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Jungalow: Embellish Wild — our new e-book is right here!

I keep in mind after I bought again to the U.S. after residing in Italy for seven years, and other people typically requested me “how my journey was.” I by no means found out how one can sum up seven years of my life in a fast, conversational method, so, I often simply ended up responding, “nice!”. Nicely, scripting this weblog publish about my new e-book, “Jungalow, Embellish Wild”, feels type of like that. I’ve been engaged on this e-book for about three years, however in some methods, it appears like I’ve been engaged on it my entire life. And summing up the e-book, or my emotions round it, in a number of quick paragraphs, received’t be simple, however I’ll do my finest.

After I launched into the mission to create the “Jungalow” e-book, I knew that coloration, sample, crops, and classic had been going to be an enormous a part of it. I imply, anybody who has seen any of my work might guess on that. However as I started to truly write the e-book, so many tales poured out of me–tales from my childhood rising up in Berkeley, my household, my relationship with coloration, my id, touring, residing in different nations, my roots–and that’s after I realized that this e-book was going to be a extra private e-book. In so some ways, Jungalow is a mirrored image of who I’m, how I used to be raised, the locations I’ve been, and the individuals I’ve met alongside the best way. And, with a view to inform the story of Jungalow, I’ve to additionally share tales myself, why I’m the best way that I’m — why I’m so obsessed with crops and the place that keenness grew from, why I really like patterns and the way I first discovered to create them. It was in serious about the “why’s” that this e-book got here to be.

The private tales are the glue that holds this e-book collectively. However what I hope readers may even glean from this e-book, is how one can faucet into your personal tales to create a house that lights you up and helps your goals.  How you can pinpoint colours that transfer you so that you could be encompass your self with them. How you can practice your eye to seek out the wonder within the little moments, in order that then you’ll be able to amplify them in your personal dwelling. How you can add life to your private home — with crops, pure supplies, and by blurring the separation between the outside and indoors. How you can take a cue out of your roots and your travels to create a significant dwelling, one which helps you are feeling extra linked with who you might be and who you need to develop into.

Huge matters, I do know. And my purpose was to do all of this whereas additionally transporting you into a visible wonderland stuffed with inspiration from inside the house and outdoors the house–and embrace ideas, actions and concepts that will help you get your artistic juices flowing and transfer you to select up a paintbrush, or get exterior into nature and forage for coloration and sample inspiration.

Scripting this e-book has been a weak expertise. It’s exhausting to know nowadays how a lot of myself to place on the market, how a lot to maintain for myself, however it’s my deepest hope that in placing myself ‘on the market,’ my story will enable you to join together with your story. That sharing how I see the world, and my “why’s” will enable you to to look at your ‘why’s” and enable you to to really feel empowered to create a house that you simply love.

Beneath the jacket…

And now for the thanks’s…

And as with all tasks, I didn’t do that alone. This imaginative and prescient was delivered to life with the assistance of so many extremely gifted individuals. I co-wrote this e-book with my husband, Jason. Jason is such a transparent and deep thinker and has such a magical method with, not simply phrases, but additionally ideas. After I maintain the completed e-book in my arms I’ll at all times take into consideration the lengthy nights we shared in our casita, after Ida went to sleep, discussing coloration idea and biophilic design. I’m so pleased with him and of us for the phrases on this e-book.

The subsequent shout-out is for Dabito, my pricey good friend and long-time collaborator who shot The New Bohemians books and in addition shot this e-book. However saying “shot” the e-book doesn’t actually do him justice as a result of working with Dabito, I don’t simply get an unbelievable photographer, however I additionally get to work with a world-class designer and stylist, and a trusted sounding board for all issues visible, and a good friend who I get to share tons and plenty of laughs with.

Sara Rose, who leads Partnerships at Jungalow additionally wants a really particular shout-out. Moreover serving to to arrange, type and undertaking handle dozens of photoshoots for this, Sara was the primary to learn the chapters as they got here out and provides invaluable suggestions alongside the best way. To not point out coming it at crunch time, with a new child at dwelling, throughout a pandemic, to assist with issues just like the glossary when my eyes had been crossing and I really feel like I used to be shedding my thoughts. Thanks Sara <3

The assistance from the remainder of my crew at Jungalow was additionally invaluable (Piper! Kelly! Kiki! Kim!) helped to deliver the e-book to life with numerous hours serving to with photoshoots and packaging, and the newer members of the crew (Jasmine! Tara! Danielle! Natalie!) who stepped in to assist with e-book advertising and promotion and normal assist–all whereas carrying their common workloads, and taking up lots of my obligations within the enterprise after I wanted to step away to work on the e-book. Thanks all a lot, I couldn’t have executed this with out you.

To the oldsters at Abrams, my writer:  Shawna, my editor, gave the e-book a particular shine–and inspired me so as to add extra captions, dig into the textual content extra, tease out nice concepts (and edit out the not-so-great-ones), and the e-book is so significantly better for it. Deb, the artwork director and Heesang, the designer on the e-book introduced A VIBE to the e-book design. I needed this e-book to really feel each timeless and quirky, trendy and playful, exuberant and clear, and one way or the other they managed to ship on all of my visions. Additionally, shout out to Gabby at Abrams PR for diving in to unfold the phrase concerning the e-book and serving to to make the launch each enjoyable and seamless.

The pic on the quilt was produced by my rug companions at Loloi Rugs, and it’s such an honor to have the ability to showcase our work on the quilt of the e-book, and contained in the e-book as effectively, and I’m so grateful for our partnership with Loloi.

My literary agent, Kate Woodrow, believed on this e-book from the get-go and has been on this journey with me each step of the best way ensuring, not solely the result was stunning, however the course of too. Thanks, Kate! And to my licensing agent, Kim, who’s at all times there to assist, irrespective of how tangentially associated the undertaking is to licensing (LOL)  Thanks ceaselessly!

Sophia, Hayley, and Jessy from LaRue PR juggled an unbelievable quantity of labor on the lead as much as this launch — and assist to land some very dreamy press placements for this. Should you’ve been “seeing the e-book in all places” Sophia, Hayley, and Jessy are the magic-makers on that entrance.

To Bubbie and Popop, (AKA Ronnie and Charles (Chalos) Blakeney, I’ve to thank for nurturing my creativity, for taking us on journeys world wide after we had been children, to creating me imagine in myself, and for being very a lot the guts of this e-book — particularly the Magic In The Combine Chapter.  And to my different dad and mom (my In-laws) Mary and Jim and Papa Denny and Brenda, thanks for the entire fixed assist and all of the babysitting with out which this e-book would have in all probability come out in 2026. 😛 I really like you guys.

To my mates who’ve posted concerning the e-book and shared the love in your blogs, IG’s and past, I really like y’all and thanks a lot.

Lastly, I need to thanks – the Jungalow group, for exhibiting up for me. This e-book is for you–it was solely together with your assist that I used to be in a position to persuade a serious writer that wild design has mass attraction, it was solely together with your assist that I’ve been in a position to develop Jungalow into the drive that it’s at present. I’m so grateful for you.

Get the e-book at your favourite on-line or native bookshop, or decide up a signed copy at Jungalow.

Photographs by Sara Toufali for Jungalow




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