African Influence 2013

Monday, April 1, 2013





 pendent light | decorative storage jars | juju hatpoufblanket | stool | zulu mama chairs | hamper basket

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Ours was an amazing end to our spring break, it all went a little too quickly but with weather in the mid seventies this weekend who can complain?! We mostly had a stay-cation, save our visit to our friends in Hood River and I got caught up on a few things. I also found some time to sit in the sun and enjoy some down time with a stack of long neglected magazines. Oo, yes, and I did get to sleep in until about 9 am twice!

In said magazines I saw a few African inspired homes that I really loved. I have always loved folk art and the art of crafting by hand, so naturally I have always had an admiration for African design and folk art.  But often when it's styled in homes I think it can sometimes go over board with all the animal prints and err on the side of being too trendy and generalized where it looses exactly what makes it so wonderful when it hits the market in mass production. And when I think of Africa I think of color and big blue skies and beautiful natural elements, so often the African design style is a bit counterintuitive of my ideas of this amazing and diverse continent - I imagine it's not all wildlife safari's (Actually I know it's not because I have been to Africa - the Egyptian part that is). This is a sample of a few of the particular pieces that caught my eye and I tracked down online to share with you all.  I also loves these homes where they showcase african art and objects and definitely have an african vibe but there's not a zebra rug in sight.

Anyone playing any april fools jokes today? I am still trying to come up with one for my older son Fisher, so if anyone has any great ideas, do share! 

20 comments:

  1. Totally in love with those first few rooms. In.LOVE. I was brought a bit aback when I thought the ceremonial hat was the pouf...wouldn't it make a great pouf? I need a pouf along with my new sheepskin. And dining room chairs. Did I mention I'm downsizing? That doesn't mean I don't need all new things!

    So glad you had a great break chickie. Welcome back to the land of the living.

    Lauren @ stillpluslife

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    1. a pouf is on my list too, right next to a new sheepskin. i think downsizing usually does require new things because everything needs to fit just right!

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  2. I really love this. It's a bit Bohemian/African I guess you'd say. Wonderful designs! Happy Monday!

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    1. yes, i agree with the mash-up. it's a good combo :)

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  3. Sounds like the perfect Easter weekend Christine. Since I am South African, I am also drawn to African influenced interiors but I think subtle is definitely key. (My grandmother lived on a farm in the middle of nowhere and had cowhide and zebra rugs, with head attached, that used to turn my stomach). I like a bit of animal print (in moderation) and natural elements - I particularly love those wooden stools in the second picture.

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    1. ha, i grew up in northern idaho and my family had bears and mountains on the wall, they definitely gave me a few nightmares! i love rustic too, but that's another style where subtle is key. i want some of those wooden stools, they are just so pretty.

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  4. I love these warm rich and earthy tones, it's very inspiring.

    cheers.

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  5. I have been to several homes with African elements; I find that they add an unforgettable and very special touch to a place.

    LUXESSED

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  6. The Womb Chair is one of my all time faves- and I love how at home it looks next too those little wooden stools. I really like your picks too- especially the throw.

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    1. i know, i love the color of that chair it perfect with all the other decor. i wish i had the gift of mixing design styles as well as they do in that space!

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  7. My jaw dropped at that sultry low day bed. So gorgeous! I just want to drink tea on it with a good book in the afternoon on a rainy day, not that it has to be that particular of a day for me to enjoy it.

    I have been lacking in the fool's jokes today, but I did love Google Map's treasure map!

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    1. i could go for a little mountain home in the tropic that was designed just like that room. i love it. i did play a joke on fisher . . . i put clear packing tape on his door so when he opened it he ran into it with his forehead. i am not sure how funny it was, but i had a good belly laugh. hehe.

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  8. That first room! I keep staring at every inch of it and finding new things to love. Sigh. You know, i didn't play one April Fool's joke. I suppose it's not too late. Sounds like you all had a nice spring break. My kids are on their spring break this week. I'm thinking we need to go explore and have some adventures and sleep in until 9:00 am and read magazines. ;)

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    1. i love the windows and the subtle elegance. it's amazing but still inviting and warm. so, yes, i love it too! have a great spring break! it's nice to just take it all in stride and not feel rushed. xo

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  9. SO much fabulous eye candy! I love the wood stools in that second room.
    Isn’t That Charming.

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  10. I'm getting to be a bigger and bigger fan of African textiles and how they vary from those that you would find elsewhere - my dream is to have loads hanging from the walls someday, like tapestries.

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  11. Ohh yes please. You know how you can think you've nailed down an aesthetic that you think is perfect? Yeah, these images are totally making me rethink that. I love that round up, twinsy!! That raw wood stool, that blanket. And that low sofa is genius! I would only have to roll off to get to the snack food in the kitchen, no more of that standing up nonsense! :)

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