I'm not endorsing hoarding here, I'm just thinking having a few pretty things on hand in case you move the furniture around, is not entirely a bad idea. I often think "Why did I ever get rid of that blank thing?" when I'm rearranging. I'm guilty of donating things I actually really like when I don't have a place for it in that moment.

I am, of course a maximalist. An organized maximalist, but definitely a maximalist. So none of these ideas are a far fetched for me. Thoughts?

{image sources Front & Main}



Plants In The Bedroom

It's that time of the year when I get indoor plants on the mind even more than usual.  There have officially been something like 2 weeks of Winter here in South Texas, and it's pretty freakin' chilly. Being cooped up inside makes me crave greenery and sunnier days, so I tend to get deep into my indoor gardening.  Plants just have this luscious effect on my moods, you? They are so calming, easy on the eye and do wonders for cleaning up your indoor air quality.

That makes me wonder why I don't have any plants in my bedroom. I guess I didn't really have the right spot for them. Now with a newly hung epic macrame plant hanger and a wooden shelf freshly installed, it's time to load em' up with some jungle vibes.  Knowing myself, I won't be able to stop with a couple and before you know it I'll have a full on conservatory going. With these dreamy images to get the mood going, I'm thinking I'm going to love it. I can't imagine why I hadn't done this earlier. It will be a little more like sleeping in an enchanted forest (which is always high on my goal list).

There isn't a huge amount of light in the bedroom, with only a pair of sliding glass doors letting in light. They do however face East, so they get plenty of morning and early afternoon light streaming in. Some plants that don't mind lower light conditions like ZZ Plant, Mother In Law's Tongue, Peace Lily and Heartleaf Philodendron should do well. A go-to trick I use in low light conditions, is to take clippings of the overgrown vines of my trailing plants and put them in little jars and vases full of water. They are nearly impossible to kill and only require you give them some fresh water every month or so. My multitudes of Pothos Plants work very well for this since they grow very quickly as long as they have plenty of water. They are easy to move on a whim too, so you can shuffle them around to whichever spot needs a little extra plant luv at the moment.

If you don't know much about house plants or are just looking for general info about them, I found this nifty site that breaks it all down for you. It is brimming with information and troubleshooting, with experts on hand to answer your questions. They even have an email service that reminds you when to water your plants. Now you have no excuses. Get planting!