THE CALIFORNIA CLOSETS MAGAZINE
It was love at first sight for Justina Blakeney and the 1930s Spanish-style home she shares with her husband, writer Jason Rosencrantz, and their 11-year-old daughter, Ida. “I wanted a place to stretch out,” she says of the four-bedroom, three-bath home they bought in 2020 and named Jungalow by the Mountain—“a place to paint, to connect with nature, to swim naked.” Beyond the practical concerns, there was also an emotional connection. “I felt safe to be myself and express myself fully,” she says.
Justina’s vibrant, approachable personality shows up in her many pursuits, including her wildly successful home decor brand, Jungalow, and her lifestyle brand, both of which celebrate creativity, rule breaking, and international influences. She credits her own blended ethnicity for what she calls her “eclectic bohemian vibe” (Justina’s father is African American and Native American, and her mother is of Eastern European descent).
With Jungalow by the Mountain, Justina is taking the relationship slowly, getting to know the rhythms and energy of the house and how the environment changes throughout the day and the seasons. In the primary bedroom, dark tones and lush green walls create a soothing, inviting oceanic aura, evoking a subterranean sea world. The room was naturally chilly, ideal during their first hot summer in the house. But when winter came, the room turned uncomfortably dark and cold, so Justina found herself injecting warm colors and soft fabrics into the mix—cozy blankets, throws, pillows. “It’s like the rooms are alive,” she says. “It’s really fun to witness the evolution.”
Justina does more than simply design rooms—her goal is to create experiences. When it came to her expansive walk-in dressing room, she wanted “a glam moment.” With a window overlooking the yard and rich, “jungle-icious” wallpaper, the bright, airy space feels more like a chic treehouse than a closet. “I wanted to bring that Beverly Hills Hotel energy,” she says.
Justina is also an avid and unapologetic collector. “I have a lot of stuff,” she says, “and I love having a lot of stuff.” Before moving in, she and Jason meticulously designed shelving and built-in bookcases to display a curated assortment of her collectibles (ceramics, textiles, folk art) from around the world. The bold, eclectic items feel organic to the design, seamlessly incorporated into the home’s unorthodox aesthetic. “We thought a lot about the architecture,” she says. “We wanted the shelving to mimic the natural feeling the space already had.”
While Justina is hesitant to call Jungalow by the Mountain her forever home (“these days you never know what’s going to happen”), she can definitely picture her future there. She had always wanted a home that reflected her family, where she could host holiday celebrations, big parties, and creative salons. “The minute I stepped into the very large living room, with the double glass doors leading out onto the courtyard,” she says, “I was envisioning all the things I’d been dreaming about.”