Book Love: REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul: Scenes from the SoHo Launch Party

by deborah on November 21, 2013 · 4 comments

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Book Love: REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul: Scenes from the SoHo Launch Party

My own autographed copy of REMIX occupies a place of honor on our coffee table–along with
“The Spirit of African Design” and “Collecting African American Art.”.

I love design.

Especially interior design.

So I have been a huge fan of  the AphroChic website–with it’s dynamic content and

compelling tagline ”Modern. Soulful. Style.”– for several years.

The brainchild of dynamic duo, Jeanine Hayes and Bryan Mason, AphroChic’s approach

to style resonated with me, personally.

It all started years ago with my very first sojourn outside of this country–when I traveled

to Haiti.

It didn’t take long before I was hooked for life.

Book Love: REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul: Scenes from the SoHo Launch Party

I love the look and feel of baskets! Well-designed objects like these natural, handwoven baskets which adorned the wall at the REMIX launch party–bring culture, beauty and texture into our homes.

One look at all of the vibrant, culturally-infused paintings, sculpture, crafts, furniture,

folk art–and meeting the artists who made the magic happen–was all it took for me 

to develop a passion for collecting that would last a lifetime.

Over the years–with trips to Africa, the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, South and Central America–

and marriage to an amazing man who also loved to collect–our cultural treasure trove grew.

Each time Earl and I brought home glorious new finds, we took great pleasure in determining

creative and culturally-evocative ways to integrate our global gems in an aesthetic and

functional manner that conveyed our story authentically and felt like “home”.

Book Love: REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul: Scenes from the SoHo Launch Party

Modern. Soulful. Style. A “remixed” dining table vignette featuring
“The Beat” graphic placemat from the AphroChic tabletop collection.

The AphroChic brand evolved from an interior decorating blog into a design company–boldly

bringing culture into our homes–but with their own signature twist.

They intertwined African culture with contemporary elements and created a distinct home

decor line of pillows, wallpapers, shower curtains, placemats and other items–which are

designed with environmental responsibility in mind.

And now they have gifted us with the ultimate guide to “Modern. Soulful. Style.”:

“REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul”.

So when I received the invitation to the New York REMIX launch party, I jumped at the

opportunity to experience AphroChic’s brand of “Modern. Soulful. Style.” in person.

And oh what a fitting launch it was!

From fried green tomatoes and pickled okra to “remixed” decor, the perfect DJ’d

sounds and the fabulous guests of honor–soulful style was reflected in every aspect

of the event.

REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul: Scenes from the SoHo Book Launch Party

For the launch party, AphroChic created several “remixed” design vignettes throughout
Room and Board–which reflected the concepts behind REMIX.

What: REMIX Book Launch Party at Room and Board

Where: Room and Board in SoHo, NYC

When: November 14, 2013

Book Love: REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul: Scenes from the SoHo Launch Party

A “remixed” living room vignette brought to life by vibrant pops of color
and pattern including the striking black and white Haze Dove pillow
from the AphroChic home decor collection.

 

 

Book Love: REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul: Scenes from the SoHo Launch Party

Another “remixed” living room vignette with bold accents from the
Mandala Fuschia pillow from the AphroChic collection.

 

Book Love: REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul: Scenes from the SoHo Launch Party

With the lovely Jeanine Hayes (right), co-author, REMIX: Decorating with Culture,
Objects and Soul, at the SoHo Book Launch Party.
Photo credit: P.Valdes

“Color. Pattern. Art. Global Objects.

These are the elements of AphroChic style according to REMIX:

The building blocks of every room are the gateway to bring emotion,

culture, your personal story, and the rest of the world into your home…

Learn how to use them to transform your space into a true

reflection of who you are.”

And that’s exactly what AphroChic bloggers and designers Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason achieve

in their in their marvelous, new interior style book.

With REMIX, Jeanine and Bryan, along with Lonny co-founder and photographer,

Patrick Cline–take us inside five lovely homes which personify this concept.

“Whether you love to source pieces from your travels or

simply wish to evoke the destination of your

dreams, REMIX shows how bold color, unique patterns

like ikats and suzanis, original art, and handcrafted

furnishings and accessories can help you express your

cultural experiences in stylish, unforgettable rooms.”

REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul: Scenes from the SoHo Book Launch Party

A “remixed” diniing room vignette featuring items from the AphroChic tabletop collection.

Our senses are delighted by page after glorious page of  ”modern soulful homes” where

“cultural, global décor breathes beauty and soul into contemporary interiors”.

