Home Is Where the Art Is
Home is like ‘soul’—indescribable, but you know it when you feel it, and you miss it when it’s gone,” write designing duo Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason in their 2022 bestseller AphroChic: Celebrating the Legacy of the Black Family Home. Spring is a great time to give our spaces a refresh, according to Nikki Boyd, the founder of athomewithnikki.com and the author of Beautifully Organized: A Guide to Function and Style in Your Home. Let these ideas from top Black design pros help you be inspired.
> Get Colorful “Brighter
colors, like yellow, pink, blue and green, can freshen up a room and give it an instant lift,” Boyd writes.
> Get Personal Featured in AphroChic, the Brooklyn townhome of actor Danielle Brooks and her husband, Dennis Gelin, reflects the couple’s Haitian heritage and South Carolina roots. Also,“if seeing an image of your loved ones ... makes you smile, then consider adding ... their pictures,” Boyd advises.
> Get Organized “You’re less stressed, more productive and happier ... when you’re not bogged down by clutter,” Boyd notes.
> Get Crafty “Beautiful decorative pillows are the perfect DIY project for any skill level, budget or style,” writes Lisa Shepard Stewart, author of African Accents: Fabrics and Crafts to Decorate Your Home. Shepard Stewart teaches virtual, on-demand and in-person crafting classes; visit cultured
> Get Sensual Hays and Mason ask clients, “What does your home feel like? What does it sound like? What does it smell like?”
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