KV Harper’s Bright and Bold Bed-Stuy Abode

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_slide” interval=”0″ images=”5547,5540,5541,5544,5543,5542,5545,5546,5549″ img_size=”full” onclick=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Located in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn is the home of KV Harper. A 1400 square foot duplex with historic touches, KV’s home is filled to the brim with personal style – a beautiful mix of art and cultural pieces that have been collected over time and plenty of travel. “I try to bring back at least one item when I travel abroad,” says KV. “I’m a light packer and always save room in my suitcase for finds. I usually spend at least a day furniture browsing in whatever country I’m visiting.” The influence for this space was her love of global culture; the result, a mix of pieces reflecting not only her tastes, but her own experiences as a citizen of the world. The elegant and clean aesthetic that characterizes her space speaks to time spent living in Amsterdam, while colorful accessories throughout the home evoke her love of Caribbean, Mexican and South American styles, adding a fun, tropical feel to the space that is uniquely her own.

Everywhere you look in this open-plan home, a kaleidoscope of colorful textiles catches the eye, inviting you to take a closer look. In the living room, a red kilim rug grounds the decor while, beside the fireplace, vintage chairs upholstered in Dutch African wax print fabrics add a pop of color. And a stitched quilt and cozy cushions add to the bright color palette of the bedroom.

In this colorful and globally inspired space, art is the final touch, adding character and turning lovely rooms into a soulful home. A collection of framed prints – an image of Lumumba, Congo’s first elected president flanked by typographic and abstract prints – sits guarding the front of the fireplace. On the mantle, an overflow of books from the nearby bookshelf show a reading list that ranges from Baldwin to Ta-Nehisi Coates, while over the couch, a piece of homemade art quoting Kanye West serves as the ultimate conversation starter. Family mementos are also in the pictoral mix, “I have black and white photos of my grandparents around the house,” says KV. “They are a daily reminder of the sacrifices, hard work and love that makes everything in my life possible.”

The space that truly will take your breath away, if only because it is so rare for a New Yorker, is the backyard. But KV doesn’t just have the crown jewel of all New York homes – she puts it to good use. Ready for entertaining, KV’s backyard is the ultimate urban getaway. “I grew up in Seattle and the outdoors were a major part of my life growing up. This is my first backyard in my adult life. I wanted to make the yard fun and playful. Oh and I wanted grass – even if just a little patch.”

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