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Everyday Black at Bumbershoot 2018

Zorn B. Taylor and I were given an opportunity to bring our EVERYDAY BLACK photography exhibition to Bumbershoot, an annual international music and art festival. Thank you Elisheba Johnson, Anastacia Renee, Sam Warren, Eve Sanford, Marie Kidhe, and the full teams at the Northwest African American Museum for helping us bring this pop-up exhibition to life.

  “Praise.”  Jessica Rycheal. Digital photograph, 2016.

“Praise.” Jessica Rycheal. Digital photograph, 2016.

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In Living Color

I’ve been holding it down in my quaint little Columbia City condo for a little over two years now, and it definitely feels like home. I’ve wandered through the sea of Craiglist listings, in search of better rates and naive hopes for more square footage, quite a few times over the several months. However, the rapid rise in rent costs across the city of Seattle and, at this point, the surrounding areas has been painful to witness. And needless to say, my wanderings have not be successful. Though the need for more space to accommodate my growing archive of photography prints and The Underdog Co inventory persists, I’ve made my peace with sticking it out in this quiet little corner unit for a little while longer.

After giving up on apartment hunting, I decided to refresh my apartment a little bit. I refuse to buy “real” furniture till I buy a house though. So I’ve focused instead on dialing up the color and vibrancy to bring a warm, light-hearted and upbeat energy to my space. I’ve managed to refresh the space on a pretty tight budget thanks to regular trips to the home goods section at Ross and Goodwill stores across the city. Opting for a brighter decor color palette has made a really significant difference during the long, grey and rainy fall and winter seasons for which Seattle is famous. I love the way this little haven has come together, and I find so much joy and delight in the details. They make my little introverted heart feel at home. 

If you need some help jumpstarting a refresh of your own, I’ve tagged the sources for most of the decor below and artwork below.

Sectional: Kasala Furniture. Coffee table: All Modern. Faux hide rug: Overstock. TV console, bookshelf & frames: Ikea. Pillow cover: Etsy. Himalayan salt lamp & faux fur throw: Ross. Plants: Lowes Home Improvement.

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  Gold chrome vase, cougar statue & bookends: Ross. African statues: Goodwill.

Gold chrome vase, cougar statue & bookends: Ross. African statues: Goodwill.

  Potted plant:    Lowes Home Improvement   . Chrome balloon dog piggy bank:    Houzz   . Frame: Ikea.

Potted plant: Lowes Home Improvement. Chrome balloon dog piggy bank: Houzz. Frame: Ikea.

“Kalemba II” by Willian Santiago. “Colorful Frida” by Kendra Dandy. “The Block” poster by Romare Bearden via The Met Store. “The Simple Abstract” art print by T30 Gallery. Fabric print from my Thailand trip in 2017.

  Coffee table:    All Modern   . Faux hide rug:    Overstock   . Marble hexagonal coasters:    Ebay   .

Coffee table: All Modern. Faux hide rug: Overstock. Marble hexagonal coasters: Ebay.