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African Interior Design Style, Taste and Culture

A blend of African, European and Asian cultural influences underpins the elegant style of interior designer Diane Tevoedjre, whose contemporary African interior design style solutions draw on her upbringing, travels and life experiences. The daughter of a diplomat, Diane is of Malian and Beninese heritage and was born in Ghana, and has lived in the US, Italy, Germany, Belgium, France, the Far East, Central and West Africa, and Switzerland to name a few. Starting her professional career as an art dealer and interior designer over 15 years ago after studying in Geneva, Dallas and Paris, in addition to a period living in Bangkok where she […]

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Galerie Arte Award Winning Contemporary African Furniture Design

Galerie Arte is a veritable treasure trove, home to an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary African furniture design, home  décor, art, jewellery and handicrafts from highly skilled African artists and artisans. I was introduced to the Senegalese gallery by Ratiba, a current Dakar resident and décor lover who described it as ‘Dakar’s most beautiful place’, and having had a virtual browse, looks like the kind of place I could quite easily get ‘lost’ in for a few hours. The gallery/showroom located in Dakar was established by designer Joëlle le Bussy in 1996, in part due to her observations on African woods being […]

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African Inspired Jewellery Nasimiyu Upholding Cultural Traditions

An abundance of colourful beads strung, woven and twisted together form the striking jewellery pieces from Nasimiyu. Designed to go beyond mere adornment, the laden pieces are created by Nasimiyu Wekesa, a Kenyan jewellery designer based in the USA, who through each piece she creates tells a story of past and present. Nasimiyu believes that beads are personal possessions, ones that remind us of our ancestors and serve to connect us to our cultural traditions and heritage. Nasimiyu is inspired by the various uses and symbolism of beads in traditional African cultures, such as beads given during rites of passage ceremonies to […]

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Africa Travel To Babylonstoren Luxury Farm Hotel in the Cape Winelands

I grew up in Harare, the Sunshine city with a spacious yard to run around in with not a care in the world and taking for granted the ‘comforts’ that come with city living i.e. TV and electricity. My paternal Grandmother, now late, lived a traditional way of life in the rural areas i.e. no TV and no electricity, calling for visits throughout the year, prompting anxieties in my ten year old mind over how to cope without seeing favourite shows or the trappings of city life for the week or so that we would be away; however upon arrival a […]

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Lauren Pierce Atelier African Textiles Fashion Dresses

I love wrap dresses, so easy to wear and creating a flattering silhouette for most figures, so was instantly taken with these stunning ones I found on L-attitude, a one-stop online boutique for chic global fashion and accessories. The African textiles fashion dresses are from the US-based fashion label Lauren Pierce Atelier which was relaunched in September 2008 by designer and social entrepreneur Lauren Bush, whose goal was to create a label that would be more meaningful than just being about pretty clothes and was the reason for choosing her middle name in a bid to draw attention away from her famous family name […]

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Art Mosaics Inspired By Elle Decoration South Africa Cover

I tend to associate mosaics with water, probably has to do with the fact that I have mostly seen them in bathrooms, kitchens, fountains and adorning the sides of swimming pools; but from a visual point of view the patterns and colours seem to have a distinctive flow to them when forming what ever subject matter is being portrayed. Courtesy of SafariFusion’s blog, I came across some beautifully detailed mosaics by Namibian company, Forest Mosaic. The finely crafted mosaics are the work of Chiharu Rosenberg, a Japanese mosaic artist who relocated to Omaruru, Namibia where she now has her studio. [Image sources: top, Forest Mosaic Flower […]

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Ugo Oilcloth Bags Modern African Print Accessories

How trendy are Ugo’s oilcloth bags, and so practical too given a day like today’s wet weather! Oilcloth or PVC coated fabrics have been popular with designers like Cath Kidston and Orla Kiely whose distinctive patterned bags and accessories are highly sort after fashion accessories. Ugo is the brainchild of Ugonna Hosten, an accessories designer living in London, UK. Ugonna was born in Nigeria, moving to the UK in 1989 and is inspired by uplifting and expressive traditions, including the African tradition of storytelling and through her products seeks to convey the joy, beauty, strength and richness of African art and culture […]

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Tamara Magel East African Textiles Kanga Cushions

Cushions galore! I have featured quite a few, but they are such a quick and easy way to instantly transform an interior and whilst on the US edition of Elle Decor I came across some some East African textiles pillows by New York-based interior designer Tamara Magel, that use Kanga fabric, in a range of assorted graphic patterns. [Image credits: patterned Pillows – Tamara Magel]

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Prestat Single Origin African Cocoa Chocolate Buttons

You’d have thought I’d have had my fill of chocolate over Christmas, and given I’m still making my way through the leftovers I now have my eye on some chocolate buttons, a particular favourite, I do like the way they melt in your mouth one drop at a time…makes them a very moreish treat. The targets currently in mind are some African cocoa Single Origin Chocolate Buttons from Prestat, the quintessential London-based chocolatier whose confections I came across when I took a detour through Liberty of London’s Chocolate Shop, in search of a gift. The African cocoa used to make the […]

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Pfeifer Studio Stools Traditional African Furniture Design Inspiration

I can’t remember what I was looking for when I stumbled upon the blog for Pfeifer Studio and saw a post on their African furniture design inspired stool. Called ‘Abaidoo’, the stool was named after a friend’s Ghanaian father in-law and is a bestseller within the Pfeifer Studio collections. Based in New Mexico, USA Pfeifer Studio designs, produces and sources a range of stylish interior and personal furniture and accessories for retail; as well as working with designers and architects to source unique interior products for their projects and have included luxury hotels and restaurants. The in-house collections are hand crafted from […]

