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Brooklyn’s Sustainable Bedroom Makeover {Part I}

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/DSncHLRGrSU” align=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This year we have the honor of being IKEA Brand Ambassadörs, collaborating with one of the world’s largest home decor brands, to highlight their philosophy of Democratic Design, the belief that every IKEA product should be made with five important factors in mind – function, form, quality, price and sustainability. Faced with the question of how you truly define life at home, we began to think about the design needs of everyone in a home. We realized that one of the most challenging spaces in which to create captivating style while meeting the functional requirements of the space is a child’s room. That thought brought us immediately to Brooklyn. Not the borough, but our precocious three-year-old niece. With a mother and an aunt who are both interior designers, Brooklyn has decor in her DNA. So it’s no wonder that she’s completely infatuated with designing her very own space, or her “big girl room” as she puts it. So, what happens when you engage a three-year-old in the interior design process? Democratic Design at it’s finest. And best of all, we caught it all on camera. We’re thrilled to be able to bring you along on the journey with us, and the first stop is Brooklyn’s first visit to the IKEA showroom to pick out furniture for her big girl room.

Of course, it’s never that simple with a three-year-old. So, while furniture was the agenda, Brooklyn was initially more captivated by toys than she was concerned with furniture and accessories. That’s why mommy and auntie were on the case, keeping everyone focused on finding pieces with stylish forms that could carry out multiple functions needed for an active child’s room. My sister and I are no strangers to IKEA, but we were impressed all over again on this trip by the number of furniture and storage solutions that the store offers that will keep a three-year-old’s room organized, livable, and healthy, with a look that can be as kidsy or sophisticated as you’d like. From multi-purpose items like beds with storage hidden beneath, to streamlined dressers with enough space to contain her growing wardrobe, we looked for – and found – the pieces that will form the foundation of a space that she can grow into over years to come.

On this first trip, our shopping list also included a lot of sustainable items. Sustainability is a big focus for families these days and we found it to be another area in which IKEA excels. The more sustainable a product, the more environmentally friendly it is for everyone – and that especially goes for little people. So to transform Brooklyn’s space, we set our sights on items created from natural materials and that are made by hand, like the seagrass baskets that are perfect for storing odds and ends in a child’s room.

Brooklyn had the time of her life finding new stuffed toys to make friends with and being a designer with mommie and auntie. And for us, while we are truly delighted to be working with IKEA this year, we are even happier to be able to relate that we learned a lot on this trip about one of our favorite brands, and realized that it was even more amazing than we’d previously thought. All worn out and exhausted, Brooklyn did what any tired three-year-old would, she found a comfy spot to take a nap. It didn’t last long though. After all, the frozen yogurt stand was our next stop.

Brooklyn's Sustainable Bedroom Makeover

  1. MALM High Bed Frame with Storage Boxes / 2. STUVA Storage Bench / 3. MASKROS Pendant Lamp / 4. VALJE Shelf Unit* / 5. MAGGA Basket / 6. MALM 3-Drawer Chest*

*Furniture must be permanently secured to the wall. Secure it! Learn how to prevent furniture tip-over accidents.

This post is sponsored by IKEA
Video Produced by AphroChic
Starring Brooklyn Belt, Angela Belt, Jeanine Hays
Video by Leon Shipp Belt
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A Peek Into An Interior Design Photographer’s Portfolio

In my life, photography has come to fill a number of different roles. It is my passion, certainly; my hobby and my preferred form of artistic expression. As a professional, I have to have a portfolio of my work. Putting together a strong portfolio can be a good first step to determining what your initial area will be. And while I will always have a diverse portfolio of work, I have learned the value of being able to distill a consistent voice out of my work for presentation.

Interior design photographer Patrick Cline shares portfolio tips.

AphroChic: A Peek Into An Interior Design Photographer's Portfolio

AphroChic: A Peek Into An Interior Design Photographer's Portfolio

AphroChic: A Peek Into An Interior Design Photographer's Portfolio

Patrick Cline is the Founder of UPLO and a contributor for AphroChic on About.com. Read his full article, Interior Angle with Patrick Cline: Starting Your Portfolio, here. 

Update Your Bedroom With A Patterned Headboard

Patterns are one of our favorite things to incorporate into a home’s decor. In many ways a dose of pattern can be a great way to add personality, a unique design element or a cultural reference to a space. These upholstered headboards are serving up tons of pattern inspiration for us. Whether tricked out in an ikat print or fun chevron, an upholstered headboard in a bold pattern is an unexpected way to add a dose of design to the bedroom.

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Minimalist Interiors

So many times modern design can leave people feeling completely empty, with rooms that you can’t identify with, or that you can’t imagine anyone living in. The Shoot Factory, on the other hand, does the exact opposite. This full-service location agency that provides locations for TV, film, and photo shoots (I know I have seen a couple of these homes in Living Etc.), presents homes that are modern in their appeal with unique and fully lived-in identities. In every photo on their website, I can imagine myself living in that particular home, sleeping in the bed, eating at the table, sitting by the fireplace. When you look at a photo you can almost sense the family that lives there – feeling like maybe someone just got up from that chair in the corner, or that the bed was just recently made. Every element is inspiring, and sometimes the lack of elements is just as inspirational. Clear, beautiful rooms that make you feel immediately comfortable and at home. If I could I would pick up tomorrow, move to the U.K. (it’s been a dream for quite some time) and get a job staging beautiful soulful homes at the Shoot Factory, but until that time, I will continue to be inspired by the beautiful homes that they showcase.