How To Add “Magic” Into Your Home — According To Justina Blakeney
No shaman necessary.
“I believe in vintage, organic, and handmade. I believe that objects made with love, care, and good materials bring those qualities with them wherever they go.” These are Justina Blakeney’s opening lines in her newest work, The New Bohemians Handbook. Following up her New York Times best-seller, The New Bohemians, a well-edited collection of eclectic homes and approachable how-to’s, Justina’s handbook takes a deeper look at living spaces.
If you follow her design empire, The Jungalow, you likely already appreciate the power of plants and hippie-like elements within a home. In her new book, Blakeney focuses on the non-physical elements of a space — the energy and dare we say, spirit — to guide readers through cultivating a feel-good place.
Halfway through her compilation of hand-picked textiles, greenery, and quick tips, Justina introduces Decor Magic: a combination of feng shui, flowers, crystals, and astrology (yep, we’re going there) for the sake of a happier living area. To be clear on why the metaphysical aspects of a space are just as important as the physical, Blakeney defines a home’s energy: "It is the sights, the smells, and the sounds, but it is also the thoughts, the feelings, and the memories the space elicits, as well as the activities it facilitates."
Unsure about getting spiritual in your home? That’s okay. Take a deep breath and light some sage, clear up the hesitant energies and read on. Focusing on her "Decor Magic" chapter, Justina shared five key tips with us on how to keep a home light and lifted.
1.) Reflect On Your Room
Before beginning the decorating process, Blakeney requests that you "look within and discover your “Spirit Environment” to uncover the sights, smells, sounds, colors and textures that feed your spirit." In the introduction, Justina touches on gaining clarity in your space before even thinking about what you'll put in it. Clarity is the first step of a four step fundamental process, which also includes flow, spirit, and harmony.
2.) Out With The Old
We sleep easier at night knowing that we're moving forward. In order to maintain a positive environment, Justina suggests a clean out—"Purge negative energies, cleanse and set intentions for your space. And yes — sage may be involved."
3.) In With The New
Speaking of moving forward, Blakeney also encourages personal growth in the home and highlights the importance of liveliness in any given space. When you acquire a plant, you become responsible of taking care of it, and inherently, it then takes care of you. Plants have the ability of freshening up a room, and so do individuals. According to Justina, "people, pets and plants are the soul of the home."
4.) Don't Mock The Rocks
Okay, okay. So you're unsure about entering the realm of crystals. Blakeney explains the cultural history of crystal healing along with expert practitioner, Vanessa Knight, informing her readers of the best ways to introduce these pieces into a home (baby steps...) She suggests, "Harness crystal magic by strategically placing crystals in locations to help with everything from work life to love life."
5.) Finish With Flowers
Katie Hess, flower alchemist and founder of floral apothecary Lotus Wei, provides elixir recipes in the Flower Magic chapter of Blakeney's handbook. Blakeney swears by these mixes for "vitality or relaxation." Additionally, floral designer Kelly Cuadra advises on how to arrange the perfect set, starting from gathering flowers at the market to tucking your bouquet into the right container.
Whether or not you're open to a few woo-woo practices, we can't deny Justina's expertise in positive, beautiful places. Pick up The New Bohemians Handbook for a few more insights, and who's to say! You may flow into a whole new fengshui.