After moving from Los Angeles to New York a year ago, Solange Knowles didn't do the Manhattan thing like her famous sister and brother-in-law, Beyonce and Jay-Z. Instead, she and her family took up residence in the hipper-by-the-minute borough of Brooklyn. The 26-year-old musician, DJ, and model now resides in the eclectic neighborhood of Carroll Gardens along with her boyfriend, music director Alan Ferguson, and her 7-year-old son Julez. She recently opened up their brownstone to Elle.
"I had a moment when I looked at my closet and I was like, 'Whoa, I really don't have any basics.' And with my house, I wanted to find a balance of having great colors and patterns but also a really livable, warm, serene space," Knowles tells Elle.
White walls and white bedding lend themselves to the serene part of the house, while the "warmth" aspect gets a boost from wood floors, embroidered pillows, and Moroccan rugs, which came straight from the source. ("We bought two when we were there because they're gorgeous and super cheap!") As for the art hanging on her walls, Knowles skips the super-stuffy galleries in favor of finds at exhibitions at the self-proclaimed "affordable" Recession Art shop, and pieces she picks up during trips back to her home state of Texas.
With sister Bey just across the river now, she and baby Blue Ivy are able to pop over for family dinners, though Knowles also hosts more raucous events: "My parties start off mellow," she says, "then get loud."
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