Step inside a stylish home makeover of a brownstone for a family of seven in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
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.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_slide” interval=”0″ images=”5829,5820,5831,5822,5826,5821,5823,7595,5827,5824,5843″ 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]How can you live big in 500 square feet? It’s great when design is used to answer questions. Questions about how people live, and how we as designers can give them the lifestyle they want in the space that they have. The question that we had to answer at BKLYN Designs this year was how we could create a multi-functional environment where one could live, work and entertain in a space with a very small footprint. The Brooklyn Micro Loft that we designed answered that question, as we worked with sponsors, Resource Furniture and AJ Madison, to create a concept house that was all about small space, big style.
To make the space feel like home, we started with color, inspired by Pantone’s colors of the year, and coupling them with dark and moody shades for a masculine feel. Benjamin Moore’s Midnight Dream became the perfect backdrop – an inky black hue with just a touch of blue in it. In the living room, a mix of navy, pink and black AphroChic and John Robshaw pillows created a colorful display. And when transformed to a bedroom, local Brooklyn brand, Brooklinen’s high quality bedding and their blue and white striped Bedford duvet cover added to the patterned mix, topped off by a headboard in our graphic Ndop pattern.
The concept home included a mix of natural materials to keep things feeling grounded, and that helped us blend super-modern Italian pieces from Resource Furniture with artisan and couture pieces. The space was filled with items that added texture, from a silver-speckled cowhide rug from Rugs USA, to overhead lighting by LAAF by Leah C., made of beautiful pheasant feathers. Handwoven baskets from Indego Africa became the perfect touch of African style in the space, used as planters and decorative objects. Finally, wooden lighting from Lamps Plus blended both modern shapes and natural elements together for a unique sense of ambiance.
The final layer in our Brooklyn pop-up house was art. As we always say, no home is complete without it, and it’s truly what made this space feel like a home. We partnered with Uprise Art to include a collection of original art including framed pieces and sculptures. For a cultural touch, we layered in a selection of figurative pieces by Philadelphia graphic designer, Jeff Manning. And an artistic touch even extended to the dining table with china by Think Fabricate featuring imagery of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Navy Yard.
Everything in the loft is complete shopable, so check out some pieces from the micro loft on our #bkmicroloft pin board that you can bring home today.
[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]
[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=”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.
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.