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Ida Elsje South African Fine Artist Turned Jewellery Designer

I was just browsing africhic.com when I came across some beautifully carved rings and floral inspired earrings by South African fine artist turned jewellery designer Ida Elsje. Specialising in bespoke handmade platinum and diamond engagement rings, Ida works from a studio and shop in CapeTown, South Africa and is one of the country’s leading contemporary jewellery designers. Ida sees her fine jewellery as ‘miniature wearable sculpture’ and established her eponymous label almost a decade ago inspired by her fine art background, the metals she enjoyed working with, and her love of sculpture. [Image credit: Editorial – Ida Elsje]

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Leif Shop African Homeware Kenyan Hand Carved Spoons

Wooden spoons are a kitchen staple and bring a natural rustic touch to the table. I love the striking effect that African Blackwood brings to these African homeware servers from Leif, a lifestyle retailer based in Brooklyn, USA. Its like they have been dipped in blocks of colour, giving a luxurious twist to the humble wooden spoon. Hand carved in Kenya, detailing includes the addition of patterned tips made from bone. [Image credits: Leif]

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Tariro Masayiti Senior Zimbabwean Winemaker, Nederburg South Africa

My Dad loves a glass of red wine every once in while, and South African wines are a particular favourite as being so far from home it’s a small reminder of the region. However nostalgia aside, over the years South African wines in general have become an increasing presence on UK retail shelves, from supermarkets to dedicated wine shops. One of the more established brands is Nederburg, one of South Africa’s oldest and most awarded wineries, whose vintages have a growing international presence, holding their own in the highly competitive markets of Europe, US, Australia; and their homegrown success can partly […]

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Christian Louboutin Egyptian Interior Decoration Style

Doing a bit of light reading I was flicking through Camilla Morton’s ‘A Year in High Heels’ when I happened to land on the page about Christian Louboutin on Egypt. The French shoe designer has a home there, in the desert near the city of  Aswân, and inspired by the beauty and tranquility of his surroundings is the place he goes to to draw all his shoe collections, I guess away from all the distractions of modern living and fast paced glamour of the industry he operates in. Recalling his first visit to Egypt at the age of fifteen, Christian tries to go every two months […]

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Miller Harris Le Touessrok Mauritius Interior Accessories

In search of some sun and relaxation and a break is out of reach at the minute then let a limited edition Miller Harris’ candle bring that holiday feeling to you. Inspired by the landscape and local spices of Mauritius, perfumer Lyn Harris of luxury British company Miller Harris has teamed up with Le Touessrok, to create a Mauritius interior accessories fragrance and a scented candle, entitled ‘Cardamon Sucre’. [Image source: Miller Harris Cardamon Sucre Candle – Red Online]

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Mijola Daniel Precious Gem African Inspired Jewellery

Situated along London’s fashionable King’s Road you will find Mijola Daniel, a jewellery boutique offering its clients exquisite African inspired jewellery pieces, along with a bespoke service for those in search of something more personal. Mijola Daniel was set up by Bola Ogundipe; a design lover who was looking for some flexibility in her working life after the birth of her third child. Combining her African heritage with western design influences Bola created her first collection  and then went on to have her creations stocked within various concessions around West London. Her heart, however, lay in opening her own boutique a dream she realised in […]

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Sabahar Contemporary Eri And Mulberry Silk Ethiopian Textiles

In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, you will find the Sabahar Silk Garden, a place celebrating and promoting the artistry and heritage of Ethiopian textiles and long standing weaving traditions. Ethiopian textiles weaving dates back to ancient times and all the products produced are woven on traditional looms using age old techniques, that have been passed down through the generations; however some of the techniques are in danger of dying out in favour of modern, often imported products. Named after the Queen of Sheba ‘Saba’ and ‘Har’ the Amharic word for silk; Sabahar works with artisans from around the country, designing and producing stylish […]

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Coccolily London Pink Nail Polish Collection

Whilst going through and updating the site I revisited a few brands that I hadn’t check-in on in a while. One of those was Canadian based fashion label, Coccolily, click to read the profile. It seems that for most fashion brands after accessories the next diversifying favourite is creating a signature perfume, but in the case of Coccolily a range of girly nail polishes have been the product of choice. [Image credit: Pink London Nail Polish Range – Coccolily]

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Modern African Food Ghalia Alia Mahmoud Egyptian Celebrity Chef

A year ago the Arab nations of North Africa were on the verge of momentous change and amidst the uncertainty of a post-revolutionary Egypt emerged a symbol of the new nation in the form of Ghalia Alia Mahmoud, a former maid and cook turned celebrity chef. Ghalia’s warm personality and humble beginnings inspired ordinary everyday Egyptians, instilling a sense of hope in the future of their nation. Thanks to a 60 minute cooking show aired three times a week on the newly launched 25TV – a revitalised Egyptian television station that was capturing and reflecting on life and issues in the new Egypt […]

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Luxury Handcrafted African Print Paper Notebooks

Looking to record thoughts and goals for the year ahead, for me the fresh pages of a brand new notebook always have the affect of optimism and promise, I can hardly wait to get stuck in, and this is the time of year when I inevitably end up accumulating an assortment of journals, diaries and notebooks from usually from gifts and giveaways. Stationery tends to be so visually stimulating that with so many designs to choose from it becomes tempting to collect them just because. These were the very thoughts I had when I came across an advert for Lovely Notebooks, […]

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