Inspiring Creative Homes Abound in Greenterior

In Greenterior, the authors take you inside homes, spanning from Antwerp to New York, where greenery and plants take center stage.

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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Gregory’s Bushwick Oasis

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_slide” interval=”0″ images=”5487,5489,5506,5497,5485,5496,5479,5481,5500,5507″ 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]Bushwick is a hub of creativity. Artist studios, cool cafes, and an abundance of street art is what makes this neighborhood stand apart in the borough. It is home to many artists, including photographer, Gregory Prescott. Prescott, who has lived in this 3-bedroom home for two years, has created a space that is a true reflection of who he is as a photographer. Part home, part studio, this light-filled oasis is where he creates, away from the hustle and bustle of New York City. “I am my own inspiration,” says Prescott when asked about the design of his interior. “My decor is all a part of me and who I am. The African art is cultural. My favorite animal is the zebra, so you see a little of that here and there. I like clean lines and shapes that can be seen in my photography and in my home. Red is my favorite color so that as well can be seen throughout my home. My space is a reflection of who I am.”

The space has a mix of clean-lined furnishings and collections from where Prescott once lived – Houston, Texas. “During spring and autumn there are a lot of outdoor festivals in Houston and there you will find a lot of African art retailers and vendors, and that is where my pieces were purchased.” His collection of masks are a beautiful backdrop in the home’s living area. And African figurines sit atop his red bookshelf that’s used for display.

Throughout the space you can spy a few of Prescott’s stunning black and white photographs. Many exploring the human form. His book, HUMAN, sits on the coffee table, a monograph of his work in portraiture.

A walk outside and you enter Prescott’s studio. It’s an unconventional space, with a black backdrop, and the natural light of the outdoors that’s used to create stunning photographs. “It’s all about my backyard. The majority of my work is shot back there. I love natural light so I take advantage of the warm months to shoot new material. It is my studio plus it is an oasis.” It is where some of his most beautiful photographs are produced, including one that we have hung in our own home. It is, as Gregory puts it, “photography for the soul.”

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Paola Navone’s Industrial Interior

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_slide” interval=”0″ images=”5458,5452,5454,5453,5451,5460″ 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]It is an honor to meet a designer that you admire. A designer who in their career has done so much to literally alter the landscape of the field. We had that honor when we met Italian designer, Paola Navone over the summer. Known for her work with companies such Alessi, Egizia, Natuzzi, Reichenbach, Roche Bobois, and Crate and Barrel, Navone has been the creative director of the Italian furniture manufacturer, Gervasoni, since 1998. Her work as an architect, designer, decorator and creator is iconic. And her style is eclectic, as evidenced in the industrial interior that she calls home.

At home in Milan, Navone has created a space that is equal parts global and industrial. Punctuated with a cool color palette and unique silhouettes in the furniture and decor, her creative eye shines through. In the living room a textured floor is made of inset pebbles, while floor tiles in blue and gray create a unique carpet. Raffia lamps designed for a collaboration with Crate & Barrel hang from the ceiling in the dining room for a global touch. And the kitchen sports a collection of cookware fit for a chef, with red pendants that add a cool color splash.

Her own home just may be the starting point for her latest design collaboration – creating the Partner Country presentation for Ambiente 2016, the world’s leading international trade fair for products for the table, kitchen and household. Following Denmark, France, Japan and the USA, Italy is the fifth Ambiente Partner Country to debut at the show. Navone shared with us sketches of her design for the trade show that will celebrate Italian heritage, including food, design, and culture. Visitors and exhibitors can look forward to an impressive presentation by Navone, that will truly bring a piece of her eclectic vision of home to the world.

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Kenesha’s LA Bungalow

Sometimes it’s nice to just get a peek into someone else’s world. To see just a slice of their life and the place that they call home. We absolutely enjoy such peeks, and loved seeing a little bit of the LA home of illustrator, ceramicist, and animator Kenesha Sneed of Tactile Matter. We know Kenesha for her beautiful ceramics that we’ve spotted on Pinterest and Instagram. Her stoneware ceramic pots, planters and cups are one-of-a-kind pieces, all handcrafted in her Los Angeles studio. Her work is inspired by her California roots, a cool blend of natural and modern influences. And Sneed’s home is a reflection of that style as well.

