Compai: My terrible horrible no good very bad morning

I woke up with a sore throat this morning. Then I got a $68 parking ticket. Then there were ants in my shower, like a lot of them. Then I stubbed my toe, hard. Then my photoshop quit unexpectedly right when I was finishing today’s Junky Market Monday post and I lost the whole thing.

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No good Very Bad Day   was one of my favorite books as a kid. Now I just have to remember that some days are like this.
Even in Australia.

This morning’s where I’d rather be photo was found via Eat.Live.Wear.

Justina Blakeney: 8/1/11

It’s unusual for me to post about a single online shop… but then again, it’s unusual for a single online shop to have this many pieces that I am just freaking out over. This is one of those moments where I’m happy I’m not a size two, ’cause if I was I’d spend all the cash I’m saving up for my October trip to Istanbul on all these vintage yumyums. It’s Spanish Moss folks. What do you think? Are these clothes too ‘out there’ for you? I’m kinda fearless when it comes to fashion, if it’s fun and funky and comfy, I’ll wear it. Do you like to rock the style boat, or do you prefer to float?

Compai: Good Chemistry: Painted Beakers

 Photos and Styling by Justina Blakeney

Good Morning friends! I got these little glass beakers at the Rose Bowl flea market  (3 for $5!) and decided to paint them. I gave them 2 coats of acrylic paint and am so happy with my new single-stem vases! I think they would make a lovely gift, or be so sweet on tables at a cafe, no?  I never get bored of how just a little paint can transform an object.

Compai: Just my little tiny jungalow in Apartment Therapy’s new BIG book!

I’ve been waiting a long time for this…and finally, it’s here! Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces landed on my doorstep yesterday.  I showed my brother the book and all the pictures of my Jungalow at dinner last night and his response was “Wow T,” (he calls me T) “I didn’t know your place was cool!” “Ya,” I told him.  “It is.” (he has been there 10000 times btw).
So I guess it’s official.  My place is cool.
I couldn’t be any more excited to be featured among so many cool, small spaces. My heartfelt thanks and congratulations go out to Maxwell, Cambria, and the whole team at AT for a gorgeous book.

Compai: Another Way to ‘Fortify your Love’

 Styled by Justina Blakeney and Caitlin Levin, Photos by Carla Richmond

Hey friends. I apologize in advance to folks who are anti Valentines day, but things are gonna be a bit on the sweet side over here, at least for today. In addition to our fort that was on Design*Sponge yesterday, Caitlin and I also styled a bedroom for the occasion. By tacking up a few sarongs and oversized scarves, some ribbon and a couple of lanterns, we turned up the exotic romance and turned down the monotony…a few truffles and a splash of champagne…and Valentines Day is served. 

Be sure to visit the blog later on today as we will be announcing a sugary sweet giveaway.

Compai: Into the green

Up in the trees, or down to earth, inside or out, I’m longing for nature. Urban dwelling can get tiresome for us city apes no? Incorporating lush growing greens in and around the home is my vibe right now. Really wishing I had a backyard (or a pod atop a tree, a garden view from my bedroom, a pool surrounded by a mountain and lush greenery or an extremely gorgeous vertical garden in my living room would be cool too.) A gal can dream right!? How do you incorporate nature into your home?

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Compai: Compai on Design*Sponge this morning! Woot woot!

You gotta love Design*Sponge. I’ve been a reader for years, and every now and and again I’m lucky enough to be featured– this was one of those mornings! Thanks D*S for featuring the very letterpress tray I bought at the market on Sunday.
I spent a good chunk of Monday painting and filling it with all my goodies.  This was a fun project, you all know how I feel about color, and the instant gratification of getting it, painting it, styling it and having it featured was pretty cool too.

Compai: The Art of Kalamkari

I’ve been collecting Les Indiennes pieces since I fell in love with the fabrics hand printed using dyes made from the earth, otherwise known as Kalamkari.  What do you think of these designs from their new line?

Compai: Giveaway! {Sugar Molds!}

Now is your chance to win one of our upcycled creations: an antique sugar mold, hand-painted and repurposed! (Succulents not included) All you have to do is be a follower of the Compai Blog (Click the ‘follow’ button in the upper right hand corner) and leave a comment below naming one thing that you have repurposed or upcycled this year. Don’t forget to include your name in the post.  (Anonymous entries will be ignored). 

Up for grabs is the marigold polka dotted one pictured above. International entries welcome!

For multiple entries, tweet, blog or facebook about the giveaway and then leave another comment here with a link to your tweet, facebook announcement, or blog post. One winner will be chosen at random on Dec. 16th at 5pm PST. You may leave up to 4 comments.

Good luck and spread the word!

Justina Blakeney: Compai Style: Tea Time!

Thrifting anywhere really does it for me– but thrift shopping in Europe is so much fun (if for no other reason than I allow myself to shop more and buy things I don’t really need when I’m on vacation.) I came back from Greece, Turkey and Switzerland this summer with some wonderful little treasures including textiles and tea pots.  I love the way the metallic ceramic vibes with the patterns in the textiles. It’s quite electric! I’ve never hosted a tea party in my life– but now that I’ve got all of the gear, I may have to have one!
Do you shop more when you’re traveling, or when you’re at home?