Jaclyn & Her Home
Blogger-turned-entrepreneur-turned-CEO, Jaclyn Johnson of Create & Cultivate, knows what it takes to organize a successful conference for female entrepreneurs to help them succeed in business and meet and mingle with like-minded individuals. Her organization and planning skills are also evident with one glance at her gorgeous home. With a mix of mid-century and boho details, this California home that Jaclyn shares with her husband and pup, is chic, comfortable, full of character and totally cool. From the wallpapered walls to tiled fireplace, we're pretty much obsessed with all it all. What's more, in addition to some major eye candy in this post, Jaclyn also shares five key things every host should do to ensure a great party for all. So sit back, relax and enjoy!
We’re obsessed with your home! If you had to describe the vibe of your home’s style in three words, what would they be?
Mid-century. Boho. Californian.
Let’s start with your home office. As an incredibly busy business owner, what were the goals you had in mind when styling your home office?
My home office is more of my creative space, where I can work on weekends if need be or conjure up a whole new project. The goal was really simplicity, clean lines and a space with lots of bright light.
Uno 2-Piece Sectional Sofa // Darbuka Brass Coffee Table // Cue Chair with Black Legs // Bousaf Side Table // Braided Hemp Jute Pouf // Potted 6" Succulent // Light Fixture // Tile // Leisure Black 23" Pillow // Mirror
Your living room is incredible. Is there a story behind the amazing fireplace?
The living room absolutely sold us on the home. The A-frame and fireplace is from the '20s and it has so much character that we absolutely fell in love. We did add the tiles to the fireplace and refinished the floors to make it look more modern.
You have a lot of great pillows and textiles throughout the house. Where are some of your favorite spots to shop for unique textiles?
OK, let’s talk about your kitchen. Those light fixtures are so fun! Do you have any local spots you like best for shopping for hardwares?
Pretty much all of the fixtures in our house are from Cedar & Moss. It has incredible, high-quality fixtures that are absolutely to die for and won’t totally break the bank!
There are a lot of great art pieces in your home. Do you have a clear favorite?
I love the Rick Rodney photograph we have in our guest bedroom. It was a wedding gift from himself and his wife, and it’s such a powerful and vivid image. It really gives the guest room character and charm.
You have some amazing accent walls in the house. Any tips for homeowners looking to add a pop of color or a fun pattern to a room? Where should they start first when shopping?
I love wallpaper so much. It’s the perfect way to create a real statement without relying solely on artwork. We used CB2 in the home office space and Hygge & West in our guest bathroom. I personally think wallpaper works best in smaller spaces—it gives you great bang for your buck.
Are there any local spots around you that are hidden gems for home décor items?
You do a ton of traveling for Create & Cultivate. Where’s your favorite spot to decompress in your house when you’re finally back home?
I love our fire pit area because it feels like Ojai or Napa to me. I will absolutely kick back with my husband and pup and have a bottle of wine after a long flight home or long day of work!
Your backyard has a great relaxed, modern feel to it. What kind of vibe did you want that space to embody?
I really wanted to channel Ojai vibes, which is why we planted larger olive trees. We added the corrugated fence (a great cheap alternative to any other kind of fencing) to create privacy and create a modern feel. The fire pit is perfect for gathering around and the CB2 sofas are insanely comfy and chic for outdoor furniture.
It looks like you entertain often. What are five key things every host should do for a great party?
- Know your guest count and plan accordingly. I will always add an item like ‘and bring a bottle of your favorite drink’ to the invite so not all the financial burden is on you.
- Set up a communal bar, and if possible, hire a bartender. They don’t have to be a bespoke craft cocktail connoisseur, just someone to pour wine, manage the incoming bottles and help clean up!
- Have self-serve snacks. The last thing you want is to be in the kitchen cooking while hosting, so be sure to have a lot of self-serve nibbles available
- Rotate conversations. Sometimes when you have a lot of people over you can get caught talking to the same people for a while. Make sure to be diligent to do your rounds and say 'hi' to everyone
- Florals and lighting. I love string lights, so we have a ton around our house and outdoor area, and sometimes I will add tea lights or more dramatic candles for ambience. I also always make sure to have fresh-cut flowers around the house for gatherings—I love roses because they last a long time and smell amazing. I also love eucalyptus.
What's your go-to cocktail/drink of choice to enjoy in your home?
I am really into Aperol Spritz! I don’t drink hard liquor, so it’s a great way to get outside the wine box and have a cocktail.
What was the most challenging part of designing your home? What was the easiest?
The renovations are definitely intense. Every day, there is a new decision to be made and a new problem to tackle. But, on the flip side, you are able to customize something exactly how you want. In terms of the easiest, definitely the more tactile objects like tabletop, vases and linens—they all fall into place once you have the larger pieces figured out!
Topanga Bamboo Hurricane
Leisure Black 23" Pillow
Petrified Wood Pyramid
Darbuka Brass Coffee Table
Potted 6" Succulent
Bennie Lowe Vase-Planter
Cue Chair with Black Legs
Uno 2-Piece Sectional Sofa
Tut Gold Pyramid Object
Hex Marble Desk Clock
Bousaf Side Table
Icelandic Sheepskin Throw
Potted Succulent with Black Pot
Braided Hemp Jute Pouf