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my latest favorite candles

Here’s a fun fact: my very first job out of college was designing packaging for candles that were sold at Target. I really think this experience kind of… shaped me in how I view fragrances for the home. It’s sort of like perfume and let’s just say I have somewhat sophisticated tastes as a result of that first job. I tend to avoid florals and anything overly sweet. Instead, I love smokey notes, things that make me nostalgic for campfires and my grandpa’s fireplace. Lately, I’ve fallen in love with 3 specific and very different candles.

portable fireplace candle - smells just like the real thing!First up: the portable fireplace candle by D.S. & Durga. I picked this one up at a local boutique in SF and it immediately blew my mind. This one smells EXACTLY like a fireplace. To be more specific, it reminds me of sitting in my grandma’s pea green velvet reclining chair over the holidays as a kind. If I close my eyes while this candle is lit, I’m immediately transported back to that time. I can even hear my grandmother’s voice and taste my grandpa’s sausage gravy and biscuits.

campire candle by p.f. candle coNext, this campfire special candle from P.F. Candle Co. The notes are smoke, pine, soil, and a natural sweetness that reminds me of roasting marshmallows over an open fire. This one isn’t as powerful as the others, so I prefer to light it when I have guests over. It’s just mellow enough to set the scene for casual hangs and bourbon drinks.

side table stylingLastly, I discovered Lola James Harper candles while shopping at Love Adorned in New York. I picked up the Promenade in Vincennes Wood candle and find it to be totally different than anything I’ve ever purchased before. The fragrance evolves every time I burn, I swear.  The notes are described as green tea, lily, and wood. I definitely sniff out the tea notes more than anything else though, which is why I love this one for all those bubble baths I take.

my latest favorite candlesDo you have any candles that you’re loving lately? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

photography by Jojotastic

enter to win hand-picked vintage home decor pieces from Frankie & Albert http://jojotastic.com/2015/01/12/frankie-albert-a-giveaway/ ‎#giveaway

I like to consider myself something of a vintage shopping aficionado. I simply love it. The thrill of the hunt, the discovery of new (to me) treasures, even the food trucks you inevitably find near open-air flea markets… the only downside is the time. Plus, sometimes it’s hard for me to get out of bed at 6 am to score sweet deals. Hey, I’m just being honest here. Enter, Frankie & Albert, a monthly subscription service that searches the flea markets for you, then curates a package of beautiful treasures (I also wrote about them over on Anthology). Each item is handpicked and sent straight to your door. If you love the item, you get to keep it. If you don’t, then you can swap it in for something else! Kind of awesome, right? This week I partnered with Frankie & Albert on a giveaway, too!

enter to win hand-picked vintage home decor pieces from Frankie & Albert http://jojotastic.com/2015/01/12/frankie-albert-a-giveaway/ ‎#giveawayEnter below for 7 chances to win. One winner will be chosen at random by Tuesday January 19 at 19:30 am PST. Open to US residents only. Winner will receive 1 subscription box valued at $49.99. Good luck!

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enter to win hand-picked vintage home decor pieces from Frankie & Albert http://jojotastic.com/2015/01/12/frankie-albert-a-giveaway/ ‎#giveaway enter to win hand-picked vintage home decor pieces from Frankie & Albert http://jojotastic.com/2015/01/12/frankie-albert-a-giveaway/ ‎#giveawayDisclosure: I received product to review for this post. All opinions are my own, and I would never endorse something I didn’t completely love. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going!

casual holiday entertaining tips  #PBwithatwist @potterybarn

When you live in a tiny apartment like me, holiday entertaining can feel daunting. I know the conundrum well: you want to invite over your favorite people for cocktails and small bites, but you feel limited by space. Today I partnered with Pottery Barn to share some casual entertaining tips for the perfect coffee table cocktail party.

casual holiday entertaining tips  #PBwithatwist @potterybarnTo keep things casual, I chose to keep my gathering small and centered around my coffee table. I updated my sofa with a cozy faux sheepskin throw, then added some really sweet holiday pillows. I swapped out my vintage painting for a sparkly garland to make things extra festive, too.

casual holiday entertaining tips  #PBwithatwist @potterybarnWhen it comes to entertaining, two of my favorite elements are the twinkly glow of candles and fresh greenery and flowers. I created a casual centerpiece of sorts with two dramatic mercury glass pillar holders. I used natural twine to tie bits of wildflowers and berry branches onto the pillar holders for more of a bohemian vibe. I also filled a double old-fashioned glass with juniper branches — the smell of pine was so perfect! Also, don’t be afraid to pull inspiration from your kitchen. At the last minute, I decided to add a few pears for an unexpected garnish.

