Justina Blakeney, an artist, designer, and entrepreneur, has left an indelible mark on the world of design and home décor. As the founder and creative director of Jungalow, her work has been celebrated for its artistic flair and ability to uplift spaces. Blakeney’s designs, infused with her hand-painted artwork, span textiles, furniture, and lifestyle products, even earning her recognition as a New York Times Bestselling Author and the creator of the popular Jungalow book series.
Her journey has led her to a profound realization of the essence of business. She shares, “I have learned that all businesses have one thing in common: people. Every business is about people in one way or another: making people’s lives better, helping people, working alongside other people, sharing with people.” This revelation shattered the misconception that success in business is solely tied to mathematical prowess, highlighting the importance of human connection and impact.
Jungalow’s mission is to craft products that bring positive energy and joy to homes. Blakeney firmly believes that the spaces we inhabit greatly influence our well-being. She explains, “We believe that living in a home you love helps to increase the quality of life. What excites me most about what we do is seeing how our work helps people to tap into their creativity, personal style–and ultimately, themselves.” She aims to empower individuals to express their unique identities and unleash their creative potential through her designs.
Blakeney’s philosophy extends beyond design and encompasses the idea that each individual possesses a remarkable capacity for influence. She believes, “We are all ‘people of influence.’ The way we treat others, the goodness that we bring to the world in our own special ways–that’s influence.” She recognizes the profound impact her community has had on her journey, remarking, “I hope that our community knows how much they have influenced and inspired me.” It is through these collective acts of goodness and inspiration that positive change and growth can be fostered.
Justina Blakeney’s artistic journey embodies the fusion of creativity, design, and entrepreneurship. Her belief in the power of people, the influence we all possess, and the ability of a lovingly designed home to enhance well-being serves as the foundation of Jungalow’s success. As her vibrant and distinctive designs continue to grace homes, her transformative influence spreads, enveloping living spaces in a tapestry of creativity and positivity.
This article feature is from our annual special edition issue, the L.A. STYLE Magazine Most Influential of 2023.