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my dream room picks from Dot & Bo (plus details of a $4,000 giveaway!)

More and more, I’ve been focusing on settling into my new loft, which means making tough design decisions. This lamp instead of that one, this rug instead of that one… even picking out dining room chairs, something I’ve never done before! When Dot & Bo asked me to make my dream room picks to help spread the word about their Dream Room giveaway, I could hardly contain myself. The list is a long one, definitely, but it’s all stuff that would perfectly fit into my new loft:

  1. Ways to Hang Coat Rack – I’ve never seen this in all black before and love it. It would be so sexy on the exposed brick in my loft.
  2. Ikebana Plant Holder – a great addition to my indoor garden.
  3. Mushroom Table Lamp – this mod lamp has always been on my wish list.
  4. Spiers Sofa – I think I want a sofa that makes a statement and this mustard color is exactly what I’ve got in mind.
  5. Amethyst – I just love having natural elements in my home.
  6. Thebes Dhurrie Pillow – this pillow is juuust crazy enough for me and I love the dhurrie construction.
  7. Condiment Bowls – these guys would be really cute in the center of my dining room table.
  8. Reclaimed Crusoe Arm Chair – this chair feels a bit modern, a bit rustic and I love the balance of the two. If there was any one thing at the tippy top of my wish list, it’s a set of these chairs!
  9. Forest for the Trees Foot Stool – again, another natural element to warm up the space while also providing extra seating as needed!

Plus, a bit more about the giveaway: between now and May 22, create a pinboard called “Dot & Bo Dream Room.” Pin 5-15 pieces from Dot & Bo onto the board and then go here to repin to your dream room board. From there, they will narrow it down to 20 boards and turn each into arranged collages on the Dot & Bo Pinterest page. The collection with the most likes after 3 weeks wins a $4,000 shopping spree! Plus, 10 runners up will receive $100 shopping sprees. Go go go, time to pin away!

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It’s about time: The New Bohemians, my most anticipated book of 2015, is here and I’ve got loads to share with you about it (and details about a giveaway).

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First of all, HOLY EYE CANDY. Justina and photographer Dabito really hit it out of the park with this one. This is one of those design books where you discover something new every time you open it. And it’s not just going to sit on my coffee table and collect dust — no, I feel like I’ll be referring to The New Bohemians for years to come for inspiration, both personally and professionally. The design of the book is gorgeous, too, with painterly end pages and a striking design on the spine of the book. You can definitely display this book with pride.

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Second, Justina has made it incredibly easy for readers to pull inspiration from the book and translate it into their own home. As I settle more and more into my new loft, I am constantly referring to the book for inspiration, especially the Modern Bohemians section. I think of all the chapters in the book, this is the one that speaks to me the most.

And there are so many ideas to steal for my own home. Some of my favorites…

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The simplicity of all-white bedding + sun bleached global patterns… or maybe all white bedding popped with intricately appliquéd fabric sourced from travels abroad.

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There are also loads of ideas when it comes to living in a small space or loft-type space, like I do. See that pieced together milk crate bookshelf? I’m thinking of stealing that idea for sure.

To say I’ve been pouring over this book would be an understatement.

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Third… a giveaway! Justina was kind enough to offer one copy of her amazing book to a very lucky Jojotastic reader! It’s easy to enter: follow both Justina Blakeney and Jojotastic on Instagram. Then leave a comment here saying you did so (please note: comments left elsewhere won’t count, so please be sure to leave your comment below!). One winner will be chosen at random by Tuesday May 5 at 10:30 am PST. Open to US residents only. Winner will receive 1 book, valued at $27. Good luck!

Noodle is definitely pulling for you to win.

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book photography by Dabito, photography of me by Meghan Klein

p.s. be sure to catch more of the virtual book tour!

linen bedding, so dreamy

Linen bedding is seriously one of the best investments I’ve ever made in terms of self-care. I’m not a great sleeper, so any help I can get in that area is essential. I feel like there’s a misconception that linen is difficult to maintain, when actually it just gets better and better with age. True, new linen is a bit stiff and can be course, but with washing and wearing, over time it loosens and does that perfectly-slouchy kinda thing.

linen bedding from Moo Shop on Etsylinen bedding from Moo Shop on Etsy

I am also a really warm sleeper, but linen helps with it’s natural cooling and breathable properties. Honestly, the texture of linen sheets and bedding cannot be beat — I really love it.

