Justina Blakeney is a design goddess. Her magical blog, The Jungalow, is a treasure trove of visual inspiration and good vibes. From her tips on creativity to her gorgeous bedding capsule collection for Target, her boho lifestyle and plant knowledge聽are one of the many reasons聽to adore her design blog.

I first heard Blakeney聽speak at The School of Hustle Summer Camp, and I loved what she聽had to say about running her business as a creative professional. When聽her latest book came out,聽The New Bohemians Handbook($35), I聽decided to聽use it as my guide to make over my cramped home office. Her tagline, 鈥淐ome home to good vibes,鈥 sounded like an ideal way to approach my work space. As a writer, my聽office had turned into a dumping ground of paper, dust, and an endless to-do list. Instead of feeling creative, I felt like I was churning out work. Productive, yes. Creative, not really.

Before I started my makeover, I attended the LA launch party for Blakeney鈥檚 book. The聽event was like stepping into her blog IRL. I got a tarot card reading from Natalia Benson. I made a frankincense essential oil body spray and sweet orange body scrub at the Aura Cacia essential oils booth.聽The Unlikely Florist聽crafted聽colorful bouquets for guests. At the end of the night, I was truly inspired to dive into聽The New Bohemians Handbook and get my own聽good vibes going.

7 Steps to My Home Office Makeover

My home office before the makeover.聽

1. Do a deep clean. The first thing I did was deep clean my space, removing any items I didn鈥檛 love. Per Blakeney鈥檚 suggestion, I opened the windows, blasted some fun music, and scrubbed every surface.

A close-up of my work desk before the makeover.

2. Clarify your vision. For any room聽in your home, Blakeney asks a few questions to clarify your intentions for the space. She writes, 鈥淲hat is your vision for the space? How do you want it to look and feel? What do you do there, and who do you want to be?鈥 I wanted聽my home office to be a place of creativity and inspiration rather than a zone of non-stop frantic work. I wanted to be joyful in my space. I wanted to ponder ideas. I wrote these three words聽as my intentions for my home office 鈥 create, persist, and joy. A friend had given me a beautiful illustrated Original Impulse Writual Blessings Card Deck聽($20), and聽I placed the cards in a聽spot聽where I could see them daily.

3. Rearrange furniture.聽Years ago, I bought this fantastic sewing desk at a flea market. It opens into a larger desk, but I had kept it closed. I loved the openness of it, so I extended it聽for more work space and good creative vibes from its sewing functionality. One of the drawers has a space to hold thread spools.

4. Find your spirit animal. Blakeney shares that her spirit animal is the panda bear. As a kid, she filled her room with panda bear posters, and their distinct markings and love of bamboo inspire her to fill her interior with a similar vibe. My spirit animal is definitely a dog. I鈥檝e loved them since I was a kid and made puffy paint T-shirts with 鈥淚 <3 Dogs鈥 drawn聽on them. I missed having a pup in my life, so my husband and I recently adopted聽a six-year-old pug who we named Chewbacca Tofu Hay. While I work, he sleeps on a bed behind me, happily snoring. Our daily walks together give me time to brainstorm ideas and get away from my laptop. Plus, his snuggles and snorts are top notch.

5. Find your spirit plant. Blakeney is known for her adoration of all things plants. I鈥檓 terrible with plants and kill all of them, but I鈥檓 attracted to succulents and air plants. I like their shapes and ease of care, so I bought an air plant and a succulent and really searched for plants in containers that attracted my eye. I set the plants on my windowsill for maximum sun. They鈥檙e right behind my computer, and I like to stare at them when I鈥檓 thinking聽鈥 there鈥檚 something very peaceful about them.

6. Discover your spirit environment. There鈥檚 a fun quiz inside The New Bohemians Handbook to connect with what environment you love best 鈥 desert, beach, grasslands, jungle, or mountains. For each environment, Blakeney shares tips for how to incorporate that place into your space. My quiz score led to the beach.

For me, beaches are extremely calming, with the sound of the ocean waves, the soft sand, and the warmth of sun. This page in Blakeney鈥檚 book instantly reminded me of a fabric that I had stashed away. With聽beach vibes in mind, I sewed a curtain with fabric that had a turquoise blue, orange, and a sand color, similar to her inspiration photo. I聽also chose sand-colored vases for my plants.

7. Invest in crystal magic. The 鈥淐rystal Magic鈥 chapter in Blakeney鈥檚 book features Vanessa Knight, the crystal curator at Able Ground, and her tips聽for bringing crystals into your home. I happen to live close to a crystal shop, so armed with Knight鈥檚 list, I bought some celestite, fluorite, pyrite, rose quartz, and a few other stones I was attracted to, and placed them on a Justina Blakeney Good Vibes聽Catchall Tray聽($10) next to my laptop.聽Pyrite is the crystal for big picture manifestation, so whenever I鈥檓 working on something big that makes me nervous, I hold it.

The Results

My work desk聽after the makeover.

I love my work space now! Having my plants聽at a vantage point behind my computer allows me to wander, contemplate, and brainstorm.

I chose plants that I couldn鈥檛 kill and were easy to maintain. Blakeney suggests placing quartz in planters to get double the聽positive energy, so I added a few pieces of clear quartz聽to my succulent plant. During the daytime, sun shines through the quartz and reflects the light beautifully.

The crystals add fun color to my desk and give me moments of meditation throughout the day (and the sparkle they add makes the space more joyful). Sometimes when I鈥檓 having a stressful moment, I鈥檒l pick up one of the crystals and turn it over in my hand. It鈥檚 a good way to reset my聽perspective during the work day.

Sewing a curtain聽connected me to my inner maker, and I really love the fabric, so seeing it every day makes me happy. If there鈥檚 a space in your apartment or home that is in desperate need of a revamp, I highly recommend Blakeney鈥檚 book,聽The New Bohemians Handbook, to inspire some good design vibes.

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(Photos of Justina Blakeney and The New Bohemians Handbook via Dabito; additional聽photos via Jennifer Chen.)