About JEMS

Our favorite gems from around the world…

Hello there,

We’re JEMS – well, technically we are John, Elizabeth, and Madeline. Our parents, James and Rachel, named their store after us! How nice is that? Anyway, we just moved back to Southern California after an adventurous two years of living in Scotland. While in Europe, our parents fell in love with the philosophy of living hygge (hoo-gah), a Danish lifestyle concept that focuses on comfort and contentment.

Now that we’re back home in Orange County, Mom and Dad have assembled their favorite finds to create a hygge-inspired lifestyle store. At JEMS Balboa, you’ll find beautiful furniture and décor, sustainable women’s and kid’s fashion from Denmark, Swedish wallpaper, handmade brushes from Germany, hand woven hats from Italy, beauty products from Britain, and much more!

JEMS Balboa is a window into a world of European living – a space to relax, rejuvenate, and get inspired. We hope you can come visit us at our lovely little shop on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, California. If you don’t live nearby, we have a selection of our favorite items available online. 

Happy Shopping!

 John, Elizabeth, and Madeline xx




308 1/2 Marine Avenue, Newport Beach, California on Balboa Island behind Just Basics