Always find a reason to laugh. It may not add years to your life but it will surely add life to your years. Those who know me well, know I love a good laugh. Laughter is the best medicine. . Find a reason to share a smile or laugh today. It’s Friday. Cheers to a great weekend loves! . . 📷@iamshooter #whowhatwear
Washable Rug ✔️ Performance Velvet and Leather that stands up to spills ✔️ Additional Seating Options for Guests✔️ Hidden Storage✔️ Stylish and Livable✔️ Calming wall color✔️ Easy to Clean Surfaces . . . This Small Space/ Big Style Casual Cozy space checks off all the boxes our Modern Family clients requested and is the perfect space to entertain and host movie nights. . .
When you don’t have to leave your home to spend Saturday night at the movies. . . We utilized every inch of this space challenged family room. Mounting the TV to the wall cleared the floor for those cool stools that can serve as both an additional seating option and end table (see previous post). We created a space that’s stylish, multi-functional and ready to entertain! . . 📷 @iamshooter
After a long week and a day of high winds and crazy rain storms, what better way to spend this Friday night than to be curled up on the sofa under a cozy throw and hitting the play button on @Netflix? . . Hoping our clients are enjoying this luxe velvet navy sectional and the pattern play we introduced in this family room design. Swipe left and check Instastories for a closer look at the yummy fabric and pattern combos we used! ⬅️ . . 📷 @iamshooter
What better way to kick of Black History Month than with this hand drawn wallpaper by @yaeletvalerie ?! . . My clients wanted a way to share both the history and future of their culture. . . This unexpected pop of color, pattern and history hits the mark and will be a guaranteed conversation starter for my client’s guests! . . Each silhouette tells the story of the STRENGTH, DETERMINATION, and GRACE passed through generations of women of African descent. . . Exclusively designed in Haiti, @yaeletvalerie offers high-end fabric, wallpaper and home accessories that combine art and culture in a uniquely elegant way. . . Check my stories for a peek at the installation!
Hey friends! It’s been a minute. I’ve been quietly working, juggling life and tackling some pretty exciting projects that I can’t wait to share with you. . . This week I’m at the International Surfaces Event (ISE) where the theme certainly seems to be beauty meets function. The ISE showcases the most amazing and innovative surface product lines from vendors all over the globe. . . Trust me. These aren’t your mother’s floor coverings! Consider my mind blown by the unique products I’ve spotted while here. . . As a designer, I’m always on the hunt for exciting new new products to introduce to my clients as well as ways to highlight what we call “the fifth wall.” . . Thank you @tiseevents for inviting me to experience all the amazingness that is the International Surface Event. I can’t wait to add these amazing goodies to my design arsenal and incorporate in upcoming projects. Swipe left to see the ✨gems ✨ design friend @bethdianasmith and I discovered at the show. ⬅️
Remember why you started. One day you’ll be staring right at the blessing you always dreamed about. ✨ . . Happy Hump Day friends!
“Little you is so proud of everything you are.” . . Talk about coming full circle! If you know Brooklyn, you know the building pictured behind me. Many many years ago, I’d go to this very building once a month for my orthodontist appointments to have my braces adjusted. I HATED IT!! . . Back then I never imagined all the adventures, challenges, wins (and loses) or the Colgate smile (😁) life would bring. . . What thing in your life do you think a younger you would be most proud of ? . . 📷 @najmdesignsphotos
“We cannot become what we want by remaining who we are” . . When the life gets too busy, sometimes its necessary to just pause and reflect on not only the challenges but also on all of the blessings and fortune we’ve been given. . . This summer I slowed things down a bit and spent time reflecting and focusing on family and the future. . . Grateful for this new season and the new opportunities that come with it. The kids are back in school 💃🏿💃🏿, and I’m ready to work! . . 📷 @najmdesignsphotos
Flash.Back.Friday Throwing it back to this picture perfect backyard oasis project we completed last summer. Who else wouldn’t mind spending the weekend here? . 📷 @iamshooter
Spending the last few days celebrating the Eid holiday with family and friends has been priceless. My birthday falling on this special holiday.. 🙌🏾🙌🏾 • So grateful for another trip around the sun and all of the life lessons that have come with it. Reflecting on all that’s been accomplished this year and focusing on all that’s to come. This is #fortyWon
✨Morning Light ✨ There’s nothing like waking up to a space you love. Happy Friday friends!
