Inside Our Chicago Book Party

Chicago is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and we were thrilled to hold a REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul book party at the Room & Board in Chicago last month. Bringing together our aesthetic of modern design and cultural style, we remixed the new accessories showroom of the store, creating beautiful rooms filled with color, pattern, handmade global pieces and art. The evening was made even more fun with beats by DJ NIKKI and soulful bites from Season 52 and Pure Kitchen. Check out our fabulous fête.

AphroChic: Inside Our Chicago Book Party

AphroChic: Inside Our Chicago Book Party

AphroChic: Inside Our Chicago Book Party

For the event, we styled a bedroom vignette inspired by our African heritage, featuring a chevron blanket and kuba pillows from Room & Board, and our silhouette pillow against an artsy backdrop. On the gallery wall behind the bed we curated a collection of jazz imagery, handmade Makenge baskets and a a gorgeous piece, Draw The Line, by our friend Leigh Viner, was placed in a gold frame.

AphroChic: Inside Our Chicago Book Party

AphroChic: Inside Our Chicago Book Party

In the living room vignette, a collection of African baskets were featured among several more Leigh Viner illustrations.

AphroChic: Inside Our Chicago Book Party

AphroChic: Inside Our Chicago Book Party

Each one of our book parties with Room & Board has featured a local small business element, and we were very excited to feature a collection of antique Turkish kilim pillows from Chicago vintage boutique, Humboldt House.

AphroChic: Inside Our Chicago Book Party

So many members of the Chicago design community came out, including Janel Laban, Executive Editor at Apartment Therapy, and her husband Allard.

AphroChic: Inside Our Chicago Book Party

AphroChic: Inside Our Chicago Book Party

AphroChic: Inside Our Chicago Book Party

AphroChic: Inside Our Chicago Book Party

AphroChic: Inside Our Chicago Book Party

AphroChic: Inside Our Chicago Book Party

The evening ended with a design discussion about REMIX and a book signing.

AphroChic: Inside Our Chicago Book Party

AphroChic: Inside Our Chicago Book Party

Thank you so much to Room & Board Chicago and the team at Zapwater for coordinating an incredible event!

 

6 replies
  1. Deneen
    Deneen says:

    Thrilled to witness your style & the growth of your business!!! I discovered the two of you via your first collaborative Apartment Therapy’s House Tour this summer! i love interior design and architecture … so thrilled to see more diversity. I instantly visited your blog for the first time, pinned it to my Blog Love board & subscribed to your Pinterest boards. Fast forward … found out about your Chicago book party at Room & Board (I live in the Chicago ‘burbs) the night it took place & could not attend! Tonight, I enjoyed Rena’s house tour that you curated and made my way back to your blog & discovered these amazing photos of the very event I missed. :-) Soooo happy for you. Must get a look at your book.

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  2. Qiana Lawery
    Qiana Lawery says:

    I’m so bummed that I didn’t know about this event! I’ve been looking for decor inspiration that incorporates African textiles and design elements. Are the items featured available for purchase (the pillows and accessories) as well?

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    • Jeanine Hays
      Jeanine Hays says:

      Hi Qiana. So sorry you missed us in Chicago. The items will be back in stores again in Winter 2015. Please scroll to the bottom of the site and get on our mailing list for updates on stockists.

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  3. Lena
    Lena says:

    I would love to attend a Remix book party! Do you have one scheduled at the Boston Room and Board? It’s so great to see how your business is developing. Congratulations!

    Lena

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