Classic bungalow appeal with a modern twist and thoughtful landscaping gives this home a contemporary look that sets the stage for the rest of the home’s urban style. “The bungalow lifestyle is set back into nature and it’s cozy,” says interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn.
Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason are the founders of AphroChic (www.aphrochic.com), a New York-based interior design firm. With the company’s motto of modern, soulful style, it’s no surprise that their home, located in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, is an ode to global culture at home. Their live-work space, part home, part design studio, is infused with a cultural aesthetic that is unmistakably AphroChic.
The Leitao master bedroom is a beautiful, minimalist retreat. Black walls are on-trend, and envelope the space, creating a cozy vibe. The dark walls in Kenza and Julio’s room are also a great backdrop and visual contrast for the art and architecture. Above the bed, another image by French photographer Patrick Demarchelier, of dancers from Batotu Yetu is is the perfect artistic touch.
The kaleidoscope pattern of the dynamic geometric ceramic tiles lining the walls and ceiling brings the guest bathroom to life and provides a stunning backdrop for the spacious vanity and spa-worthy steam shower.
A modern, Scandinavian floor lamp adds extra light to the space and brings an architectural accent to the room while black shades create contrast but still allow soft, diffused light into the room for a natural and airy feel.
At the far end of the dining room, Nikia has a small office from which to manage a collection of growing brands. A series of inspirational images presides over her desk proclaiming everything from the beauty of black women to the model’s love of architecture and interiors. The workspace is flanked by creative elements — a camera on one end, and a woven crown on the other.
The last little bit of island luxury in this home: a tub fit for royalty. With its bright yellow stool and a petite yet regal looking chandelier, this bath is exactly what anyone would want to soak in after a long day. Surrounded by miniature tile in a calming blue, this Brooklyn bathroom has a definite European vibe.
The home is divided into upper and lower levels by this short stairway in the middle of the space. Originally an entirely different room, homeowners Tze and Geoff had the extra walls removed and expanded the staircase. Tze took the opportunity for a beautiful DIY project by wallpapering the stairs in this fun pineapple pattern by Rifle Paper Co. which is only visible when heading up from the downstairs area.