For Jeanine and Bryan, the process of creating this book has been a labor of love, a family

affair and ultimately a dream come true.

And it shows.

They even chose to take all original photos for the book.

Book Love: REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul: Scenes from the SoHo Launch Party

REMIX co-authors Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason along with the featured artist, Andre Woolery.

 

Book Love: REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul: Scenes from the SoHo Launch Party

A “remixed” dining table vignette featuring the “Park Slope” placemat from the “very cool” AphroChic collection.

 

Book Love: REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul: Scenes from the SoHo Launch Party

Dapper guests at the REMIX SoHo launch party including friend and talented designer, T. Trenard, right.

 

Book Love: REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul: Scenes from the SoHo Launch Party

A “remixed” dining table vignette featuring the stylish “Boerum Hill” placemat from the AphroChic collection.

 

Book Love: REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul: Scenes from the SoHo Launch Party

Catching up on the latest and enjoying the ambience at the REMIX
launch party with my fabulous friend, P.Valdes, left.
Photo courtesy of P.Valdes

 

 

Book Love: REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul: Scenes from the SoHo Launch Party

A “remixed” bedroom vignette featuring a mix of modern and cultural objects
as well as the “Brooklyn Life” pillow from the iconic AphroChic collection. 

 

REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul: Scenes from the SoHo Book Launch Party

Just chillin! Friends Farooq Waheed (left) and
Corey Huggins, Founder and Global CEO of “Love, Aunt Bonnie” (right)
are enjoying the festivities.

 

Book Love: REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul: Scenes from the SoHo Launch Party

Another AphroChic fan sporting yellow “dancing” shoes! A perfect pop of color.
And the DJ had everyone on their feet and grooving to the beat!

My personal REMIX reading experience began with the warm and personal foreword by talented

HGTV Design, Star Danielle Colding.

Part One established the core design vocabulary and the elements of AphroChic style including:

*The Culture of Color

*Telling Your Story Through Pattern

*Original Art

*Global Objects

In Part Two, applications of these core concepts are illustrated with aesthetic examples from

modern, soulful homes–from Park Slope, Brooklyn to Old City, Philadelphia.

All in all, REMIX is more than just another design book.

For me, it provides validation and a vocabulary for the culturally-infused style my husband

and I have been trying to create in our home, for years.

Yes, it can hold it’s own as striking object for your coffee table or shelf, but for me this book plays a

deeper, more meaningful role–it gives weight and meaning to the concept of “eclectic” decorating

with genuine, personal style.

Now, my own autographed copy of REMIX, occupies a place of honor in our living room–

next to our treasured copies of “The Spirit of African Design” and “Collecting African American Art.”.

Book Love: REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul: Scenes from the SoHo Launch Party

Now my own autographed copy of REMIX occupies a place of honor on our coffee table–along with”The Spirit of African Design” and “Collecting African American Art.”.

I think it is quite fitting that the book’s new home–which is decorated with carpets from Morocco,

scultpture from Africa, Haiti and Brazil, pillows from Istanbul, instruments, crafts and paintings

from every country stamped on our passports, as well as my own hand built pottery–reflects

our personal spin on decorating with “culture, objects and soul.”

Rarely a day goes by that I don’t curl up on the couch with a cup of chai, to peruse it’s pages,

and smile.

Why? Because REMIX feels just like home.

The Essentials

REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul

By Jeanine Hays & Bryan Mason

Photographs by Patrick Cline

Available at:

http://www.aphrochic.com/products/remix-decorating-with-culture-objects-and-soul

Website: http://www.aphrochic.com

Also…

Check out this related post about the AphroChic Home Collection

 

Now it’s your turn…

Share your thoughts and experiences about decorating with culture, objects and soul with us.

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Denys Davis November 21, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Thanks for loving my book for all these years “The Spirit of African Design”

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deborah November 21, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Hi Denys,
I am so delighted to hear from you. Your book always graces my living coffee table. We have a lot of African Art so your book is a constant reference and a pleasure to read.
Thank you so much for connecting with me. What are you working on or involved with now? Are you writing? Please stay in touch.

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nicole November 23, 2013 at 7:49 am

Great post! I love this, I love NYC, and I love AphroChic. I signed up to receive their newsletter. I wish I was back in NY to attend, Interior Design is my passion and I am definitely purchasing the book. Great job! ladies, I hope to meet one day soon. Thank you for connecting I look forward to more. Design Inspired for sure… :)

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deborah November 23, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Hi Nicole,
I am so glad you love AphroChic too! They are so amazing! I hope you enjoy the book!

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