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YSWARA Brings Their Elegant Tearoom Experience To Ghana

  The launch of luxury tea brand YSWARA’s Johannesburg tearoom has been joined by the opening of one in Accra, Ghana. The YSWARA tearoom and boutique is part of a collaborative space shared with local retailer Luxury Living and Akrafo, YSWARA’S sister brand of gourmet condiment’s, bringing gourmet and interior decor experience to the city’s stylish residents.  

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Eva Sonaike’s Tips On Decorating With African Fabric

African textiles offer a fascinating array of colours, patterns, and textures that can instantly transform an interior. But with so much on offer, it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start especially for those of you who may be unfamiliar with the fabrics. So to help you get started we caught up with London based textile and interior furnishings designer, Eva Sonaike for her tips on decorating with African textiles. And here is what she had to say…

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Mhondoro Game Lodge Spotlights African Design

Mhondoro Game Lodge in Welgevonden Reserve, South Africa opened in early 2016 and seeks to move beyond being just another luxury Africa travel bush destination. Designed to give guests a seamless experience of luxury interiors and bushveld landscape Mhondoro Game Lodge combines cutting-edge architecture with some of the best in African design interior inspiration. The Mhondoro Game Lodge was created by interior designer Myriam Vogel who co-owns the lodge with her husband Frank.

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Drink: YSWARA Unveils A Tranquil Tearoom To Savour Precious African Teas

There is nothing I love more than a good cup of tea, the stronger the better. Anytime is teatime as far as I am concerned, so you can only imagine what I think about those who take their tea as seriously as I do. Like YSWARA for instance, the luxury tea brand championing made in Africa, who are reviving the ceremony of ancient African tea-drinking rituals with its offering of specially blended teas and accompanying accessories. And now you can immerse yourself fully in the YSWARA brand experience with the launch of their flagship tearoom and store in Johannesburg.

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Interiors: Nando’s Central Kitchen Brings Together the Best of South African Design

Nando’s Central Kitchen Revamp [South Africa] South African restaurant chain Nando’s unveiled a revamped interior for their Central Kitchen office space in Johannesburg. As the place where the Nando’s story began Central Kitchen is the heart of Nando’s and for its update the company set out to create an interior that celebrates the best of South African design, and brought in design curator Tracy Lynch to co-ordinate the project.

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Interiors: Modern African Interior Design Style Showcased in Peponi House

Studio [D] Tale – Peponi House [Image credits: Studio [D] Tale, Peponi House Terrace – Sam Churchill Photography] A Kiswahili word meaning paradise, ideal or idyllic place or state, ‘Peponi’ is the name given to a thoughtfully styled home, whose Kenyan owner’s wanted their living space to reflect this sentiment by creating a sanctuary from the bustling city. A three-story Victorian conversion, located in London’s Notting Hill, Peponi House pays homage to contemporary African culture and interior style, drawing on the owner’s layered cultural background, travels and memories. Completed in February 2015, Peponi House was designed by Studio [D] Tale, […]

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Books: Remix: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul

AphroChic – Remix: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul [Image credit: Remix: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul by Jeanine Hays and Brian Mason – Revamp.com] Earlier this month, Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason of the chic interiors blog, AphroChic launched their much-anticipated book, Remix: Decorating with the Culture, Objects and Soul. Remix is a beautifully illustrated book on how to tastefully infuse culture into modern design aesthetics, and avoiding the cliches that end to come with creating culturally inspired spaces. Indeed, the couple have long been championing cultural diversity in design through their blog, and textiles company. Drawing inspiration from […]

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Interiors: Truth Coffee’s Steampunk Inspired HQ

Truth Coffee Interior by Haldane Martin [South Africa] [Image credit: Truth Coffee Interior – Haldane Martin] The Steampunk aesthetic of science fiction with a dose of fantasy, and inspired by 19th-century Victorian industrial steam-powered machinery combined technology is proving an increasingly popular lifestyle culture, applied to everything from fashion to interiors. One such interior is that of Truth Coffee, a Cape Town-based café, coffee shop and dive bar whose fantastical interior transports you to the industrial workhouses of the Victorian era. Founded on an ethos of serving proper, fresh home-roasted coffee the team behind Truth Coffee sought a look and feel that would […]

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Interiors: A Minimalist Home in South Africa

Minimalist Home [South Africa] [Image source: Minimalist House, South Africa – Home Trend Design] When I first came across the idyllic image of the open doors of this house on Pinterest, I spent ages trying to track down images of the rest of it to no avail; however, the house has found me after an unrelated search. Marrying modern minimalism with traditional style, this airy open plan home situated in South Africa makes for a cooling; relaxing retreat in gloriously, hot summer days.

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Interiors: Modern African Style by DO.II Interior Design

DO.II Designs [Nigeria] Creating customised high-end innovative, yet timeless interior design solutions that showcase contemporary African style and design, Ifeyinwa Ighodalo is a Nigerian interior design industry and furniture manufacturing professional with over twenty-five years in the business. Believing ‘that a home should elicit excitement, joy and pleasure as you come home to it and live in it’ Ifeyinwa founded the company DO.II Designs, with aim of bringing her creative expertise to a range of discerning clients within the country. DO.II Designs works in four key areas encompassing interior design, furniture manufacturing, space planning and remodelling.

