Feature Friday: African Style

Today I am taking us to Africa to get some inspiration. It may be a bit of a shock to some to think that such an impoverished place has the potential to be a good source for inspired design. However, there is a lot to learn from their clever use of resources and tribal roots. Inspiration from Africa probably isn't the best for someone looking for glamorous decor but for those who enjoy a rustic bohemian look, this should be right up your alley.
A straw thatched roof probably isn't the most secure way to go for most of us who can afford otherwise but it certainly gives off relaxing vibes due to its organic nature. I would think a little thatched roof bungalow in a large yard overlooking a pond or pool would be the perfect setting for this sort of structure.

Pattern! Pattern! Pattern! Even when you don't have a lot of money or a lot of "stuff" to decorate with, you always have my dear friend, pattern. Grab a paint brush, a sponge, a rag, a bag, a wood spoon or just use your hands and start painting and you have instant pizazz.

Not so into pattern? Go minimal with sand colored walls and light woods for furshings and accessories. Most of us live with the luxury of a wood, tiled or carpeted floor so a sand or dirt floor is probably not ideal but how great would this room be as a zen garden? Throw in your rakes and start combing away!
Love, love love this space! See what I mean about how much of an impact pattern can have on a space? Imagine this place with plain walls -it would be so boring and would lack the character that is has now.
Tent living... maybe not your perfect idea for a living room but what about for a fabulous party? Imagine over sized tents, large lanterns, grass mats and colorful pillows for your guests to sit - I'd want to go!

I love the idea of drawing attention to an entrance by framing it with patterns and embellishing it with brass hardware. I am especially loving the door on the left; the streaked wash is amazing.

Don't have any cabinets? Hang your kitchen supplies on the wall!

Style, Ed Angelika Taschen; Photos Deidi von Schaewen

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