Bold. Modern. Family Living . . I love that my clients weren’t afraid of mixing prints, colors or materials to achieve a fresh look for their living space. . . One of my favorite pieces in this modern family living space is this contemporary glass and wood end table. I love the mix of materials! It allows for a blending of styles, provides great storage and makes for a pretty cool conversation piece. . #realestate
The eyes are the mirror of the soul. ✨ Doesn’t the strength and determination in her eyes just draw you in? . . Choosing art for your home is a personal investment. I encourage clients to select pieces that really speak to them and reflect who they are. . . My client fell in love with the bold color and brush strokes of this piece. Her passion is African American art, activism and keeping African culture and traditions at the forefront of her family’s life. We knew this piece would be the perfect focal point the family’s fresh soulful dining room!
It was a pleasure providing a fresh design perspective for my modern family clients with a love for culture, travel, color, mixed prints, and all things soulful. . Excited to share a peek of this vibrant living space that shows off the family’s fun personality, immediately grabs attention and intrigues guests. Welcome! . 📷 @iamshooter
Use your smile to change the world. Don’t let the world change your smile. ✨ . . 📷 @iamshooter
Stepping into the weekend like.... . . The relationship between runway design and what’s trending in home design is undeniable. As an interior designer and fashion enthusiast, I keep abreast of trends in interiors and in the fashion world. . . There is something so liberating and inspiring about recognizing unseen potential in a space and creating an authentic masterpiece. The same can be said about fashion and my early experience with modest styling. I’ve always been drawn to the details, what makes a piece unique. I fully embrace the challenge of coming up with modest looks that aren’t lackluster. . . I love creating trademark looks for myself and the spaces I design that are distinct and fashionable. These @netaporter super wide leg silk pants, @jcrew striped top, @thebougieboheme chain necklace and silk hijab from @hautehijab say “tradition with a twist.” . . What does your space or personal style say about you? . . . 📷 @iamshooter #blackexcellence #whowhatwearing #asseenonme
Hijab represents: Empowerment, Confidence, Beauty, Conviction, Identity and Courage. . . I was honored when @HauteHijab nominated me as a Change Maker and asked me to be part of the release of their highly anticipated Heritage Collection. . . Growing up, I watched my mother wrap her hijab and dress modestly. Like most little girls, I aspired to emulate her and the women I saw in our community. . . The community of women who raised me took great pride in dressing modestly and expressed themselves through their use of color and style. To these women, modesty did not equal being invisible. . . So, today I celebrate their amazing legacy by by teaching my daughters that being stylish and maintaining one’s own identity are not mutually exclusive. . . **Click the link in my bio to read the full interview where I discuss my hijab journey, my work, my love of fashion and why my heritage as an African American Muslim Woman is so important! . . 📸 @iamshooter
Thank you @shayla.martin and @archdigestpro for including myself and 24 of my colleagues in this timely write up on our experiences as Black designers in today’s design industry. It’s an honor to share the platform with such a talented group. . . Please take a moment to click on the link in my bio to read the full article. Get the scoop on our candid discussion about how we meet and overcome a variety of obstacles and stereotypes as design professionals. You’ll hear, first hand, about our careers, our successes and the challenges we face as designers of color. . . Definitely a great read! Swipe left for my 2 cent 😊
Have you picked up the latest issue of @housebeautiful yet? You know the one with the gorgeous dining room on the front cover and me on the inside. Eeek!! . . Things have been beyond crazy here with the children being out of school for the summer. There’s a lot of juggling going on. But I wanted to pop back in to share some exciting news with you. . . This month’s issue of @housebeautiful features me as an “Instagrammer to Follow.” How cool is that?!! . . Thanks so much to @najmdesignsphotos for the awesome photo capture and to @josaltz and the team at @housebeautiful for highlighting my page where fashion meets #interiors with a healthy dose of #momlife. 😉 . . #homedesign