Today is Juneteenth. I am ashamed to say I never bothered to learn the origin of the holiday until recently. Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of the last remaining slaves in the Confederacy, in Texas, on June 19, 1865. This was two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, six months after the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery, was ratified – and two months after Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union troops at Appomattox. It is (as I write this) an ‘unofficial’ holiday in every state but Texas. Suffice it to say, this is a day to regard with both deep solemnity and celebration.
In honor of Juneteenth, and as part of my ongoing personal and professional efforts to support black-owned businesses, I wanted to feature a Friday Family-Friendly Find designed by an inspirational black entrepreneur in my industry.
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I immediately thought of Justina Blakeney, who is best known for her brand and digital destination ‘The Jungalow.’ I love her bold, colorful aesthetic, and energetic vibe, and greatly admire her moxie and business smarts in growing her business and brand.
I was delighted to stumble upon Justina’s joyful and practical bedding collection for Makers Collective.
The Quinn Quilt Set from this collection comes with a lightweight cotton voile quilt and two shams. Available in Queen and King sizes, its a great strategy for livening up a ‘blank’ guest bedroom (we’ve all got one, amiright?), and is whimsical enough to hold court in a kids room, too. The pointillistic basketweave pattern was inspired by the rhythmic waves of the ocean, according to Justina. It definitely has that California cool thing going on, in a New England-friendly color palette.
The star-and-cross stitching pattern of the Quinn Quilt adds another layer of detail, and looks especially cool in contrasting thread on the royal blue reverse side. I always like a reversible quilt; it looks more interesting and layered when you fold it down on top. And, of course, you can flip it over if you want solid bedding, with just a hint of pattern in the fold-over. I have a reversible quilt in my son Quinlan’s room (who probably would have been a Quinn, had he been a girl!), in blue and orange.
I actually love to use “summer weight” bedding like this year-round, not just in the warmer months. We simply layer another blanket underneath in the fall and winter. It’s good to have options when you wake up in the middle of the night, freezing cold or drenched in sweat! (I’m always the former…my husband, the latter…alas, no fluffy duvets for us).
The value of the Quinn Quilt Set is excellent – just $129.99 for the quilt AND two shams. Pop a textured pillow in an accent color on top and baby your bed is MADE!
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