Making Black Walls Work for You!

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For years now, white rooms have been the safest thing that people choose for their spaces because of the fear of going too dark and hating it.  But let me tell you, once you go black, you may not go back!  Black walls are so hot right now and people are pairing it with the stark white ceiling and furniture and lets not forget my favorite metal; gold.  I’m excited about it, that I think I’m going to buy some paint this weekend to change a room in my home.  Can’t wait to show you guys.  Some may be a little nervous when thinking of black walls in a home, the fear of your rooms looking smaller or just not enough lighting in the room, but if you ever want to make the leap, here are some tips on optimizing a room with black walls.

 

BLACK BEDROOMS

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BLACK LIVING SPACES

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BLACK BATHROOMS/KITCHENS

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So it can be done and you know what, if you have regrets, its only paint… so you can always change it.

For the perfect black shade, take a look at one of my favorite blogs Design Sponge on some great shades here.

Thanks for stopping by

-Charlene




Mudcloth

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I am currently working on a project that involves mudcloth, I was inspired by the Afropunk Festival that happened this weekend in Brooklyn and if I had a sitter, I would’ve worn something really cool that involved mudcloth, just because of the look and feel of the print.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with mudcloth, its also known as Bogolanfini and its a handmade cotton traditionally dyed with fermented mud.

If you remember my 2015 trends global patterns was going to be really big this year and Mudcloth is proof.  Mudcloth is very simple in pattern, its usually a geometrical style.  It has a repetitive pattern made of triangles, dots, straight and squiggly lines.  As a matter of fact, I will do a tutorial for you guys on how you can make your very own mudcloth pattern.  In the mean time check out the looks I gathered up for you all and the different ways mudcloth can be used.

PrixDecor Modcloth

This fabric is so wonderfully layered on this bed, it has a very hobo look to it.

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It’s done wonderfully with the upholstery on this antique King Louis Chairs

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I like the pillow idea, because it has a simple but stated look.

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You can transition the pattern like this cool idea in steps

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At last but not least, check out these pieces that you can wear.  I love this look, super fashionable

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I love this dress!

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So you get it now, the geometrical shapes and simplicity of mudcloth is beautiful.  I love this trend and feel like I need to take a trip to the fabric store or make my own. Stay tuned, I may have a treat for you.

What types of tribal patterns do you like?

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Mr. and Mrs. Beatz Are Selling Their Home

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If you’re in the housing market for the perfect house then I’m excited to let you know that A. Keys and Swizzy selling their 25,000 square foot Englewood, NJ home.  The home is gorgeous , yall.  I maybe too small for you but just in case your interested, here are some of the features:

  •  8 Bedrooms
  • 20 Bathrooms
  • 5 Car Garage
  • 2 Lane bowling alley
  • Recording studio
  • Gym
  • Indoor Pool
  • Movie Theater

I know… its just not enough for The Beatz either, because there’s simply just no more room for their artwork! sigh*

Check out the humble abode and see the struggles that are burdening them.

The house sits on almost 5 1/2 acres

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Their pretty serious about their artwork, check out their foyer!

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This living room is my favorite. I love how the designer of the home kept all the walls white and left the color in the artwork.

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I can only assume that this is the den, because it looks super cozy!

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The master bedroom is luxurious and pretty grand

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I’m assuming this is a guest room

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Another sitting area with it looks like a set of Warhol’s… but I don’t know much about art except for the fact that I like it.   FullSizeRender (8)

I guess this is where Mrs. Keys gets busy!

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I wonder what’s her cooking like?

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The dining room is pretty flashy… not particularly my taste but the artwork definitely is.

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This is the sun room..just love that.

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sigh*… one day I say, one day

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and to round it off.. the outside

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If you’re still interested, the cost for the home is only $14,000,000. Yup that’s 6 zeroes, in case you were wondering.

Always remember that if you dream big and match that with actions, anything is possible.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Stylish NYC Engagement Shoot

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HOT OFF THE PRESS! I’m so excited to share one of my latest projects with you because its a piece that’s near and dear to my heart. I recently told you about my beautiful besty, Ashley whose getting married to her handsome beau Asim next year.

So with that comes all the pretty little things such as engagement shoots and prepping for their big day.  It all became really real when I was (unofficially) asked to creatively direct the shoot and once my wheels started turning, I just knew it was going to turn out amazing!!

THE SETTING:  I chose a place that spoke to their personality, somewhere they could be themselves and in their element. Ash being the bubbly person she is and Asim being cool and laid back; I needed to find a happy balance for their “day” shoot, so I chose Chelsea’s Highline in NYC, a revitalized train passage originally built in 1934.

THE LOOK:  Ash and Asim are one of the coolest couples out there! She’s a girly girl and so my vision for her was to have something that spoke to that.  Scantily wasn’t the option here but bright and light is all I could think of. I found this pouffy off-white satin flowered skirt (that’s all the rage these days) and we started from there. In the midst of the July heat, I also wanted to lend the look to the weather with an easy breezy feel so we got this super soft tank and pulled the fuschia out of the skirt and paired it with these killer shoes and those Flat out Fabulous lips. Once that was confirmed we topped it off with her white stone necklace and yellow clutch.

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Asim (Simmy) is a tech guy and 99% of the time he’s cool and laid back, leaving 1% for a bad day that I have yet to see.  He’s the typical button down and jeans kinda guy so we wanted him to be himself with just a little “stank” on it and rather the two of them be too matchy matchy, I made them compliment each other’s flow.  So he wore, ALL BLUE Errrthing! We gave him this baby blue Zara button down and paired it with these super saturated royal blue pants.  The monochromatic look worked perfectly for him and tied everything together! Fly right?

