On the weekend of October 12th in Los Angeles, global design gurus Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason remixed the Helms Bakery District’s newest showroom space, transforming its interior into a stunning concept home filled with design inspiration. The exhibit, complete with a living room, library, master bedroom, dining room, and back patio, was furnished entirely with items from the Helm’s Bakery District’s various retailers. Top it off with a hand-picked collection of local art displayed alongside vibrant, hand-dyed Rwandan imports inspired by Solange Knowles (more on that after the jump), and the result was a flawlessly furnished space brimming with poise and personality.
Those who were lucky enough to peruse the Helm’s home in person likely got a sense they were present in someone’s actual living space. Splashes of the fictional home owner’s personality — mainly found in the African-inspired art and literature — mingled with classic furnishings from retailers, such as Room & Board and H.D. Buttercup, to make this stunning staged exhibit feel like a real home. In the space, color-saturated furniture and bold-patterned rugs beautifully coexisted with sleek lines, lush textures and natural materials to create a breathtaking display of what a home can be.
AphroChic founders Jeanine and Bryan believe that art, especially those of cultural significance, is what defines a space and gives it life. Closely identifying with African culture, the two have partnered with Indego Africa to create a line of products near and dear to their hearts. Unveiled at the Helm’s home, The Rwanda Collection features hand-dyed batik pillows and vibrant hand-woven baskets and coasters inspired by the colorful style of Solange Knowles. A closer look at the hypnotic blue damask wallpaper in the living room reveals a gorgeous water color silhouette of a Rwandan woman painted by artist Samantha Hahn. A portion of the proceeds from the collection will go to Indego Africa, a nonprofit social enterprise and lifestyle brand that supports women in Rwanda through economic empowerment and education.
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Thanks, Jeanine and Bryan!