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Chatting About Women In Entrepreneurship With Besties In Business

In a beautiful studio in Bushwick, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the Besties In Business, Xochitl Gonzalez and Myra Castillo. We talked about everything from writing a book, the state of blogging, and marrying the right guy who will support your business dreams. If you’re a female entrepreneur looking for insights into growing your brand, I invite you to whip up a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy this fun interview.

Source: Besties In Business YouTube Channel

Welcome 2015

Welcome to AphroChic in 2015! We are moving into our eighth year of writing this blog and bringing you content from around the globe, and we couldn’t be more excited about what’s to come in the year ahead. We’ve finally made some moves (the first is that we’re now headquartered in Brooklyn) to grow AphroChic into a bigger and better site for you. This year expect more original house tours, video segments and some great designer interviews (the first one is coming up this afternoon, and it’s a BIG one). We invite you to peruse the new site, which includes some great features when reading blog posts. You can now scroll through galleries at the top of each page. Just click the little arrows to enjoy some great large-scale photos. And at the bottom of each page, you can easily share posts you like with your social networks. We invite you to pin, tweet and facebook away. Finally, you’ll notice we’re very social around here, so click on our top or bottom bar to follow AphroChic on Instagram, YouTube and Bloglovin. It’s a new year and a new vision for AphroChic, but you can’t go forward without looking at the past. We dug into our archives, and found our original vision statement for the brand, that still holds true. This is what we believe and want to share with all of you:

We Believe

That home should be a personal reflection of who you are.

That the most beautiful rooms tell a story.

We believe in a new kind of luxury; in reveling in life’s simple pleasures.

That good design doesn’t have to sacrifice the environment.

That city girls can rock organic tees and natural hair while taking trips to the farmer’s market.

That country girls can love Philippe Starck Ghost Chairs and trips to New York Fashion Week.

That even a single life can have diversity.

We believe in Sunday brunch, flea market adventures, and coming home to a space you love.

In cultural reflection, ethnic-inspired prints, and embracing a global lifestyle.

We believe that anyone can have modern soulful style.

Jeanine & Bryan

Image from REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul. Photograph by Patrick Cline.

The West Coast’s First Concept House by African-Americans Gets Unveiled This Weekend!

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If you are in Los Angeles, then you will not want to miss our event at Helms Bakery this Saturday and Sunday. Over two days we’ll be hosting a design festival in partnership with Helms. Come out and enjoy our curated exhibit of Saatchi art, featuring local LA artists. Check out our pop-up home, designed with furnishings from great home decor stores including Room & Board and HD Buttercup. Be the first to view our new wallpaper made in collaboration with Samantha Hahn. Proceeds from the sale of each roll help with women’s education and economic empowerment in Rwanda. And check out our new Solo Basket Collection made by artisans at Indego Africa. Afterwards, join us for a conversation on culture and design with interior designers Jeff Andrews, Kim Myles and more! It is going to be a design feast and you don’t want to miss it. Doors open at 11am Saturday and Sunday. And you can get all the details at www.helmsbakerydistrict.com.

Join AphroChic + Lonny At WNWN

Get ready for a no-holds-barred discussion on design as I sit on a panel moderated by Irene Edwards, Executive Editor of Lonny. Along with fellow designers Samuel Masters and Michelle Smith, we’ll be dishing on what we love and strongly dislike in the world of interiors. Be prepared for a lively discussion during the New York Design Center’s annual What’s New What’s Next event.

Join AphroChic + Lonny at WNWN

Love/Hate – Design Hits and Misses

September 18, 2014

3:30pm

New York Design Center, 200 Lex

Arteriors Showroom, Suite 608

 

A few other events you’ll also enjoy:

6:30pm 

Cliff Young Showroom

Michael Boodro, Editor in Chief of Elle Decor, hosts a panel discussion, “Making it Memorable: How to Infuse Personality into Every Room” with interior designers Robert Couturier, Richard Mishaan, and Markham Roberts. Book signings to follow.

8:00pm

McGuire – Veranda

DESIGN drinkup: In Good Taste. For the second year in a row, McGuire presents DESIGN drinkup, an industry-spanning fête of commerce and connectivity, to close out the evening. Clinton Smith, Veranda’s Editor in Chief, will co-host this celebration of art and design featuring local talent and tastes with specialty sips and surprises in store.

