For my second Style Sense article in the Toledo City Paper, I interviewed Brooks Hardison. Brooks’ distinctive style is a mixture of elements: his faith, his love for classic hip-hop and his down-to-earth nature. For the interview he wore a beautiful dashiki, which I drew inspiration from to create this moodboard. I also used bits of his personality, such as his love of graffiti and poetry.
This library look can be created in its own room or even just as a reading nook. For the paint, I chose Nugget by Sherwin Williams. It’s an energetic gold shade that would look great in the day or at night. Indigo and teal/turquoise were also used, creating a warm-meets-cool palette.
As a pyrographer and newfound jewelry maker, wood plays a big role in Brooks’ creations. Wood was a significant muse for me also as I employed it in many of the items to create an organic, earthy vibe. Using varying shades of wood adds visual interest and keeps the room from looking too matchy.
The patterned throw pillow (#9) and coasters are made with imported African fabric. These vibrant batik prints create a lovely juxtaposition with the graffiti art. Because Brooks’ Christian faith is very important to him, I included a wooden cross. Its angular shape fits right in with the graphic decor.
Can we also talk about the De La Soul album art? I adore the minimalist interpretation. You can also locate other classic hip hop album prints from the same artist at his Etsy shop here.
True to my MO, I added a houseplant. I believe every room should have a plant! Given this space has such a natural theme to it, at least one plant was necessary.
Also true to my style, I used one of Ikea’s most popular items: the Kallax bookshelf. I love it for its simple, modern shape and because it can coordinate into almost any decor style.
Most of my moodboards feature modestly-priced items, but this one does include a high-ticket item: the armchair. Quality furniture is typically not cheap and should be kept around for many years, so it’s worth the splurge for a classic item. By selecting a neutral color, the chair can easily fit into a new color scheme if you change the room down the road (or are a colorholic like myself).
Much like my last moodboard, I’m hankering to create a library in my home. Maybe I’ll compromise and just do the reading corner.
You can also find additional items and colors I selected on my urban bohemian library Pinterest board here. They didn’t make the final cut, but they’re just as cool.
Do you have a library or reading nook in your home? How is it decorated? Do you have a houseplant in every room?