A head full of gorgeous curls and colorful backdrops. These two things make fashion blogger Celeste van Joost’s Instagram feed addictive. The founder of Celmatique, Celeste has a focus on sharing her unique vision of fashion and style as a way to inspire others to be themselves.
Join us this weekend, May 6th-8th, for our second year at BKLYN DESIGNS as we present the Brooklyn Micro Loft. The 500 square foot concept space will showcase how even the smallest spaces can have the very best in Brooklyn style. Featuring a cutting-edge kitchen with products from AJ Madison and a range of modular furnishings from Resource Furniture, the home will also provide a peek at our new textile that will launch in collaboration with Minted later this spring. Additional brands featured in the concept space include, Lamps Plus, Rugs USA, John Robshaw, Brooklinen, Uprise Art, Jeff Manning Art, Indego Africa, LAAF by Leah C., and Think Fabricate.
The Brooklyn Micro Loft will be an interactive pop-up home featuring a variety of public events hosted by AphroChic, including:
Saturday, May 7, 12-1pm, Small Space Small Bites in the Micro Loft
Chef Rashad Frazier of Pulled Together will share tips for small space entertaining, showing you how to execute a menu of small bites for that cozy cocktail party you’re planning. Reception to follow.
Mini Carolina Pulled Pork Sliders with Red & Green Coleslaw
Deviled Egg with Pimento Cheese and Pickled Radish
Strawberry Shortcake with Scratch Buttermilk Biscuits and Hand Whipped Cream
Bourbon Blackberry Smash Cocktail
Sunday, May 8, 1:15-2pm, Where Art Meets Design: Starting the Perfect Collection for Any Budget and Any Space on the Main Stage
No home is complete without art. But how do you get started building a collection? AphroChic, Uprise Art and the Jenn Singer Gallery lead a discussion on how art lends personality to a space, collecting art online and off, and how to start buying the art you love in a snap.
Graphic design for AphroChic by Olivia Conradie
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_slide” interval=”0″ images=”5739,5728,5726,5740,5741,5731,5723,5727″ onclick=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Out of tragedy something beautiful can bloom, and that’s exactly what happened to Katrina and Hasani Sullivan and their family of four. The woman behind the blog, Chic Little House, Katrina’s California bungalow was destroyed by a fire that started at a neighboring home. She and her husband lost everything, but not their resolve, spending a year rebuilding their chic little home and transforming it into a warm and inviting dream house to raise their two sons in.
“After our house fire I appreciate and love every aspect of my home. Most of all, I love the cozy and inviting vibe our small home gives off,” says Katrina. The inviting feeling she speaks of meets you at the front door, painted a bright yellow, a symbol of this family’s warmth. “I consider my style to be a mixture of modern and classic with a relaxed California vibe, very un-stuffy. I want my home to feel welcoming and inviting to all who enter.”
The aesthetic – a mix of mid-century modern and English countryside style – is fitting for this cozy family home. A marriage of modern lines and floral decor comes together effortlessly, with unique textiles and art used to add doses of color and pattern in every room. ” I love adding artwork from Etsy and Minted in my home. They’re an amazing source for original artwork. In addition, I love framing my kids’ artwork. I think it’s so important to frame you children’s artwork and celebrate their creativity, plus it adds so much personality to the walls.”
In the living room, a mix of bold, abstract pillows are layered among feminine floral prints for that warm English feel. The dining room is the perfect place for all four to eat, featuring family photos, and framed by beautiful gold and gray floral drapery. And the boys’ bedrooms exude fun, featuring splashes of cultural style with African batik and kuba prints on the bedding and blinds.
The final touches are what truly makes this a California home, with vintage pieces from favorite flea markets mixed among new pieces from stores like Room & Board. Out of the ashes, Katrina and her family have truly been able to create a family home that speaks to their positive outlook on life.
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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_slide” interval=”0″ images=”5650,5662,5661,5659,5655,5646,5666,5660,5667,5647,5658″ img_size=”” onclick=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There is a unique story in Harlem. An uptown story where there is a community history that seems to walk with you hand-in-hand down the street. Looking around you’ll spot iconic buildings. The Hotel Theresa where Malcolm X often held meetings. Sidewalks where Gordon Parks took arresting photos documenting Black life. And long-time music establishments like the Apollo light up 125th street at night. It’s a story that Melinda Lewis has been telling for some time. The lifestyle blogger and publicist has been showing us the world beyond 110th Street through her sites Melinda + Daily and Harlem Collective for years now, documenting what’s beautiful and unique about Harlem life. And that story extends to her interior, where she and her husband Reg have designed a Harlem apartment that provides a modern take on Uptown style.
At 575 square feet, the couple has made a cozy apartment into a home, with a mix of vintage furnishings, cultural pieces and original photography. Their inspiration for the space – Harlem and the vibe of New York itself. Images of the city can be spotted on the gallery walls throughout, some with special meaning. “My photographs of Harlem, including a print that was curated in a Studio Museum in Harlem show along with Gordon Parks…very proud of that moment,” says Melinda.
A curated collection of books and accessories speaks to what the couple loves – travel, music, fashion, and art. Handmade African pieces like a carved chair and seagrass baskets add to the aesthetic. And in every corner, flourishing green plant life adds a natural element to this home in the city. Just like Harlem, Melinda and Reg’s interior tells a unique story, highlighting the soulful style of this New York couple.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
In Greenterior, the authors take you inside homes, spanning from Antwerp to New York, where greenery and plants take center stage.
[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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[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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