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Put this dope couple together in front of Jide Alakija’s lens and you get this!!

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We loved this original graffiti wall that Brazilian artist Kobra has created!

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Dance as if no ones watching!

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Don’t you love them?!?! Me too!!

THE SECOND SETTING: During the evening (romantic session), they went to the W Hotel, located in the Wall Street area.  This hotel had great views of the NYC’s skyline and a direct view to the Freedom Tower.  The lobby’s ceiling was fully lit with LED lighting that would change colors movement every few minutes. HOTNESS!

THE SECOND LOOK:  Asim is wearing a navy blue Donna Karen suit paired with a Hugo Boss knit tie (another trend that is hot this year) and Ash is wearing a perfectly beaded detailed Aidon Mattox dress that ends with a fringe which is so sexy but yet very playful, we paired it with a simple “barely there” strappy shoe from Steve Madden.
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Voila!!! These 2 had such a romantic session and it simply sets the stage for an exciting wedding to come!

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Look at these two?!?!? (Look at those legs)

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You can see the love in all of these pics, it came so natural for them.

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I was so honored to be a part of such a special day and working with this wonderful PRIX couple was sooo much fun. Jide’s talent and eye is like no other and it was such a pleasure working with him as well.

Hope you enjoyed and if you are interested in any of the pieces click the links in the text for more info.

Thanks for coming by!!!




Creating a Master Plan

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Well more like a Master Bedroom Plan.  I am on a mission to upgrade my sister and brother-in-laws master bedroom.  1. because I love them oh so much and 2. because I just want to get my hands on a spacious bedroom that you just can’t find here in NYC.  Mich and Rich (cute right) live in the DC suburbs and they have the luxury of space.  So much that their master suite is fully equip with a sitting area, a walk-in closet the size of my little boys room and huge master bath.  They’ve been in their home for quite some time now so they are in need of some redesigning.  Their both health professionals and need an oasis to come home to and now that their boys are relatively older they don’t necessarily need child-friendly furniture.  So I’m on a campaign to win my sister (and brother-in-law) to hand over the cash to their lovely and talented interior designer sister to complete a beautiful room for them.

 

 

Here are some of the pics that I’m using as inspiration for their space

This room speaks relaxation.  Mich and Rich have 5 windows in the space and I can create this very same look and feel
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The baby blue grass cloth wallpaper would be a dream of mine to put in their room but that would require a lot of begging for the cost of that.

http://blog.styleestate.com/style-estate-blog/pinspiration-100-gorgeous-master-bedrooms.html

My sister is somewhat of a “beige” person because its pretty safe so I figured I can always give her those colors for cool and calm feel, so we’ll just do colorful textiles like this.
http://cityfarmhouse.com/2015/01/rustic-chic-budget-friendly-master-makeover.html

Or we can go for a super saturated room like this, which could be done because they have so many windows.

http://www.thebudgetdecorator.com/6-cheap-bedroom-decorating-ideas/ OB-Master-Bedroom-1024x731

This is what I envision for Mich and Rich, a Romantic Modern Rustic Master Suite.  If she gets bamboo flooring, we can overlay the jute and overdyed rugs to add texture and color and bring all the other colorful textiles for happiness.  Help me while I shamelessly promote myself to my sister and bro on working on their master bedroom. Afterall, who has a super cool sis that is willing to offer up her services for free?!?! I don’t know any.

As some of you may know, I’m re-branding my site and portfolio and have a great offer if any of you are interested in getting your home redesigned by moi.  Take a look here 




National Lipstick Day

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Aww yeah this is going to be a fun one! I love lipstick and I think its one of the best accesories a girl can wear and so in honor of National Lipstick Day.  I’m celebrating the best lipsticks I love love love.  I’m more of a nude lip kinda girl from Mon-Friday but when a girl is feeling sexy or trendy, I love to add a little punch on these kissers.

So here are my favorite colors other than the nudies that I’ll wear most of the time in my true plain jane way.

Drum roll please?!?!

Ruby Woo by MAC Cosmetics Is the biggity bomb when it comes to date night, some (boyfriend jeans), white t-shirt and high bun kinda day.  I love this one, its a real classic.

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Cashmere by Lime Crime:  Is that kinda lipstick that you wear with shades such as white, grays and even blacks.  Go light (or no) eye shadow and double up on the lashes and mascara and some liner will do too.  I think of this one as a soft and pink type of lipstick, really girly girl where as ruby woo could be a bit badass type of girl.

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Brazen Berry By MaybellineAnother one that will look dope either  casual or dressed up.  This looks nice with colors like yellow or cobalt blues. Trust me, it will work every time.   The same “rules” kinda go with Cashmere in wearing light eye make up or you can smoke them babies out if you wanted,  but I personally would keep it light (the plain jane in me)
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Lolita by Kat Von D:  This color is a great balance because it’s got some pigment but can be considered a “nude”.  I love the shade of this lipstick because it will go with most complexions.  I would personally wear this with pinks and peaches and always with gold jewelry.  A messy beach wavy bob parted down the middle would look complete the look.
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So that just about wraps up my top 4 lipstick choices in honor of National Lipstick day!  Hope you enjoyed and next time I will be completely prepared to be the model for you ;-).

I’m always looking for lipsticks, so tell me which ones are your “go to” and how you pair them with your get ups?

~Kisses