Plus, I kinda feel like rumpled sheets are sexy, don’t you think??

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Unfortunately, the sheet set I picked up on Gilt Home is totally sold out, but here are some great alternatives in a variety of price ranges:

  • Moo Shop on Etsy — tons of beautiful crocheted trims and handsome buttons.
  • Belgian linen duvet + shams from West Elm — this set is a really great price and comes in lots of fun colors.
  • linen blend duvet set from Parachute Home
  • linen duvet set from H&M — another suuuper affordable option.
  • I actually own this duvet set from Ikea and it’s great. Plus I love the trim details.
  • Target got in on the linen action with this duvet set — the coral color is pretty fun (it’s on sale, too!).
  • If you want to go all out, look no further than Restoration Hardware. This is the stuff of which textile designers like me dream.
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Recently, I popped down to LA for a quick little shoot with Ford (more to come — sneak peek here!). While there, I had the opportunity to stay in oh-so-hip The Line Hotel. Honestly speaking, I’ve never been quite so comfortable in a hotel as I was there. I had a day off between shoot days and it was g-l-o-r-i-o-u-s. The creative juices were flowing and I just felt awesome. Here are some snaps from that day.

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Having a space totally to myself with no requirements… I can’t remember the last time I’ve had that.

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Speaking of thankful…

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photography by Jojotastic, a mix of DSLR & instagram

spring fever

Not sure about the rest of the country, but in Seattle, spring has definitely sprung and I am all about it. The city is drop dead gorgeous right now, in fact. I suspect after living in California with it’s drought, I am extra-excitable when it comes to greenery. For real, everything is so so so green. I’ve been here a month and it still catches me off guard. Add onto that the crisp smell of sea water, plus a few of mountains… and I’ve got some legit spring fever. The air smells great, the birds are happy, restaurants are finally unpacking their outdoor tables… What more could you need??

spring fever spring feverThe hues of this season are truly something special: washed out pinks and peaches, dusty lavender and lilac, natural raw linen, and grey derived from marbles. All of this seems to whisper against a pop of yellow-y green.

images via Rebecca Atwood and Stilleben.

spring fever spring feverimages via Ethanollie, The Local Rose, and Dolly and Oatmeal.

spring feverimages via their respective sites. top image by Jojotastic.

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Moving is really the ultimate time to purge anything that isn’t working for you. Before I left San Francisco, I decided it was silly to bring my old mattress with me, I’d simply upgrade to a new one when I arrived in Seattle… that was until I realized the absurd malarky that is mattress shopping. The entire mattress store experience was totally daunting and I left feeling way more confused than before I entered. Why are there so many features now?? It was not a good scene and I was in a pinch (the kind of pinch that includes an air mattress on the floor of an empty apartment). Then a friend suggested I look into Tuft & Needle. I was kind of shocked to learn that they are actually the makers of the highest rated mattress on Amazon. They were kind enough to send one my way to test out and I’m here to tell you: if you’re in the market for a mattress, the Tuft & Needle mattress should be at the top of your list.

tuft & needle mattress review + enter to win one of your own! #giveaway www.jojotastic.com tuft & needle mattress review + enter to win one of your own! #giveaway www.jojotastic.comThe mattress arrived in a way-smaller box than I imagined. Turns out they have it vacuumed-sealed for shipping, making it way easier to get the mattress to you. For me, this meant that I was able to set up my mattress all by myself, something that’s really important for us single ladies. Once I cut the wrapping, it immediately inflated to normal mattress proportions, kinda like magic.

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Enter below for 7 chances to win. One winner will be chosen at random by Tuesday April 14 at 10:30 am PST. Open to US residents only. Winner will receive 1 mattress in any size, valued up to $750. Good luck!

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tuft & needle mattress review + enter to win one of your own! #giveaway www.jojotastic.comWhat I found most interesting after my mattress shopping experience was how all of of the added ‘features’ simply served as an excuse to jack up the price. I don’t really need ‘cooling technology’ or fancy springs that will require flipping every few months. And that doesn’t even cover the ridiculous clauses in the warranties. For example, I found that most warranties won’t cover your mattress if you don’t use an ‘approved’ base, so either one of their own box springs (read: added cost) or randomly dictated rules for your bed base. Instead, Tuft & Needle gives you a 30 night trial and a 10 year limited warranty, something that definitely helped me sleep better at night. Another of the biggest selling points is the price: a queen goes for $600, so you can be comfortable without breaking the bank. Honestly, this feels like the future of mattress shopping and I hope more people catch on. tuft & needle mattress review + enter to win one of your own! #giveaway www.jojotastic.comClearly, I’m not the only one who loves the new mattress…tuft & needle mattress review + enter to win one of your own! #giveaway www.jojotastic.comThis post is a partnership with Tuft & Needle. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting content that keeps Jojotastic going.

