Bold African art pops against gray walls in the master bedroom hallway of this transitional California home. The space is brimming with built-in storage – cabinets and drawers on the right and a walk-in closet to the left.
The overall relaxing feel of this home comes from its straightforward use of color. Neutral tones dominate in the space but there are plenty of small pops of color that come through in the accessories. These festive beads, colorful African dolls and small fern balls are grouped together to create an interesting and bright mix.
Talk about a customized closet! This space was designed by Ehrlich Architects for an African art dealer/big game couple, reflecting their trademark styles of dress, which they refer to as “the hunter and the hunted.” He only wears camouflage, while she is devoted to animal prints. The zebra print rug unites them both, as does the spectacular African sculpture in the center. It’s interesting to note the differences in storage space requirements: He needs more shelves for casual folded clothes and duffel bags, whereas she has more hanging space for professional wear suited to her work in the art world.
Indigo has a centuries old history in Africa. In Nigeria alone, you can find the world’s oldest dye pits, where traditional indigo dyeing is still being practiced today. Relief indigo prints were a strong part of commerce, resulting in some of the earliest exports from African countries. Today, Indigo still has a place in the world of exports. The stunning blue shade that results from plant-based dyes from the indigofera and lonchocarpus cyanescens plant varieties is an evocative one. And it looks stunning on this Indigo Butterfly Chair (http://www.osxnasozi.com/product/indigo-gold-butterfly-chair) from xnasozi. A mid-century modern piece where a West African art form helps to make a modern, cultural statement.
Overlap furniture and furnishings - In your living room, upholster your sofa in a soft velvet, add layered rugs and balance with a well-curated display of art. Simple white coffee table shows off the changing layers of a personal collection.
The sleek platform bed dressed in plush linens has stunning views of the South African landscape. Windows slide back to open the bedroom up to natural surroundings, while a pair of oversized armchairs and ottomans are a comfortable spot to relax.
This home is a treasure trove of art and accessories, especially these statues. This trio of sentinels stands close to the entry adding a vintage, rustic and global feel to the space all at once. The African wood carvings were discovered during a visit to the African market in Harlem.
This mezzanine boasts art and artifacts from around the world: a trio of hanging lead globes originally from a pawn shop sign, a carved alabaster light sconce c. 1920 and carved African doors hung as a sculpture on the wall. A leather settee provides comfortable seating.
This family rooms features a bold mix of African textiles and an orderly, comfortable mood. The rug in this room is Moroccan, and the storage console is filled with woven baskets, to keep clutter in check. A mix of family photos and wall art decor lend a personal touch.
South African artist Danielle Clough creates her adorably diminutive works in embroidery which she then mounts in a small frame or wooden hoop. We're obsessed with this utterly whimsical squinting fox, the perfect mantle piece art object for a dollhouse or ideal to hang in a baby's room.
This wallpaper was a game/room changer! A boring space was transformed with great texture when that went up. The rustic table and the tray and indigo African textiles we framed, give it a relaxed feel but the damask curtains make us a little Southern. African textiles and mud cloth from the flea market made great art and we made pillows in the leather chairs in the living room out of it too! These custom, casual and bohemian touches made all the difference!
Malene’s home radiates culture which is a central feature of her product designs-especially her amazing line of rugs. In the living room, the rug completes the conceptual connection between the blue-stained floors and these figures with a pattern that evokes the look and feel of foaming seas. Additional patterns on the pillows and art completes the vignette, bringing home elements of island life as well as African culture.
Off to one side of the dining room, Nana Yaa’s favorite form of transportation makes its own colorful contribution to the decor. This simple yet chic vignette is completed with the inclusion of an African mask hanging on the wall. Though minimalist, Nana Yaa’s style includes a lot of art, which the fashion designer often uses as an ode to her culture, a memento of places she’s been or a reminder of old friends.