In addition to modeling, Phoenix is the owner of the blog Model Liberation and Black Girl Beautiful, a skin and hair care site and shopping event designed to celebrate the hair, skin and lives of women of African descent. To ensure that her home in sunny Los Angeles is a celebration all its own, the model and entrepreneur turned to the design team at AphroChic to create a space that was equal parts, serenity, self-care and magic.
Outfitting a small room in white and reflective surfaces is a common designer strategy to lend the illusion of more space. But in this tight family bath, designer Hannah Dee of Hannah Dee Interiors used a splash of soft blue tile in another clever technique: “The accent wall brings your eye to the back of the room, broadening and lengthening the space—visually—making it feel much bigger than it really is.”
Colletti has often visited the John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden in Locust Valley, on Long Island, for ideas and inspiration on designing with moss. If you're growing moss in containers inside your home, you may find it needs more light than you'd expect, she says, because sun coming through a window is less intense than outdoors. Living moss also needs adequate water and air circulation.
"I treat my guests just like me," says Boyd of how he stages his luxurious but comfortable guest room, asking himself, "If I was in the room, what would I need?" Absolutely essential: "fluffy towels and great sheets." And he has some advice so you are always ready to receive visitors. "Whenever someone leaves, I strip everything so I'm ready for the next person."
One of the reasons that African prints and patterns make quite a statement in the home, is the graphic nature of the designs. Many of the textile designs from the African continent are based upon mathematic principles and there is a distinct sense of geometry in pieces such as the popular Bogolan fabrics of Mali, more commonly referred to as, “mud cloth.” This traditional Malian textile has been reimagined by Nasozi Kakembo of xnasozi (http://www.osxnasozi.com/), as a modern drum shade (http://www.osxnasozi.com/product/mudcloth-inspired-handpainted-drum-lampshades-domino). The hand-painted design stands out with dots and x shapes that can be found in traditional mud cloth.
The kitchen’s stainless Wi-Fi enabled counter-depth French-door refrigerator features an Obsidian interior that showcases the food inside, and separate evaporators in the refrigerator and freezer compartments that maintain independent temperature control.
The long-awaited film directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed) is also an entertaining and culturally powerful treatise on the design, artistic and philosophical movement of Afrofuturism, a term coined by academic Mark Dery in 1993. Afrofuturism is defined as a sci-fi vision of the world that places black achievement and power at the fore. It's aesthetic combines black history, sci fi and magical realism into one compelling blend.
Unless your shelves are fixed in a built-in or other shelving unit, "vary shelf heights so they don't all line up exactly," suggests Nancy Barsotti, ASID fellow and interior designer in New York City and Pittsburgh. You'll be able to use larger pieces and break out of the "lined-up soldiers" look that gets boring so quickly.