Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason may have only lived in their Crown Heights, Brooklyn home for nine months, but they’ve already made it feel like home. The founders of AphroChic, an interior design firm and home decor blog, Jeanine and Bryan know a thing or two about design.
Jeanine and Bryan’s apartment search began over a year ago, when they decided to move from Philadelphia to Brooklyn. They wanted a home with historic and architectural details that would give them a place to showcase their style and their growing art and cultural artifact collection. After months of searching, they found exactly what they were searching for on the top floor of a pre-war limestone building in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood.
“From the moment we walked in, we could see that the original layout must have been astonishing. We were grateful to see that the apartment retained much of its original detail”, Jeanine explains. “We’ve spent the last nine months working to highlight the historic elements of the apartment, while creating a modern, creative home that reflects our African-American heritage with the contemporary aesthetic that we refer to as AphroChic.”
I love the way Jeanine and Bryan have combined so many stylistic and cultural influences into one space, all while also celebrating local makers from their new adopted home borough of Brooklyn. Click through to see their full space and read more about their decorating process. –Shannon
Photographs by Patrick Cline