casual holiday entertaining tips  #PBwithatwist @potterybarnI covered my coffee table in a festive table runner and layered on plaid napkins for a pattern-full twist. I also added a bit more twinkle with star-shaped mercury glass votive holders. Don’t you just love the way mercury glass sparkles?

casual holiday entertaining tips  #PBwithatwist @potterybarncasual holiday entertaining tips  #PBwithatwist @potterybarnAnother important party element? Booze! In this case, I served up some prosecco. I opted to use double old-fashioned glasses so my coffee table party felt more casual. To make the cut glass tumblers feel even more special, I used a bit of metallic ric rac to tie on a berried branch and deep burgundy flower. This is the perfect twist to make prosecco extra special.

The next part is the best — sit back, relax, and enjoy some sips with your guests!casual holiday entertaining tips  #PBwithatwist @potterybarncasual holiday entertaining tips  #PBwithatwist @potterybarnTo host your own casual coffee table party, here are some of my top picks from Pottery Barn:

casual holiday entertaining tips  #PBwithatwist @potterybarnOf course, these two couldn’t help but get in on the festive action!

casual holiday entertaining tips  #PBwithatwist @potterybarnPhotography by Ashley Batz 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Pottery Barn. I received product and compensation for this post, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

timeless decor from Fate London

I know I’m not alone when I say this: my home never feels complete. I’m always rearranging the shelves, settling up new vignettes, tweaking the balance of things. Oh, and I tend to fall in love with new shops that I find. My current love affair is Fate London. In their own words, Fate London is inspired by, “the beauty of simplicity and the aesthetic of great design, whether that be in a pattern or a special feature, so products have been chosen for their quality, design and interest. ” The pieces feel totally on my level: rich in materials, veering slightly bohemian, and alllll about the sweet, little details.

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p.s. craving more decor inspiration? There’s more here!

Depeapa

Hello, hello! Kelly from Design Crush here to fill in for Joanna while she’s off traipsing around Amsterdam without us. (The nerve.)

You know how sometimes you see a particular book or vase or obscene graphic tee and just know your friend such-and-such would love it? The second I saw Depeapa I knew it was right up Joanna’s alley. Granada, Spain-based Verónica de Arriba designs for home and body. Pillows, totes, and prints all give her lovely and quirky illustrations a second chance and benefits all of us art lovers quite nicely at the same time. Depeapa also uses Spain-based manufacturers and suppliers whenever possible, and who doesn’t love a little local loyalty?

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Shop the post: Bearded Tote Bag // Man and Woman Cushion Covers // Girl with Bun Pocket Mirror // Bon Voyage Prints
ps — She also creates some beautiful necklaces!

must shop // Schatzi in San Francisco

I consider myself to be a vintage shopping aficionado, especially in the way of home decor, which is probably why I’m so excited to share the news of Schatzi. Located in the Mission, here in San Francisco, Schatzi is truly my new favorite place to shop for quirky-cool accents for my home. Shopkeepers/owners Charles and Kelvin have the best aesthetic, self labeled as “rustic to refined – mid-century modern abuts folky primitive next to 1970s glamour.” The fact is that no matter your taste, I strongly believe you’ll find exactly what you need (read: want) at this gorgeous little boutique.
rustic and refined home decorFor me, vintage shopping is all about the details, something that positively abounds at Schatzi. I planned to spend about 30-45 minutes in the store… and ended up being there for 2 hours. I just kept discovering more and more the longer I looked. Charles and Kevin did a really great job of curating vignettes on their shelves, so it’s the perfect inspiration to re-create the looks in your own home. vintage glass and brass quirky vintage finds

Meet the newest addition to my apartment, this copper glass bar cart! I couldn’t possibly walk away from this beauty.

vintage copper glass bar cartvintage decantersI’ve always wanted a set of these vintage decanters. I just might head back to get them to complete my bar cart.

vintage vanity )with boob upholstery!)

Schatzi really has a great assortment of what I call ‘smalls.’ You know, all those special touches that turn a house into a home. If you’re looking for something special, this is the spot to find it.

vintage brass lobstersvintage findsBe sure to stop by and visit Schatzi: 1908 Mission Street San Francisco,CA 94103. Also, follow along on instagram for their latest finds.

photography by Jojotastic

ultimate fall home decor from Toast

It’s no secret that I’m craving fall and this home decor inspiration from Toast’s fall lookbook is not helping in the slightest. Or maybe it’s helping just a little bit too much? Now all I can think about are these burlap-covered walls, mix and match patterned bedding, and moody eggplant-hued ceramics. It’s all just so good and so perfectly fall.

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