Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

And The Winner Is...

Wayfair Urban Garden Giveaway Winner

Congratulations MS CANDY!!!  You have won a set of beautiful Arcadia planters from Wayfair.  Please email aphrochic{at}me.com with your full name and address for the planters to be mailed to you.  These are going to look beautiful in your garden!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered.  The winner was chosen using Random.org, and the results are below.  And thank you so much to Wayfair for sponsoring a fantastic giveaway!  See more of the beautiful home decor items they have to offer at Wayfair.com >

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fashion: Made In America

Made In America Festival Fashion

Philadelphia is a music town, and I love that about my city.  I am really looking forward to attending the Made In America Festival next week on the Parkway.  Bringing together some amazing artists including Beyonce, Solange, Emile Sande, Kendrick Lamar, and more, it's going to be two days of fun! As thrilled as I am about the music, I'm also excited about what to wear to America's hottest music fest this summer.  Here are a few pieces that are perfect for Made In America.

Made In America Festival Fashion

The bars on this tee look like piano keys.  It's casual, graphic and perfect for a day at a festival.

Made In America Festival Fashion

An outdoor music fest calls for a sporty, chic hat.

Made In America Festival Fashion

To rock modern Americana style, I love the idea of going with jewelry that's blue and white with a punch of coral.

Made In America Festival Fashion

Backpacks are back in style!  This one is super chic and will hold water bottles, snacks and everything needed for a day at a festival.

Made In America Festival Fashion

These cute flats will last all day long.

Made In America Festival Fashion

Ear plugs are a necessity and these come in their own cute case.

Made In America Festival Fashion

Check out more of my Made In America style over at Keep, and be sure to follow AphroChic on Instagram and Twitter as we post live from the Made In America Festival on Sunday, September 1st.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Beaded Beauty: Yoruba Chairs

Yoruba Beaded Chairs

It was a little over two years ago when I visited a designer's apartment and for the first time saw a beaded Yoruba chair.  Thousands of beads were intricately placed upon the armchair frame to create the most beautiful patterns.  I was immediately enthralled and wanted to learn more.

Yoruba Beaded Chairs

Yoruba chairs hail from Nigeria, and were traditionally used by the kings and queens of the Yoruba tribe.  Essentially throne chairs, they are truly luxurious pieces.  No two are alike as each chair is handmade using thousands of tiny beads.

Yoruba Beaded Chairs

The shapes and colorways that appear in each design are exquisite.  These chairs would be a bright and colorful addition to any interior, and are sure to add a cultural touch.

Yoruba Beaded Chairs

The geometric patterns also lend to modern spaces.  I love this chair featuring repetitive diamond shapes, reminiscent of the kuba pattern featured in our The Beat wallpaper.  You can find these unique armchairs online at sites like eBay and 1st Dibs.  Have fun exploring!

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Glam Pieces at H&M Home

H&M Home

H&M Home has finally come to the United States! The collection is beautiful, full of glamorous accent pieces. Blooming curtains, copper pillows, and metallic candleholders are all part of a collection that you are sure to covet for years to come.

H&M Home

This sequin cushion cover comes in a range of colors from copper and silver to black.

H&M Home

Floral curtains are scattered throughout the collection.  In oversized blooms, the look is clean and modern.

H&M Home

A mix of metallic candleholders is sure to provide a nice glow on Fall evenings. The hurricanes also feature some beautiful, delicate patterns.

Shop the complete collection over at H&M >

Monday, August 19, 2013

Wayfair Urban Garden Giveaway

AphroChic Urban Garden Giveaway

I may be a city girl now, but I'm originally from the country.  Growing up, I was surrounded by green - fields, farms, and lots and lots of trees.  Now an urban dweller, I still long for green spaces, and love the idea of creating a small garden with today's modern hanging planters.  That's why I partnered with Wayfair to host a giveaway where one lucky reader will win a set of these beautiful Arcadia planters to create their own green space.

AphroChic Urban Garden Giveaway

A set of round planters would look amazing in the backyard.  I love the idea of placing a collection of four or five on a fence.

AphroChic Urban Garden Giveaway

You can also bring these planters indoors, creating a living wall inside your interior.

AphroChic Urban Garden Giveaway

To enter, simply place your name in the comment section.  One reader will be chosen at random.  Enter by Friday, August 23rd at 11:59pm.  Good luck!

*This contest is only open to US residents.  One reader will win a set of five Arcadia planters valued at $49.95.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Original Art: Kelvin Okafor


Bryan and I are in Washington DC right now visiting family, and yesterday we decided to take in some sites and visited The National Portrait Gallery.  It's one of those places that I can visit again and again to see what's new in modern portraiture.  After visiting the museum, I felt inspired to share with you the work of Kelvin Okafor.  A modern portraitist, Kelvin takes graphite to paper creating striking works that are so crisp they read like black and white photographs.  Each piece has a soul to it, as if you are looking right into the eyes of the person he has illustrated.  Here are a few of my favorite pieces from Kelvin's portfolio.




You can explore more works, including prints for sale on Kelvin's website right here >  Enjoy!

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Lamps Plus Color Plus Look Book

Jeanine Hays Featured in Lamps Plus Color Plus Lookbook

You all know how much I love color.  You can see it in every piece of home decor we offer at AphroChic.  I embrace it, especially those bright shades that just make you smile.  And so I was excited to talk about color in Lamps Plus' latest look book for the Color Plus Lighting Collection.  I was honored to be among a group of some fabulous tastemakers, discussing my favorite lamp from the Color Plus collection.  You can see it below:

Jeanine Hays Featured in Lamps Plus Color Plus Lookbook

Isn't that berry shade just delicious?!  Check out more from the stunning Color Plus Lighting Collection over at Lamps Plus.  Enjoy!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Summer Vacation

Summer vacation has arrived for us! We are traveling to Washington DC for a family vacation with our niece. To say we're excited is an understatement. I will return to the blog in mid-August with an awesome giveaway. Until then follow our vacation adventures on Instagram: www.instagram.com/aphrochic. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Decorating With Metallics

Alexander Lamont

Designer Alexander Lamont is a master when it comes to metallics.  The British designer creates pieces that add that special glow to an interior.  A look at his recent collection, and I fell in love with pieces gilded in gold, bronze and brass.  These accessories have a soft glow that will make any room shine.  

Alexander Lamont

This water-lily mirror is a stunning work of art.  The soft patina gives a bit of a metallic glow.

Alexander Lamont

I have never seen votives so luxurious.  These small bowls have been painted with a rich gold interior.  With a black outer shell the look is very modern and sophisticated. 

Alexander Lamont

Twisted wood has been cast in bronze to create this unique vessel.  A richly organic piece, I would love to feature this on a dining room table or living room mantel.

For more metallic inspiration check out our Color Crush: Metallics Pinterest board >

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