Save The Date: The AphroChic Pop-Up House At Helms Bakery!

Please join us for the AphroChic pop-up house and two-day design festival at Helms Bakery in Culver City, Los Angeles. On October 11th & 12th we will be launching the first Helms Bakery pop-up house designed by AphroChic! With furnishings from today’s top home design stores, including Room & Board, HD Buttercup, Rejuvenation, Vitra, Plummers and many, many more, this modern concept home will explore how to bring contemporary design and global style together in today’s interiors. With art provided by Saatchi, this home will be an incredible showcase of culture and modern home decor. During the event be prepared to see the new AphroChic artisan collection and enjoy a variety of events:

October 11th – Panel discussion, The New Modern: Culture and Design in the 21st Century

October 12th – Book signing, REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul at Arcana Books

As the first African-American show house in over a decade, we hope that even if you don’t live in LA, you’ll make the trip to view this historic pop-up home. We can’t wait to see you there!

Save the Date

REMIX in Redbook (Again!)

We are so excited to be featured in the March 2014 issue of Redbook! A beautiful home from REMIX, designed by the incredible Matthew Lanphier, is featured on page 137. Pick up the issue and check out why this room is the perfect inspiration for adding a little blue to your decor this spring. And then be sure to pick up REMIX to read our tips for bringing cultural color home.

REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul, is available at AmazonBarnes & Noble, the iBookstoreIndieBoundAphroChic.com and everywhere books are sold!

LA Magazine Coverage of Room & Board LA Book Party

Last year we had a fabulous book party at the Room & Board in Culver City, Los Angeles. We like to say “book party” because, in partnership with Room & Board, we have updated the idea of a typical book signing event. We don’t want you to come just for a signing, we want you to come for an experience that truly celebrates what our book, REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul is all about. DJ D’Auria had us dancing to the soulful tunes you’ll find in the house tours of REMIX. Celebrity chef, Chef Ameera delighted us with her healthy soul food menu. And throughout Room & Board you could find vignettes “remixed” by AphroChic.

Bryan and I gave a design talk, speaking about the inspiration for REMIX, and the vignettes we created at Room & Board.

Design stars came out, including my Spelman Sister, Tanika Ray.

Matthew Lanphier, interior designer to the Kardashians was in the house. You can see a beautiful Studio City home he designed throughout the pages of REMIX. With him was one of our favorite artists Lana Gomez, recent CH+D Awards winner, whose art is featured in REMIX.

LA bloggers were in attendance, including Megan Arquette of Beach Bungalow 8.

Abby Stone of Apartment Therapy and Christian May of Maison 21.

Chef Ameera (above) created a phenomenal menu for the event. She brought our focus on soulful style to life with delicious vegan dishes including fried chicken, chili, and the yummiest sweet potato cupcakes ever!

We always have fun styling our own vignettes in the Room & Board stores. In this living room we used two of the hottest colors this year – cerulean blue and mimosa yellow, with a strong neutral gray, to design what we’re calling “a modern bachelorette pad”.

No bachelorette pad would be complete without a fierce Beyonce gallery wall featuring Room & Board’s new Steel Frames in gold. Bryan had a lot of fun curating the images for this vignette and it was a hit at the party!

In the bedroom we added a lot of pattern and texture, using our The Vibe and Silhouette pillows with Room & Board’s Jacquard Wool Zig-Zag bedding.

In the bedroom a black and white photo of Tina Turner add a little “diva style” to the vignette.

Our Haze Mimosa Runner added a pop of color to the dining room table. Above the credenza, we created a stunning focal point with a wall display of Room & Board’s collection of handmade Makenge Baskets.

Thank you to our book tour partner, Room & Board, to our media partner, Los Angeles Magazine, and to everyone who came out to support our LA book party! You can see more images from the event over at Los Angeles Magazine.

REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul, is available at AmazonBarnes & Noble, the iBookstoreIndieBoundAphroChic.com and everywhere books are sold

Join us for our next book party at Room & Board Atlanta on March 4th. RSVP here.

{Images by Los Angeles Magazine}