script> Africa Moto: June 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015

10 Spectacular Places You Must Visit in Zimbabwe

The countdown is finally over. I'm traveling to Zimbabwe this weekend!

To celebrate my trip home, I thought I would share my top 10 places to visit in intensely beautiful Zimbabwe.

1. Get adventurous at amazing Victoria Falls

Photo: Wild Horizons
2. Watch the sunset in Kariba

3. Enjoy the beauty of Jacarandas in Harare

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4. Stare over the beauty of the Eastern Highlands

5. Get amazed by the rock paintings in Matopos

6. Watch the wildlife at the watering hole at Hwange National Park

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7. Enjoy the unspoilt beauty of Mana Pools

Photo: TCSWorld Travel
8. Be amazed by history of Great Zimbabwe

9.  Gaze at the deep blue water at the Chinhoyi Caves

Image: WoodenDreams
10. Enjoy the scenic beauty of Nyanga

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Interior Design Inspiration: African Design Style

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 Traditional African textiles and textures are great for creating a home that is steeped in cultural style. African design style continues to inspire leading interiors designers and design enthusiasts around the world. It is easy to see why it is easy to combine it with any traditional home décor. It also blends perfectly with modern design and adds mystery and adventure to any room. 

For me, the allure of African style is the ability to layer and blend textures, patterns, and colors to create a home that reflects my culture, travels and wanderlust.  

Key Elements of Africa Design Style:
  • Natural materials
  • Handwoven prints
  • Textural details
  • Neutral Colors
  • Unique decorative objects
Color Inspiration
To bring in a color palette of African design use mostly neutral earthy colors then add one or two textiles for vibrant color.
Traditional Textiles
You can add instant African chic appeal to any space with traditional textiles. Customize with African textiles like Bogolan (mud cloth), Kuba Cloth and Kente Cloth to create unique decorative print pillows, wall art, chair covers and table runners.

Upholstered chair in bogolan
Reupholstered Mudcloth Chair
Custom Upholstered Chair and Ottoman

Cedar, pine and ash wood can add the subtleties of nature and if you are looking for a more rustic look – mahogany or ebony wood with its rich dark can give a timeless look. 

For a more organic feel and earth friendly décor; bamboo, rattan, and bamboo materials can be used and because they are fast growing trees they can be easily and quickly replaced.

North Africa

North Africa particularly Morocco is famous for its renowned mosaic art in colorful ceramic products, kilim rugs, Zellige tile patterns and Moroccan wedding blankets (which I love!). You can incorporate Moroccan inspiration through bedding and reupholstered chairs.

Kilim Upholstered Lounge Chair
African Art

Picasso was very fascinated with African art and this is reflected in his many paintings.  The artistic impressions of Ernst, Leger, Klee and other masters of modern art also drew much influence from African art.  If you are new to decorating with ethnic design consider starting with an African art piece in your design plan. 

Decorating Ideas for African Design Style

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Bamileke Stool; Bamileke Headress; Baule Masks
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So are you ready to spice up your life with some African design inspiration? 

You can source treasures through your travels, flea markets or online marketplaces like Etsy or Ebay. Here are some ways you can style your finds:
  • Place a carved wood statue or a small mask on a coffee table or mantle, view it as the sculptured piece.
  • Place a Malian Dogan door or framed textile print as the focal point above a fireplace. 
  • Lay a mud cloth print over a bench, sofa or dining room table
  • Add some drama to an entryway by placing four different objects of different height, texture and styles on a table and this will give even more dimension to you design element.  
  • Benin bronze figures create an interesting vignette when placed alone on a table.
  • Use African masks and statues as a focal point in a room or as part of an entire collection to enhance your home.  Elongated carved heads of Modigliani is a mimicked graceful form of Baule masks.
  • The subtle colors of a New Guinea mask blend beautifully with the patterns of an antique Kuba cloth from Congo.  
Find something that resonates with you. Trust your own judgment and your options will soon be limitless. Happy discovering and shopping!
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