With a neutral color palette, white walls keep everything minimalist and refined, while natural elements add texture and soul to the space. A happy fiddle leaf fig adds a pop of green to the living room. And a Moroccan-style rug creates coziness under foot beneath the coffee table. One of our favorite spaces in Kenesha’s home – the bedroom, where a black and white Malian textile has been draped on the bed.

This is just a peek, but a lovely look into the place that this talented artist calls home, and the space that nurtures her creativity.


Go On A Global Journey With How We Live

How We Live takes us into 18 homes around the globe, exploring the personal spaces of creative thinkers and the environments that they call home.

Kia & Jason’s Passionate Bed-Stuy Home

Bed-Stuy is one of our favorite neighborhoods in Brooklyn. You walk into Bed-Stuy, and you can still feel that old-school Brooklyn vibe – it’s effortlessly cool with an amazing creative community. It’s one of the remaining homes of an authentic Brooklyn, where artists and designers flocked creating a new Black renaissance in the last decade. Among its many talented residents are Kia Dyson and Jason Reynolds. Hailing from Baltimore originally, the two have a Bed-Stuy home where the things that they are most passionate about are on full display. Kia, a photographer and artist and Jason, an author, have a home where creativity comes first and where their passions are nurtured.

“We dedicate the majority of our time to our respective passions and careers as artists, so the collection of things — beautiful, interesting, new, old — is a natural bi-product,” remarks Kia on the home’s decor. Chocked full of pieces that they have written or created themselves, everything in this Brooklyn home has meaning to it. Above the fireplace is a digital piece by Kia. The stacks of books in the living room contain the four written by Jason during the couple’s time in New York, kept in good company among the many others.

Taken at once, the home is quite literally a snapshot of their lives. In each nook and corner of this home, we see vignettes of this couple’s life – a story of creativities explored with the promise of more to come. A guitar seated in a living room corner is just waiting for the right mood to strike so that it can be played, just as vintage cameras on the mantel wait patiently for their next shoot. “Trinkets, tchotchkes, books, art, plants and photographs, make up our living space simply because they make up our lives,” says Kia, pondering their collections of unique and interesting pieces.

“It’s almost as though over time we’ve created an incubator, a space warm enough, and with the perfect stimuli to foster creativity at all times. We just so happen to also eat and sleep here. But if this weren’t our apartment, we would probably still want to come to this place to hang out, listen to music, drink wine, talk and spark new ideas for fresh work.”

Photographer: Kia C. Dyson

A Modern Marrakech Oasis

We spend a lot of time looking at what’s inside a home, but sometimes the exterior of a home can be just as stunning as the interior. This modern Moroccan home is a perfect example. A beautiful Marrakech oasis, this home’s exterior offers a cool and serene environment for rest and contemplation. It’s the perfect Moroccan retreat. With a soft color palette as the backdrop, every element shines outside this home. A quick tour highlights so many beautiful architectural details. A soaking pool sports a modern design. Freshly scattered rose petals add a layer of unexpected color. To add texture, grass-hewn furnishings have been used. The chaise lounges are the perfect place to sit and enjoy the great outdoors for a moment, or maybe even all day. Black framed doorways and windows continue the modern feel of this home. They are truly a unique architectural detail, adding picture windows that allow you to look onto the home’s gardens from the inside. A look outside, and you see cacti arranged like sculptures – perfect pieces of outdoor art. The pop of green adds a wonderful natural touch. Down some stairs, and a hidden nook is another place to retreat. Black and white fabric has been used to upholster an outdoor bed, just hidden beneath a carved stone wall. The entire design of this exterior is a call to stay outside just a little bit longer to enjoy the great outdoors.