a bloom-filled housewarming party #EccoDomani #EccoStyleSociety

I recently moved into a gorgeous loft space (more on that later) and decided it was the perfect time to throw a housewarming party for some of my closest friends. Spring is practically bursting at the seams here in Seattle, so I knew exactly what to do: set the table with gorgeous, fresh blooms. The market is overflowing with options and I felt a bit overwhelmed, so I decided to take a cue from a dinner party essential: wine. Italian purveyor Ecco Domani sent over their 3 favorites to help me out: a Pinot Grigio, a Merlot, and, their newest addition, a Prosecco.

a bloom-filled housewarming party #EccoDomani #EccoStyleSociety a bloom-filled housewarming party #EccoDomani #EccoStyleSociety a bloom-filled housewarming party #EccoDomani #EccoStyleSocietyIn the spirit of spring, I felt like the Pinot Grigio was the perfect inspiration for my florals. The notes of the wine are incredibly crisp and refreshing with hints of light citrus and delicate florals. While at the flower market, I shopped for ranunculus, quince branches, and white chrysanthemums. Always a fan of strange plants, I picked up a few opium poppies. See those weird green pod things? That’s them. I also sprinkled in some other things I had around the house, like air plants in glass terrariums. I always love when flowers feel like they are overflowing, so I arranged mine in a grouping of thrifted vases.

a bloom-filled housewarming party #EccoDomani #EccoStyleSocietya bloom-filled housewarming party #EccoDomani #EccoStyleSociety a bloom-filled housewarming party #EccoDomani #EccoStyleSocietyI also knew that I wanted the vibe of my housewarming party to be casual, but still a bit elegant. I kept things fresh and simple by ordering food from a local restaurant. Because I didn’t prepare the food myself, I still felt like being a bit fancy, so I asked my good friend Colore to hand-letter menus and place cards just to give the table that special little wink. I also gave each guest a miniature air plant as a keepsake of the dinner.

a bloom-filled housewarming party #EccoDomani #EccoStyleSocietya bloom-filled housewarming party #EccoDomani #EccoStyleSocietyWe started with a gorgeous cheese and meat board spread, aka the perfect little bites to share as you wait for guests to arrive… and to share stories of my recent road trip up the coast.

a bloom-filled housewarming party #EccoDomani #EccoStyleSociety a bloom-filled housewarming party #EccoDomani #EccoStyleSocietyThe Pinot Grigio  pairs perfectly with both pasta and fish, so I served up spaghetti tossed with clams (and a bit of bacon!) to keep things light and yummy. I also kept Merlot on hand to offer guests — you know there’s always a guest who prefers red wine! The Merlot was a great choice because it also pairs really well with pasta. The Ecco Domani Merlot was especially delicious because it’s so well-balanced. I was pleasantly surprised by how soft and smooth it tastes.

a bloom-filled housewarming party #EccoDomani #EccoStyleSociety a bloom-filled housewarming party #EccoDomani #EccoStyleSociety a bloom-filled housewarming party #EccoDomani #EccoStyleSocietyLastly, for dessert, I served up something sweet and cute: mini cannoli! I offered my guests glasses of Ecco Prosecco for this portion of the housewarming party, which was the perfect light and flirty way to end the meal. Every meal needs a bit of fizz, don’t you think?

a bloom-filled housewarming party #EccoDomani #EccoStyleSociety a bloom-filled housewarming party #EccoDomani #EccoStyleSociety a bloom-filled housewarming party #EccoDomani #EccoStyleSocietyMy housewarming party was such a success (and so easy to pull off), I envision many, many more to come.

a bloom-filled housewarming party #EccoDomani #EccoStyleSociety a bloom-filled housewarming party #EccoDomani #EccoStyleSociety a bloom-filled housewarming party #EccoDomani #EccoStyleSocietyphotography by Melissa O’Hearn.
menus and placecards by Colore’ Lincoln.
food from Radici, flowers from London Plane, dress by Ulla Johnson.

This post is a partnership with Ecco Domani. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting content that keeps Jojotastic going.