script> Africa Moto: April 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Boutique Hotel Tour: Dar Beida, Morocco

Dar Beida (The White House) is a 4 bedroom restored retro riad located in the coastal town of Essaouira, Morocco. This gorgeous boutique holiday home is owned by designers Emma Wilson and Graham Carter. The home style is a fusion of traditional Moorish style with a retro twist. The interior style of this lovely escape includes whitewashed walls, concrete floors, pillows and poufs in flower power prints, unusual accessories and woven rugs. The architecture is traditional Moroccan style with spaceship shaped fireplaces.

The holiday home is featured in a lovely decorating book I'm reading called Bohemian Modern by Emily Henson. Emily captures inspiring interiors in bohemian modern style. To get this style for your home you can mix and match African art, traditional textiles, Berber rugs, hammocks, and hand-carved wooden furniture.


Cosy Wicker Chair


Woven Moroccan Rug; White Poufs, African Art 



Moroccan Bird Cage

Framed Kuba Cloth Art; Buffalo Horn and Animal Hide Chair

Yoruba Beaded Chair; Flower Power Pillow


Hammock on Rooftop Terrace

Built in Benches with Striped Pillows

Images via: Castles in the Sand

Monday, April 6, 2015

African Textile Love: Decorate with Kuba Cloth

I love pillows made from handmade African textiles. They add so much texture and pattern to a home. I am hoping to add Kuba pillows and framed Kuba art to my home from my husband's upcoming travels.  

Authentic Kuba (pronounced koo-BAH) cloth is a tactile cloth made in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is arguably the most elegant  cloth in the world! This fabric has inspired and fascinated many artists and designers including Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, and Henry Matisse. Africa Kuba cloth is recognized as a major contributor to the history of world art. Kuba cloth's appeal is its lovely abstract geometric patterns and earth tones.


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         Kuba Wrapper at LA Museum

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