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