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Travel: Hotel Particulier A Chic Boutique Hotel

Hotel Particulier [Côte d’Ivoire] [Image credit: Hotel Particulier] Hotel Particulier is French word denoting an elegant private residence or townhouse; and is the name given to a chic boutique hotel in the city of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The owners of Hotel Particulier, have sought to create a stylish space, with a peaceful, intimate atmosphere that allows guests to escape the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city. The healing soothing effects of nature is a key feature of the Hotel, which sees rooms located on the ground level to take advantage of a luscious, well-tended garden.

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Interiors: Nandos Leigh’s Bustling South African Market Vibe

Nandos – Leigh, UK [Africa Inspired] Nandos flame-grilled Portuguese/Mozambican style chicken, is a favourite in my household, not just for the taste, but also because of the familiarity the brand brings in transporting us back home for a little while. The South African based restaurant chain opened up in Zimbabwe the early nineties, so being able to pop into one in the UK is always a welcome reminder. Nando’s was founded in South Africa in 1987, and now has restaurants in over thirty countries, including over 250 restaurants in the UK alone.

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Interiors: Swimwear Designer Liza Bruce’s Stylish Moroccan Home

Liza Bruce [Morocco] [Image credit: Liza Bruce Moroccon Home – Elle Decor/Simon Upton] The Moroccan home of UK fashion designer, Liza Bruce and her artist husband Nicholas Alvis Vega, featured in Elle Decor, is a feast for the eyes; a place where pattern, detail, and colour abound. Liza, who made her name designing swimwear in the 1980s, began her travels to Morocco in 2003 sourcing material for her collections, and after several trips to the country sought to establish a base. A trip to the Ourika Valley, a riverside region situated south of Marrakech in the foothills of the Atlas mountains revealed an abandoned, half-built […]

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Travel: Singita Mara Rivier Tented Camp Ushers in a New Safari Chic Aesthetic

Singita – Mara River Tented Camp [Tanzania] [Image credit/source: Mara Tented River Camp – Singita]   Luxury game reserve specialist, Singita are introducing a new camp to their safari camp and lodges portfolio. The Singita Mara River Tented camp will be in Tanzania, located in the remote Lamai Triangle region, the northernmost tip of the Serengeti National Park. In keeping with the laidback luxury style of their other properties in South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, see the Singita Pamushana Lodge featured here, preview pictures of the new camp reveal a refreshing, modern take on the safari chic aesthetic. What I like most about this […]

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Decor: African Craft and Design Interior Design Inspiration

House & Garden [Africa Inspired]   Flipping through the latest issue of House & Garden UK (February 2013) I came across a design editorial inspired by African craft and design. Co-ordinated by decoration editor, Gaby Deeming, bold bright colours, graphic prints, textures, and handicrafts are combined for a modern take on African interior style. Products used to pull the looks together include leading African designers and producers; beaded cushions from Soboye; Eva Sonaike’s distinctive, signature fabrics in the form of pouffes, cushions, notebooks, upholstered armchairs, as well as lining walls; woven telephone wire bowls in contrasting graphic swirling patterns from Zenzulu; striped black and white beaded animals […]

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Interiors: A Holiday Home Interior Inspired by African Print

A Senegalese Holiday Home [Senegal] [Image credits: Senegalese Holiday home – Elle Decoration France/M P Morel] An explosion of clashing colour and pattern characterises an idyllic holiday home in Senegal that I came across on the blog, Africa Moto. Located in the popular resort town of Saly, simple outdoor living is the order of the day conveyed in a mix of local, regional and Parisian influences. A striking feature of the house is how it is decorated with African print Indoors, English sofas and armchairs are covered with vibrant African prints and solid bold colour, set off against a backdrop of […]

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Interiors: A Contemporary South African Beach House

Contemporary South African Beach House [South Africa]   Inspired by nature, a beach house in South Africa is unique and stylish in its simplicity. The exterior of the building was what caught my attention as the finished appearance is quite unusual. Designed to have a low impact on its surroundings, the building features cladding and shutters made from the wood of eucalyptus trees that have been bound together and hand twisted with brass wire.

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Travel: The Red Pepper House in Lamu

The Red Pepper House [Kenya] [Image credit: Dining – The Red Pepper House] The historical island of Lamu off the Kenyan coast is home to The Red Pepper House, a stylish boutique hotel that nestles between Neem and Acacia trees, and interestingly not a Red Pepper tree in sight, the owner just liked the name. Situated close to the Old Town, The Red Pepper House brings together influences in the form of African, Arabic, Indian and European; that have all had an impact on Swahili Culture dating back hundreds of years. A large Makuti thatched roof covers The Red Pepper House […]

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Travel: Striking Modern African Interior Design Inspiration at Nyungwe Forest Lodge 

Nyungwe Forest Lodge [Rwanda] [Image credit: Main Lodge – Nyungwe Forest Lodge] I have just finished reading a delightful and touching book called ‘Baking Cakes in Kigali‘ by Gaile Parkin and in it, the main characters take a drive through the Nyungwe Forest, which they describe as being ‘beautiful’. When reading this part I kept visualising the chic Nyungwe Forest Lodge whose website I had come across a little while back. About four to five hours drive from Rwanda’s capital, Kigali; Nyungwe is a closed canopy rain forest. Designed to blend in with the surroundings the Nyungwe Forest Lodge is located on […]

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