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Zebra Print Safari Chic Inspired Interior Decor Accessories

While the hot pink zebra print wouldn’t look out of place in an episode of ‘Jerseylicious’ (…and, no I didn’t just admit to watching that… it… umm… just happens to be on when I’m in the room!), I rather fancy the ice bucket.  I saw it featured in a Zebra print inspired editorial in online Australian interiors magazine Adore Home; and after yesterdays more softer nature inspired post, it definitely turns things up a notch. Brilliant green colour adds a fun, stylish twist to classic Zebra print creating contemporary Safari chic inspired interior decor accessories. [Image credit: Adore Home Magazine Australia]

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Zara Home African Inspired Home Decor And Textiles

I adore the Zara Home Store, it is a veritable treasure trove of beautiful things and passing by the window display in Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent, this past Sunday I was greeted with a showcase of classic African inspired home decor and textiles – think safari style in various shades of brown, sand, ebony and ivory. Whilst I tend to prefer a more vibrant look incorporating brightly coloured accents, there were some elements that appealed, however on entering the store to have a closer look I was then greeted with distinct sections of fuchsia, peacock blue and purple – much […]

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South African Interior Decor Clinton Friedman Scatter Cushions

Finally… the time has come to shed bulky coats and heavy cardi’s, as the onset of spring ushers in the warmer weather. Taking the lead from the flowers now starting to peek out of the thawing ground, why not celebrate the start of spring by injecting some floral South African interior decor inspiration throughout your living space. I’m inspired to bring the outside in with these gorgeous scatter cushions by Durban-based photographer, Clinton Friedman, who has taken to reproducing his stunning graphic imagery onto fabric. [Image credit: Subtraction Collection – Clinton Friedman]

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North African Home Decor Punched Metal Lighting

Flick a switch and watch as light spills through countless tiny holes, each painstakingly punched by hand using a hammer and a punch. This is a method of traditional punctured metal work that has been used in North Africa for thousands of years, and one that makes up the beautiful North African home decor lighting products from Dido Designs. [Image credit: Drum Lampshade – Dido Designs]

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African Design Inspired Liberia Tea Collection By SoHe Designs

Growing up my mum had a brown and white china tea and dinner set, depicting traditional English scenes rendered in the French toile style. It was a set that had pride of place in the display cabinet and came with the implict understanding we were not allowed to touch. My siblings and I would peer at it through the glass, fascinated at the detail and delicateness of it, making up stories about the images portrayed. The thing that strikes me most about that set was how it was reserved for special occasions only, and even then it hardly ever came […]

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Innovative Modern Basket Furniture

[Image source: Elle Decoration – South Africa] Take a giant, oversized woven basket and tip it on its side, add some sturdy wooden legs and voilà you have a piece of modern basket furniture in the form of a chair, the Jeddah Seat to be precise. I appreciate its not that simple but the resulting effect is an ingenious approach to the humble, yet stylish woven basket giving it a contemporary look in the process. Woven from rush, the Jeddah chair by Italian designer Angelo Figus is a beautiful example of handwoven craftsmanship and attention to detail.

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South African Decor Mud Studio Earthy Chandeliers

[Image credit: Mud Studio via Bellissimo] I was intrigued by the elements and construction of these rather unique South African decor chandeliers from Mud Studio, based in the Orange Free State. Literally born out of the earth, these majestic chandeliers exuding rustic charm are made up of over 6000 handmade clay beads, drawn from the surrounding South African soil and handcrafted in partnership with artisans from the local communities. Drawing inspiration from the landscape and nature the ceramic beads are wire-wrapped, strung and styled around handmade wire frames.

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Gahaya Links African Baskets Celebrating Peace In Rwanda

[Image credits: top, Fairwinds Trading; bottom, Gahaya Links] Following on from my previous posting about the Zimbabwean Basket Weavers, I have become increasingly fascinated by the defining characteristics and regional differences in the patterns, forms and traditional uses of African baskets and thought it would be nice to dedicate a separate posting for each of the various country styles I come across.

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Wax Cloth African Print Dinnerware

Bring some colour to your place settings with African style homeware in the form of wax cloth African print inspired dinnerware offerings. Firstly from American-based French Bull, whose kitchen and lifestyle products are wonderfully bright and funky. With products sold globally, the Isis range of dinnerware and platters caught my eye whilst browsing their website. Described as being inspired by Africa, the Isis range has an air of vibrant wax cloth African print fabric design about it. Made from melamine making the products durable and resistant to high heat, these plates are perfect for adults and children alike making them ideal for picnics.

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Basket Case a showcase of Contemporary Zimbabwean Basketry

 [Image credit: BBC] I came across a photo-editorial on BBC about an exhibition of contemporary Zimbabwean basketry called ‘The Basket Case’, currently being held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare. The National Gallery is beautiful space and a place I know well having spent many a time there perusing the latest exhibits and completing assignments. I am glad to see that it is still putting on inspiring exhibits.  ‘The Basket Case’ exhibition is all about connecting the past and the present, traditional with contemporary and is based on a project by interior accessories designer, Heath Nash and the traditional basket weavers based […]

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