African Inspired Interior Accessories Decléor Scented Candle 

Premium aromatherapy skin care specialists Decléor introduce a relaxing candle infused with 100% natural essential oils, whose scent and packaging evoke the rich and diverse eco-system found in Madagascar. Tonka Bean, Vetiver, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang, and Grapefruit are combined in the African inspired interior accessories to create a blissful luxurious fragrance that naturally perfumes your living space whilst contributing to your wellbeing. Free of Palm oil, the Decléor Voyage – Madagascar Scented Candle has a sixty-hour burn time.
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Maji Umbrellas Take Cover And Help Provide Clean Water

Living in the UK with its unpredictable weather, it goes without saying having an umbrella is a necessity and it is easy to through many in quick succession in the course of a year, hoping each new purchase will serve its purpose of keeping you dry and be not blown away when confronted with a bit of wind. Inevitably there are many styles to choose from, and the latest entry in the market is Maji Umbrellas whose ethos is to create sturdy, stylish umbrellas that do more than just keep you dry.
[Image credit: Maji Umbrellas – left, Moonshade; right Blue Sahara]
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Interior Decor Accessories Handcrafted African Candles

In the mountainous countryside of the Kingdom of Swaziland a disused cowshed in a former dairy was turned into a candlemaking workshop that has become a local tourist attraction as visitors from all over the world stop by to see the production process, and array of unique handcrafted African candles. Whether round or triangular, animal or fruit; carved or hand painted Swazi Candles are created and finished by hand meaning no two will be the same.
[Image credits: Swazi Candles]
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Reader Offer – Bibi Invitations African Style Wedding Invitations

Spotting a gap in the market after an unsuccessful search to find modern African style wedding invitations that showcased her vibrant Nigerian heritage prompted designer Ify Ojo to seriously consider creating her own range and led to the founding of Bibi Invitations; an exquisite range of wedding and special occasion invitations designed to capture the vibrant celebratory spirit of Nigerian, and indeed many African special occasions. The company was officially launched in 2012 by three friends; Ify Ojo and Omena Babalola who are based in Canada, and Chinelo Agazie who is based in the UK.
[Image credits: Ifenkili – Bibi Invitations]
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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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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, a luxury range of handcrafted paper notebooks featuring vibrant colourful designs and bold African print textiles finished with a pretty satin ribbon tie to enclose your thoughts. As ‘lovely’ as the name suggests, the notebooks combine Ghanaian and European design influences and are designed and handcrafted by Carissa Abraham, a creative who sought for ways to bring together her love of fashion and stationery.
[Image credits: top and bottom left, Africa Range;
bottom right, Signature Range – Lovely Notebooks]
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Mario Gerth Culture And Diversity In African Portraits Collection

It goes without saying that artists and photographers alike have always been fascinated by the human form, and I often wonder about the nameless faces captured by camera and displayed for the world to see. I must admit it sometimes unsettles me slightly, wondering do they know they will be on some form of display, their likeness forever preserved in the pages of a book or as a mounted image hung on the wall. My mind is full of questions… who are they, what are their day to day lives like, their hopes and dreams? But at the same time I can’t help but be drawn to images portrayed, fascinated by the diversity of what defines human life and beauty, and when I came across the subjects depicted in Dutch photographer, Mario Gerth’s African Portraits collection, I mean wow… what can I say, I had to pause… my goodness the word beautiful doesn’t seem to be enough to describe them but that is what they are; portraits capturing the grace and beauty of African people resplendent in tribal dress in what is a sensitive study of the culture and diversity to be found across the continent. Developed in black and white, sepia and colour I saw the striking African portraits collection profiled on African Digital Art, and having only chosen a few, I would encourage you to click on the links in additional details below to see the rest.
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Freshly Found Vintage Paper Inspired Christmas Decor

For a quirkier, vintage inspired look and feel to your Christmas décor then Freshly Found have some inspired decorations. Inspired by a love of vintage and the Japanese traditional craft of origami, vintage paper is sourced through the recycling of books made by local crafters and folded to make items like Christmas trees, baubles and hearts. I adore the heart made with vintage jigsaw puzzle pieces, very playful, taking me back to my childhood. The Christmas tree is made from folded book pages mounted onto wire to give it a three-tiered structure and comes with two pom-pom garlands on red chain. Cards and decorations can be displayed by wedging in between the folds or fastening on with pegs. ZAR100 form every tree sold is donated to the Focus on iThemba charity, a place of hope that puts children first with initiatives designed to inspire and shape future leaders through improving education and encouraging positive parenting.
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Novica Ghana Artisans African Christmas Decorations

December’s here and out come the trees and decorations. My sister and her kids put their’s up yesterday; a luxurious black tree draped with tinsel and baubles in various gold, brandy and bronze tones that pick up and reflect her muted side lights; bringing a warm glow to her living room. If you are looking for some African Christmas decorations inspiration for your tree this season, I found these miniature hand-carved West African masks and figurines on the artisan marketplace, NOVICA. Made in Ghana, the wooden ornaments are a departure from the standard mass produced tree decorations, bringing a more personal touch. Suspended from leather loops miniature wooden masks crafted in fine detail celebrate the art of the Ewe people of Ghana, and are the work of wood carver, Victor Yao Delanyo who Victor started working with his brother-in-law, a master carver before setting up independently working with ten master carvers. Victor uses Sese wood combining some of his designs with the brass accents. Available in a set of four there are two ranges to choose from: ‘Celebration Masks’ and ‘Festive Masks’. With many other products available on NOVICA, Victor’s carvings have been exhibited in the US, France, Belgium and Australia.
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