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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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.


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

An Urban Retreat in Milan

Italy is known for effortless style, and this urban retreat in Milan by architectural design firm Quincoces-Dragò & Partners is an exercise in absolutely beautiful design that all at once feels casual, lived in and very chic. In this gorgeous space it is the bones that first catch the eye. Gorgeous herringbone floors are in keen condition. Moulding along the ceiling and doorways frame each room. For a fresh approach, the furnishings in the space are thoroughly modern, a juxtaposition to the classic architecture. Tables and chairs in the dining room sport unique legs. A clean and modern bookshelf has been mounted to the dining room wall, showcasing just a few books and accessories. Modern pieces are met with vintage ones as well. A chest of drawers used to catalog cards or files is a bridge between the open plan living and dining area. Atop it, a glimmering collection of glass and metallic objects. The kitchen is old and new all at once. You can imagine meals being prepared there over a century ago, and yet the navy blue line of paint adds an up-to-date feel to the space. In the bedroom it’s all about the light. The way it displays shade and shapes on the simple white bedding. Our favorite touch, boxes upon boxes of Italian shoes marked by polaroid photos of what’s inside. This is absolutely a perfect urban retreat by a design firm that gets every detail just right.

A Globally Inspired Belgian Home

Dark, wood-paneled walls in the dining room, heavy leather furnishings, collections of hand-carved masks and sculptures – this Belgian home is among one of our favorites. The classic, masculine style has a timeless appeal, and it’s filled with a host of amazing treasures. You can imagine the homeowners as a worldy couple that travels often, searching to collect the most unique things to display in their home. The collection of wood carvings hung on the living room wall gives us a peek into their well-traveled world. It’s possibly a collection of hand-carved surf boards, maybe from Australia or New Zealand. In other parts of the home, pieces picked up from far-off destinations are prominently displayed on mantels and in frames. We spy a framed cowrie shell necklace among a collection of hats hung on the wall. Even the bookshelf is an area of interest, featuring sculptures of lions and cheetahs in a unique display. Modern pieces are also displayed throughout this home. From streamlined furnishings to the abstract art in the dining room, and the lighting throughout. Everything in this home is evocative, leaving us wanting to see what’s around every corner and in every nook of this worldly space located in Belgium.


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