Good Nightstand

Justina Blakeney Brings Bohemian Themes to Bedtime

Justina Blakeney is an expert at creating a carefree aesthetic, but make no mistake: She works really hard. As the founder of lifestyle site and home-goods shop The Jungalow and the author of the New York Times bestseller The New Bohemians, the L.A.-based design guru is constantly at it, sharing her colorful, homey, culture-hopping perspective. For the first installment of our new series peeking at the bedside tables of some of our favorite creatives, she spilled on what’s within arm’s reach when she tucks in at night and wakes up in the morning. Don’t sleep on it.

Storage Box

“I try to keep things around my bed looking really pretty. I think a lot about how the first thing that you see can set a tone for the whole day, and same with the last thing before you go to bed at night. So I always try to make sure that items that I interact with immediately are beautiful, and a box helps me clear the clutter away. Before I go to bed, I’ll just put anything that’s junking up the area in there.”

Cute Carafe

“I keep a carafe with water and a little cup because I get very thirsty during the night, and I try to drink a full glass of water when I go to bed at night and first thing when I wake up in the morning.”

Hamsa

“I have a hamsa amulet that I got in Morocco hung above my bedside table. It’s like my version of a dreamcatcher. It brings me mindfulness and the kind of energy that I want to bring into our bedroom.”

 

Jewelry Dish

“I don’t like sleeping with a lot of my jewelry, so I’ll take it off and put it in there. Sometimes I’ll keep plants or flowers on my bedside but not always—I’ll shift them in and out.”

Books and Magazines

“I’ve been trying really hard to not look at my phone first thing in the morning and last thing at night, so I’ve been plugging my phone in away from my bedside table and doing actual reading at night and sometimes in the mornings when I wake up earlier than my family. I read shelter mags from all over the world. I love all of the UK and Australian shelter mags and French and Italian ones like Casa Vogue Italia. I also like business books. Right now, I’m reading The Myth of the Nice Girl by Fran Hauser. It’s about learning how to be a leader when you are an empathetic woman—that the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive. I’ve really been enjoying it.”

 

Crystals

“I always have a couple of crystals that I keep on my bedside table, and I shift them out depending on my mood or the intentions that I have for myself. There are a lot of different approaches to crystal healing, but, for me, it’s really similar to how I approach living with plants. They’re a living, natural energy, and they grow and change over time. I think you can get different things out of them depending on how you engage with them and what you believe. You kind of put your own magic into it, if you will. I don’t know how much I buy into the thought that this particular crystal will do an exact thing for you, but I know that when I look at crystals and when I hold them in my hands, they feel very magical to me. That’s what magic is, right? Finding that thing that brings you a feeling of wonder. I really love pyrite. I have some pyrite cubes, and they are so incredible in their natural state. When you see these things that come directly out of nature already in these forms, to me that really instills a sense of wonder. I also like amethyst, in general. It’s supposed to be a healing stone for both physical and emotional ailments. So I like to bring that into my bedroom and create space for rejuvenation.”

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